Resources for Volunteer Attorneys
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland’s Volunteer Lawyers Program offers resources and support to the volunteer attorneys who participate in its programs. Support for volunteers includes trainings and continuing legal education seminars that are offered periodically on a wide variety of poverty law topics. In addition, experienced staff attorneys are available to answer questions in extended representation cases. If you are handling a pro bono case and would like to speak to a mentor, please contact the Volunteer Lawyers Program at email@example.com or call Lauren Gilbride at 216-861-5259.
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On Oct. 31, 2012, the Ohio Supreme Court issued its 7-0 ruling in the case of Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corp. v. Schwartzwald, holding that a foreclosure plaintiff cannot “cure” a lack of standing by obtaining assignment of the mortgage after a foreclosure action is filed. In the Court’s words, “standing is required to invoke the jurisdiction of the common pleas court, and therefore it is determined as of the filing of the complaint. Thus, receiving an assignment of a promissory note and mortgage from the real party in interest subsequent to the filing of an action but prior to the entry of judgment does not cure a lack of standing to file a foreclosure action.” A copy of the Court’s decision is attached to this email.
On December 5, 2012 — the Ohio Supreme Court issued rulings in six other cases based on the Schwartzwald ruling. In one of the cases (U.S. Bank v. Perry), based on Schwartzwald, the Ohio Supreme Court affirmed an 8th District ruling that a foreclosure plaintiff must hold the note and mortgage at the time a complaint is filed. The Supreme Court reversed and remanded four of the other cases to the trial court for further proceedings consistent with Schwartzwald. The Court’s decisions can be found at the following links:
- Bank of America v. Jimenez, http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/docs/pdf/0/2012/2012-ohio-5499.pdf
- Bank of New York v. Blanton, http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/docs/pdf/0/2012/2012-ohio-5498.pdf
- Washington Mutual Bank v. Wallace, http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/docs/pdf/0/2012/2012-ohio-5495.pdf
- Fifth Third Mortgage Co. v. Bihn, http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/docs/pdf/0/2012/2012-ohio-5494.pdf
- U.S. Bank v. Perry, http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/docs/pdf/0/2012/2012-ohio-5497.pdf
- IndyMac Federal Bank v. OTM Investments, http://www.sconet.state.oh.us/rod/docs/pdf/0/2012/2012-ohio-5496.pdf
The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland filed an amicus brief in the Schwartzwald case and has been closely watching subsequent legal developments. Please stay tuned for further updates, and feel free to contact Legal Aid’s Consumer Law Practice Group if you would like to discuss how Schwartzwald might affect cases you are handling through our Volunteer Lawyers Program.
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