Spangenberg Litigation Institute Program


10:00 am – 11:00 am

Mediators Panel: Veteran Mediators Discuss the Critical Steps to Take in Advance of Mediation and the Strategies and Techniques to Employ/Avoid During Mediation

Our panel will share their experiences presiding over mediations and provide tips and insights on how to be an effective advocate during the mediation process.

  • Deborah A. Coleman, Esq., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Michael N. Ungar, Esq., Cleveland, Ohio
  • James P. Carrabine, Esq., Mentor, Ohio

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

The Innocence Project – Resurrecting Justice

  • Mark A. Godsey, Professor of Law, University of Cincinnati and Director, Institute for Justice/Ohio Innocence Project

Our justice system can commit the ultimate injustice – putting someone in prison for a crime they did not commit. Professor Godsey will discuss the cutting edge technological advancements in forensic evidence that enable the Innocence Project to exonerate those who are being wrongfully imprisoned. He will also describe the process for identifying potential wrongful convictions and fighting to get them overturned. He will be accompanied by an exoneree who will tell the story of what it was like to be wrongfully accused, wrongfully convicted, wrongfully imprisoned, and then finally set free.

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch Provided

1:00 pm – 1:45 pm

Police Brutality Cases - A Checklist for Identifying, Handling, and Litigating § 1983 Actions

Presenters will discuss the various standards of law enforcement conduct in § 1983 actions, how to prove Monell claims, pleading requirements for § 1983 cases, and a helpful checklist when considering filing a lawsuit pursuant to § 1983.

  • Nicholas A. DiCello, Esq., Cleveland, Ohio
  • Jeremy A. Tor, Esq., Cleveland, Ohio

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

Strategic Visualization of Evidence – Not Only at Trial but Throughout the Entire Case

Learn the when, where, why, and how to present visual evidence throughout a case, the different technologies available, legal foundational requirements for presenting such evidence, and the methods for turning data and verbal evidence into visual evidence.

  • Robert L. Shepherd, MS, CMI, FAMI, MediVisuals, Inc., Richmond, Virginia
  • Dustin B. Herman, Esq., Cleveland, Ohio

2:15 pm – 2:30 pm


2:30 pm – 3:15 pm

Screening Potential Birth Injury Cases

A how-to on identifying viable birth injury cases, including evidence needed to prove liability and causation as well as a discussion of damages and developing a life care plan for the plaintiff.

  • William Hawal, Esq., Cleveland, Ohio

3:15 pm – 4:00 pm

Preventing the Defense from Stealing your Damages in the Era of the Affordable Care Act and Jones v MetroHealth

This presentation reviews the recent decision in Jones v. MetroHealth and its non-applicability against a private defendant as well as analyzing the legal burdens a defendant must meet in order to obtain a setoff of future economic damages in cases brought against political subdivisions. All of this will be discussed in light of the fact that the Affordable Care Act may be repealed.

  • Stuart E. Scott, Esq., Cleveland, Ohio

4:00 pm

Networking Reception