Tuesday, December 13th - 11:45 am to 1:45 pm

Sherwin Williams Landmark Conference Center

101 W. Prospect Ave. - Landmark Office Tower - 9th Floor

When reporters won't wait long for you to return that call before posting a story online and where virtually everyone is a "journalist" armed with a camera and able to reach thousands of people with one simple Facebook message, attorneys and their clients simply cannot wait until a legal decision is rendered.  They must be prepared to vigorously defend their situation in a wide variety of venues, as well as media outlets.

This CLE* will help prepare you to face the "court of public opinion" so that you, your organization, and your client are not declared "guilty" before you can even be heard in a court of law. Better yet, what you will learn can help forestall a situation from even spawning a court case at all.

Worth 1.5 credit hours, the complimentary CLE will address:

*  Establishing & maintaining "control of the message"  

*  Managing the reporter's agenda vs. the attorney's agenda

*  Dealing with the press proactively and reactively

Our panelists will be joined by special local judiciary guests including Judge Burt W. Griffin and Judge Brendan J. Sheehan, who will provide insights on the impact of the media on jurors and trial verdicts.


Hennes Communications, Managing Partner 

Bruce Hennes is managing partner of Hennes Communications, one of the few firms in the U.S. focused exclusively on crisiscommunications and crisis management.Hennes Communications serves corporations, government agencies, education and healthcare institutions, professional service firms and nonprofits that are "on trial" in the Court of Public Opinion. Bruce has nearly 40 years' experience in communications, with a past and present client list that includes Avery Dennison, Lubrizol, NASA, ThyssenKrupp, the Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority, the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, Interlake Steamship, United Way of Cleveland, Kent State University and MetroHealth Hospital System, as well as law firms across the U.S.

Crain's Cleveland Business, Publisher & Editor 

Elizabeth joined Crain's Cleveland Business as editor in April 2014, afterspending two decades of her career at The Plain Dealer, most recently as deputymanaging editor for content.  She has also worked at the National Association of College Stores, as vice president of communications and public relations, and at the ClevelandFoundation, as a public relations officer.

Interlake Steamship, General Counsel 

Tom is General Counsel to Mormac Marine Group, Inc. and related entities including The Interlake Steamship Company, which operates a fleet of self-unloading bulk carriers on the Great Lakes and SeaStreak, LLC, which operates high speed passenger ferries in the New York metropolitan area and in New England, and seasonally between the two. Tom is a "hands-on" member of the companies' Incident Response and Management Teams, in which he serves critical legal and operations roles, and is trained as an Incident Commander/On-Scene Coordinator. Previously, Tom was a partner in the boutique admiralty and maritime law firm of Ray, Robinson, Carle & Davies P.L.L. in Cleveland. While at the firm, Tom concentrated his practice in the areas of admiralty and maritime law, representing both local and international vessel owners and their respective insurers.  Tom is a licensed merchant mariner and prior to law school spent time working aboard ships.

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