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2018 Mid-Year Seminar

 

IMLA's 2018 Mid-Year Seminar

Washington, D.C.

April 20 - April 23, 2018

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Seminar Hightlights

Section 1983 - Establishment Clause / Legislative Prayer at Meetings

The longstanding, widespread practice of beginning a legislative session with an invocation-a practice followed by lawmakers at every level of state and federal government-continues to generate litigation, including a pair of cases that the U.S. Supreme Court may take up next year. This session will focus on the current legal landscape and the practical issues faced by state and local governments across the country. The session will also explore the role legislative privilege and the separation of powers doctrine might play in a court's adjudication of an action challenging legislative prayer.Speakers: Marc Hansen & Allyson Ho
Moderator: Leah HayesAppellate Practice Program (SEPARATE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED)

This program is designed to help local government lawyers maximize their chances of success before the Supreme Court by providing practical tips and knowledge from some of the most prominent Supreme Court practitioners in the country. Participants in the program will learn how to frame the question presented and draft the petition for certiorari in a way to capture the Justices' attention and increase their chances of having the Court accept the case. Where local governments are on the receiving end of a petition for certiorari, participants will learn how to craft a response and under what circumstances a local government should consider waiving their response. The program will conclude with a discussion on oral argument practice tips from two Supreme Court practitioners who combine for over 130 oral arguments before the Supreme Court. A networking lunch is included. Separate registration is required. Space is very LIMITED.


Sober Homes and the Opioid Epidemic

Ending the relapse cycle can help residents of sober homes and the communities in which they are located. This discussion will take a look at sober homes and what can be done to address unscrupulous operators of sober homes at the federal, state and local level.

Speakers: Alan Johnson; and Terrill Pyburn
Moderator: Laurie Cohen

Section 1983 - First Amendment: Unpopular Speech and the Heckler's Veto

Speech that is popular to some is very unpopular to others. Ideological divisiveness continues to be an issue impacting municipal operations. This session will cover the origins of the Heckler's Veto through current caselaw and how this doctrine impacts the ability of a municipality to conduct effective crowd control in various forums and facilities. Examples from current events will be discussed.

Speakers: Lara Mainella & Robert Higgason
Moderator: Patrick Baker 



Program

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Friday, April 20, 2018

7:00AM-5:30PM Registration
8:00AM - 12:00PM BOD Meeting
11:00AM - 3:05PM Appellate Practice Program (CLICK HERE for agenda)

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Section 1983- Qualified Immunity Update

This first part of this presentation will provide a discussion of recent Supreme Court qualified immunity presentations and underscore how local government lawyers can utilize these cases in their practice. The second half of this presentation will provide an overview of practice pointers on qualified immunity issues in the circuit courts of appeals.

  • Susan Lappen & Tom Carr

Seminar -Sober Homes and the Opioid Epidemic

Ending the relapse cycle can help residents of sober homes and the communities in which they are located.  This discussion will take a look at sober homes and what can be done to address unscrupulous operators of sober homes at the federal, state and local level.

  • Alan Johnson & Terrill Pyburn
11:45AM - 1:00PM Lunch (On your own)
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Section 1983 - Jails: Handling Failure to Provide Adequate Medical Care Claims

  • Jeb Brown & Jody Malmstrom

Seminar - Regulating Panhandling in the Wake of Reed v. Town of Gilbert

This presentation will provide a discussion of the rulings of the Circuit Courts of Appeals and District Courts that have considered the issue, including First Amendment considerations and Fourteenth Amendment considerations

  • Mark Hayes
2:05PM - 3:05PM

Section 1983 - Circuit Conflicts and Open Issues – Key Issues In Section 1983 Cases That Have Not Been Addressed By The Supreme Court

The discussion includes the nature and scope of any constitution based wrongful death claim; the extent to which Heck v. Humphrey applies to a plaintiff no longer custody and its application to guilty pleas where the factual basis of the claim is uncertain; what constitutes a de minimis award for purposes of awarding no attorney fee under Farrar v. Hobby; whether a First Amendment retaliation claim can be brought where an arrest is made with probable cause; whether a police officer who testifies in criminal court as a witness is speaking as part of his or her job under Garcetti and hence subject to discipline for the testimony…and many more.

  • Timothy Coates

Seminar - Consent Decrees, Past, Present and Future

 This presentation will discuss the history of Consent Decrees and the future of Consent Decrees under the current administration. We will also discuss the experience of the Riverside Police Department surviving the Consent Decree process.

  • Jeb Brown & Larry Gonzalez
 3:05PM - 3:20PM  Coffee Break
 3:20PM - 4:50PM

Supreme Court Update

The Supreme Court seems determined on making up for its fairly mundane 2016 term by stacking its docket with what can only be termed “blockbusters.” Many of the Court’s biggest cases this term involve issues relevant to local governments, including political gerrymandering, whether the existence of probable cause defeats a First Amendment retaliatory-arrest claim, warrant requirements under the Fourth Amendment for cell phone location data, a case that may limit the impact of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, and the infamous “cake” case involving the intersection of gay marriage and religious expression. Hear from Supreme Court specialists on these cases and others that are relevant to local governments.

  • Paul Clement; Gregory Garre; Amy Howe
 4:50PM - 5:30PM  Amicus Awards


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Saturday, April 21, 2018 

7:00AM - 5:00PM Registration
7:45AM - 8:45AM State Breakfast (Registration required)
8:45AM - 9:00AM Opening Ceremonies

9:00AM - 10:00AM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Section 1983 - First Amendment: Unpopular Speech and the Heckler’s Veto

Speech that is popular to some is very unpopular to others. Ideological divisiveness continues to be an issue impacting municipal operations. This session will cover the origins of the Heckler’s Veto through current caselaw and how this doctrine impacts the ability of a municipality to conduct effective crowd control in various forums and facilities. Examples from current events will be discussed.

  • Lara Mainella & Robert Higgason

Seminar - Land Use: How to deal with lot mergers and takings claims in light of the Supreme Court's decision Murr v. Wisconsin

This session will explain the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Murr v. State of Wisconsin, 137 S.Ct. 1933 (2017), which provides guidance on the “parcel-as-a-whole” principle of regulatory takings law.  In Murr, owners of adjacent lots challenged the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law that required merger of the lots because each lot did not meet minimum standards for residential development, and the lots were held in common ownership.  The owners claimed that the merger clause was a taking of one of the lots without just compensation because that lot could no longer be independently developed. The Supreme Court held that no taking had occurred, and spelled out a multi-factor test for what constitutes the “relevant parcel” for regulatory takings analysis.  This session will focus on the background law, the facts of Murr, and the implications of the decision for local regulation of land use and development rights.

  • Derek Howard & Susan Trevarthen
10:05AM - 11:05AM

Section 1983 - Reducing the Risk of Liability with Mentally Ill Persons

A presentation providing a review of: [1] specific law enforcement procedures for the mentally ill that can help minimize municipal and officer liability; and [2] Federal and State law claims involving law enforcement interactions with the mentally ill, including Section 1983 claims of deliberate indifference and excessive force.

  • Craig Straw & Traci Morita


Seminar -Infrastructure P3s – Getting Municipal Counsel Shovel Ready

With a major federal infrastructure program looming on the horizon and lessons learned from the previous “stimulus” package still fresh in the rear view mirror, this program will walk participants through a successful Public Private Partnership framework for municipal procurement and contracting. The program will begin with the most up-to-date report on the proposed federal infrastructure program, its details, requirements and impacts on municipal infrastructure planning and development.  Next, comparisons will be drawn between the new program and the challenges municipalities faced in implementing the American Resource and Recovery Act project funding in the last decade, with a discussion of “lessons learned” and “traps for the unwary” taking center stage in the discussion.   Participants will then learn how to structure a successful P3 deal through actual municipal case studies in the area of public utilities and economic development.  Finally, how municipal counsel can best support the role and function of a City or County’s CEO will be discussed first hand with a Mayor who has completed many P3 deals using both in-house and special counsel.

