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Jo Ellen Cline is an attorney currently serving as Chief of Staff of the Franklin County (Ohio) Auditor. She previously served as Government Relations Counsel to the Supreme Court of Ohio (2002-2015) and as Assistant State Public Defender and Legislative Liaison for the Ohio Public Defender (2000-2002).

Barry Wilford is an attorney in private criminal post-conviction law practice in Columbus. Ohio. He previously served as the Public Policy Director of the Ohio Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (2001 - 2019) and was a member of the ad hoc defense lawyer-prosecuting attorney working committee that submitted the agreed open discovery reform proposal to the Supreme Court of Ohio's Commission on Rules of Practice and Procedure. Please note that this article discusses historical events based upon the perspective of the authors as both observers and participants in the process leading to enactment of the reform discussed in this article.

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