2019 Annual Conference

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IMLA's 84th Annual Conference

September 18-22, 2019

Atlanta, Georgia | Hilton - Atlanta 

 

News

If registered, please look for the Conference APP information in your email approximately 2 weeks prior to the conference.


CALL FOR PROPOSALS Speakers/Experts for 2019 Annual Conference

This call encourages professionals working on issues important to local government lawyers to submit proposals to present at IMLA's largest CLE Event. Take this opportunity to share your successes and strategies with local government attorneys from all across the United States and Canada. For more information about the process and to fill out your proposal, please click here.

Program

CLICK HERE to see a PDF version of the program.

Please note the program and sessions are tentative and subject to change.

Registration

 

Please CLICK HERE to access the 84th Annual Conference Registration form.

If you wish to register online, please CLICK HERE.

 

2019 Conference Registrant?  If registered, please look for the Conference APP information in your email approximately 2 weeks prior to the conference.

 

Hotel/Lodging

Hilton - Atlanta

(404) 659-2000

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Hilton-Atlanta, a first class facility, in Atlanta, GA.

In order to secure this block of specially priced sleeping rooms and to keep meeting costs to a minimum, IMLA has entered into a total meeting package and contract with the Hilton Atlanta. If you choose to make your sleeping room reservations outside the IMLA group block, such as through an Internet reservation system or with a discount coupon, we need to advise you that IMLA can suffer significant financial penalties. IMLA can be held financially responsible for the attrition or difference between what was promised in the group block and what was actually utilized.

To allow IMLA to continue to provide a reasonable conference registration fee, we need your help in limiting our financial exposure. Please take advantage of the special room rate and block of sleeping rooms we have negotiated and make your reservation.

CLICK HERE to access the special IMLA rate at the Hilton-Atlanta.

 

 If you have any questions, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

IMLA Events

Welcome Reception

 Thursday, September 19, 2019, 7:00PM to 9:30PM

 

Kick off the 84th Annual Conference in Atlanta, GA at the Welcome Reception taking place at the World of Coke. Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks (provided by drink tickets upon arrival) and networking! A badge is required for entry and the dress is business casual. Bus transportation will be provided. We hope to see you there!

**Badge is required for entry!**

**Spouse tickets are available for purchase**

State/Province Breakfast

The State/Province Breakfast is an intimate round-table event that will allow participants to join their colleagues form their state and neighboring states/provinces for a networking breakfast. Please note on the registration form you wish to attend the breakfast, or email Trina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.you MUST register!

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED. NO on-site registration will be available. Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

WONK Breakfast

IMLA is delighted to offer you an opportunity to network with your colleagues and have direct access to premier vendors and attorneys who concentrate on various areas of municipal law at breakfast! The breakfast will be organized tables by “Topic” and you can enjoy your breakfast together with your colleagues. Please note on the registration form you wish to attend the breakfast, or email Trina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.you MUST register!

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED. NO on-site registration will be available. Space is limited. First Come, First Served** 

  Table 1: Supreme Court 2020

It is rare for the Supreme Court’s docket to be so interesting before the term has even started! At this WONK table we will discuss the current cases of interest including groundwater, guns, and DACA, or anything else of interest to attendees related to the High Court.

Host: Lisa Soronen

 

Table 2: Climate Action and Municipal Response

This program will discuss how various states are addressing climate change and greenhouse gas reduction.  Many states have implemented goals and renewable sourcing requirements that impact municipal government.  We will host a lively discussion on municipalities’ role on addressing climate change and local options.

Host: Steven 'Tip' Torres

 

Table 3: Mobility Data in Cities: Utilizing Mobility Data in Transportation and Infrastructure Planning and Managing the Risks of Doing So

In addition to discussing the benefits that using mobility data brings in terms of transportation and infrastructure planning, this presentation will also explore the legal risks involved in data usage and management including data privacy problems, security responsibilities of data owners and users, and open records issues.

Host: Utarra Sivaram

 

Table 4: University Cities

This is an open discussion for city attorneys who work in a “university city” to discuss common problems and brainstorm solutions

Hosts: Michael Mays & Nancy Thompson

 

Table 5: What’s the Big Deal About PFAS and Why Should You Care

The federal government, California Legislature and regulators, and courts are responding to rising concerns about health risks from a group of chemicals called PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). PFAS are water soluble, resistant to biodegradation, persistent and widespread in the environment. These chemicals present compliance issues and litigation exposure.

Hosts: Shawn Hagerty and Gene Tanaka

 

Table 6: Wireless Small Cell & 5G

Hosted by AT&T, discuss local regulatory/legal environment for effective deployment of Small Cell/5G technologies

Host: TBD

 

Table 7: Evolving Issues In Civil Rights Litigation

A discussion of open issues and circuit splits in civil rights litigation.