  • Steven Torres; Mayor Thomas Hoye, Jr.
11:05AM - 11:20AM Coffee Break
11:20AM - 12:50PM

Section 1983 - Pleadings / Motion Practice / Evidence

The first presenter will discuss evidentiary issues in a Section 1983 case, including the admissibility of plaintiff’s arrest history and the exclusion of the plaintiff’s acquittal in a criminal case, both of which are important tools for defense attorneys in this area. The next presenter will focus on discovery in Section 1983 cases and in particular, interrogatories that are vital to a chance at securing summary judgment and deposition questions with an eye towards summary judgment. The third presenter will take you through the pros and cons of Motions to Dismiss v. Motions for Summary Judgment in these cases.

  • Ara Tramblian; Patricia Donkor & John Wilkerson


Managing Telecommunications Challenges Facing Your Community

Panelists will discuss some of the hottest telecommunications legal issues facing communities today, including an update on federal and state regulations affecting local wireless siting decisions, charges for use of the rights of way and public property by wireline and wireless companies, and strategies for developing ordinances, regulations and franchises, licenses and leases governing use of the rights of way and other public property by communications companies

  • Lynn Board; Gail Karish & John Gasparini
12:50PM - 2:30PM Lunch on your own
2:30PM - 3:30PM

Section 1983 - Wrongful Convictions

This seminar focuses on civil rights lawsuits arising out of alleged wrongful convictions, including (1) differences between an exoneration based on DNA or other evidence, on the one hand, and cases arising from convictions vacated on purely procedural grounds, on the other; (2) particular challenges in wrongful conviction cases such as tracking down old evidence (files, reports, physical evidence) and representing witnesses whose memories may have faded; (3) damage awards in specific cases from various circuits; and (4) litigation and settlement strategies.

  • Arthur Larkin & Aaron Shotland


Seminar - Election Law in the Trump Supreme Court

Critically important election law cases will have been heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, just in time for the full Court – including Justice Neil Gorsuch, its long-awaited ninth Justice confirmed on April 7, 2017 – to hear and hopefully resolve. Issues include whether Voter ID violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (NC v. NC NAACP), whether the NC Congressional Redistricting Plan violates the First Amendment right to freedom of association (Common Cause v. Rucho), whether the Wisconsin redistricting plan violates the First and Fourteenth Amendment (Whitford v. Nichol), and whether removal of eligible voters from Ohio’s voter-registration rolls violated the NVRA and deprived eligible citizens of the right to vote (Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute and NEOCH v. Husted). We will discuss how these and related cases already decided this term on racial gerrymandering (Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections decided 3-1-17) can impact local government elections and electoral processes at the municipal and county level.

  • Ben Griffith & Michael Parsons
3:30PM - 3:45PM Coffee Break
3:45PM - 4:45PM

Section 1983 - Establishment Clause / Legislative Prayer at Meetings

The longstanding, widespread practice of beginning a legislative session with an invocation—a practice followed by lawmakers at every level of state and federal government—continues to generate litigation, including a pair of cases that the U.S. Supreme Court may take up next year. This session will focus on the current legal landscape and the practical issues faced by state and local governments across the country. The session will also explore the role legislative privilege and the separation of powers doctrine might play in a court’s adjudication of an action challenging legislative prayer.

  • Marc Hansen & Allyson Ho


Seminar - State League Meeting

The agenda will include introductions, approval of minutes, the IMLA Board Report and Executive Director Report.  The remainder of the meeting will be devoted to a discussion on the ongoing opioid crisis and ensuing litigation by local governments.  An update on the litigation and IMLA's working group will be provided and Mark Hayes will discuss his League's involvement in the opioid litigation.  There will be time for an open discussion to hear from attendees on what their Leagues are doing to respond to their members on this issue.

  • Mark Hayes


International Committee Meeting

Agenda: 1. A project proposal currently pending in the Republic of Georgia entitled “New Constitutionalism: Strategy of Horizontal Proliferation of Constitutional Values on the Whole System of Law,” in which members of the IMLA International Committee may be able to participate if the project is funded by the National Science Foundation in that country. While no IMLA funding is involved, it appears that this project, if funded through the Georgian NSF, would likely entail on our part as American attorneys a good deal of comparative research of continental and American systems of constitutional control and governance.

  • Ben Griffith
 6:00PM - 7:30PM  Welcome Reception

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 

7:00AM - 5:00PM Registration
8:00AM - 9:00AM WONK Breakfast (Registration required)
9:00AM - 12:50PM Chief Legal Officer Forum (CLOF) (CLICK HERE for agenda) (Separate regisitration required)

9:00AM - 10:30AM                                                                                   

Section 1983 - Openings / SummationThe first presenter will provide a unique and powerful presentation on Opening Statements.   He will discuss techniques and strategies designed to get a jury leaning in your client's’ favor by the close of the openings.  The second presenter will bookend Opening Statements with a discussion on strategies for Summations; including effective use of the verdict sheet and jury instructions, and ways to persuade those jurors, who despite your stellar presentation during the trial, are just not on board yet.

  • Patricia Miller & Michael Colucci

Seminar - HR up in Smoke: The Intersection between Marijuana Legalization and Employment LawRecent state law changes legalizing medical and/or recreational marijuana have had a direct impact on local government  employers.  The panel will present an overview of the current landscape and provide guidance to help navigate the legal issues, particularly  ADA, state anti-discrimination laws, and  the myriad of testing and safety issues relating to police, fire, and CDL employees.  The panel will also review the most prevalent landmines, red herrings, and best practices based on experience in states with authorization for both medical and recreational use.

  • Lara Donlon; Charles Mitchell & Robin Cross
10:30AM - 10:45AM Coffee Break
10:45AM - 11:45AM

Section 1983 - Police Excessive Force Trials Post-Ferguson: What’s Different and What’s Not

High profile officer involved shooting deaths have dominated the public eye in recent years. This discussion involves two attorneys that have handled police use of force cases on both sides of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. There will be a discussion about what perhaps has changed, what perhaps has not changed, and how to leverage and address those issues.

  • Daniel Peterson & Mark Maguire


Municipal Finance: Best practices for local counsel to consider in bond offerings

The panel will discuss significant focal points to assist local counsel in bond issues regarding the issuance of opinions, the identification of potential problem areas, and the provision of legal advice to their jurisdictions to minimize potential enforcement and liability.

  • Robert Doty & Derrick Mitchell
11:50AM - 12:50PM

Section 1983 - Malicious Prosecutions

  • Henry Bernstein & Rachel Seligman

Seminar - Small / Rural Communities Presentation: Nuisance Abatement

  • Jessica O'Connor

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Monday, April 23, 2018 

7:00AM - 12:00PM              Registration
7:30AM - 8:05AM Coffee Break

8:05AM - 9:05AM                                                                                                                                                                

Anatomy of a Shooting Rampage and the Aftermath

John Hessel, Kirkwood, Missouri City Attorney, will recount his survival of the tragic shooting at Kirkwood City Hall on February 7, 2008 and comment on his experiences in its aftermath. He will discuss violence in the workplace and some security measures and procedures that have been implemented in the public and private sector

  • John Hessel
9:10AM - 10:10AM

Case Law Update

This perennial favorite will provide an overview of highlighted Supreme Court and Circuit Court cases from around the country that are relevant to local governments including everything from employment law cases to First Amendment and police misconduct cases.

