CLE | Zoning & Land Use: Navigating Codes, Boards and Commissions and Getting Your Client Approved

Oct 14
Hosted by:Cleveland Marshall Law Al...
October 14, 2017 at 9:00am to
October 14, 2017 at 12:00pm
Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Moot Courtroom map 1801 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115

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Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association would like to invite you to attend a three-hour CLE that will provide local legal professionals a look at Zoning & Land Use: Navigating Codes, Boards and Commissions and Getting Your Client Approved.

We look forward to you joining us for another exciting CLE!


WHAT: Three-hour CLE – credit approved

WHERE: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Moot Courtroom

WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 2017

Registration begins at 8:30 am

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

HOW: Register through Classy today! $75 General Admission, $65 for CML Alumni Members

3.0 hour CLE Credit approved



  • Kevin M. Butler | Law Director, City of Lakewood & City of Brooklyn
  • Lisa Gold-Scott | Assistant Director/Housing Attorney, City of Shaker Heights


  • Aimee W. Lane | Partner, Walter | Haverfield LLP
  • Elizabeth Wells Rothenberg | Assistant Director of Law, City of Cleveland Heights
  • Gregory O’Brien | Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
  • John W. Monroe | Attorney and Shareholder, Mansour Gavin LPA 
  • Kyle Reisz | Lead Zoning Planner, Cleveland City Planning Commission


Program Description

Navigating Codes, Boards and Commissions and Getting Your Client Approved.  Chaired and led by experienced municipal attorneys, this 3-hour presentation will cover the nuts and bolts of the administrative approval process for municipal boards such as the board of zoning appeals, planning commission, and architectural board of review.  Attendees will leave with a better appreciation for the administrative application and review system and the codes under which they operate, all with an aim to ensure their clients have the best chance of success when appearing before those boards and, if necessary, on appeal.  Speakers will also provide legislative and case updates on timely topics related to land use and zoning that impact applicants for zoning approvals, such as the regulations of signs, the medical marijuana industry and trends in zoning legislation.


Kevin M. Butler | Law Director, City of Lakewood and City of Brooklyn
A 2001 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall, Kevin M. Butler is the director of law in the cities of Lakewood and Brooklyn, serving as general counsel in matters involving all aspects of municipal law including zoning, planning, land use, legislation drafting and the administrative boards and commissions process.  He brings his work on behalf of these employers of over 600 employees to bear on his private practice, which focuses on counseling small and midsize businesses and individuals on business startup, growth and succession planning, estate planning and probate, real estate transactions and employment matters. He is a recent past president of the Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association and was recognized in 2015 by Crain’s Cleveland Business for his work as an in-house government attorney.

Lisa Gold-Scott | Assistant Director of Law, City of Shaker Heights

Lisa Gold-Scott is an Assistant Law Director/Housing Attorney/Assistant Prosecutor for the City of Shaker Heights.  She concentrates on fair housing issues as well as issues relating to code enforcement (including criminal prosecution of housing, building, fire, and health code violations), foreclosures, and vacant property issues.  She also serves as the City’s ADA Coordinator, and as an Assistant Prosecutor.  Prior to joining the Shaker Heights law department, Ms. Gold-Scott was Associate Director/Staff Attorney for The Housing Advocates, Inc. where she litigated cases involving fair housing discrimination and predatory lending.  She was also responsible for the supervision of law students enrolled in the Fair Housing Law Clinic in conjunction with Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.  Prior to her employment with HAI, Lisa served under former City of Cleveland Mayor Michael White as the Fair Housing Administrator for four years, and Director of Community Relations in his last year of office. Before coming to Cleveland, Lisa worked as staff attorney at HAI from 1997-1998 where she was involved in authoring two studies involving fair lending practices and discrimination in the provision of homeowners insurance to Cleveland residents.  Lisa is a 1994 graduate of Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and an honorary trustee for the Cleveland-Marshall Law Alumni Association. 

Aimee W. Lane | Partner, Walter | Haverfield LLP

Aimee W. Lane is a partner with Walter | Haverfield LLP and is a member of the Firm's Municipal Law, Public Law and Litigation Services practice groups.  She currently serves as the Law Director for the Village of Moreland Hills and an Assistant Solicitor for the City of Hudson.  She has previously served as an Assistant Law Director for the Village of Chagrin Falls.  Aimee has considerable experience representing public entities in the areas of land use, planning and zoning, code enforcement and nuisance abatement, storm water management, including U.S. EPA and Ohio EPA mandates, municipal litigation, including administrative appeals, eminent domain actions, and municipal tort immunity cases, public improvement/construction projects, Ohio's Sunshine Laws, and election issues.  Aimee is a member of the Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association.  She earned her B.A. from Marietta College and her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law.   

Elizabeth Rothenberg | Assistant Director of Law, City of Cleveland Heights
Elizabeth Wells Rothenberg is an Assistant Director of Law Director for the City of Cleveland Heights. Among the many various duties she performs for Cleveland Heights, Liz advises its Planning Commission, Board of Zoning Appeals, and Architectural Board of Review. In 2016, she spearheaded a reconception of the City’s ABR and as recently as this past spring, she drafted substantial amendments to the Cleveland Heights Zoning Code. Prior to joining the Cleveland Heights Law Department, Liz clerked for the Honorable Judge Sara E. Lioi of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio and subsequent to that position specialized in civil rights federal litigations at Avery Friedman & Associates. Before moving to Cleveland, Liz was Senior Counsel for the New York City Law Department, Office of the Corporation Counsel. Liz is a 2002 graduate of the New York University School of Law and is currently President of the Northeast Ohio Law Directors Association.

Gregory O’Brien | Partner, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
Gregory J. O’Brien, is a partner with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP interacting with public and private sector clients through a coordinated approach to matters that require legal, policy and legislative solutions. He brings real business acumen to his practice, as he has served as the Law Director for the City of Independence for the past 14 years and formerly was an assistant county prosecutor for Geauga, Ohio. He regularly represents small to medium sized closely held companies in all corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and regulatory matters.   In addition, he has successfully represented political subdivisions in both state and federal courts throughout Ohio for much of his 23 years of practice.  Greg earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in 1994. He is repeatedly honored as an Ohio Super Lawyer and currently serves as President for the Geauga County Bluecoats.

John W. Monroe | Attorney and Shareholder, Mansour Gavin LPA
John Monroe is a real estate attorney and shareholder at Mansour Gavin LPA.  He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee.  John is also currently serving as City Council President for the City of Euclid, Ohio.  He was previously elected as the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the City of Euclid’s Planning and Zoning Commission.  John is a former Assistant Director of Law for the City of Cleveland, Ohio and a former Assistant County Prosecutor for Cuyahoga County.  He and his wife Mary have two sons, Reilly and Aidan.

Kyle Reisz | Lead Zoning Planner, Cleveland City Planning Commission

Kyle Reisz is the lead zoning planner for the Cleveland City Planning Commission. Mr. Reisz is heading up the city’s effort replaces the current Euclidian zoning code with a modern Form Based Code. He is a co-author of the city’s two new form based overlay districts. Additionally, he leads efforts on citywide zoning changes, code revisions, and is staff to the Board of Zoning Appeals and a member of the Housing Design Review Board.



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