2022 Convention Continuing Legal Education

2022 Convention: Continuing Legal Education 

Thursday, September 15
The educational sessions are designed to enhance your knowledge of specific areas in ways that can elevate your paralegal career.

Each session provides 1.0 CLE credit.

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

  • Corporate Compliance
    Professor Steve Naughton will present on compliance issues. Professor Naughton currently serves as the Director of Regulatory Compliance Studies and a Clinical Professor at Loyola University (Chicago) Law School. He is Senior Counsel at Volkov Law Group, which specializes in compliance and investigations.

    Presented by: Professor Steve Naughton, Loyola University School of Law

  • Non-Profits
    James Crawford will discuss Non-Profit Organizations, including how to set up a non-profit, maintain a non-profit and submit charitable filings.  He is a Senior Regional Account Executive from RASi, which is an NFPA national sponsor/exhibitor.

    Presented by: James Crawford, RASi

  • E-Discovery and Trial Demonstrative Efficiency for your Firm and your Clients
    Linda Weber will present on forensic collections, effective use of demonstrative exhibits, and collection of forensic evidence from cell phones, ipads, and other electronic devices.  She has over 26 years of experience in the legal industry and is currently the Director of Business Development for Profile Discovery.

    Presented by: Linda M. Weber, Profile Discovery

  • Pro Bono
    Teresa Scharf, OSBA Certified Paralegal with Ulmer & Berne LLP, Christine Flynn, Litigation Paralegal with Haggerty, Goldberg, Schleifer & Kupersmith, P.C., and Dianna Parker, Director of Pro Bono & Community Engagement with OSLSA, will present a pro bono roundtable. They will discuss the NFPA Pro Bono committee as well as how to foster pro bono opportunities for paralegals.  In addition, they will present a Pro Bono Workshop in the afternoon that will allow attendees to further engage with the presenters, ask questions, and develop strategies to enhance attendees’ Pro Bono practice.

    Presented by: Teresa Scharf, OSBA Certified Paralegal; Christine Flynn, Litigation Paralegal; Dianna Parker, Director of Pro Bono & Community Engagement


10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  • Business Basics
    Interested in learning about Business Basics? James Crawford will talk about types of entities, setting up a business and compliance issues. He is a Senior Regional Account Executive from RASi, which is an NFPA national sponsor/exhibitor.

    Presented by: James Crawford, RASi

  • Probate and Litigation
    Veronica T. Garofoli will identify the daily task of a probate and estate planning paralegal and how paralegal support attorneys in these areas.  She is an associate attorney with Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell, LLP and focuses in areas of probate litigation and estate planning. 

    Presented by: Veronica Garofoli, Esq., Schneider Smeltz Spieth Bell, LLP

  • Using Certified Interpreters
    Karina De La Cruz will discuss the importance of using a certified interpreter in your cases. She is the President and Director of Language Pickup of Horizon Legal Solutions and previously worked as a legal assistant and paralegal for 10 years.

    Presented by: Karina De La Cruz, Horizon Legal Solutions

  • Serving LGBTQ+ Clients: Culture Humility & Trauma Informed Representation
    1 DEI credit
    Kate Mozynski, Esq. will discuss her experience in representing the LGBTQ+ community in domestic violence and domestic relations matters. Their presentation will provide meaningful suggestions to promote inclusion and affirming legal practices and educate on terms and terminology when working with LGBTQ+ clients. Kate is an attorney with Equality Ohio Legal Clinic.  Their practice has included international human rights law, immigration law, international criminal law, and inmate civil rights litigation. They are passionate about working with members of the LGBTQ+ community and working to extend legal representation to individuals across Ohio. When they are not at work, Kate also coaches high school policy debate, and is devoted to helping make Ohio debate a supportive educational environment for LGBTQ+ students.

    Presented by: Kate Mozynski, Esq., Equality Ohio


1:25 p.m. -  2:35 p.m.

  • Mergers & Acquisitions
    Andy Seger, Esq. will discuss mergers and acquisitions and the challenges relating to both.  Andy is a chief legal officer with Portfolio Holding, Inc and NWAN, Inc. in compliance and acquisition areas.  

    Presented by: Andy Seger, Esq., Chief Legal Officer, NWAN Inc.

  • The Legalization of Marijuana in the US and Ohio
    Brendon P. Friesen will discuss the legalization of marijuana in the US and Ohio, including the cannabis industry and its stereotypes.  He is a shareholder of Mansour Gavin, LPA and his practice is focused in several areas including corporate, banking, cannabis and CBD regulatory compliance.

    Presented by: Brendon P. Friesen, Esq., Mansour Gavin, LPA

  • How a Private Investigator Helps your Case
    Dean Boerger, Chief Investigator and Founder of Boerger Investigative Services, LLC will present on how a private investigator helps your case.  Dean will discuss and explore the many services that private investigation firms can provide to assist in resolving your case.  There will be a discussion on the legal means to obtain information on a subject.  Some of the primary services include locating witnesses, heirs and estranged clients, covert surveillance operations, complex litigation support – report gathering, statement taking, scene investigation and canvassing, conducting asset research, developing profiles for defendants and plaintiffs, gathering pre-litigation intelligence and much more!

    Presented by: Dean Boerger, Founder & Chief Investigator, Boerger Investigative Services, LLC

  • Artificial Intelligence in the Litigation Field
    1 Ethics credit
    Steve A. Delchin, Esq will explore the use of artificial intelligence in the practice of law through a dynamic presentation featuring video clips from his own movie production. He is a Senior Attorney with Squire Patton Boggs. 

    Presented by: Steve Delchin, Esq., Squire Patton Boggs


3:15 p.m. - 4:25 p.m.

  • 10 Ethical Issues Faced by Paralegals
    1 Ethics credit
    Who knows all the ethical issues that face paralegals? Rebecca Bennett, Esq. will discuss 10 ethical issues faced by paralegals. Rebecca is a trial attorney with Ogletree, Deakins, Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C concentrating in labor and employment law, litigation, and compliance.

    Presented by: Rebecca Bennet, Esq., Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C.

  • Multiparty Contracting, The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and Consequences of a Commercial Disaster
    Attorney Jack L. Moser will talk about the Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald and the consequences of a Commercial Disaster.   He will discuss contracts between parties, passing of title and third party standing to sue. 

    Presented by: Jack L. Moser, Esq., Jack Moser Law Co., LPA

  • Complex Cases Simplified
    David Roberts, RPR, CRR, CMRS of Veritext will present issues concerning complex cases. His presentation will provide information on addressing security concerns, organizing documents and even conducting remote proceedings which we have all become accustomed to due to the pandemic. Mr. Roberts has been immersed in the court reporting field his entire life as he comes from a family of court reporters.

    Presented by: David Roberts, RPR, CRR, CMRS of Veritext

  • Animal Rights Law
    Magistrate Christopher Greene will join us to discuss Animal Rights Law. His presentation will include issues relating to animals concerning ownership rights, property and criminal law, and wills and trusts. Magistrate Greene has practiced law for the past 32 years including being a prosecutor and assistant law director. He has also been teaching in higher education for 20 years. He currently serves as a magistrate/judge for 2 local courts.

Presented by: Magistrate Christopher Greene

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