  • Douglas Haney
10:10AM - 10:25AM Coffee Break
10:25AM - 10:55AM

An Era of Preemption – Implications for Public PolicyIn an era when cities are increasingly called on to lead in policy implementation, stakeholders and constituents are often unaware of the hindrance of preemption. Where are cities being held back and what can we do about it? This presentation will explore the answers to these questions.

  • Mayor Mark Stodola
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Ethical Considerations in Public Sector Law

This presentation examines the unique ethical issues confronted by public sector lawyers using an entertaining, interactive format. Panelists dramatize short, illustrative scenarios with a discussion period following each hypothetical. A variety of ethics topics will be covered – all from the point of view of the government lawyer. The Model Rules of Ethics, including the following will all be discussed: Model Rule 1.1 Competence; MR 1.2 Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer; MR 1.3 Diligence; MR 1.7 Conflict of Interest: Current Clients; MR 1.8 Conflict of Interest Current Clients: Specific Rules

  • Susan Kidd & Sharon Pandak

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - Appellate Practice Program (Separate registration)

11:00AM - 12:00PM           

Appellate Practice - Framing the Question Presented and Drafting the Petition for CertiorariThis presentation will provide an overview of petitioning the Supreme Court for certiorari.  Presenters will discuss strategy on whether to petition and provide practical tips on drafting the petition for certiorari. They will also discuss the importance of petition stage amicus support and other practice pointers before the Court at this stage.

  • Loren AliKhan & Allyson Ho
12:00PM - 1:00PM Appellate Practice Networking Lunch (Separate Registration Required)
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Appellate Practice - Crafting the Response (or Waiving it)This presentation will provide attendees with a discussion and overview regarding strategies for the Brief in Opposition (BIO) to a Petition for Certiorari.  After explaining the considerations for whether you should file a BIO, the presenters will provide the nuts and bolts of a BIO, including how to handle the question presented, statement of the case, dealing with circuit conflicts, vehicle issues, and more.  Examples of well drafted BIOs and BIOs that likely did not help the Respondent will be discussed.

  • Ruth Masters & Gregory Garre
2:05PM - 3:05PM

Appellate Practice - Oral Argument Practice TipsThis presentation will cover oral argument practice tips before the Supreme Court.  Sarah Harrington, a former assistant to the Solicitor General who argued more than 20 cases before the Supreme Court, will provide a discussion of how to prepare for an oral argument.  Paul Clement, a former U.S. Solicitor General, has argued over 90 cases before the Supreme Court and he will discuss how to handle the argument itself.  Learn from these two Supreme Court veterans during an hour that is sure to provide practical tips that you can bring back to your jurisdiction and help you succeed during your next oral argument.

  • Paul Clement; Sarah Harrington

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 Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Chief Legal Officer Forum (CLOF) (Separate Registration)

 9:00AM - 10:30AM    

CLOF- Law Office Management: Dealing with Transitions and Retirement and Document Management Software

  • Edward Lattner & Chris Daly
10:30 AM - 10:45AM Coffee Break
 10:45AM - 11:45AM

CLOF - Opioid Litigation Issues

  • Erich Eiselt; Tom Egler
 11:50AM - 12:50AM

CLOF- Law Office Management – Leadership Lessons Learned on the Iditarod

  • Gunnar Johnson

 

Registration

Click here to register for the 2018 Mid-Year Seminar. 

 

 

Seminar App

 

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

IMLA will be using a mobile app at the 2018 Mid-Year Seminar! IMLA Seminar 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)


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IMLA Events

 SUPREME COURT APPELLATE PRACTICE PROGRAM- NEW!!

FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, 2018

This program is designed to help local government lawyers maximize their chances of success before the Supreme Court by providing practical tips and knowledge from some of the most prominent Supreme Court practitioners in the country.  Participants in the program will learn how to frame the question presented and draft the petition for certiorari in a way to capture the Justice’s attention and increase their chances of having the Court accept the case.  Where local governments are on the receiving end of a petition for certiorari, participants will learn how to craft a response and under what circumstances a local government should consider waiving their response.  The program will conclude with a discussion on oral argument practice tips from two Supreme Court practitioners who combine for over 130 oral arguments before the Supreme Court.   A networking lunch is included.

Program Fee: $85. MUST be registered for the seminar to attend. Please fill out the 2018 Mid-Year Seminar formand check the Supreme Court Appellate Program box and include an additional $85 to your seminar registration. SPACE IS LIMITED. 

Chief Legal Officers Forum (CLOF)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

This year's Chief Legal Officers Forum will be held in conjunction with the Mid-year Seminar and will include topical programming for chief legal officers representing jurisdictions with populations between 100,000-300,000. This is a half day program (maybe longer) that is part of the IMLA Seminar and designed for those city and county attorneys who lead and manage public law offices. 

More information and registration coming soon!

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. The State/Province Breakfast will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 7:45AM in the Omni-Empire Ballroom. There is no additional cost to attend this event, but you MUST register!

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!

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. The WONK Breakfast is planned for Sunday, April 22nd, 8:00 am – in the Omni-Empire Ballroom. There is no additional cost to attend this event, but you MUST register!

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**


 TABLE TOPICS

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1. Emerging Trends in Ordinance Codification and Supplementation

Emerging Trends in Ordinance Codification and Supplementation: New technology is providing additional options for cities to codify, amend, supplement and access their codes.  From in-house to self-service and all the way to full service, keeping your code up to date and accessible is key to connecting with your citizens.

 

Speaker: Julie Lovelace


2. Ethics Ordinances

 Discuss a process for developing (or amending) municipal Codes of Ethics, typical contents for such codes, the role of staff and outside counsel, and legal concerns. 

 

Speaker: Alan Bojorquez


3. How to Promote Public Safety Through Your Dangerous Dog Ordinance

Speaker: Lee Greenwood


4. Land Use: Zoning Options

Zoning options: planned development, Euclidean zoning and form-based zoning.

Speaker: Susan Trevarthen, Julian Grant, Ron Shaver


5. Maui County and WOTUS: The Battle to Grow the Clean Water Act Moves to the Courts

During the Obama administration, the EPA and the environmental community moved to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act to include distant tributaries, wetlands and discharges through groundwater. These efforts are embodied in the 2015 WOTUS Rule, and pending litigation brought by an environmental group against the County of Maui. We will discuss the current status of these efforts including the recent Supreme Court decision on the WOTUS Rule and the 9th Circuit decision on Maui County.

Speaker: Andre Monette, Attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP


6. Municipal Related Telecom Issues

Discussion will include 5G, FirstNet and other hot topics

Speaker: Albert Catalano, Keller Heckman LLP


7. Open Issues in Section 1983 Litigation

A discussion of legal issues that arise routinely in section 1983 litigation, but have not been conclusively resolved by the Supreme Court, and may be ripe for review.

 

Speaker: Timothy Coates, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP


8. P3 Do’s and Don’ts: Making it Happen: Right!

I will host a round table discussion about what critical elements municipal counsel need to include in framing a successful Public Private Partnership [P3] contract between a municipality and private company. Most importantly, because P3 legal authority is so new to many municipal attorneys and the law is still emerging in many states, we will discuss some “traps for the unwary.” Participants are invited to bring along their P3 “success” or “horror” stories, and the host hopes to listen more than he talks, and do a little learning himself in the process!.

Speaker: Steven “Tip” Torres, Partner, West Group Law PLLC


9. Post Disaster Recovery and Resiliency

Join us to discuss best practices in procurement and resilient rebuilding to ensure compliance with Federal disaster relief funding streams. We'll share "war stories" and lessons learned to avoid when disaster strikes.

