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...
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....
Fashion Forward

Fashion Forward

Do you have nothing to wear?  Or are you just short on ideas of how to put things together so they look new and fresh?  This series of blog posts is aimed at getting you back to feeling great in your clothes.  We will be posting outfit ideas and tips for the professional paralegal, court reporter, and attorney.  If you have a favorite outfit or tip, please let me know through the chat function on our website! www.cadyreporting.com Access a couple of our favorite Fashion Forward articles here: What Do I Wear to a Networking Event? Summer Style Outfit of the (Mon)Day for a Successful Week Neutral Density...
Guest Authors

Guest Authors

Guest authors bring a unique perspective to our blog. They are an invaluable part of the legal community here in Cleveland, Ohio and around the country. The guests who we have chosen know how “do the lawyering” much better than I do, and we sincerely appreciate them lending their expertise to share with all of our dear readers and enhancing the legal profession. Would you like to be featured on the blog? Sent me a message via the live chat function on our website. We would love to hear from you!   Here are some of our previous guest authors. Click to access their articles. Adrian Thompson of Taft Stettinius Richik Sarkar of McGlinchy Stafford Judge James L. Kimbler...
Carnival Accidents Largely Caused by Riders

Carnival Accidents Largely Caused by Riders

Article originally published on Hughes & Coleman.com   Into safe arms “Oh, my gosh, she’s gonna fall”, says the person recording the video as the camera focuses on a teenager whose body is at the point of slipping out of the protective barrier of a gondola ride and plunging into a 25-foot fall. More and more people start to realize that, above their heads, a potentially tragic accident is unfolding. Cries for the ride to be stopped are mixed with shouts encouraging the girl to hold on. Finally, the gondolas come to a halt and the amusement park employees instruct visitors to leave the area just below the distressed teenager. A small crowd of safety personnel gathers to catch the girl when the inevitable fall happens. After a nerve-racking couple of seconds, the unlucky teenager plummets to the ground, hitting a tree branch on her way down, but ending up caught by the arms of the people gathered below. The crowds give a collective sigh of relief and start cheering. This time a tragedy was avoided – the girl was taken to the hospital to be treated for some injuries but appeared to have sustained no major damage to her health. Who’s at fault? The tense situation, capable of making a parent think twice before letting their kid go to an amusement park, took place at the Six Flags Park’s Sky Ride attraction in New York. One day after the incident, the sheriff’s office said that the ride was investigated and that its safety equipment was found to be fully operational. Warren County sheriff’s Lt. Steven Stockdale commented that the incident...
Guest Author: Lighting the Career Path Through Mentoring and Championing

Guest Author: Lighting the Career Path Through Mentoring and Championing

Lighting the Career Path Through Mentoring and Championing by Guest Author Adrian D. Thompson of Taft, Stettinius & Hollister (Originally published in the CMBA Journal, March 2017) A Buddhist proverb states, “If you light a lamp for someone, it will also brighten your own path.”  Mentoring programs help young lawyers develop and learn new skills under the direction and advice of a seasoned expert, their mentor. Mentoring is a career development and talent retention tool.  The very act of mentoring brightens the career paths of both the person being nurtured through counsel, “the mentee,” and the person providing the counseling, “the mentor.” The law firm/employer itself, also benefits due to the enhanced communication between the mentor and mentee which ultimately supports the organization’s directions toward sustainable growth gained from enlightened participants.  Quality mentoring greatly enhances the mentee’s changes for success and the company’s ability to meet/exceed its goals and objectives.  Therefore, the importance and significance of a formal mentoring program cannot be diminished. Mentor Duties Mentor duties are to advise, motivate, coach, champion, inspire, teach and lead by example.  Mentors are more senior professionals in their careers and are battle tested.  Mentoring occurs when an experienced lawyer takes a personal interest in one with less experience and helps the junior lawyer learn and advance.  Mentors provide mentees with a brain to pick, and ear to listen, and a friendly push in the right direction.  As active listeners, mentors offer support, guidance and constructive criticism as appropriate.  Mentoring also provides the mentee with a leader to run to with questions.  Mentoring programs help to foster healthy work relationships by providing...