Workers' Compensation Law 101

    Workers' Compensation Law 101

    by Michael L. Weber

    This course covers the Administrative Hearings process before the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles. Topics covered in this course include the different types of hearings that you may encounter, including security suspensions, noncompliance suspensions, suspensions for failure to have insurance (FRA), and others. The course covers what to do in the prehearing phase of the investigation, and what to expect at the hearing including the scope, burden of proof, deadlines and types of evidence. Typical issues that a practitioner can expect in this area of the law include non-compliance suspensions, security suspensions, Commercial Driver’s License suspension, National Driver Registry Suspensions, and Medical Suspensions.

    Noncompete and Severance Agreements

    Noncompete and Severance Agreements

    by Elizabeth Tuck Loring

    This CLE covers the following areas of the law related to Severance Agreements and Non-compete Agreements

    Effective Legal Research

    Effective Legal Research

    by Lauren Morrison

    This CLE will focus on topics related to legal research, including:

    • Best approaches and sources for different types of legal research questions – 15 minutes
    • Legal research practices to avoid – 15 minutes
    • Free online resources for legal research – 15 minutes
    • Resources available at the law library – 15 minutes
    • Questions and Answers – 5 minutes
    Elder Law and Changes to Medicaid

    Elder Law and Changes to Medicaid

    by Gregory S. French
    1. Major changes beginning August 1.
      1. Elimination of spend-down and necessity for qualified income trust
      2. Qualified income trust administrative costs reducing monthly patient liability
      3. Countability of retirement accounts of spouse of Medicaid applicant
    2. Other major changes occurring earlier in 2016
      1. Elimination of the reverse half-a-loaf strategy of transferring assets
      2. Countability of the applicant’s home in a revocable trust
      3. Purchasing a community spouse annuity to achieve Medicaid eligibility
      4. Utilizing a promissory note to achieve eligibility
    Legal Malpractice

    Legal Malpractice

    by Alfred W. Schneble

    Lawyers cringe when they hear the words legal malpractice, which is why every lawyer should work to prevent it from happening. This CLE looks at the practical and legal issues of a legal malpractice claim. Legal malpractice, like most negligence claims, involves duty, breach of duty, causation, and damages. This seminar covers the issues, and also discusses the practical side of bringing and defending against a legal malpractice case.

    Lanham Act

    Lanham Act

    by Anthony B. Holman

    Anthony Holman will discuss the past and present status of liability under the Lanham Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1051, et seq.  The format examines federal cases dealing with both tangible and intangible uses of trademarks from local and other jurisdictions, and further discusses possible ways in which such liability arises.

    Vocational Experts

    Vocational Experts

    by Kenneth J. Manges

    Vocational experts offer testimony about the amount of money a divorcing spouse or injured person can earn given their age, education, training and market conditions; whether the divorcing spouse or injured party can ever be realistically employed, whether the job search is substantial and defensible, how long it will take to get a job, and how long the formerly unemployed/disabled can be expected to be in the workforce are all issues you need to be prepared to question and to answer.

    Knowing what to ask your expert and how to examine opposing counsel's vocational expert can mean the difference between a mediocre and a great cross examination. This presentation will provide you with the information you need to know about achieving your client's best outcome.

    Estate Planning Update 2016

    Estate Planning Update 2016

    by Lewis G. Gatch

    Attorney Lewis Gatch discusses often overlooked assets which trigger probate. He also explains why in many cases a 706 tax return should be filed even though the decedent's estate is less than the exclusion. We learn how the ubiquitous AB Trusts are obsolete, with preference to a joint trust for spouses that contains a general testamentary power of appointment over the assets in the trust. Recent case law and IRA distributions are also covered.