Host: Tim Coates

 

Table 8: Small / Rural Communities

Host: Chris Balch

 

Table 9: Roundtable Discussion on Responding to FCC’s Cable In-Kind Order

This round table will focus on how communities are responding to the FCC’s in-kind cable order. Please come prepared to share ideas and suggestions.

Host: Gerard Lederer

 

Table 10: Nancy Reagan and Bob Marley Walk into a Bar:  Legalizing and Regulating Marijuana.

Issues Associated with Marijuana Legalization and Regulation.

Host: Wynetta Massey

 

Table 11: Hot Topics in Land Use

Please bring your pressing land use topics for an open discussion with IMLA’s land use section chairs.

Hosts: Susan L. Trevarthen & Julian Grant

 

Table 12: Municipal Broadband

The answer to so many of today’s communications problems

Host: Mike Watza

 

Table 13: Compliance, Liability, and Practical Guidance for Municipal Debt Transactions

Melissa López Rogers and Peter Andrews, attorneys from Greenberg Traurig and panelists from the session titled “Municipal Finance: The 2018 Amendments to Rule 15c2-12, Practical Guidance for Attorneys,” will highlight practical approaches to the challenges municipal attorneys face in managing debt transactions, including liability, compliance, and the impact on day-to-day operations of municipalities.  In addition, they will be available to discuss any follow up questions relating to the federal securities laws and rules applicable to the issuance of municipal debt, including the 2018 Amendments to Rule 15c2-12.

Hosts: Melissa López Rogers and Peter Andrews

 

Table 14: Employment Law Jeopardy!Lectures? You don't need no stinking lectures- at least not for breakfast! Test your knowledge of employment law with this interactive and fun legal update presented in Game Show fashion. Various employment laws from harassment to the ADA to wage and hour. After each question is answered, the presenter provides an explanation and responds to follow-up questions about specifics in your fair city.Host: Robin Cross Table 15: The Convergence of E-Discovery & Privacy: Why Legal Leaders Must Take NoticeLet’s discuss how to create a holistic framework for effectively managing data in the midst of new privacy and e-discovery requirements. We will share some of our insights and best practices on managing data for e-discovery, public records/FOIA, and privacy compliance needs.Speaker: David Ambrose, Managing Director, Public Sector, Exterro

Land Use Workshop

Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:00pm – 6:00pm

**Advance registration is REQUIRED. Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

Please note on the registration form if you wish to attend, or email Trina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.you MUST register! 

 xxxxxxxxx  The Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail Walking Tour
   
1:45 PM  Bus will begin boarding at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown.
2:00 PM  Bus will depart from the front entrance of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown.
2:25 PM Tour participants will depart the bus on North Highland Avenue and enter the Atlanta Beltline Eastside Trail via the North Highland Avenue entrance.
2:30 PM Tour participants will be guided along the Atlanta Beltline for approximately 0.7 miles by representatives from the City of Atlanta and Atlanta Beltline Inc. Representatives will highlight successful developments that display the effective use of public/private partnerships, land use policies, and creative adaptive reuse principles.
3:25 PM Tour participants will arrive at Historic Forth Ward Park. Historic Fourth Ward Park offers 17 acres of greenspace, a spectacular park packed with amenities for all to enjoy. The main section of the park includes open, passive lawns, a playground, an outdoor theater and a 2-acre lake. The 2 – acre lake provides not only a natural gathering place, but also serves in a functional capacity as a storm water detention basin for the City of Atlanta.
3: 45 PM Tour participants will receive an overview of major developments in area immediately adjacent to Historic Forth Ward Park, notably Ponce City Market. Ponce City Market adaptive reuse of the historic Sears, Roebuck & Co. building in Atlanta, GA including the Central Food Hall, various shops, flats and offices.
4:00 PM Tour participants will arrive at New Realm Brewery* (500 Somerset Terrace NE #101, Atlanta, Georgia 30306).
5:00 PM The Beltline Eastside Trail Tour will conclude and the bus will begin boarding on North Avenue (immediately adjacent to Historic Forth Ward Park) to return to the Hilton Atlanta Downtown.
5:15 PM Bus will depart from North Avenue.
6:00 PM Tour participants will arrive at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown.
   
  *Tour participants who wish to remain at New Realm Brewing may elect to utilize a rideshare service or MARTA to travel back to the Hilton Atlanta Downtown

  

Land Use Workshop

Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:00pm – 6:00pm

**Advance registration is REQUIRED. Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

Please note on the registration form if you wish to attend, or email Trina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.you MUST register!