Speaker:Mary Beth Coburn, Attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP & Robin Jones Jackson, Division Chief of Complex Transactions, Miami, Florida


10. Qualified Immunity Under Attack

A number of academics have recently written articles attacking the reasons the Supreme Court has stated to justify qualified immunity; one has gone so far as to say qualified immunity is unlawful. Justice Thomas has cited to one of these articles; lower court judges have cited to other articles. What can practitioners do to counter these attacks on a legal doctrine for important to local governments?

Speaker: Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State & Local Legal Center


11. When the Elected Official is the Problem

This table will discuss, share war stories, and offer solutions for when an elected official goes off the rails. It does not take an indictment to make your life challenging. Small incidents like not understanding the appearance of impropriety or wanting to monitor employee email accounts, or personal financial difficulties can not only create conflict among your elected officials, but also legal conflicts in responding to an addressing these issues.

Speaker: Christopher D. Balch, Principal, Balch Law Group

 

12. Small/Rural Communities

Open discussion of issues important to smaller/rural communities. What is important to mayors making interlocal/intergovernmental agreement decisions?

Speaker: Douglas Haney, Corporation Counsel, Camel, IN

 

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IMLA Welcome Reception

Please join IMLA for a Welcome Reception! IMLA will provide two drink tickets (you will receive in your badge) and light hor d'oeuvres. The dress is business casual.  We hope to see you there!

**Badge is required for entry!**

**Spouse tickets are available for purchase**

More information coming soon!

Sponsors

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Omni Shoreham Hotel 
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202-234-0700

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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 Omni Shoreham Hotel. 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 read more about the Omni Shoreham Hotel.

CLICK HEREto book your hotel room. Rooms sell out FAST!

 

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Teleconference

Can't travel to Washington, DC to make IMLA's Mid-Year Seminar from April 20 – April 23?
Well now you can participate, as IMLA is bringing the Seminar to you!

Sign up here!

CLICK HERE for the registration form.

CLICK HERE to register online.


Here's how it works: IMLA's Mid-Year Seminar is from April 20-April 23, 2018. 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.

Topics being broadcast range from the Opioid Epidemic to Election Law to Section 1983 Reducing Liability with Mental Illness and Section 1983 Frist Amendment: Unpopular Speech and the Heckler’s Veto.


 

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 16 Work Sessions – Member Price: $500 and Nonmembers: $1,100

Cost for All Selected Work Sessions per day:
- Friday, April 20, 2018 (4 sessions) - Member Price: $149 and Nonmember: $299.
- Saturday, April 21, 2018 (5 sessions) - Member Price: $199 and Nonmember: $399.
- Sunday, April 22, 2018 (3 sessions) - Member Price: $99 and Nonmember: $199.
- Monday, April 23, 2018 (4 sessions) - Member Price: $149 and Nonmember: $299.

…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!

 


Here are the sessions available by teleconference during the Mid-Year Seminar. **Note: All times are in Eastern Time. You are responsible for checking the time difference for your local time zone**

Friday, April 20, 2018


Sober Homes and the Opioid Epidemic
Time: 10:45 am – 11:45 am (Eastern)

Regulating Panhandling in the Wake of Reed v. Town of Gilbert
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Eastern)

Consent Decrees, past, Present and Future
Time: 2:05 pm – 3:05 pm (Eastern)

Supreme Court Update
Time: 3:20 pm – 4:50 pm (Eastern)

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Section 1983: First Amendment: Unpopular Speech and the Heckler’s Veto
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am (Eastern)

Section 1983: Reducing the Rick of Liability with Mentally Ill Persons
Time: 10:05 am – 11:05 am (Eastern)

Managing Telecommunications Challenges Facing Your Community
Time: 11:20 am – 12:50 pm (Eastern)

Election Law in the Trump Supreme Court
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Eastern)

Section 1983: Establishment Clause / Legislative Prayer at Meetings
Time: 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm (Eastern)

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

HR up in Smoke: The Intersection between Marijuana Legalization and Employment Law

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Eastern)

Municipal Finance: Best Practices for Local Counsel to Consider in Bond Offerings
Time: 10:45 am – 11:45 am (Eastern)Small/Rural Communities Presentation: Nuisance Abatement
Time: 11:50 am – 12:50 pm (Eastern)  

Monday, April 23, 2018

 

Anatomy of a Shooting Rampage and the Aftermath
Time: 8:05 am – 9:05 am (Eastern)

Case Law Update
Time: 9:10 am – 10:10 am (Eastern)

An Era of Preemption – Implications for Public Policy
Time: 10:25 am – 10:55 pm (Eastern)

Ethical Consideration in Public Sector Law
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)

 

 

2016 Code Enforcement Program

2016 Code Enforcement Program

San Diego, California

Hilton Bayfront

September 28 - 29, 2016

The 81st Annual Conference includes a special two day Code Enforcement Program, September 28 -29, which is applicable to not only the city attorney and law department but also your code enforcement officials covering topics on:

  • Search warrants
  • Case law
  • Bankruptcy
  • STRs
  • Historic Properties
  • Ethics
  • Collaborative approach
  • Due Process
  • Civil Enforcemennt
  • Remodels

Separate registration is required! CLICK HERE for the form.

CLICK HERE to view the tentative schedule for the Code Program.

Also want to register for the Annual Confernece? CLICK HERE to register.

 

2017 Seminar

IMLA's 2017 Mid-Year Seminar

Washington, D.C.

April 21 - April 24, 2017

Cherry Blossoms in DC  D.C. photoshop

News

The Omni Shoreham Hotel is SOLD OUT!

 The Mid-Year Seminar hotel is sold out! D.C. in the spring is very busy and other hotels in the area tend to sell out, don't delay in booking your room!Other Hotels in the Area:

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


Omni Select Service

Join the Omni Select Service for exclusive benefits while you stay at the Omni! CLICK HERE to signup for free!


Chief Legal Officers Forum (CLOF)
Omni Shoreham April 23, 2017
The CLOF is FREE if you register for the seminar.

This year's Chief Legal Officers Forum will be held in conjunction with the Mid-year Seminar and will include topical programming for chief legal officers representing jurisdictions with populations between 100,000-300,000. This is a half day program (maybe longer) that is part of the IMLA Seminar and designed for those city and county attorneys who lead and manage public law offices.Don't miss these great sessions:

  • Benchmarking / Law Practice Management
  • Leadership through crisis and values based practice
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Roundtable Discussion on Executive Orders

The tentative agenda can be found HERE



Registration

CLICK HERE to download the registration form.Please e-mail this form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Or register online by CLICK HERE.2017 Mid Year Seminar Form

Seminar App

IMLA Seminar App

THE MOBILE APP IS THE METHOD OF DELIVERY FOR ALL SPEAKER MATERIALSIMLA will be using a mobile app at the 2017 Mid-Year Seminar! IMLA Seminar 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


IMLA App on Your Phone/iPad ONLY

DOWNLOAD APP ON MOBILE DEVICE
CLICK HERE for a tutorial on how to download and log into IMLA's mobile app on a MOBILE device (i.e- iPhone, android, tablet or iPad)ALREADY HAVE THE APP?
Already have the mobile app? Follow the tutorial above and just click the “Verify account” button in the email from CrowdCompass. If you think because you already have the app, you are set to go, then think again! CLICK HERE to see why.


IMLA App Information on Your Computer/Laptop/Tablet

(DOES NOT HAVE GOOGLE PLAY STORE OR APP STORE)The IMLA App information can be viewed on a laptop, computer, or tablet using a web browser. VIEW APP ON COMPUTER
CLICK HERE for a tutorial on how to view the app on your COMPUTER through a web browser.

IMLA Events

Chief Legal Officers Forum (CLOF)
Omni Shoreham April 23, 2017
The CLOF is FREE if you register for the seminar.

