Hot Talks at the CMBA

Next up: Tuesday, February 12 -- NOON to 1:00 PM 

Join Milena Sterio, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Professor, Joseph White, Case Western Reserve University Political Science Professor and Brendan T. Gavin, Staff Judge Advocate for the Ninth Coast Guard District as they discuss the impact of the government shutdown and the border wall debate. CMBA President, Marlon Primes will moderate the discussion.

Resources for those affected by the Government Shutdown: 

Local: How local businesses, organizations are helping government workers during the shutdown

National: U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) prepared human resources guidance


Are you a federal worker impacted by the government shutdown?

Have lunch on us at the Hot Talks event! Email catering coordinator, Lucy Jackson by 12 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 8 with:
  • Your name
  • Position title
  • Place of work

We will have a boxed lunch available for you the day of the event!​

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.