 

 xxxxxxxxx  The Atlanta Beltline Westside Trail Bus Tour
   
1:45 PM  Bus will begin boarding at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown.
2:00 PM Bus will depart from the front entrance of the Hilton Atlanta Downtown.
2:30 PM

Tour participants will arrive at the City of Atlanta Westside Park at Bellwood Quarry (Chappell Road NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318). The tour bus will be guided by City of Atlanta Watershed Department officials on a tour of the currently under construction Bellwood Quarry. Tour participants will exit the bus and be guided on a limited tour of the quarry.*Please note that this is a construction site and all tour participants will be required to adhere to applicable safety procedures.

3:45 PM Tour participants will load the bus and exit the Bellwood Quarry.
  Tour participants will receive a residential tour of the Joseph E. Boone and Ralph David Abernathy Corridor. Tour guides will highlight transit oriented developments and creative land use designed to increase resident interaction with the Atlanta Beltline Westside Trial.
4:00 PM Tour participants will arrive at Monday Night Brewing* (670 Trabert Avenue NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30318).
  Before entering the brewery, attendees may take a free spin on a Lime scooter. Lime representatives will provide helmets and safety instructions. Enjoy the opportunity to experience scooter micromobility transportation first hand, while having the chance to ask questions to Lime representatives about scooter hardware, trust and safety measures, and formulation of scooter operations across the Country
5:00 PM The Beltline Westside Trail Tour will conclude and the bus will begin boarding in front of Monday Night Brewing to return to the Hilton Atlanta Downtown.
 5:15 PM  Bus will depart from the front entrance of Monday Night Brewing.
6:00 PM Tour participants will arrive at the Hilton Atlanta Downtown.
   
  *Tour participants who wish to remain at Monday Night Brewing may elect to utilize a rideshare service or MARTA to travel back to the Hilton Atlanta Downtown.

 

Land Use Workshop

Saturday, September 21, 2019 2:00pm – 6:00pm

**Advance registration is REQUIRED. Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

Please note on the registration form if you wish to attend, or email Trina at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.you MUST register!

2:45 PM-Tour group meets in front of the RF Gate

3:00 to 4:00 PM-Tour of the Ballpark

4:00 PM-Group exits back into The Battery

*Tickets to the Baseball Game are not included

 

 

Station Soccer

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 3:15PM to 5:30PM

Join other IMLA attendees in playing soccer at one of Soccer in the Streets’ Station Soccer fields, which builds soccer fields and community classrooms in and around metro-Atlanta transit hubs. Soccer in the Streets, a non-profit organization works to provide better access to quality soccer programs for kids. Founded in 1989 in Atlanta it reaches kids through soccer play, work-readiness training, hands-on experiential activities, and participation in youth leadership councils. The unique concept has been featured on CNN, Fox News, HBO Sports, and many other news outlets. Participants will also have the opportunity to take a free ride on Bird's new Bird One scooter.  Helmets will be provided.

For a little more background, please click here to view a video.

Softball

 Friday, September 20, 2019, 6:00PM to 8:00PM

 

The annual softball game will be held on Friday, September 20th at Piedmont Park. A bus will pick up the participants at the hotel transport them to Piedmont Park. At the end of the game, each participant will be dropped off by bus at a local bar. All participants will receive a free softball jersey and cap provided by Best Best & Krieger. The organizing committee will supply softballs, bats, snacks, and drinks. No alcoholic beverages are allowed at Piedmont Park. Each participant is encouraged to bring a glove and a jacket or sweatshirt, and must sign standard waiver forms required by IMLA. This is a free event, but bus seats will be given at a first come, first served basis.

Attending the softball game? Take a free spin on an JUMP by Uber electric bike or scooter in lovely Piedmont park. Uber representatives will be near the game with bikes, scooters, and helmets to give you a brief safety demonstration and send you on your way.

Golf Tournament

Friday, September 20, 2019, 4:00PM

 

The Golf Tournament will take place at Crabapple Course in Milton. Tee times will begin at 4:00PM.  Please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you are interested in reserving a spot. 

Crabapple Course in Milton: 13802 New Providence Road, Milton, GA 30004

 

Atlanta Braves Tour

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 7:20PM

Atlanta Braves vs. San Francisco Giants

 Information on how to purchase tickets through IMLA will be coming soon!

Teleconferences

Can't travel to Atlanta, GA to make IMLA's Annual Conference?
Well now you can participate, as IMLA is bringing the Conference to you!


CLICK HERE for the registration form


 Here's how it works: IMLA's Annual Conference is from September 18-22, 2019. Throughout the conference, IMLA will be connecting selected work sessions to a phone line, and you can listen to the presentations as they are happening! You can purchase the sessions individually or you can purchase the sessions as a bundle.


How Much will these cost? You can purchase each work session separately, or you can purchase each day as a bundle. 

