CATA Annual Awards Dinner and Reception

CATA held its Annual Awards Dinner and Reception on June 16, 2017 at the new Hilton in downtown Cleveland. Cathleen Bolek (Bolek, Besser, & Glesius, LLC) was sworn in as President; Christian R. Patno (McCarthy, Lebit, Crystal, & Liffman Co., L.P.A.) was sworn in as Vice-President; William B. Eadie (Eadie Hill / Trial Lawyers) was sworn in as Secretary; and Todd E. Gurney (The Eisen Law Firm Co., L.P.A.) was sworn in as Treasurer. In addition, the members of the Board of Directors for the 2017-2018 term were sworn in.

The keynote speaker was Hassan Aden, retired police chief from Greenville, North Carolina. Chief Aden spoke about his recent experience being detained by customs at JFK airport upon his return from an overseas trip to France, a story that went “viral” amidst the publicity surrounding the federal Travel Ban. Chief Aden also spoke about recent trends in policing, as well as his involvement with the Police Monitoring Committee here in Cleveland.

The event was well-attended by CATA members, past-presidents, and also local Judges. Past-President Kathy St. John received the President’s Award, Past-President Ellen Hobbs Hirshman received the Service Award, and immediate Past-President Rhonda Baker Debevec was recognized for her contributions to the organization during her term as President last year.

CATA looks forward to another exciting year of serving its members, their clients, and the community.  

CATA Partners with SC4K and Merrick House in Tremont to Provide Winter Clothing for Kids

On Friday, October 14, 2016, CATA members travelled to Merrick House in Tremont where they assisted 40 preschool children try on new winter coats, boots, hats and gloves for the upcoming winter season. We even enjoyed reading some stories with the children. In addition, 160 school aged children also selected new winter clothing in the after-school program at Merrick House. CATA once again partnered with Shoes and Clothes for Kids SC4K to make this giveaway a huge success. Thank you for making our day! Our hearts are full!


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CATA – Live on Lakeside – October 11, 2016

On Tuesday, October 11, 2016, CATA Board Members Kathy St. John and Ellen Hobbs Hirshman appeared on Live on Lakeside on WKYC Channel 3 to discuss CATA’s upcoming winter clothing giveaway. The charitable outreach event takes place this Friday, October 14th, from 9-11 AM at the Merrick House in Tremont. CATA once again is partnering with Shoes and Clothes for Kids SC4K to provide more than 200 children with new winter coats, boots, mittens, gloves and hats. CATA and its members are devoted to making a difference in people’s lives not only in the courtroom, but all throughout the NE Ohio community.

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More EndDD Presentations by CATA

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Ellen Hobbs Hirshman and Susan Petersen, both trustees with The Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA), travelled to Notre Dame Cathedral Latin (NDCL) on Tuesday, February 9, 2016, for two End Distracted Driving (EndDD) presentations. Both the Sophomore and Junior classes were attentive and engaged in many discussions about the dangers of distracted driving. The 365 NDCL students and teachers were impressed with the statistical data and testimonials of families that have suffered a loss because of distracted driving. The EndDD Family Safe Driving Agreement was handed out to all NDCL students to take home and discuss with their families. These NDCL students are “passing it forward” and helping to educate others about how to make smarter and safer choices when driving and being driven in a car. Together, through education, we can make our roads a lot safer.