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 Annual Dinner 2016 with Professor Jelani Cobb

Rhonda Baker Debevec

Rhonda Baker Debevec

Cleveland, Ohio medical negligence lawyer helping those catastrophically injured by hospital carelessness.
Rhonda Baker Debevec

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William Jelani Cobb on Feb. 13, 2013. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

William Jelani Cobb on Feb. 13, 2013. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Join us for the Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys in celebrating the installation of its new officers and enjoying a thoughtful conversation given by acclaimed writer and speaker, Professor Jelani Cobb.

Hailing from the University of Connecticut, Professor Cobb has provided engaging and meaningful contributions to the topic of race relations within his New Yorker columns and other publications including the Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress.  His scholarly work has earned him Fellowships from the Fulbright and Ford Foundations as well as the Sidney Hillman Prize for Opinion and Analysis Journalism in 2015.   As an engaging speaker, he has been invited to speak on National Public Radio and various news media outlets.

His topic, The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today, is both timely and important within our Cleveland Community.

RSVP today!

Details:

Cleveland Academy of Trial Attorneys

Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner

 

Friday, June 24, 2016

Key Note Speaker

 

Professor Jelani Cobb: University of Connecticut

The Half Life of Freedom:

Race and Justice in America Today

 

The Club at

Cleveland Marriott Downtown at Key Center

127 Public Square, Cleveland, OH 44114

 

Reception:  5:30 P.M.

Dinner: 6:30 P.M.

Program: 7:30 P.M.

 

Make checks payable to: CATA

Remit to:

Rhonda Baker Debevec, Esq.

The Debevec Law Firm

700 W. Saint Clair Ave., Suite 214

Cleveland, Ohio   44113

Questions?   Email rdebevec@debeveclaw.com or call 216-331-0953

Please reply by June 6, 2016

CATA Hofbrauhaus Social with CM Law Moot Court

William Eadie

William Eadie

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers
William is a trial attorney in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Christine, and their two daughters.His practice is devoted to nursing home abuse and medical negligence.
William Eadie

Yesterday CATA co-sponsored a social event with the Cleveland Marshall College of Law Moot Court Team at Hofbrauhaus Cleveland. Over 50 CATA members, judges and law students gathered to meet new friends and share their tales from the courtroom and classroom.

The CMCL students were provided with a wonderful opportunity to gain insight into how trial attorneys go about representing families and vigilantly pursuing justice in the courtroom. Many CMCL students already are clerking at firms around town and were grateful to meet attorneys and judges to supplement their exposure to opportunities in the NE legal community. The CMCL students were invited to join CATA as student members.

We look forward to welcoming them into our organization!

Some pictures from the event:

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Case Law & CATA Social Tonight!

William Eadie

William Eadie

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers
William is a trial attorney in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Christine, and their two daughters.His practice is devoted to nursing home abuse and medical negligence.
William Eadie

Looking forward to our social tonight with the Case Western Reserve University School of Law​’s Mock Trial Team and SBA!  See you from 6-8 PM at Crop Uptown located at 11460 Uptown Ave, Cleveland (University Circle).

2015 Annual Installation Dinner

William Eadie

William Eadie

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers
William is a trial attorney in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Christine, and their two daughters.His practice is devoted to nursing home abuse and medical negligence.
William Eadie

CATA’s annual dinner was held on June 5th this year. Outgoing president, Ellen Hirshman, gave the President’s Award to Joel Feldman, the founder of the Casey Feldman Foundation and the EndDD program. Joel accepted the award on video. Ellen also gave CATA’s Service Award to Lillian Rudiy, who, as legal assistant to incoming president Kathy St. John, has acted as design support for the CATA News for the past five years, and has been actively involved in assisting with the Litigation Institute and Annual Dinner this year.

Our guest speaker was celebrated trial lawyer Randi McGinn, who authored the book Changing Laws, Saving Lives: How to Take on Corporate Giants, and Win. McGinn drew rousing applause for her inspirational theme: It’s not about the Money. The officers and board of directors were sworn in. Our new slate of officers is: Kathy St. John, President; Rhonda Debevec, Vice President; Cathy Bolek, Secretary; and Chris Patno, Treasurer. Check out some photos from the dinner on CATA’s Facebook Page.

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Joel Feldman Accepting the 2015 CATA President’s Award

William Eadie

William Eadie

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers
William is a trial attorney in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Christine, and their two daughters.His practice is devoted to nursing home abuse and medical negligence.
William Eadie

Last week we held the CATA’s 2015 Annual Meeting & Awards Dinner, during which the outgoing president selects an honoree to receive the President’s Award.  This year, outgoing president Ellen Hobbs Hirshman selected Joel Feldman, of the Casey Feldman Memorial Foundation and the End Distracted Driving Organization.

Joel is an accomplished attorney who lost his daughter, Casey, to a distracted driver.  He has worked tirelessly to educate teens, adults, teachers, and parents on how to take real action to end distracted driving.  He’s also worked with organizations like CATA to help us present to groups as well.   Ellen has made EndDD a signature effort of CATA.  Having given the presentation to multiple schools, I can attest to its powerful impact.

Here is Joel accepting the award via video:

 

Great Success: CATA 2015 Litigation Institute

Kathleen St. John

Kathleen St. John

Kathleen is CATA's President and leads the teams responsible for the CATA journal and CATA's Litigation Institute.Kathleen is a partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, where she is chair of the appellate, research, and writing department.
Kathleen St. John

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Last Friday, CATA held its annual Litigation Institute at the Club at Key Center.

