The forums are sponsored through a partnership between the Bradley County Bar Association and the library.
The first forum, to be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Carmichael Conference Room on the library’s second floor, will feature “Family Law” issues, according to Jack Tapper, a Cleveland attorney who will serve as forum moderator.
The opening forum will host a panel of four local attorneys — including Tapper — who will discuss issues related to grounds for divorce, orders of protection, mediation, marital dissolution agreements, parenting plans, temporary spousal support and types of alimony, child custody and visitation, equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, and how the courts decide these issues. Other topics of audience interest also will be discussed.
“Educating the public on legal issues of importance to them is the intent of the forums,” Tapper said. As for the first forum’s topic, Tapper pointed out, “The whole area of family law ... is a very contiguous area in our community.”
Audience members will have the opportunity to participate and to interact with panel members in a question-and-answer session, Tapper explained.
Subsequent forums will include topics of general interest to the public as the local organization seeks to further educate residents on various legal issues.
“The Bradley County Bar Association looks forward to an enthusiastic turnout as part of an ongoing project in the state supporting ‘equal access to justice’ for all citizens,” Tapper said.
The panel discussion is free of charge.
The educational forums will be held quarterly. Topics for each will be determined based on issues that are considered to be of greatest public interest.
Attorneys scheduled to serve on the discussion panel for the opening forum will be announced. They will represent a cross-section of Cleveland’s legal community.
Additional information and an open invitation to the public also will be published soon.