This year's Chief Legal Officers Forum will be held in conjunction with the Mid-year Seminar and will include topical programming for chief legal officers representing jurisdictions with populations between 100,000-300,000. This is a half day program (maybe longer) that is part of the IMLA Seminar and designed for those city and county attorneys who lead and manage public law offices.Don't miss these great sessions:

  • Benchmarking / Law Practice Management
  • Leadership through crisis and values based practice
  • Refugee Resettlement
  • Roundtable Discussion on Executive Orders

The tentative agenda can be found HERE.

CLICK HERE to register for the Seminar and CLOF

CLICK HERE to register ONLY for the CLOF

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. The State/Province Breakfast will take place on Saturday, April 22nd at 7:30AM in the Omni-Empire Ballroom. There is no additional cost to attend this event! REGISTRATION IS CLOSED!

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

REGISTRAITON IS CLOSED

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. The WONK Breakfast is planned for Sunday, April 23rd, 7:30 am – in the Omni-Empire Ballroom. There is no additional cost to attend this event! Registration CLOSED

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED


Table Topics

1.  Amicus Briefs as a Tool for Appeals of Municipal Law Issues

Deb Fourlas, co-chair of the appellate practice at McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC, will lead an interactive roundtable discussion on the strategic use of amicus briefs, including such topics as when an amicus brief is appropriate, the proper focus of an amicus brief, and cooperation between parties and amici.

Speaker: Deb Fourlas McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

2. Appellate Practice In The United States Supreme Court and Federal Circuit Courts For Public Entities

Join Tim Coates and Marc Poster of appellate firm Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, as they discuss the unique aspects of arguing cases on behalf of municipalities in the federal appellate courts, with a special emphasis on representation of public entities in the Supreme Court.

Speakers:Timothy Coates, Managing Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP & Marc Poster, Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

3.  Don’t Have Palpitations! Provide Accommodations!

While many of us were preparing for graduations, summer weddings and a well-deserved holiday last year, the EEOC updated their decade old Policy Guidance on ADA Accommodations. Then, while visions of sugarplums were dancing in our dreams, on December 12, 2016, the EEOC released a “resource document”, explaining “workplace rights” for individuals with mental health conditions. These resource document reminds employers of the EEOC’s expansive interpretation of what constitutes a reasonable workplace accommodation. This table provides a chance to engage in the interactive process of discussing what do they all mean and how do they apply to my workplace?

Speaker: Roberta Cross, Township Attorney, The Woodlands, Texas


4. Municipal Potpourri

All the WONK table are exciting, but if you are looking for an opportunity to bring up an issue or matter you are working on and get some feedback from your colleagues, this is the table for you. Any municipal topic is fine. Just be prepared to give a brief overview of the matter and your colleagues will offer their thoughts and knowledge. Sort of like what the medical profession does when they review a patients situation at a meeting of the medical staff, but with a local government legal slant. You'd be surprised how often others may have had a similar matter, or even if not, they have some good ideas for you to consider.

Speaker: James Lampke, Town Counsel, Hull, Massachusetts

5. P3 Procurement Best Practices

Speaker: Jillian Jagling & Teno West, West Group Law PLLC

6. Sanctuary Policies in the Age of Trump

This timely session will continue and broaden the sanctuary city discussion begun last year in San Diego, as this issue has come into full bloom with the arrival of the Trump Presidency. Issues for discussion will include the present and coming battles between and among localities, states and the federal government, and policies regarding illegal immigration in the United States. Of key note will be the case law and statutes and executive orders that have altered the Obama era policies and what are likely to be collateral damage issues for local lawyers as the blue state - red state efforts to either protect undocumented or assist federal authorities continue. Essential questions will be what are the limits and restrictions of and on local police and local government power in the field of federal immigration enforcement; are the measures taken in past years by cities, counties and states in some cases to shield themselves from federal detainer law valid and defensible? Finally, California's most aggressive efforts to protect illegal immigrants and their potential loss of federal funding.

Speaker: Laszlo Pinter, Deputy Corporation Counsel, Danbury, Connecticut

7. Securities Law Compliance for Local Issuers

Speaker: Robert Doty, President, AGFS

8. State Preemption of Local Ordinances: zoning, tree preservation, Uber-and-ilk ordinances, etc

Speakers: Julian Grant, Senior Assistant City Attorney, Corpus Christi, Texas

9. Trump’s Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Plan -- What local governments and their lawyers should be doing to ensure you are positioned to maximize your community’s participation

Speakers: Gerard Lederer, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger LLP & Ruben Duran, Attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP


10. Voting Rights, Voter ID, Redistricting and the Role of Race in the Trump Supreme Court

Speaker: Benjamin Griffith, Board Attorney, Griffith Law Firm

11. What the Frack?: Hydraulic Fracturing, Pakootas and Other Toxic Litigation Coming to Your City

As states start to regulate fracking and local government agencies weigh in, the oil industry is pushing back. Also, the recent Pakootas decision by the Ninth Circuit changes the landscape for air emissions under CERCLA. Finally, toxic contamination increasingly intersects with the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act. Join us for breakfast to discuss these and any topics you would like to discuss.”

Speaker: Gene Tanaka, Best Best and Krieger LLP

12. Wireless In your Right of Way

Speakers: Michael Watza, Principal, Kitch Law Firm

 

 

IMLA Welcome Reception

Please join IMLA for a Welcome Reception on Saturday, April 22nd from 6:00PM - 7:30PM in the Blue Room Pre-function  area and terrace. IMLA will provide two drink tickets (you will receive in your badge) and light hor d'oeuvres. The dress is business casual.  We hope to see you there!

**Badge is required for entry!**

**Spouse tickets are available for purchase**

Sponsors

IMLA has a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as customizable ones. If you are interested, please contact Julie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. At IMLA's Mid-Year Seminars, we generally get anywhere from 250-350 attendees.

Exhibitors

If you are interested in Exhibiting, please e-mail Julie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The exhibit cost for the seminar is $1,500  ($750 for not for profits). This registration includes set up for two representatives. One individual can have admission to all sessions, event materials, social events and all refreshment breaks. At IMLA's Mid-Year Seminars, we generally get anywhere from 250-350 attendees.

Hotel

Omni Shoreham Hotel 
2500 Calvert Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20008
202-234-0700

THE OMNI IS SOLD OUT! See below for more hotel options.

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, a first class facility, in Washington, D.C. 

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 Omni Shoreham Hotel. 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 read more about the Omni Shoreham Hotel.The Mid-Year Seminar hotel is sold out! D.C. in the spring is very busy and other hotels in the area tend to sell out, don’t delay in booking your room!Other Hotels in the Area:

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

Teleconferences

2017 MID-YEAR TELECONFERENCES

We understand that due to other obligations or budget issues, attending the Mid-Year Seminar is just not possible. However, for those of you who cannot make it, IMLA has created 15 teleconferences just for you! ** Please note that if you are a Kitchen Sink subscriber, you DO NOT need to sign up for these teleconferences. You will already receive them because you are a subscriber!!**

 FRIDAY:

  1. 1983 General Principles
  2. Ensuring Preemption is not Synonymous with Deregulation: The Threats and Opportunities of the Trump Administration 
  3. Employment Law: Navigating the Fair Standards Act with Police and Fire Employees
  4. Supreme Court Update

 SATURDAY:

  1. Regulating Public Spaces in a Manner that Balances the Rights of Homeless Individuals with Preservation of Public Spaces for their other Intended Purposes
  2. Reducing Police and Fire Disciplinary and Liability Exposure
  3. Wrongful Convictions- Part 1: Overview of the Law
  4. Wrongful Convictions Part 2: Practice Pointers in Defending Against Claims
  5. Land Use: Environmental Insurance

 SUNDAY:

  1. The Bay: Forced MS4 Reductions and Storm Water Utility Trends in 2017
  2. Section 1983: Advanced Topics in Use of Force Trials
  3. NextGen Transportation Grants and Pilot Programs: Ridesharing and the Gateway to Automation

 MONDAY:

  1. Expect the Unexpected: Dealing with the Press and Legal Issues in the Aftermath of the pulse shooting
  2. Case Law Update by Circuit
  3. Ethics and Government Practice: Navigating the Dangerous Waters of Defending A Government Entity

Click here to view the descriptions.
Click here to register!!  

