CLE | Issues of Ethics and Professionalism in Employment Law, Including Class Action Practice

Feb 3
Hosted by:Cleveland Marshall Law Al...
February 3, 2018 at 9:00am to
February 3, 2018 at 12:15pm
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Moot Courtroom map 1801 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115

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**This 3.0 Credit Hour course satisfies the Professional Conduct requirement.**

Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association would like to invite you to attend a three credit hour CLE (credit approved) that will provide local legal professionals a look at Ethics and Professionalism in Employment Law, including Class Action Practice. Recognizing that the ethical cannons were developed to govern actions brought by individual plaintiffs, this course will deal with the complexity of applying a traditional ethical analysis to employment law and class action practice; litigation settlement; zealous representation; confidentiality; and honesty in dealing with judicial officers and the public, along with engaging in Professionalism to the Court, counsel, and all others involved in employment and class matters.  The areas of employment and class action practice is one of the more highly publicized fields of litigation and its cases often involve staggering amounts of money.  That combination of factors sometimes can unfortunately create a perfect storm in which ethics and professionalism become overlooked or even lost.  The course will examine in detail the ethics and professionalism responsibilities which are peculiar to employment and class action litigation, as well as those generally applicable to all types of litigation, including the often and very public context of class notices and settlements which are broadly publicized as a result of Rule 23 requirements. We look forward to you joining us for another exciting CLE!


WHAT: Three credit hour CLE – credit approved


WHERE: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Moot Courtroom

WHEN: Saturday, February 3, 2018

Registration begins at 8:30 am

CLE begins promptly at 9:00 am and will conclude at 12:00 pm

HOW: Register online today! Online pre-registration rates: 
$75 General Admission | $65 CMLaw Alumni Members | $35 CSU Students | $10 SPI Tenants
Rates valid for online pre-registration only.



  • Patrick J. Perotti | Partner, Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA
  • William Crosby | Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program

Patrick J. Perotti | Partner, Dworken & Bernstein Co., LPA

Patrick J. Perotti is an award winning national leader in the fields of consumer class actions, employment discrimination, and wage and hour litigation.  He is a certified specialist in the field of Employment Law & Discrimination, a designation held by less than 1% of attorneys.
With verdicts and settlements exceeding $1 billion dollars, Patrick is regularly selected to lead class suits in Ohio and around the country. His reputation developed from a demand for outcomes which not only offered compensation to class members but also stopped unlawful government and corporate practices. Using the class action device to achieve deterrence, he has directed more than $32 million in unclaimed class funds from his settlements to charities and non-profits around the country.
The bench, bar and community have recognized Mr. Perotti’s legal and community accomplishments with the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Award, the defense bar’s Top 75 Plaintiff Trial Lawyers in the United States, the Ohio State Bar Association’s highest honor, the Ritter Award, and his alma mater Marshall College of Law’s highest honor, the Alumnae of the Year Award. As a frequent lecturer at state and national conferences on class actions, employment law, and the cy pres doctrine, Patrick is regularly consulted by the bench, bar and media on those subjects. His interviews and commentary are found in countless websites, newspapers, and local and national radio and television shows.

William Crosby | Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program

William Crosby is a 1982 graduate of Case Western Reserve University School of Law.  He previously served as the past-chair and past vice-chair of the Assistance to Lawyers Committee of the Cleveland Bar Association and he is active as a speaker for the Ohio Lawyers Assistance Program (OLAP) since 2010.  Currently he works in recovery with professionals and individuals.  Mr. Crosby is a longtime blogger and a contributing writer to Law and Crime on legal ethics.  He will present on alcoholism, opiate addiction, and recovery.



3.0 hour CLE Professional Conduct Credits pending (satisfies the professionalism requirement).*




If you find you can no longer attend a program, please contact the alumni office at  We would be happy to assist you by transferring your registration to a colleague or setting up a credit for a different CMLAA CLE event.

If you prefer, you may receive a full refund, less a $10 processing fee.  Any cancellations received within 3 business days of the seminar will not be eligible for a cash refund, but may still take advantage of one of the alternate options listed above.  Special full-day CLEs may have increased processing fees.

In the event that an event is cancelled a full refund will be issued.



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Supreme Court Credit

All CLE courses are pending approval for Ohio CLE general credit, unless otherwise stated.  If the course has been approved for Attorney Conduct or New Lawyer Training Credit that will be indicated.

CMLAA has 30 days to close a course and report the attendee’s hours to the Ohio Supreme Court. The Court has 30 days to report the hours to your transcript.

If you would like to submit your hours for credit in another state we will provide a certificate of attendance.  Credit is subject to approval by the applicable state bar and attendee is responsible for credit submission.  We cannot guarantee CLE approval for any state other than Ohio.


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