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CMBA Hot Talk Takes Deep Dive into Bail and Bond Reform

Part of Our Continuing Series on “Justice in Cuyahoga County”


CLEVELAND - Oct 3rd, 2019 - The Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association is proud to continue the discussion around justice in Cuyahoga County with Bail and Bond Reform. New ideas about bail and bond are helping to reduce time in jail before trial even happens. Our panelists are leading this innovation in Cleveland Municipal Court.


Tuesday October 8th, 2019 Noon - 1pm

“Justice in Cuyahoga County - Ball and Bond Reform”

Judge Michelle Earley is pioneering reform in Cleveland Municipal Court with new programs designed to reduce the amount of time in jail inmates are spending awaiting trial. Judge Earley will tell the story of her court’s program, how it started, how they are making progress and what comes next.

Stephanie Pope-Earley is Director of Pretrial Services for Cleveland Municipal Court. Her department was instrumental in opening the court to new ideas and creating new systems to make them work.

No RSVP Needed. Hot Talks are open to the public as a brown bag lunch event. Audience participation is encouraged as a model for civil discourse in the community. Learn more at

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!

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.

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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.