Hot Talks

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. We're calling these conversations:  Hot Talks.

On the second Tuesday of every month, alternating between lunch and after work, the CMBA will host a series of Hot Talks -- free, interactive discussions that will feature a variety of speakers who can offer expertise on particular topics, as well as a broad spectrum of viewpoints. 

Bring your questions, your views, your criticisms - whatever you've got - and come meet us at the bar for Hot Talks.

Hot Talks are co-presented by The Press Club of Cleveland.

Up Next: June 13 at noon

Join us Tuesday, June 13 at the CMBA Conference Center for our next conversation. After brief, introductory remarks, the conversation will be open to all for an interactive question and answer period.  

As for lunch, bring your own or ask us to order one for you for $8. Pre-ordered boxed lunch options are: grilled chicken wrap, turkey sandwich, veggie wrap or Mediterranean salad. Please specify your selection when you order.

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2017-06-13 12:00:00 2017-06-13 13:00:00 America/Detroit Hot Talks at the CMBA Free, interactive discussions open to CMBA members and the general public. Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 1375 E. 9th Street, Floor 2, Cleveland, OH 44114

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.

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.  

Future Hot Talks:  

  1. June 13th             12-1:00 p.m
  2. July 11th               5-6 p.m.
  3. August 8th            12-1:00 p.m
  4. September 12th    5-6 p.m.
  5. October 10th        12-1:00 p.m
  6. November 14th      5-6 p.m.
  7. December 12th    12-1:00 p.m.

Recent Hot Talks

February 14, 2017:  Immigration Policies

Our first Hot Talk took place on Tuesday, February 14 at noon 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.

March 11, 2017: Sanctuary & Welcoming Cities

What does it mean to be a "Sanctuary City" or a "Welcoming City"?  What's the difference?  This after-work conversation discussed the differences as well as the advantages and disadvantages for communities to consider.

We welcomed Carol Roe, At-Large Council Member in the City of Cleveland Heights, which recently voted to approve the city's status as a Welcoming City. This free, interactive one-hour conversation was followed by a cash bar reception. 



April 11, 2017: Federal Budget Impacts

We welcomed Congressman Jim Renacci and Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers as our guests to talk about the impact of President Trump's proposed budget. What are the impacts locally and nationally? The conversation included talk about the importance of the proposed increases as well as the impacts of other cuts or eliminations in spending.  Read the full media advisory here or view more photos on our Facebook page.

May 9, 2017: Congress versus the President in War & Foreign Affairs

Through collaboration with the American Constitution Society and The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies, the talk featured  Professor Dakota S. Rudesill from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, and Professor Robert F. Turner from the University of Virginia School of Law. Read our full media advisory for more details. After brief, introductory remarks, the conversation was open to all for an interactive question and answer period which was moderated by Jonathan Witmer-Rich, Professor at the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law.