    A Judge's View from the Bench

    A Judge's View from the Bench

    by Judge Steven E. Martin and Judge Tom Heekin
    1. Pre-Trial - the 14 things a judge believes you should know and abide by prior to trial
    2. Trial - the 13 things a judge believes will make your case
    3. In General - 15 things to remember that will make you a better lawyer
    4. Criminal Cases - 3 specific things to follow in addition to all of the above
    5. Computers, technology, and its use in the Courtroom.
    6. In camera inspections - How it works and what to expect.
    7. Keep your case as simple as possible. 
    8. Voir Dire:  learn what your judge does and does not permit. 
    9. No talking objections.
    10. Take adverse rulings with grace.  The jurors have enormous faith in the judge.
    11. Motions for Summary Judgment – Rule 56
    12. Wisdom from above
    New Era in Real Estate Closings

    New Era in Real Estate Closings

    by Roccina S. Niehaus

    This course covers the new Real Estate Closing Forms and Procedures that came into effect as a result of the Dodd Frank Act and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau established by Congress. The course covers the following:

    1. History of Dodd-Frank/implementation/delay
    2. New Terminology
    3. Issues regarding closing process
    4. Applicable loans/enforcement powers
    5. Delivery requirements
    6. Concepts of consummation and closing
    7. The New forms
    8. The Closing Table

    Tort Liability and Trademarks

    Tort Liability and Trademarks

    by Kenneth B. Germain and Sean K. Owens

    Liability of trademark licensors for the torts of their licensees has been of topic of considerable discussion and case law for over 35 years. The topic deserves to be revisited today because the development of the so-called ‘‘sharing economy,’’ including ‘‘ridesharing’’ services such as Uber (and Lyft, Sidecar, etc.) and lodging booking services such as Airbnb, warrant consideration of whether and to what extent product liability concepts per se should be carried over into what can be dubbed ‘‘service liability.’’

    Trial Mistakes from Judge's Perspective

    Trial Mistakes from Judge's Perspective

    by Judge Steven E. Martin

    Law schools teach you practice skills, but not always practical skills in the courtroom. This program is taught by Hamilton County, Ohio Judge Steven Martin, who discusses the 10 most important things that lawyers should know when going into court. This course covers trial preparation, civility, working with the court on motions, jury instructions, presenting your case, and perhaps most importantly, being yourself in the courtroom.

    Eminent Domain

    Eminent Domain

    by Timothy M. Burke

    When property is taken or appropriated for public use, the government is required by law to pay the owner just compensation. Just compensation under the law is usually defined as the “fair market value” of the property taken. But what if it’s not fair? What if the government wants my property to give to a developer for a shopping mall? This CLE looks at the elements of eminent domain, public taking, and the valuation that is done for property subject to eminent domain proceedings.

    Professionalism 2016

    Professionalism 2016

    by John H. Phillips
    1. To provide opportunities for lawyers and judges to consider in a sustained and serious way issues that affect competence, integrity, service and justice in the contemporary practice of law;
    2. To bring lawyers and judges together for discussions of these shared values of the legal profession;
    3. To promote the understanding of and commitment to “A Lawyers Creed” and “A Lawyers Aspirational Ideals”; and
    4. To promote the understanding of and commitment to “A Judicial Creed.”
    Ethically Marketing Your Law Practice

    Ethically Marketing Your Law Practice

    by John H. Phillips and Michael Brown

    Pay attention to the Ohio Rules of Professional Conduct related to internet marketing Before you redesign your law firm's website or start a new internet marketing campaign.

    The first step is reading all of the applicable bar rules for attorney advertising. Additional information can be found in the comments to each rule and the advisory ethics opinions interpreting the rules.

    Although the rules in the State of Ohio are restrictive, an attorney can stay in full compliance while still having an extremely effective internet marketing campaign. Taking an ethical approach to marketing means following the letter and spirit of each rule.

    Administrative Law:  The Nuts and Bolts

    Administrative Law: The Nuts and Bolts

    by Glenda A. Smith

    This course covers the Administrative Hearings process before the Ohio Department of Motor Vehicles. Topics covered in this course include the different types of hearings that you may encounter, including security suspensions, noncompliance suspensions, suspensions for failure to have insurance (FRA), and others. The course covers what to do in the prehearing phase of the investigation, and what to expect at the hearing including the scope, burden of proof, deadlines and types of evidence. Typical issues that a practitioner can expect in this area of the law include non-compliance suspensions, security suspensions, Commercial Driver’s License suspension, National Driver Registry Suspensions, and Medical Suspensions.

