CATA EndDD Presentation 4/12/2017

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Attorney at Loucas Law
Ellen is an experienced Ohio trial attorney with a focus on medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries.She is a past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and Chair of their Community Outreach Committee.
Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

On April 12, 2017, Toby Hirshman and I traveled to Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio to discuss the dangers of Distracted Driving with 200 Freshman and Sophomores.

CATA Member Ellen Hobbs Hirshman Presenting on Distracted Driving

The students were very attentive and vocal in discussing the daily hazards they confront when driving or travelling as a passenger with a distracted driver.

They were especially impacted by the video testimonials from teenagers who have caused the death of others because they made a selfish choice to drive distracted.

The students agreed to take home the Family Safe Driving Agreement to discuss the issue further with their parents and siblings.  Together we can change the face of driving in this country.

Check out all the photos from the event on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ClevelandTrialAttorneys/

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

Todd Gurney

Todd Gurney

My practice is narrowly focused on cases of medical negligence and wrongful death. Everyday, I fight for better medical care in our community and across Ohio. I fight against insurance companies who care more about profits than patients. I fight for people who can't fight for themselves. Most of all, I fight for justice.
Todd Gurney

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

Todd Gurney

Todd Gurney

My practice is narrowly focused on cases of medical negligence and wrongful death. Everyday, I fight for better medical care in our community and across Ohio. I fight against insurance companies who care more about profits than patients. I fight for people who can't fight for themselves. Most of all, I fight for justice.
Todd Gurney

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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CATA Members Make Another End Distracted Driving Presentation, to St. Ignatius High School Students

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Attorney at Loucas Law
Ellen is an experienced Ohio trial attorney with a focus on medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries.She is a past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and Chair of their Community Outreach Committee.
Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

On Friday, April 22, 2016, Paul Grieco and I traveled to St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland to discuss the dangers of distracted driving with 375 seniors. The End Distracted Driving presentation–www.enddd.org–was sponsored by The Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and their Community Outreach Committee.

The young men were impacted by the message that the many deaths and injuries attributable to distracted driving are preventable. They understand that we each need to make safer choices about how we drive and how we permit others to drive when we are traveling as a passenger.

The students also received a copy of the Family Safe Driving Agreement, which they will take home to discuss with their families.

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We CAN make a difference about the choices people make when driving. Together we can prevent further injuries and deaths.

Please comment below, or check out this post on Facebook, to let us know what you think, or if you would like more information: www.facebook.com/ClevelandTrialAttorneys.

Shoes and Clothes for Cleveland’s Kids

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Attorney at Loucas Law
Ellen is an experienced Ohio trial attorney with a focus on medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries.She is a past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and Chair of their Community Outreach Committee.
Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys partnered with Shoes and Clothes for Kids (SC4K) on Monday, December 14, 2015, to donate 100 pairs of shoes and boots to children at Payless Shoes Steelyard Commons. CATA is an organization dedicated to assisting its members in furthering their education and skills so they may better represent their clients in the courtroom. CATA members are also dedicated to assisting those in need outside of the court room.

An astonishing 54% of kids in greater Cleveland live in poverty, the second highest amount of any big city. CATA knows that reaching out and helping these children is just one way to make a difference and assist those in need. In fact, one of the teachers at the event on Monday thanked CATA for appreciating the fact that every day there are families in Cleveland struggling to make ends meet. Juggling their limited funds is especially difficult during this holiday season. We were reminded that providing these children with brand new shoes, boots and socks is not only appreciated, but necessary. One of the moms in attendance at the event thanked CATA personally telling us that her children were in desperate need of new boots. The smiles on the faces of the children is thanks enough!

I, along with CATA President Kathy St. John, and CATA board member Todd Gurney, had a blast assisting all the children as they were measured for the correct shoe size, picked out a pair of shoes or boots that appealed to them (action figures were in high demand) and tried on their new shoes and boots. The children were also given new pairs of socks, followed by a snack. CATA will be sponsoring a 2nd giveaway event during the Christmas break at which time they will be providing new shoes and boots for another 50 school-aged children. It is so rewarding to give back to our community.

Below are just a few of the photos from the event.  Check out the CATA Facebook Page for the rest!

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CATA and EndDD: a Safety Partnership

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Over the past 2 years, the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys (CATA) along with their Community Outreach Committee, have partnered with The Casey Feldman Foundation and End Distracted Driving www.enddd.org,  reaching out to high schools throughout Northeast Ohio to try and change attitudes toward distracted driving.  I have personally presented at Hawken School, Fuchs Mizrachi, Beaumont School for Girls, Gilmour Academy, Padua High School, Our Lady of the Elms, West Geauga High School and the Cleveland Council of Independent Schools, with many more presentations to be scheduled.

