Hot Talks

According to the official White House website, just two weeks into his tenure, President Trump issued seven executive orders and 13 presidential memoranda. These expressions of presidential power have hit hot-button subjects from the Affordable Care Act and pipeline projects, to the hiring of thousands of new immigration officers and the temporary suspension of refugee admissions into the United States. Reaction from across our country – and, indeed, across the globe – has been swift and loud. Meanwhile, at home and abroad, other important issues also swirl, which call out for thoughtful discussion and debate among those in the legal community.

The CMBA’s mission begins with five simple words: “To promote the rule of law.” To believe in the rule of law means that we believe all people and all institutions are subject to and accountable to the laws of our land. It also means that we believe all laws must be both fairly applied and fairly enforced.

We stand behind our mission with action.

One way we strive to fulfill our mission is by creating opportunities for the open, civil exchange of ideas and viewpoints across a vast array of subjects – both for our members and the community at large.  During the coming weeks and months, as the Trump Administration continues to unveil its plans for action, as the legislative and judicial branches begin to weigh in with their responses, and as the temperature rises on other hot topics, the CMBA will offer opportunities for civil conversations about these consequential concerns.

On the second Tuesday of every month, the CMBA will host a series of Hot Talks -- interactive discussions that will feature a variety of speakers who can offer expertise on particular topics, as well as a broad spectrum of viewpoints. The discussions will be free (yes, FREE), informal lunchtime and after-work conversations that will give our members and the public alike a chance to learn more about newly announced policies and other issues of importance. (Ok, lunch and drinks will not be free. You can pre-order a boxed lunch for $8 at the noon sessions, or you can bring your own. And for the after work sessions, we’ll have a cash bar ready to roll.) Boxed lunches may be pre-ordered for $8 and the options are: grilled chicken wrap, turkey sandwich, veggie wrap or Mediterranean salad. Please specify your selection when you order.

Our first Hot Talk took place on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. at the CMBA's Conference Center.  The discussion was focused on recent immigration pronouncements and featured immigration attorneys, Heather Drabek Prendergast of Aljijakli & Kosseff, LLC and Sarah C. Flannery of Thompson Hine who provided perspectives on the impact for individuals and employers.

So what will these talks look like?

To start, we will have two or three lead speakers spend 15 or 20 minutes on introductory information such as:

  • What’s the difference between an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum?
  • What’s the legal impact of such presidential actions?
  • What are the recent hot presidential, legislative and/or judicial actions?
  • From the speakers’ perspectives, what specific impact will the actions have?

Then comes the Q&A. Free form. Thirty to forty minutes. Anything anyone wants to ask. Our speakers will field questions and again provide their perspectives. Sometimes they’ll agree. Sometimes they won’t. Sometimes the audience will agree; sometimes it won’t. The point here is to take real time developments and talk about them in an environment that is conducive to genuine, respectful give-and-take.

No, we won’t be catering to the left … or to the right. No, we won’t be offering the CMBA’s view on whether a policy announcement is good or bad. Yes, we will be giving people an opportunity to learn more about the legal news of the day in an environment that will enable us to discuss, debate and ultimately become better educated about the changes coming out of Washington D.C. and elsewhere – changes that will affect all of us.

Got thoughts and opinions about the recent actions…and those to come? We are looking for people who might be interested in leading our discussions. Immigration is clearly the buzzword for early February. Who knows what March and beyond will bring. If you would like to guide one of our conversations, give me a call or shoot me an email. We would love to include you.

Our doors are open to all who wish to engage in civil discourse. Bring your questions, your views, your criticisms – whatever you’ve got – and come meet us at the bar for Hot Talks the second Tuesday of every month. 

Future Hot Talks: 

  1. March 21th              5-6 p.m.  (NOTE: Because of a scheduling issue, this is the 3rd Tuesday of March!)
  2. April 11th             12-1:00 p.m
  3. May 9th                5-6 p.m.
  4. June 13th             12-1:00 p.m
  5. July 11th               5-6 p.m.
  6. August 8th            12-1:00 p.m
  7. September 12th    5-6 p.m.
  8. October 10th        12-1:00 p.m
  9. November14th      5-6 p.m.
  10. December 12th    12-1:00 p.m.