Next Meeting, September 30
at 12 Noon.

Meetings are at 12:00 Noon, pre-pandemic held at Marina Jack Restaurant,  located at 2 Marina Plaza, Sarasota — on the beautiful Sarasota bayfront, one traffic light south of the John Ringling Causeway just west of US 41 (Bayshore Drive).  We’re upstairs in the spectacular Bayfront Room.  Valet Parking is available ($1 per car plus gratuity if desired). 


We are returning to in-person meetings!


Our speaker topic will be:


September Speaker: 

George Peirce



The Powers of War and Peace:

The President, Congress and Court

This presentation will identify and analyze historical and current national security legal questions focused on the powers of war and peace constitutionally vested in the President and Congress, together with the role of the federal courts in the national security arena. It will include the application of pertinent constitutional and statutory provisions, such as the Declare War Clause and the War Powers Resolution, and federal judicial decisions to historical scenarios in assessing the roles of the three branches and their separate but sometimes overlapping powers.

About George Peirce: Before migrating to the Sunshine State in 2016, George served for over twelve years at the Pentagon as the Defense Intelligence Agency’s General Counsel during ongoing counterterrorism and combat operations. More recently, he taught at Stetson College of Law as the Culverhouse Distinguished Practitioner in Residence, and is now a Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Research Institute.


Prior to DIA, George served for eight years in the Justice Department’s Environment and Natural Resources Division, and for an additional year of active duty in the Army after 9/11 at the headquarters of the NATO Supreme Allied Commander Atlantic.

Earlier in his career, George was in private practice in Washington, D.C., after beginning his legal labors as an Army judge advocate. He had a variety of assignments in the United States and overseas, including with the 1st Infantry Division – the Big Red One – and in the Office of the Secretary of the Army and at NATO headquarters in Belgium.


George is a graduate of West Point, Harvard Law School, the U.S Army War College, and holds an M.S. in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University. He has published articles on international law and given presentations at Oxford, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, the National Defense University, and at the St. Petersburg Conference on World Affairs. George has been a proud member and participant in our Association for several years.


We welcome local or visiting retired attorneys who are interested in learning more about our organization. However, advance reservations are required.


You may contact us using the form below or email us at:

Call our President, Steve Sturm directly at 941-487-7176.  

We look forward to hearing from you!

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At our January 27 luncheon meeting at Marina Jack Restaurant, Gerald J. (Jack) Robinson and David E. Morrill presented a lively, enlightening debate exploring "Can Union Dues Be Unconstitutional Compelled Speech?" (revisiting U.S. Supreme Court case Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association).  Their program was enjoyed by more than 65 members and their guests.
In the photo left to right: Jack Robinson, former
ARAS President Bernie Ehrlich, and David Morrill.


At our February 24 luncheon meeting at Marina Jack Restaurant, Chief 12th Circuit Judge Charles E. Williams spoke to a packed house on "A View from the Bench: Updates, Reflections and Observations."


At our March 31 luncheon meeting at Marina Jack Restaurant, Dr. Jan Schneider spoke to another packed house on
"Federal Benefits for the Aged
and Others in Need."

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At our October 27 luncheon meeting,
Dr. Robert Barylski spoke on "Vladimir Putin: Making Russia Great Again."