Hot Talks at the CMBA!

Next up: Tuesday, Sep 10 -- NOON to 1:00 PM 

We’re Back!
CMBA Hot Talks Return with “Justice in Cuyahoga County”
CLEVELAND - September 4, 2019 - The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is excited to announce a new season of Hot Talks.  Hot Talks take on the topics that determine the future of our community. Join us at Noon on the Second Tuesday of Each Month at the Bar!

Tuesday September 10th, 2019 Noon - 1pm
“Justice in Cuyahoga County”
Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association
CMBA President Ian N. Friedman will lead a panel discussion on the ongoing evolution of Cuyahoga County’s justice system. What began as a simple question of whether to refurbish the Justice Center or to build a new complex, has evolved into a much more in-depth consideration of how our community’s future justice system should function.
The moderated discussion will include an open question session for audience members. Joining Mr. Friedman will be a panel of three experts hired by the County to help drive the initiative forward. Speakers include:
Jeffrey R. Appelbaum - Partner/Chairman of Construction Law Group, Thompson Hine LLP and Managing Director, Project Management Consultants, LLC
Jeff has advised local leaders on a number of significant projects, including the Convention Center, the Global Center for Health Innovation and the downtown Hilton Hotel. He was hired in January 2019 to lead Cuyahoga County’s planning for a new Justice Center.    
Andrew CupplesPrincipal and National Justice Sector and Civic Design Leader, DLR Group
Andy brings more than 30 years experience in the planning and design of justice facilities. His experience includes both overall system planning and the design of individual court, jail and prison facilities. He focuses on research and bringing evidence-based best practices to the programming and planning and design of facilities for better outcomes.
Dan Wiley - Founder and President of Dan L. Wiley and Associates
Dan has spent more than 40 years in court management and operations planning. Since founding his firm in 1992, he has successfully completed consulting engagements in the areas of judicial facility evaluation and master planning, courthouse space programming, organization analysis and operational assessment. 
 “What happens next in our justice system is one of the most important questions facing Cuyahoga County,” said CMBA President Ian Friedman. “We want to make sure all voices are heard in this essential discussion.”

As a reminder, our Hot Talks include brief opening remarks by our presenters and then the conversation will be open for a question and answer period. Audience participation is encouraged as a model for civil discourse in the community. Bring your questions, your views, your criticisms - whatever you've got - and come meet us at the bar for Hot Talks.  No need to RSVP. Each talk is open to the public and hosted as a brown bag lunch event. If you have any questions, please contact the CMBA at (216) 696-3525.

Check out Previous Hot Talks

Why 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.

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. Hot Talks offers an opportunity for civil conversations about these subjects. 

What will these talks look like?
We will start with 2-3 lead speakers providing introductory information about the topic. (15-20 mins) 
Then comes the Q&A. Free form. (30-40 mins) Our speakers will field questions and 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.

Our doors are open to all who wish to engage in civil discourse.