  

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

Hilton exterior

October 14, 2017 - October 18, 2017

Hilton Hotel and Suites, Niagara Falls/Fallsview 

Scotiabank Convention Center

Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada  

News

   

Conference News  

Conference Hotel:

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference is in the Scotiabank Convention Center in Niagara Falls, Ontario in October 2017! The conference hotel is the Hilton Hotel and Suites, Niagara Falls/Fallsview. Check back regularly for updated information! The IMLA room block is OPEN! To book a room call 1-866-873-9829 and use the group code IMLA or CLICK HERE to book your room online

Click here to view the dollar exchange information.


Niagara Bound Tours

www.NiagaraBoundTours.com

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905-685-5375 

Niagara Bound Tours was established in 2004 by Lezlie Harper. Lezlie started her work career in tourism as a busgirl. Over the years, that interest in tourism never waned. CLICK HERE for more information.

Three tours will be offered on tour days.

If you have contacted them, and have not heard back, please contact Lezlie ASAPThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone- (905)-685-5375. REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.


Passports:

Passports: AS OF JUNE 1, 2009: U.S. citizens will be required to present one of the following documents for entry into the United States by land or sea from Canada: US Passport Card or US Passport. CLICK HERE to read more. 

Phones: Don't get hit with international charges! Plan in advance. Below is some information on intentional plans, but be sure to call your cellular provider for information.

  • Verizon Wireless
    • International Travel Plan: $2 per day per device (Mexico and Canada are included without a daily fee on plan sizes 12 GB or larger.)
    • CLICK HERE for more information.
  • AT&T
    • AT&T Passport (valid for 30 days)
      • $40: Unlimited texting, $1.00 talk per minute, 200MB cellular data, unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots
      • $60: Unlimited texting, $0.50 talk per minute, 300MB cellular data, unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots
      • $120: Unlimited texting, $0.35 talk per minute, 800MB cellular data, unlimited Wi-Fi access at participating hotspots
  • Sprint
    • Open World (free)
      • Unlimited call
      • Unlimited text
      • 1 GB of high speed data (after that, $30 per GB)
  • T-Mobile
    • Simple Choice Plan
      • Unlimited calls
      • Unlimited texts

Other information:

Schedule

Conference Schedules

View the 82nd Annual Conference Schedule

Click here to view a detailed, PDF version of dates, times, titles, descriptions and speakers.

 

2017 Code Enforcement Program

Niagara Falls, Ontario, CanadaScotiabank Convention CenterOctober 14 & 15, 2017

The 82nd Annual Conference includes a special two day Code Enforcement Program, October 14 and 15, which is applicable to not only the city attorney and law department but also your code enforcement officials. Click here to view the tentative schedule.

  

Click here to register!!

IMLA's ILGL Program

October 14, 2017

Niagara Falls, Ontario, CanadaScotiabank Convention Center

The 82nd Annual Conference includes a special Institute for Local Government Lawyers program on October 14, 2017.

The Institute for Local Government Lawyers (ILGL) is a beginners-level program geared towards attorneys new to local government, as well as seasoned attorneys who need a “refresher” in various general topics of local government law. Presenters are law school professors and/or local government lawyers with a vast amount of experience throughout the United States. The presentations will provide a broad overview on a number of topics of interest to local government attorneys and will be in a classroom-type setting.CLICK HERE to view the tentative agenda.

Space is limited register early! Click here to register.

Loopstra Nixon LLP Canada Day

Monday, October 16, 2017

AGENDA (tentative):

CHAIR: Paul DeMelo, Kagan Shastri LLP

Click here to view the tentative schedule. 

IMLA Events

IMLA Events

2017 CONFERENCE WONK TABLES & DESCRIPTIONS

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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. The WONK Breakfast is planned for Tuesday, October 17th, 7:30 am to 8:45am- in the Exhibit Hall B. The fee for this breakfast is $20 ($25 10/7 - 10/13).

CLICK HERE to pick your tables.

CLICK HERE to register (if you registered on your conference registration form, please DO NOT fill this out)

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

  1. Cable Franchise Renewals in the Digital World
  2. Citizen Suits Under Federal Environmental Statutes
  3. The City Attorney’s Report - Seven Habits of Highly Effective City Attorneys
  4. Dangerous Dogs and Reckless Owners
  5. No More Codification
  6. Interacting with Fiscally Distressed Municipalities
  7. Joining the Resilience Movement: Planning for Recovery, Compliance, and the Future
  8. Land Use topics: Reed Update, Preemption, and Judicial Education
  9. Managing FOIA Requests
  10. Sanctuary Jurisdictions and the Supreme Court
  11. "Small”(?) Cell Towers in the Rights of Way
  12. Special Appellate Issues for Public Entities
  13. Stump the Fellows
  14. Supreme Court
  15. Three Racial Gerrymandering and VRA Decisions
  16. What’s Important to Local Leaders When Making ILA Entry and Continuation Decisions

CLICK HERE to pick your tables.

TABLE 1: Cable Franchise Renewals in the Digital World

Cable franchising and renewals present IMLA members with challenges and opportunities concerning franchise fees, PEG funding, and more. Join Best Best & Krieger for breakfast and insights on these and other renewal issues, including franchising in states that have passed state franchising legislation. Compare notes and “lessons learned” with your colleagues on the status of cable franchise renewals in the region and around the country. We’ll spend a large portion of the session addressing your specific questions and concerns, so come prepared!

  • Speaker: Gerard Lavery Lederer, Best Best and Krieger

TABLE 2: Citizen Suits Under Federal Environmental Statutes

As the federal government signals it will loosen regulatory standards, permitting requirements and enforcement under federal environmental statutes it presents a mixed bag of news for municipalities. Environmental groups are poised to use the “citizen suit” provisions of the Clean Water and Clean Air Acts as an “end-run” around discretionary enforcement by the USEPA and state agencies in “delegated states.” This program will give participants a chance to discuss key defenses that have been effective in protecting municipalities in Section 505 actions and the type of negotiating tactics that lead to workable consent orders.

  • Speaker: Steven “Tip” Torres, West Group Law PLLC

TABLE 3: The City Attorney’s Report - Seven Habits of Highly Effective City Attorneys

Confirm what you already know you have or find out what you don’t know. Things you need to know about Employment Law – as the in-house lawyer – but didn’t know whom to ask! This is a sharing table where you can listen to the host – or the guests -- discuss what works – or hasn’t for them. Focus will be on the lawyerly “soft skills” needed as we approach the new decade. Discussion topics could include but are certainly not limited to the following:

  • Be a problem solver - don’t bring your client problems – they just make their head hurt!
  • Tips to develop self-direction and self-motivation. 
  • What language are you speaking? Still “speaking legal?” Learn translation skills! 
  • Discover that “cutting to the chase” doesn’t mean running with scissors! 
  • How to get to “get stuck in” your organization….

But wait, there’s more! Commit to lifetime learning by reserving a seat at this table.

