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The International Municipal Lawyers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests and education of local government lawyers.

IMLA champions the development of fair and realistic legal solutions, and assists members on the vast and cutting edge legal issues facing local government lawyers today.

Our successful CLE Events, expansive network of legal professionals, and our local government specific information channels make IMLA the essential organization for any advancing local government attorney.

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IMLA Finalizes City-County Attorney Model Retainer Agreement!

For Local Governments that use outside counsel as their chief legal officer, IMLA has developed a model retainer agreement. CLICK HERE to view the model retainer agreement.

A Model Act for Regulating The Use of Wearable Body Cameras by Law Enforcement

IMLA developed a Model for Body Worn Camera Legislation that is available on the IMLA website and through the link below. This Model recognizes that many communities wish to adopt body worn camera programs and provides a model for state legislatures to adopt to allow municipalities and counties voluntarily to adopt those programs. The Model recognizes that state public record retention, public information and wiretapping laws may all interfere with the adoption of a body worn camera program. Each state should consider carefully the multiple issues that are involved and each community should consider the extraordinary costs of implementing a program. This Model helps to limit those costs while making body worn cameras a useful tool for communities.

CLICK HERE to read the Model.

 IMLA 2016 Seminar

IMLA is back in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 Mid-Year Seminar at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Not only will the Seminar be filled with regular programming with cutting edge topics and quality speakers, but it will also feature a separate Section 1983- Defending the Government Program!

Regular Program Highlight: When is a Lawyer Entitled to Overtime?

IMLA Seminar - The FLSA
Yesterday, the 2nd Circuit decided that a contract lawyer might be entitled to overtime under the FLSA in Lola v. Skadden, Arps ( IMLA Seminar in Washington, DC April 15 to April 18, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham, will discuss this case and other FLSA issues. From raising the salary levels to distinguish between exempt and non-exempt employees to distinguishing between employees and independent contractors the Wage and Hour Division is on a tear. Find out how the FLSA affects your clients. The Seminar will include other topical programs so stay tuned for updates on the most important issues in local government law today.

Sneak Peek: IMLA Section 1983 Program - Defending Local Governments

IMLA is pleased to offer a sneak preview of the IMLA Section 1983 program which will be a separate track at the IMLA Seminar in April. Rooms at the Omni will be tight, so go on-line now and make your reservations. Our room block is not yet open but if you can get room rates less than $225 per night you'll be doing better than you can through the block. Check out the tentative program for the Section 1983 Program, HERE.

CLICK HERE to register for the 2016 Mid-Year Seminar.

 Employment Agreement for In-house Counsel

IMLA focuses on achieving excellence in local governance by advocating on behalf of local governments in the courts and by advancing the professionalism of local government lawyers. IMLA, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, provides member support; publications, data, and information; amicus assistance; and training and professional development to its members from local governments represented by outside counsel to local governments represented by from just one to over 700 attorneys. Elected leaders and appointed officials in thousands of communities ranging from small villages to the largest cities in the United States and Canada rely on IMLA trained attorneys for legal services and advice. IMLA members are cities, counties, special districts and other local governments who are served through their chief legal officers.

IMLA gratefully acknowledges the work of its Committee whose members worked diligently to put this model contract together. We thank:

Marion J. Radson, Esq., Chair, City Attorney (retired), Gainesville, Florida
Thomas M. Carpenter, Esq., City Attorney, Little Rock, Arkansas
Thomas Carr, Esq., City Attorney, Boulder, Colorado
Howard Friedman, Esq. Chief, Contracts and Real Estate
New York City Law Department

CLICK HERE to read the Employment Agreement for In-House Counsel

 ATTENTION MEMBERS: Need to hire outside Counsel?? USE IMLA's CONTACT BOOK!!

IMLA Associate Members generally consist of our solo/firm members in private practice who are often retained as outside counsel by our municipal law department members. IMLA has worked with Associate Members to put together the 2015 Associate Member Digital Contact Book so that you can easily find additional legal assistance through IMLA's extensive network of experienced professionals. If you find yourself needing advice in certain areas of municipal law, utilize this contact book to find the legal assistance you need!

IMLA is working on the website to make the contact book user friendly and searchable but for now, the Contact Book link can be found HERE!

Not in the contact book? Contact Julie Ruhe at

 2016: Kitchen Sink Program

 Sign up Today to Train Your Whole Office and Get CLE Credit Through IMLA’s Distance Learning Programs

In order to provide great benefits to our members, IMLA has continued to keep the Kitchen Sink subscription to only $499 for the year (until 1/1/16). One subscription to the “Kitchen Sink” will provide your entire office with at least FORTY (40) distance learning programs, for all of its *CLE needs from January 2016 - December 2016!  If you sign up now, you will have access  to all the recordings from this year, plus access to all the live broadcasting from IMLA’s seminar and conference.

In 2016, we will continue to bring you the same high quality programs and offer CLE accreditations for qualifying participants via both teleconferences and webinars. Some examples of topics that will be included in 2016 include both staples to your practice like Land Use, Personnel, Municipal Finance and Ethics, as well as cutting edge topics like Medical Marijuana, Drones, and Body Worn Cameras.

Please note that there is no limit on the number of people that listen through your kitchen sink pass, but you can only use ONE connection per Pass. If you have more than one person listening in to any call/webinar, we recommend you set up in a conference room with a computer and/or speakerphone.

