Paul Walter: Founder, Counselor, Peacemaker

On August 13, 1932, Western Reserve School of Law graduate Paul W. Walter, the son of German immigrants, joined several hundred recently graduated attorneys in Cleveland’s Engineers Building where they were to be sworn into the Ohio Bar. It was before the start of this momentous ceremony that Walter stood up in the crowd and called out, “Is there a Haverfield in the house?” [More]

Drone Law

On June 23, 2017, Darrell A. Clay will be speaking at an NBI seminar on the topic, "Drone Law." This seminar will be held at the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association Conference Center in downtown Cleveland. [More]

Airline Seats: Know Your (Limited) Rights

Social media exploded recently when a passenger aboard a United Airlines branded flight was forcibly removed from his seat by airport security, in part to make room for four airline employees who needed to be at the intended destination to crew another flight. (No doubt to the chagrin of United CEO Oscar Munoz because the fact that the flight was actually run by one of the airline's regional affiliates, Republic Airlines, was lost on the general public.) This raises the question: When you pay for your airline ticket, do you have a legal right to a seat on the airplane? [More]

Criminal Liability arising from Drone Operations

In an article published in the September 2016 issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal and titled, "Criminal Liability arising from Drone Operations," Darrell A. Clay and Jessica Trivisonno asserted that drone users must operate their vehicles in a safe and lawful manner at all times, or else they may incur criminal liability for their actions. [More]

New Legislation Provides Better Protection of Trade Secrets

In May the Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA) took effect, expanding federal protection of trade secrets that are stolen or exposed by improper means. Trade secrets are defined as valuable, confidential information that provides a competitive advantage by not being generally known in the market. DTSA's passage was welcomed by U.S. companies, which value their trade secrets in the trillions of dollars. [More]

The April 2015 Proposed Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines

In the September 2015 issue of the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Journal, Darrell A. Clay discussed the United States Sentencing Commission's proposed amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. In this article, titled, "The April 2015 Proposed Amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines," Darrell asserted that the most significant proposed changes were those related to economic offenses and to the guideline for a mitigating role in the offense. [More]