  • Speaker: Roberta “Robin” Cross, The Woodlands, TX

TABLE 4: Dangerous Dogs and Reckless Owners

We all want safe and humane communities for both people and pets. Come learn how to achieve that goal through dangerous dog legislation that focuses on the individual behaviors of pets and their owners

  • Speakers: Ledy VanKavage & Lee Greenwood, Best Friends Animal Society

TABLE 5: No More Codification

See how hundreds of attorneys and clerks automatically create ordinances and manage their own code without the lag and expense of traditional codifiers. MCO’s disruptive web software is changing the municipal code landscape!

  • Speaker: Kimball Clark, President, Municipal Code Online

TABLE 6: Interacting with Fiscally Distressed Municipalities

How do municipalities get into financial trouble? How do they react to being in trouble? Can they peel the onion back and honestly deal with their problems? Are some of them hopeless cases? What can or should a state government do to help struggling municipalities? David Unkovic served as a state receiver for the City of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s state capital, and in private practice he has represented the state as part of consulting teams trying to develop and implement workout plans for various distressed municipalities, large and small. What works? What doesn’t work? Bonus topic: What is the most dysfunctional level of government in the American political system: the federal government? State governments? Local governments?

  • Speaker: Dave Unkovic, McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

TABLE 7: Joining the Resilience Movement: Planning for Recovery, Compliance, and the Future

The latest movement in rebuilding infrastructure is “resiliency.” For years State and Local governments have been in a “reactive” position when it comes to responding to the devastating impacts of natural disasters. Recently, that mindset has shifted toward preemptive efforts, emphasizing mitigation and sustainability when approaching recovery to prevent future loss of life and property. A large component of establishing a successful preemptive plan is understanding the required procurement policies, monitoring and compliance structure necessary for these funds. In extreme circumstances communities may inadvertently disregard the multitude of constraints that accompany federal grant funding. Conversely, some communities are overwhelmed by the required regulatory restrictions, and afraid to use any of the recovery grant funds. In either scenario, the community is at risk of losing the very funding that is pivotal to their future success and growth.

During this roundtable, we will discuss the importance of monitoring and compliance for the types of disaster recovery funding available and managing these complex programs while avoiding pitfalls that could result in a loss of funding.

  • Speaker: Mary Beth Coburn, Best Best and Krieger

TABLE 8: Land Use topics: Reed Update, Preemption, and Judicial Education

  • Speakers: Julian Grant and Susan Trevarthen

TABLE 9: Managing FOIA Requests

  • Speaker: Lawton Langford

TABLE 10: Sanctuary Jurisdictions and the Supreme Court

Throughout 2017, the courts, the federal government, the states and a significant number of municipalities, many of them IMLA members, have been engaged in heated legal battle over whether and how non-citizens may gain entry into the United States and/or stay and to what extent the President has plenary power in this area.

The most recent developments will be discussed.

  • Speaker: Laszlo Pinter, Danbury, CT

TABLE 11: "Small”(?) Cell Towers in the Rights of Way

This issue has been percolating since at least 2014. With the comments all filed in the FCC wireless and wireline proceedings – where are we now and when will the FCC rule on wireless access to our Rights of Way?

  • Speaker: Mike Watza, Kitch Law Firm

TABLE 12: Special Appellate Issues for Public Entities

We will discuss recurring appellate issues for public entities like immunities, mandatory duties, and institutional practices that frequently end up in the appellate courts and the attitude of the courts to those issues.

  • Speaker: Timothy Coates, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP

TABLE 13: Stump the Fellows

Do you have a legal or managerial question that has managed to stump everyone in your office? Here is your chance to bring your most challenging “head scratchers” to a panel of IMLA Super Wonks for a roundtable discussion. This panel will be comprised of IMLA Fellows who are well-versed in municipal law and the challenges faced by municipal lawyers and are eager to listen to you and offer advice. Bonus points for anybody who can “stump” the Fellows with a difficult question!

  • Speakers: Dan Crean, Crean Municipal Consulting Services, Robert Fugate, Arlington, TX & Brad Neighbor, Garland, TX

TABLE 14: Supreme Court

To say the Supreme Court loves cities is no exaggeration! At this WONK table we will discuss any aspect of Supreme Court litigation that interests participants from the current docket, to the new Justice, to issues of future likely interest to the Court affecting local governments.

  • Speaker: Lisa Soronen, State Services Organization

TABLE 15: Three Racial Gerrymandering and VRA Decisions

Race and Politics: This session will cover pending and recently decided racial gerrymandering cases (Cooper v. Harris, Dickson v. Rucho and North Carolina v. Covington) in which the courts are struggling to arrive at a workable, consistent standard for evaluating the permissible extent to which states and local governments can rely upon racial considerations in evaluating the legality of redistricting plans following the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus decision from the last term. We will also discuss the pending Wisconsin case in which IMLA has filed an amicus brief, wherein the Court may ultimately decide whether partisan gerrymandering cases are justiciable and by what measurable standard. We will be several weeks into the October 2017 term, and the most current filings in several of the cases before SCOTUS will be available.

  • Speaker: Ben Griffith, Griffith Law Firm

TABLE 16: What’s Important to Local Leaders When Making ILA Entry and Continuation Decisions

Smaller/rural communities can often benefit from entering into an ILA. Learn what factors local leaders feel are important to their ILA entry decisions.

  • Speaker: Doug Haney, Corporation Counsel, Carmel, Indiana

CLICK HERE to pick your tables!

CLICK HERE to register (if you registered on your conference registration form, please DO NOT fill this out)

2017 STATE/PROVINCE BREAKFAST

Monday, October 16, 2017

IMLA is delighted to offer you an opportunity to network with colleagues from your state/province!  The breakfast will be organized tables by state/province and you can enjoy your breakfast together with your colleagues. The State/Province Breakfast is planned for Monday, October 16th, 7:00 am – in the Exhibit Hall B. The fee for this breakfast is $20 ($25 10/7 - 10/13).

CLICK HERE to register (if you registered on your conference registration form, please DO NOT fill this out)

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

Welcome Reception

Table Rock CentreSunday, October 15, 2017

7:00PM - 10:00PMBusses will begin at 6:30PM

A badge is required for entry

No entry before 7PM will be permitted

Kick off the 82nd Annual Conference in Niagara falls at the Welcome Reception. Enjoy food, drinks and networking!

Also experience the Journey Behind the Falls and Niagara’s Fury attraction!

Journey Behind the Falls:

To stand at the heart of the falls, you’ll first need to descend 150 feet and explore 130-year-old tunnels through the bedrock.

Experience the falls from the observation deck at the foot of the 13-story-tall falls, but don’t forget the viewing portals cut straight through the rock, offering a once-in-a-lifetime view of one-fifth of the world’s fresh water crashing down in front of you.

Niagara's Fury Attraction:

Discover the ancient story of Niagara Falls in 4D and re-live the exciting experience in this 360 degree multi-sensory theater.

Water will bubble and spray as you travel down river, while snow falls all around simulating the last Ice Age. The moving platform beneath your feet will help you understand the power of nature as you’re surrounded by stunning visuals of the mighty Niagara River.

Whirlpool Golf CourseSaturday, October 14, 2017

Golf has been arranged for Saturday, October 14th at the Whirlpool Golf Course, right along the Niagara River.This is an award winning golf course designed by Stanley Thompson and we have arranged for a special rate of $55 CDN to play(includes a round of golf and a cart).CLICK HERE for more information on the course. 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.

IMLA's 2017 Annual World SeriesTuesday, October 17, 2017

The buses will leave the hotel at 6PM

The annual softball game will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at Oakes Park. A bus will pick up the participants at the hotel transport them to Oakes Park Field. At the end of the game, each participant will be dropped off by bus at a local bar, Doc Magilligan's. All participants will receive a free softball jersey and cap. The organizing committee will supply softballs, bats, and drinks. No alcoholic beverages are allowed at Oakes 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.

