CATA Annual Dinner 2014

On Friday, June 13, 2014, the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA) held its annual installation and awards dinner. The event was held at The Club at Marriott Key Center and was well-attended. The speaker was Joel Feldman, founder of the Casey Feldman Foundation and End Distracted Driving (End DD) Campaign.

Joel presented his End Distracted Driving Powerpoint program to all members in attendance and certainly inspired all attendees to become involved in his End DD campaign. CATA has decided to adopt Joel’s End DD program as it attempts to reach out and give back to the Northeast Ohio community. CATA truly believes that through education and presentations they can make a difference and change the behavior of distracted drivers. They truly believe they can make a difference and save lives.

In addition to Joel Feldman’s presentation, Chris Mellino received the President’s Award and Mark Ruf was the recipient of the CATA Outstanding Service Award, which was presented posthumously. New officers Ellen Hobbs Hirshman, president; Kathleen St. John, vice president; Rhonda Baker Debevec, secretary; and Cathleen Bolek, treasurer, were sworn in as well as the trustees of the Board of Directors.


CATA EndDD Presentation for the Hospice of the Western Reserve

Joel Feldman presenting to teens in PA on ending distracted driving (via

On Friday, June 13, 2014, Joel Feldman traveled to Cleveland at the invitation of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA) to make an End Distracted Driving presentation to nurses and medical providers at the Hospice of the Western Reserve.

The presentation was well-attended at the Hospice of the Western Reserve main office and telecast to four other locations to HWR personnel. Hospice of the Western Reserve personnel were excited to have Joel in attendance to discuss with them the dangers of distracted driving, especially given that they are often out in the field providing care in the home to their patients.

Those in attendance commented that they certainly will approach driving with a different point of view and attempt to avoid driving distracted.

CATA has adopted Ending Distracted Driving, in partnership with Joel’s, as its mission for community outreach this year, under my tenure as president.  In addition to Joel’s presentation, CATA member William Eadie has presented to Shaker Heights High School students, and Cleveland Municipal School District students at MLK High School.  We look forward to more member presentations in 2014-2015.

If you have questions, comments, or would like to request a presentation for your school or organization, please comment below.