The Ohio Supreme Court has appointed Professor Andrew Pollis, an experienced civil-litigation attorney, as the chair of its Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure.
The appointment will last through December 2020 and may be extended by an additional two years.
Professor Pollis has been a member of the Commission since 2015, serving on its Appellate Rules, Civil Rules, and Evidence Rules committees. He was counsel to the Appellate Rules committee for several years before 2015. His appointment as Chair of the Commission follows a year of service as Chair of the Appellate Rules Committee.
“It is an honor to be appointed as Chair,” Pollis said. “I’m looking forward to leading the Commission through the important process of evaluating potential rule amendments that we will recommend to the Court this year. We have a lot to achieve in 2019.”
The Commission is responsible for submitting proposed rule amendments to the Ohio Supreme Court, which is responsible for the rules and procedures that govern Ohio’s courts. The Supreme Court relies on more than a dozen commission and boards to help it regulate the general practice of law. The Commission on the Rules of Practice and Procedure Commission is one of 11 formed to provide quasi-ministerial authority on behalf of the Ohio Supreme Court.
At Case Western Reserve, Professor Pollis teaches in the Civil Litigation Clinic, where he supervises students on a wide variety of civil matters that involve the rights of low-income individuals. He also teaches Evidence and coordinates the law school’s Appellate Practice program. He is an an expert in appellate-law issues and is the co-author of the last 11 editions of Ohio Appellate Practice (Thomson/West). His scholarly writings focus on issues of appellate and civil procedure, the legal profession and evidence.