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.
July 11, 2017: From the Nixon White House to the Trump Tower
This month's lunch-time conversation welcomed James Robenalt as he presented on "From the Nixon White House to the Trump Tower," an in depth look at executive power. Jim's knowledge of the presidency and the courts offered thoughtful and practical insight into what is happening in the halls of power and what might lie ahead. The conversation was co-presented by and moderated by a member of The Press Club of Cleveland.
August 8, 2017: The Opioid Crisis in Northeast Ohio
This lunch-time conversation welcomed Judge Lauren C. Moore of the Cleveland Municipal Court - Drug Court, Marisa Darden - Assistant United States Attorney, and Alicia Rock - Investigator with the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiners Office. They offered their perspectives on: the state of the opioid crisis in our community, key players, what is being done, what is working, and what might be done next. This conversation was planned by the Louis Stokes Scholars of the CMBA and moderated by Anthony Price, 2017 Stokes Scholar. The conversation was co-presented by The Press Club of Cleveland.
September 12, 2017: Making the Dean's List: Law School Leaders on the Value of a Legal Education Today.
We were pleased to welcome four local law school deans to discuss the value of law schools today, share insight and field questions about successes and challenges experienced by law schools. Moderated by Darrell A. Clay, the conversation included:
If you missed it, you can check out the video from Facebook live. This Hot Talks was co-presented by The Press Club of Cleveland.
October 10, 2017: How Free Is Speech in Your Workplace?
Leading this discussion was Elizabeth Bonham, Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Cleveland, and Bruce Hearey, Shareholder with Ogletree Deakins. The discussion was moderated by CMBA President Darrell A. Clay, of Walter|Haverfield.
We had a good turnout for a lively discussion about examples where speech and the workplace intersect. From National Anthem protests to employee rights on social media, we were pleased to offer platform for such open conversation. If you missed it, check out our Facebook video from the event. This Hot Talks was co-presented by The Press Club of Cleveland.
November 14, 2017: The Human Trafficking Highway
Human trafficking is today's slavery and it's happening around the world and right here in our community. In fact, Ohio ranks fourth in human trafficking calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. We were so pleased to welcome three presenters to help us be educated on this problem so we could all be part of the solution to end human trafficking.
- Theresa Flores – human trafficking survivor, author, advocate and founder of S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution)
- Kirsti Mouncey, LISW-S, LCDC III – Chief Program Officer, Cleveland Rape Crisis Center
- Diane Citrino of Giffen & Kaminski moderated the discussion
If you missed it, check out the press release for more details on our speakers or watch our Facebook video from the event.
December 12, 2017 - Sanctuary & Deportation: Navigating the turbulent waters of politics, law and faith
Leading our conversation were Rev. John Lentz, pastor of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Cleveland Heights, and Michael Sangiacomo, reporter at The Plain Dealer. They shed light on this polarizing issue and helped us all better understand the issue through their personal experiences. The program was moderated by Jennifer Keirn, director of communications at Kohrman Jackson & Krantz and a long-time board member of The Press Club of Cleveland. This program was co-presented by The Press Club of Cleveland. If you missed it, learn more about the program and our presenters in our press announcement and watch our Facebook video from the event.