It is a powerful and effective presentation that moves me every time I present.  I start the presentation by telling the students that I am not here to TELL them how to drive.  I do not like it when people tell me what to do and I am not doing that.  I explain that I am providing them with information so they may make informed choices the next time they drive.  I also will start my presentation by telling the students that distracted driving is NOT a teen problem.  It’s an adult problem.  We, as parents/adults have set a poor example.  We have been poor role models in this regard and we need to start making smarter, safer choices when driving. I also admit to the students that I also was a distracted driver and set a poor example for my 3 sons; and I explain how I changed the way I approach driving.

It is an interactive program that was designed along with child psychologists from CHOP (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) with the goal of reaching out to students and capturing their attention. The power point has been revised numerous times based on pre and post presentation surveys received from more than 2500 teens.   It is a science–based presentation designed to engage teens and maximize the likelihood of changing attitudes and behaviors. The presentation is based on health communication and behavior change theory and incorporates teen messaging concepts to engage and appeal to teens in a non-confrontational manner.

I toss out wristbands to the students as they participate to encourage participation.  The presentation itself combines scientific data, testimonials and a little humor (in appropriate places).  At the end of the presentation, I usually discuss a Family Safe Driving Agreement (attached hereto) and ask the schools to discuss the issue with their students in smaller groups and have them take home the agreement to share with their families.  You see, we educate the students not only that they may make safer driving choices, but as a passenger, they do not have to let people drive them distracted!

And the students have been very receptive to the program.  Karen Roxbury from Gilmour Academy wrote to me recently to let me know that the dialogue is ongoing at the Gilmour community.  I was moved by her note:

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Heather Giel at Our Lady of the Elms emailed me today and said the program “WAS A HIT!”  Their students liked the fact that I did not “speak down to them”, but rather spoke honestly about my history of distracted driving and the lengths I had to go through to change my approach to driving.   Even their faculty is reevaluating how they drive.

Together, we can change the way we drive and create a safer community!

Here is the EndDD Safe Driving Agreement we use: EndDD Safe Driving Agreement

CATA Member Presents EndDD to Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, Ohio

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Attorney at Loucas Law
Ellen is an experienced Ohio trial attorney with a focus on medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries.She is a past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and Chair of their Community Outreach Committee.
Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

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The Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and I were invited to present the End Distracted Driving program www.enddd.org at Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, Ohio yesterday afternoon, October 27, 2015.  The 200 students (7th graders through 12th graders) and faculty were profoundly moved by the testimonials and data contained in the presentation.

The students will be taking home the Family Safe Driving Agreement to discuss safer choices to make when driving and when being driven.

CATA is making a difference and changing the way people drive!

To see all the photos of the event, visit the CATA Facebook Page.

Members Present End Distracted Driving to Padua Franciscan in Parma

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Attorney at Loucas Law
Ellen is an experienced Ohio trial attorney with a focus on medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries.She is a past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and Chair of their Community Outreach Committee.
Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

This morning CATA member Frank Bolmeyer and I traveled to Padua Franciscan High School in Parma and addressed over 750 students and faculty with the End Distracted Driving (www.enddd.org) presentation. The students were quite receptive and moved by the scientific data and testimonials contained in the presentation. Their Principal, David Stec, thanked CATA for its commitment to making a difference and changing people’s attitudes toward driving. The school is distributing the Family Safe Driving Agreement to their students to take home and share with their families. Together WE CAN change the face of driving in our community!

See photos from the presentation on the CATA Facebook Page.

EndDD Presentation at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Attorney at Loucas Law
Ellen is an experienced Ohio trial attorney with a focus on medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries.She is a past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and Chair of their Community Outreach Committee.
Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

On Friday, May 1, 2015 I addressed an attentive group of seniors at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights.  The ladies were very receptive to the statistics and testimonials contained in the presentation.  As they journey  on to their respective choices of college, they voiced a desire to make better choices when driving.  They also understand the need to “speak up” when riding as a passenger with a distracted driver.  Together, we can make a difference in how people drive and save lives.

 

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CATA Lawyers Preventing Distracted Driving: Fuchs Mizrachi

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

Attorney at Loucas Law
Ellen is an experienced Ohio trial attorney with a focus on medical malpractice and catastrophic injuries.She is a past President of the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys and Chair of their Community Outreach Committee.
Ellen Hobbs Hirshman

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Today I gave an End Distracted Driving presentation with CATA members Steve Crandall and Paul Grieco.  We reached 135 high school students in Pepper Pike, Ohio at Fuchs Mizrachi. The students were very receptive to the message that we all must make a choice to drive responsibly. The students left the presentation with a lot to think about and hopefully will choose to alter the way they drive and counsel others to stop driving distracted.  YES WE CAN!

 


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