We’d like to thank our speakers – Brian Eisen, Brenda Johnson, Nancy Iler, Rick Johnson, and Ben Sachs of The Landing Group – for their awesome presentations.  Special thanks, as well, to Nurenberg Paris staff members Lillian Rudiy (for help in organizing the program and handling the registration desk), Mike Walend and Frank Strack (for helping with the AV), and Erik Ovesny (for photographing the event).

You can check out lots of images from the event over on CATA’s Facebook Page! (No Facebook account needed)

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CATA Social at the Speakeasy with CM Law’s Criminal Law Society

William Eadie

William Eadie

Nursing Home Abuse Lawyer at Eadie Hill Trial Lawyers
William is a trial attorney in Cleveland, Ohio, where he lives with his wife, Christine, and their two daughters.His practice is devoted to nursing home abuse and medical negligence.
William Eadie

CATA Mixer

Last Thursday CATA co-sponsored a social networking event with the Cleveland Marshall College of Law’s Criminal Law Society at The Speakeasy on W. 25th Street. We welcomed over 50 attendees, including CATA members, Marshall law students, and common pleas judges and staff attorneys. It was a delightful evening of libations, appetizers, and community building. It was a wonderful opportunity for CATA members to meet potential law clerks and for students to obtain some insight into the practice of law from a trial attorney’s perspective. CATA looks forward to sponsoring more networking events with area law schools this fall.

Check out some of the photos from the event on Twitter:

Litigation Institute 2015 Schedule Announced

Kathleen St. John

Kathleen St. John

Kathleen is CATA's President and leads the teams responsible for the CATA journal and CATA's Litigation Institute.Kathleen is a partner at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy, where she is chair of the appellate, research, and writing department.
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Dear CATA Members:

Please join CATA for the 2015 Litigation Institute on Friday, April 24, 2015, from 8:00 am – 4:20 pm.  This year’s program is entitled “Hot Topics & Persuasive Techniques,” with a line-up of great topics and speakers.  See the Litigation Institute 2015 Brochure for the lineup and signup.

 Our morning topics include:

“Does the Affordable Care Act Affect or Limit Future Damages?”

The Affordable Care Act’s promise of universal health care has caused some defense attorneys to move to limit future damages to the cost of annual premiums.  Is there merit to these and related arguments defendants are starting to make in catastrophic injury cases?  Brenda M. Johnson, Esq. explores these and related arguments and provides tips for opposing them.

“Shhhh… Confidentiality Clauses in Settlement Agreements”

Can a defense attorney ethically stop you from talking about your recent, humongous settlement?  Can you at least get paid for your silence?  Brian N. Eisen, Esq. tackles these and other questions raised by confidentiality provisions in settlement agreements.

“Fighting Arbitration Clauses in Nursing Home Cases”

In the wake of Marmet Health Care Center, Inc. v. Brown, 132 S.Ct. 1201 (2012) and Hayes v. Oakridge Home, 122 Ohio St.3d 63 (2009, are arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts still assailable?  Nancy C. Iler, Esq. explores ways to defeat arbitration agreements signed by patients or their family members upon admitting the patient to the nursing home.

“College Athletes’ Rights to their Names, Images, and Likenesses and the O’Bannon v. NCAA Class Action Litigation”

The NCAA’s rules prohibit college athletes from receiving financial remuneration from their names, images, and likenesses (NILs).  Yet billions of dollars are made every year by the NCAA and its member bowls, colleges, and universities, who sell these NILs even though they never gain title to them.  Richard G. Johnson, Esq. discusses the O’Bannon v. NCAA class action litigation contesting this paradigm and provides insight as to the direction future litigation might take, as a slew of class actions are lining up to contest the exploitation of college athletes.

Our afternoon topic consists of a three hour interactive presentation:

Ben Sachs of The Landing Group is presenting on advanced communication techniques for managing clients & witnesses.

Ben Sachs of The Landing Group is presenting on advanced communication techniques for managing clients & witnesses.

By special guest speaker, Ben Sachs, Esq., of The Landing Group, who is an adjunct professor at the University of Viriginia Law School.  His 3 hour interactive presentation is called:  “Adaptive Influence for Lawyers:  Advanced Communication Techniques for Managing Clients & Witnesses.”

Traditional public speaking focuses on crafting a message of broad appeal to a diverse audience; however, these principles start to break down when applied to an audience of one.  When managing a critical client or key witness, a skilled attorney must move beyond generic principles of persuasion and instead adopt a strategy of Adaptive Influence, carefully reading the other person and adapting the message and the delivery to land the point.

This seminar will teach you how to get inside the mind of another person and reach a deeper level of influence.  Ben Sachs will lead an interactive presentation exploring psychological, rhetorical, and behavioral models that explain how individuals connect with others and process information, allowing you to become a more persuasive, adaptable communicator.

You can earn 6 CLE credit hours for attending the full day seminar, which includes a Continental Breakfast and Buffet Lunch.  This year’s program will be held at the Club at Key Center in downtown Cleveland.  Members pay a flat rate of $199.00 — which, for 6 CLE credits and two meals is a fantastic deal!!! Non-members pay $249.00.

Here is the Litigation Institute 2015 Brochure with a registration form.  You can detach the form and mail it in, or fill it in on-line, or just email me with your registration information.

Hope to see you there!

CATA Annual Dinner 2014

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, 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.