* CLE not included in price

To sign up, CLICK HERE.

IMLA’s 2016 Webinars/Teleconferences

Member Benefit for 2016 – 10 Free Webinars/Teleconferences 

In 2016, IMLA will continue to have the low pricing for its webinars and teleconferences. Additionally, we are still offering ten (10) FREE* distance learning programs for IMLA members. CLICK HERE to view the 2016 Distance Learning Calendar.


Single Teleconference/Webinar (Member Rate) --------------------------------------$49
Single Teleconference/Webinar (Non-Member Rate) -------------------------$99-$149
Annual “Kitchen Sink” Subscription (Members Rate) -------------------------------$499 (until 1/1/16. After 1/1/16 it is $599) 
Annual “Kitchen Sink” Subscription (Non-Members Rate) -----------------------$1,999 (until 1/1/16. After 1/1/16 it is $2099)
Special Series Rate for Land Use (Member Rate) -------------------------------------$199
Special Series Rate for Personnel (Member Rate) ------------------------------------$199

To learn more about IMLA’s distance learning program for 2016 CLICK HERE

**Limited availability. IMLA will choose the free programming and will let members know in advance so that they may plan accordingly.




2017 IMLA's Mid-Year Seminar; Washington, D.C.; 

Information forthcoming


IMLA’s 81st Annual Conference; San Diego, California; September 28 - October 2, 2016

CLICK HERE for more information.

Click here to register!

IMLA’s 82nd Annual Conference; Niagara Falls, Canada; October 13-14, 2017

Information forthcoming

IMLA’s 82nd Annual Conference; Houston, Texas; October 17-21, 2018

Information forthcoming

Member News

IMLA To Recognize Amicus Recipients

IMLA would like to recognize the Amicus Award recipients for their service to IMLA's Legal Advocacy program at the upcoming Mid-Year Seminar.

2016 Amicus Award Recipients
The Amicus Service Award seeks to recognize the authors of IMLA's amicus briefs in the last year. These recipients drafted an amicus brief for IMLA on a pro bono basis, donating their valuable time and expertise to the legal advocacy program. Without their valuable service, IMLA would not be able to sustain it.

IMLA will be recognizing these thirty-six attorney's at the Mid-Year Seminar in Washington D.C. on April 15 at 5:00 PM. Please come and support your fellow colleagues for their dedication to advance the interests of local government!

CLICK HEREto view the Press Release.

 IMLA Member RecognizedMcGannon Pic

Longtime IMLA Member Susan McGannon was recently awarded the Distinguished Municipal Attorney Award given by the Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association. Susan is the first recipient of this award. Congratulation Susan!

CLICK HEREto read more.

NEWS RELEASE: November 30, 2015

Three Local Leaders at the Top of Their Games
Leon County Commissioner, Administrator, and Attorney
lead respective professional organizations

In the past year, three Leon County Government officials have earned leadership roles in statewide, national, and international professional organizations.
Through hard work and excellent leadership, Leon County Commissioner Bryan Desloge, Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long, and Leon County Attorney Herbert W.A. Thiele now look forward to representing Leon County on a larger stage through their professional organizations. Such efforts will not only showcase the Capital County’s successes, but also lead to idea exchanges to further improve the community.
“The Board, as well as the citizens of Leon County, are very fortunate to have three local leaders at the top of their professional fields,” said Leon County Commission Chairman Bill Proctor. “We usually count ourselves lucky to have one person representing the good work that is happening in Leon County; it’s unprecedented to have three officials leading their peers and setting new standards in public service.”

In November 2014, Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long was elected President-elect of the newly-formed Florida Association of County Managers (FACM), Inc. A proven leader, dedicated public servant and accomplished professional public manager, Mr. Long was selected from among more than 60 county administrators and managers to serve in the leadership post. Since becoming Leon County Administrator in 2011, he was selected to serve on the Board of Directors for Leadership Florida and has received national, state, and local recognition for his leadership, transparency in government, citizen participation, and fiscal stewardship.
After being elected President-Elect of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) in 2014, Leon County Attorney Herbert W.A. Thiele now serves as the association’s President. Mr. Thiele has served as in-house counsel for Leon County Government since 1990. Thiele is the first-ever county attorney to be President of IMLA. In addition to serving on IMLA’s Board and Florida Association of County Attorneys’ (FACA) Board for several years and having served as FACA’s President on four different ocassions, Thiele received FACA’s Ethics in Government Award in 1998 and 2001, as well as the FACA President’s Award in 2004 in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the organization. Mr. Thiele also served as Chairman of the Florida Bar’s City, County and Local Government Law Section.

To learn more about these local leaders and the organizations they represent, visit .

For more information, contact Mathieu Cavell, Director of Leon County Community and Media Relations, at (850) 606-5300 /

Member Achievement

IMLA member, Steven A. Torres has been appointed to the Bristol County Community College Board of Trustees. CLICK HERE to read more. Congratulations to Tip!

Passing of Mike Curran

It is with great sadness that IMLA announces the passing of member Mike Curran. Mr. Curran was an active member who attended IMLA meetings. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

Appointment News

 IMLA is proud to announce that President, Foster Mills, has appointed Laszlo Pinter as State Chair of Connecticut. Congratulations!

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