    Employment and Labor Law Update 2016

    Employment and Labor Law Update 2016

    by Stephen Richey
    • Marijuana
    • Gay and Trans-Gender Issues
    • DOL Mandates $50,000 Minimum Salary For Exempt Employees
    • New Requirements for Government Contractors
    • NLRB’s Quickie Elections
    • Questions and Answers
    Estate Planning Update 2015

    Estate Planning Update 2015

    by Lewis G. Gatch

    Attorney Lewis Gatch discusses often overlooked assets which trigger probate. He also explains why in many cases a 706 tax return should be filed even though the decedent's estate is less than the exclusion. We learn how the ubiquitous AB Trusts are obsolete, with preference to a joint trust for spouses that contains a general testamentary power of appointment over the assets in the trust. Recent case law and IRA distributions are also covered.

    ERISA 2015 Update

    ERISA 2015 Update

    by Robert Armand Perez, Sr

    ERISA is the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974. ERISA is a federal law that sets minimum standards for most voluntarily established pension and health plans in private industry to provide protection for individuals in these plans. This CLE covers recent litigation and developments in the area of ERISA, and how lawyers can represent clients whose ERISA benefits are not being handled correctly by employers.

    Significant Cases from Ohio's First District Court of Appeals

    Significant Cases from Ohio's First District Court of Appeals

    by Judge Lee H. Hildebrandt, Jr.

    This CLE is presented by the Hon. Lee Hildebrandt, Jr., Judge on the Ohio First District Court of Appeals, covering Hamilton County and the entire Cincinnati area. The CLE covers significant case in civil litigation, criminal law, criminal procedure, juvenile court, domestic relations court, and original actions brought in the Court of Appeals.

    Specific cases are discussed from the viewpoint of the Court and the impact that those decisions will have on the law of Ohio.

    Ethics 2015: Year In Review

    Ethics 2015: Year In Review

    by John H. Phillips

    Changes to the Rules for the Governance of the Bar are covered, and changes to the Rules of Professional Conduct.

    During 2015, the Board Of Commissioners On Grievances & Discipline of the Supreme Court of Ohio also issued guidance opinions that will be covered. Each of these Opinions is covered in this CLE.

    Significant Disciplinary cases for 2015 are covered, including the Rules of Professional Conduct that were violated, and how to avoid repeating the same mistakes made by attorneys in the fact patterns covered during the CLE.

    Whistleblowers and Federal False Claims Act

    Whistleblowers and Federal False Claims Act

    by James A. Tate and Erin M. Campbell
    1. Description of the False Claims Act
    2. Types of False Claims Act Cases  
    3. What is not a False Claims Act Case
    4. Pitfalls
    5. Retaliation Protection
    6. Other Qui Tam and Whistleblower reward statutes
    Understanding Medicaid

    Understanding Medicaid

    by Ashley Shannon Burke

    Medicaid is a federal/state program based on financial and medical need. The Medicaid program will pay for most medically-necessary services for individuals who qualify. Medicaid pays for 70% of all nursing home care and serves approximately 48,000 individuals in home and community based waiver programs.

    The Ohio Department of Medicaid operates the Medicaid program in Ohio. The County Departments of Job and Family Services process Medicaid applications and make initial eligibility decisions. There are many different categories of individuals who can be eligible for Medicaid. This presentation only addresses the category of individuals who need Medicaid to pay for nursing facility level of care services.

    Nuts and Bolts of Title Insurance

    Nuts and Bolts of Title Insurance

    by Roccina S. Niehaus

    This CLE will cover the following areas of the law related to Title Insurance and Real Estate Transactions

    • Title insurance commitment
    • Owners title insurance
    • Lender’s title insurance
    • CPL/Survey matters
    • Questions and Answers