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Hannah Botkin-Doty Is G.O.L.D.

Congratulations to Hannah Botkin-Doty for being awarded the 2018 G.O.L.D. Award by the Capital University Law School Office of Alumni Relations. The G.O.L.D Award is given annually to a Capital University Law School JD “Graduate of the Last Decade” who has made significant achievements in his/her occupation and has made notable contributions to the legal profession and/or the Law School. #WomenofAchievement#GoodAsGOLD #PassionfortheLaw

All 2018 Alumni Award Recipients can be viewed at


Hannah Botkin-Doty teaching Summer Adoption Law Institute

Learn about topics including: the history of adoption law, the adoption process, wrongful adoptions, the impact of artificial reproductive technology, second parent adoptions, and much more! Hear from exciting guest speakers with expert knowledge in specific practice areas such as the Indian Child Welfare Act and the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children. Listen to adoptive parents, birth parents, and adoptees share their personal journeys through the adoption process.


ADW is pleased to welcome Chad Draheim and Scott Ciszewski as new attorneys to our law firm.  They were both admitted to the Ohio Bar on November 13, 2017.  The video of the Supreme Court of Ohio Admission to the Bar Ceremony can be watched at

Can I get my traffic ticket dismissed?

In Franklin County, Ohio, if you are charged with a minor misdemeanor moving violation or some license violations, you may be able to get the ticket dismissed with no points assessed to you even if you are guilty.   So, if you get a ticket, you may want to check to see if you are eligible for the Columbus City Attorney’s Traffic Diversion Program.  See

Man gets 37 months in federal prison for intimidating witness on Facebook

Man gets 37 months in federal prison for intimidating witness on Facebook

The son of a man now serving a 27-year prison term in a Tennessee methamphetamine distribution case is himself also facing a significant time in federal prison.

That’s because Daniel Ray Sands, 32, sent a witness in his father’s case an intimidating Facebook message and put memes indirectly threatening “snitches” on his own account. He was sentenced Monday to 37 months, reports the Knoxville News Sentinel.

His Facebook Messenger communication to the witness said: “I’ll be sure to pay back the faver [sic]. Thanks, you little [expletive]. Daddy was good to u. C U around,” an earlier Knoxville News Sentinel article reported.

“This is obstruction of justice,” senior U.S. District Judge Leon Jordan of the Eastern District of Tennessee told Sands on Monday, adding: “We need to send a message to others that if you do the crime, you do the time.”

Sands pleaded guilty in January to a charge of obstructing justice by threatening to retaliate against a witness. His lawyer, Karmen Waters, argued for a lighter sentence since there was no direct threat, and the witness—who was already in protective custody due to an earlier attack on him and his home in which Sands is not accused of involvement—was not at risk of actual harm.

The father, Leonard Sands, was convicted of drug conspiracy and money laundering charges in a November trial.

A news release in November by the U.S. Department of Justice provides more information about the case against Daniel Ray Sands.