News: Lake Erie Wind Turbines

News: Lake Erie Wind Turbines

“The Ohio Power Siting Board has set a November public hearing on the proposal of the Lake Erie Energy Development Corp. to build a six-turbine wind farm eight to 10 miles offshore from Cleveland in 2019. Though just a demonstration project, the 20.7-megawatt farm would be the first fresh water facility of its kind in the nation and could lead to hundreds or even thousands of wind turbines in the lake.” (Plain Dealer file ) Read the full article by clicking here. The Green Initiative Committee of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association has looked into this topic and invited various speakers to present on it.  The wind turbine project in Lake Erie has met some mixed reviews.  Bird enthusiasts are concerned over the environmental impact that the turbine project will have on their feathered friends.  They argue that this project is “ill-conceived” and poses a devastating threat to a region designated as a Globally Important Bird Area.  The other side contends that this is not the case and that a larger threat than wind turbines is climate change which these turbines will help reverse.  Caleb Gordon makes a strong case for this project in Lake Erie by saying, “During my eight years of studying wind farms, this is the lowest-risk project of any I’ve worked on.”  Two major birding groups have filed a lawsuit to block the building of a turbine off the shore of Lake Erie.  It will be interesting to see where the litigation leads.  No doubt, this wind turbine project is poised have environmental impacts, some for the good and some for the bad.  What do you think? Michelle Cook...
Hot Talks: The Opioid Crisis in Northeast Ohio

Hot Talks: The Opioid Crisis in Northeast Ohio

On August 8, 2017, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association held one of its most well-attended Hot Talks.  ‘The Opioid Crisis in Northeast Ohio’ is something on the minds of the Cleveland community.  There are not many families and friends left untouched by this terrible epidemic that has taken a staggering number of victims already. We heard from 3 panelists: Judge Lauren Moore who spoke about her specialized Drug Court work in the Cleveland Municipal Court.  She sees and works with people convicted of drug-related offenses.  Drug Court may be offered to a felony offender charged with a low-level possession of a controlled substance, who has only one nonviolent felony conviction and is chemically-dependent. The defendant is required to enter a plea of “guilty” to a first-degree misdemeanor. Their sentence is held pending successful completion of the program. Upon successful completion of Drug Court and payment of a supervision fee, a participant’s guilty plea is vacated, the charge(s) dismissed and the case sealed or expunged.  Judge Moore works one on one with families to help them complete the Drug Court program, many of these families have fallen victim to the opioid crisis. Marisa Darden, the Assistant United States Attorney here in Cleveland, Ohio, spoke to us about the legal side of the Opioid crisis.  She told us that the number of overdose cases in Cuyahoga County has doubled, and is set to only go higher.  Marisa also talked about the victimology of this crisis.  The frightening thing is that there is no specificity to victims.  Some of the addictions start legally with prescription painkillers.  There are no socioeconomic barriers or indications...
The Finer Points of Serving as an Attorney-Notary

The Finer Points of Serving as an Attorney-Notary

By Christopher D. Caspary Henry J. Heinz, American entrepreneur and businessman, once remarked that “to do a common thing uncommonly well brings success.” The designation of notary public has a long and distinguished history that dates back approximately 1500 years. Today, documents are notarized with regularity and presented or required in a variety of proceedings and applications. Though notarizations are commonplace, notarial guidelines can be complex and specific processes and procedures are statutorily mandated pursuant to R.C. 147.07 et seq. Sounds like we may need to play a little ketchup. Becoming a Notary For starters, attorneys are not automatically notaries. Instead, attorneys must be additionally appointed and commissioned by the state through an application process. Notably, the application process occurs at the county level. Attorneys must be officially commissioned prior to notarizing any document. Seal & Register Prior to notarizing any document, a notary “shall provide themselves with the seal of a notary public.” See R.C. 147.04. Specifically, the statute provides: The seal shall consist of the coat of arms of the state within a circle one inch in diameter and shall be surrounded by the words “notary public,” “notarial seal,” or words to that effect, the name of the notary public and the words “State of Ohio.”  The seal may be of either a type that will stamp ink onto a document or one that will emboss it.  the name of the notary public may, instead of appearing on the seal, be printed, typewritten or stamped in legible, printed letters near his signature on each document signed by him. Acknowledgment vs. Jurat the specific nature of the notarization depends upon...
Definition: Mediation

Definition: Mediation

Mediation is one of several ways to resolve a conflict between two parties.  It is often referred to as ADR or Alternative Dispute Resolution.  Both parties voluntarily agree to come together in front of a neutral party called the mediator.  A mediator’s job is to help both parties settle the disagreement through questions and facilitation of conversation.  They can offer creative solutions as an alternative to solutions the court is unable to provide. In mediation, both sides must agree to mediate. If the other party doesn’t want to work it out this way, a mediation cannot occur.  Even if both sides do agree, there cannot be any laws that need to be ruled on, that ruling needs to be done by a judge.  Once you get into a mediation, one or both sides may not want to compromise or give up any ground whatsoever.  They may not want to even cooperate with you.  If you spend a lot of time formulating a resolution, the other side has an absolute right to disagree with it.  If that happens, the procedure becomes almost worthless because in a mediation both sides must agree to the resolution.  Much of the mediation process depends on the mediator.  When you get a mediator, they may be inexperienced or they may “click” with the clients.  This can make mediation very difficult.  Even if things go as planned and your mediation works out as a win-win for both parties, mediation agreements can have issues with enforceability.  After all of that, mediation might not even save you any time or money.  There are both pros and cons to the mediation...
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CLE Today

You’re sharp, we know that.  We’re sharp, you know that.  To stay sharp, however, we always need to be learning.  Education doesn’t end when you get that piece of paper in your hand.  Learning is a lifelong process, that is why all of us at Cady are so invested in attending, sponsoring and sharing in the education process.  We don’t want to leave all the work up to you!  We are a resource for the legal community.  We have worked hard to be on the cutting edge of technology and litigation.  Our clients feel confident in coming to us to solve any all litigation support questions. Ask us a question, we’re always happy to help!  Click here to jump to our home page and live chat with...
Volunteering and Sponsorship

Volunteering and Sponsorship

Why are volunteering and sponsorship important to the Cady Family? We are honored to be included among the top litigation support providers in the country. We appreciate the opportunity that we have had to grow in this community. During our time period of becoming a pillar of the court reporting community in Ohio, we appreciate all of the resources we have at our disposal. We have gained knowledge and insight from the CMBA, the NNRC and long-time veterans of the industry just to name a few. When someone gives you a precious gift, you want to give back to others so that they can experience the same. That is why volunteering is so important to us. We volunteer on an ongoing basis with the CMBA so that the youth of Cleveland can have an even better chance at a bright future. We volunteer with the NNRC so that we can continually foster advancement in our own industry which helps litigators do their job even better. We are happy to give of our time and resources so that in small ways we can repay what we have been given....