CLICK HERE to register.

 

Niagara Bound Tours

www.NiagaraBoundTours.com

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905-685-5375 

Niagara Bound Tours was established in 2004 by Lezlie Harper. Lezlie started her work career in tourism as a busgirl. Over the years, that interest in tourism never waned. CLICK HERE for more information.

Three tours will be offered on tour days.

If you are interested in any of these tours, please fill out the registration form, scan and send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Click here to view the registration form.

If there are other destinations that you are interested in, please contact Niagara Bound Tours directly by email or telephone- (905)-685-5375.

Morning Runs

LN YI cindy 183 MosaicJoin Cindy Yi on a morning run before the IMLA sessions begin! More information and sign-up will be available soon!  

Cindy is an Associate in the Municipal, Land Use Planning and Development Law Group at Loopstra Nixon LLP, the largest full-service law firm in west Toronto. She represents a broad cross-section of public and private sector clients on a variety of municipal law matters throughout the province. She is an avid fitness enthusiast, and has run several Tough Mudder races, competed in powerlifting competitions, and enjoys long-distance running. She is also currently training for two marathons this year.

 CLICK HERE if you are interested in joining Cindy Yi for a run! Please return the form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Registration

Conference Registration

CLICK HERE to register online!CLICK HERE to download the Conference form. Please email form to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  2017ConferenceRegistrationForm002  Click here to register for ILGL Program.Click here to register for the Code Enforcement Program.

Sponsors

2017 Annual Conference Sponsors 

PLATINUM SPONSORS

 

BA logo new 2012 1

Thomson Reuters Logo


 

GOLD SPONSORS

 bbk logo 2017 

CasselsBrock2017GIF 

logo the guarantee

 

GOLD Sponsor KS logo

LN LOGO

 

SK logo 300dpi

 


 

SILVER SPONSORS

 

AB White w Grey BKGD

 

 ALP 640x150

 

 

 

Sponsorship Lerners Logo Bold RGB

 

 

 

Municode 2016

 

SOK Logo final colour 01


 

BRONZE SPONSOR

 

BLG Logo 300 DPI CMYK

GMSR Logo New2

 

Harris Beach logo

 

 

 

Logo CMYK

 

 

Integro Logo Main Spot

 

Linebarger logo 10.5 x 2.5 300 dpi

 

 

McNees 2016

 

 

MT Logo Vertical AvocatsLawyers RGB

 

 

BRONZE sponsor NFT Logo Stack with MCIT URL

 

 weirfoulds

 

West Group Law

 WB Logo in colour zylab  


 

IMLA has a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as customizable ones. If you are interested, please contact Amanda at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. At IMLA’s Conferences, we generally get anywhere from 600-800 attendees. 

Exhibitors

2017 Annual Conference Exhibitors

ACSIA Partners logo

AACE Offset for sizes

ALP 640x150 

 

ARCADIS new Logo

 

 

bbk logo 2017

 

Best Friends logo 2016

Cycom for website

DRAGUN

 

e forensic logo from web  Integro Logo Main Spot  

LEGAL EDGE Logo for Media 002

 

 

 

Legal Files Logo

 

 

Linebarger logo 10.5 x 2.5 300 dpi

 

 

 

McNees 2016

 

 

 

Municode 2016

 

 

 

Nautilus2016

Thomson Reuters Logo

West Group Law

 

 

zylab

 

 

The exhibit cost for the conference is $2,750  ($1500 for not for profits). This registration includes set up for two representatives. One individual can have admission to all sessions, event materials, social events and all refreshment breaks. At IMLA'sConferences we generally get anywhere from 600-800 attendees.If interested in exhibiting at the 2017 Annual Conference, please e-mail Julie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Hotel/Lodging

Conference Hotel

Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview

6361 Fallsview Blvd, Niagara Falls, ON L2G 3V9, Canada

Tel: 905-354-7887

 

 

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Hilton Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview, a first class facility, in Ontario, Canada.

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 Hotel and Suites Niagara Falls/Fallsview. 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.

The IMLA room block is CLOSED! To book a room call 1-866-873-9829 and use the group code IMLA or CLICK HERE to book your room online

CLICK HERE to read the passport and US vistor information

CLICK HERE to read about the hotel amenities 

 

Passports

Passports

PASSPORTS ARE REQUIRED: U.S. citizens will be required to present one of the following documents for entry into the United States by land or sea from Canada:

Please Note: Six Month Validity Passport Rule. As a general rule, passports should have at least six months of validity when traveling internationally. Most countries will not permit a traveler to enter their country unless the passport is set to expire at least six months after the final day of travel. Canada now enforces the six month validity rule! CLICK HERE for more information.

1. U.S. Passport Card

  • Cost: $55 - Age 16 and older
  • $40 - Under age 16
  • $30 - For holders of U.S. passport
  • Validity: 10 years - Age 16 and older
  • 5 years - Under age 16
  • Issued by: U.S. Department of State
  • Limitations: Not valid for international air travel

CLICK HERE to read more about the passport card.CLICK HERE to view fees and forms.

2. U.S. Passport

  • $135 - Age 16 and older
  • $105 - Under age 16
  • Validity: 10 years - Age 16 and older
  • 5 years - Under age 16
  • Issued by: U.S. Department of State

Applying for a passport:

  • Where to apply: Must apply in person at a Passport Acceptance Facility (post office, clerk of court, etc.)
  • Processing time:
    • Routine Service: Approximately 4-6 weeks from the time of application, including mailing time.
    • Expedite Service: Approximately 2-3 weeks from the time of application, including mailing time.

Renewing a passport:

  • Where to apply: submit application by mail
  • $110 - Age 16 and older

CLICK HERE to review the forms and fees.

Passport Photos:

"Bad photos are the #1 reason passport applications get held up during the application process"

CLICK HERE to read photo requirements.

CLICK HERE to read more about passport photos.

Transportation

How to Travel While You're in Canada

Airport to Hotel/Hotel to Airport

Your transportation to and from the airport is on your own, however, IMLA is working with Niagara Airbus and AVIS to provide IMLA members with discounted transportation!

Niagara Airbus: www.niagaraairbus.com (enter code 466 at the beginning of the booking)

  • Buffalo Airport (closest to hotel)
    • $97.00CAD- Round trip shuttle
    • $69.00CAD- One way
    • 10% discount on all private exclusive services
  • Toronto
    • $88.00CAD + hst- Round trip
    • $64.00CAD + hst- One way
    • 10% discount on all private exclusive services

Reservations can be made online or by calling the reservation line at 905-374-8111. Any questions can be directed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The code (466) is valid for travel from October 7 - 25th, 2017.

CLICK HERE for information on booking online. 

AVIS: LINK

Avis Worldwide Discount or AWD number is J867718.

Reservations can be made online or by calling 1-800-331-1600 (Must give the agent the AWD number)

The AWD code is valid seven days prior to the event and seven days after the event. 

More information can be found HERE.

Hotel to Scotiabank Convention Center/Scotiabank Convention Center to Hotel

  • Walk: The Scotiabank Convnetion Center is only two blocks away!
  • Busses (free): Busses to and from the Scotiabank center will be circulating all day.

Hotel to Welcome Reception/Welcome Reception to Hotel

The Welcome Reception will take place at the brink of the falls!

  • Walk: The Welcome Reception is in walking distance of the hotels. Take time to enjoy the beautiful scenery!
  • Busses: Busses will be ciriculating. It will be a short trip (~5 minutes) to the location.

 

   

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