Cost per Work Session - Members Price: $49 and Nonmembers: $99
Cost for all 9 Work Sessions – Member Price: $300 and Nonmembers: $625

Cost for All Selected Work Sessions per day:

- Thursday, Septmeber 19, 2019 (2 sessions) - Member Price: $75 and Nonmember: $149
- Friday, Septmeber 20, 2019 (3 sessions) - Member Price: $99 and Nonmember: $199. 
- Saturday, Septmeber 21, 2019 (2 sessions) - Member Price: $75 and Nonmember: $149.
- Sunday, Septmeber 22, 2019 (2 sessions) - Member Price: $75 and Nonmember: $149. 

…and it gets better! If you purchased the IMLA Kitchen Sink Webinar/Teleconference Package (which allows you access to all IMLA Teleconferences and Webinars), you will receive all the selected work sessions FREE OF CHARGE!


Teleconference Sessions:

Thursday, September 19, 2019 

  • Municipal Finance: The 2018 Amendments to Rule 15c2-12, Practical Guidance for Attorneys
    • Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am (Eastern)
  • Construction Contracts Strategies for Success: From Drafting to Litigating
    • Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm (Eastern)

Friday, September 20, 2019 

  • Public Private Partnerships in Economic Development, Sports and Entertainment: A Municipal Practitioner’s View
    • Time: 9:15 am – 10:15 am (Eastern)
  • Telecommunications Work Session: Small Cells, the FCC, and Cable
    • Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)
  • Opioid Litigation Update
    • Time: 1:35 pm – 2:35 pm (Eastern)

Saturday, September 21, 2019 

  • First Amendment and Social Media
    • Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Eastern)
  • Land Use: Nuts & Bolts of Defending Takings Claims
    • Time: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm (Eastern)

Sunday, September 22, 2019 

  • Religious Land Use Litigation Against Municipalities: How Lessons From an Eight-Year Battle Can Teach You To Avoid Litigation or Win
    • Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Eastern)
  • Public Service Leadership and Ethics in Municipal Representation
    • Time: 11:05 am – 12:05 pm (Eastern)

Conference App

IMLA Conference App

THE MOBILE APP IS THE METHOD OF DELIVERY FOR ALL SPEAKER MATERIALS

IMLA will be using a mobile app at the 2019 Annual Conference! IMLA Conference attendees will have the program, speakers, papers, exhibitors, sponsors, maps, attendee list and much much more directly on their iPhone, Android, iPad and/or tablet (must have Google Play Store or App Store to download the App)


THE APP CAN ONLY BE DOWNLOADED ON YOUR PHONE, IPAD or TABLET THAT HAVE THE GOOGLE PLAY STORE OR APP STORE


 

If you did not recieve the emails containing the app invitation and instructions, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Sponsors

 

IMLA has a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as customizable options. If you are interested, please contact Caroline Storer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  At IMLA's Annual Conferences, we generally get anywhere from 750-850 attendees.

 

Thank You to all of our wonderful Sponsors!

 

American Legal Publishing

 


ATT


 

Balch Law Group

   


BBK

 


 

Brinson Askew Berry

 


 

Butler Snow LLP

 


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Elarbee Thompson Sapp  Wilson LLP

 

 


 

GMA

 


 

GMSR

 


 

Gray Pannell  Woodward LLP

 

 


GRAY RUST ST. AMAND MOFFETT  BRIESKE LLP


 

 

Greenberg Traurig 

 


 

Hunton

 


 

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James Elliot

 


Lime


 

Linebarger

 


 

Municode

 


 

Murray Barnes Finister LLP

 


 

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Opioid MDL Plaintiffs' Liaison Counsel


 

Parker Hudson

 

 


 

RJ Color Logo

 


 

Sanders

 


 

Smith Welch Webb  White LLC

 


Thomson Reuters


Uber


 Verizon CMYK P

 


 

West Group

  


 

 The Whalen Law Firm LLP

 


 

Zylab

 

Exhibitors

 

If you are interested in registering to be an Exhibitor, please e-mail Caroline Storer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This registration includes:

  • Set up for two representatives.
  • Registration for one individual to all sessions, event materials, social events and all refreshment breaks.

At IMLA's Annual Conferences, we generally get anywhere from 750-850 attendees. Pricing for exhibiting at the Annual Conference is $3,000 (not for profit $1,700).

 

Thank You to all of our wonderful Exhibitors!

 

 

ABA

 


 

 American Legal Publishing

 


 

Arcadis

  


ATT



BBK

 


 

Best Friends

 

 


  Bird

 


 

 County of Riverside

 


 Cycom


 

Encrypted Information Exchange

 


 

 Exterro

 


 

Greenberg Traurig

 

 


 

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Legal Edge

 


 

Legal Files

 


Lime


 

Linebarger

  


 

MCCi

 


 

Municode

 


 

Rimkus

 


Thomson Reuters


 

West Group

 


 

Xakia

 


 

Zylab