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IMLA Past Events:

2018 Annual Conference

IMLA's 83rd Annual Conference
October 17 - October 21, 2018
Hilton Americas-Houston
Houston, Texas

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News

The hotel room block is CLOSED! For ILGL information, click here.For Code Enforcement information, click here.

Program

 Click here to view the final schedule.

Registration

 CLICK HERE to register online.CLICK HERE to download the registration form.

Events/Networking

2018 STATE/PROVINCE BREAKFAST
Friday, October 19, 2018


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 Friday, October 19th, 7:00 am.  The fee for this breakfast is $20 ($25 10/13 - 10/19).

 

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**

Registration is Closed

2018 CONFERENCE WONK TABLES & DESCRIPTIONS
Saturday, October 20, 2018


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 Saturday, October 20th, 7:45 am to 8:50am- in the Exhibit Hall B. The fee for this breakfast is $20 ($25 10/13 - 10/20). 

**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

  1. Federal Contracting 101: What You Need to Understand (and DO) Before Disaster Strikes
  2. Dockless Disruption: Removing the Training Wheels Around Regulations
  3. Drafting Codes of Ethics
  4. Emerging Issues On Use Of Police Videos at Trial and on Appeal
  5. Employment Law Hot Topic
  6. Land Use Hot Topics
  7. Powering your Community: Hot Topics in Energy and Sustainability for Municipalities
  8. Promoting Public Safety and Responsible Dog Ownership
  9. Sanctuary Jurisdictions
  10. Small Cells and Rights of Way: the FCC’s New Rules and What that Means for Local Governments
  11. Small/Rural Communities
  12. The Role Of Municipal Government in Providing and Regulating Electricity
  13. Local Government Law: How the arcane meets reality and other tales from 40 plus years
  14. Municipal Broadband: Rise above the Monopoly Providers and build your own where you can control service, speeds, build out and rates for your residents.  Just Do it!

TABLE 1: Federal Contracting 101: What You Need to Understand (and DO) Before Disaster Strikes

This discussion will focus on what local government attorneys should be prepared to do if FEMA/HUD don’t show up after an emergency

Host: Mary Beth Coburn, Best Best & Krieger

TABLE 2: Dockless Disruption: Removing the Training Wheels Around Regulations

Emerging transportation technologies are being quickly integrated into communities. While dockless micromobility like bikes and scooters present regulatory challenges, they also provide opportunities to enhance mobility and realize priorities around reducing congestion and emissions. This innovation focused discussion will provide an overview of the national regulatory landscape around dockless technologies, offer best practices on legal and policy issues, and discuss infrastructure considerations for the cities of the future.

Host: Greg Rodriguez, Best Best & Krieger

TABLE 3: Drafting Codes of Ethics

Host: Alan Bojorquez, Bojorquez Law Firm

TABLE 4: Emerging Issues On Use Of Police Videos at Trial and on Appeal

Host: Timothy Coates, GSMR

TABLE 5: Employment Law Hot Topic

Host: Robin Cross

TABLE 6: Land Use Hot Topics

Hosts: Julian Grant & Susan Trevarthen

TABLE 7: Powering your Community: Hot Topics in Energy and Sustainability for Municipalities

The host will discuss emerging trends in renewable energy, storage, community aggregation, sustainability and distributed generation and how municipal attorneys can help their clients navigate the emerging energy climate. Participants are invited to share their communities’ experience in P3 development of renewable and alternative power and how they have addressed procurement, contracting and permitting of public and private facilities.

Host: Tip Torres, West Law Group

TABLE 8: Promoting Public Safety and Responsible Dog Ownership

How the IMLA model dangerous dog ordinance can help your community

Host: Lee Greenwood, Best Friends

TABLE 9: Sanctuary Jurisdictions

Local governments and the Department of Justice have been engaged in ongoing litigation regarding issues pertaining to so-called sanctuary jurisdictions. This table will offer an opportunity to discuss some of the litigation, the grant conditions at the heart of the litigation, and offer insight into what may happen next.

Host: Amanda Kellar, IMLA

TABLE 10: Small Cells and Rights of Way: the FCC’s New Rules and What that Means for Local Governments

The FCC is expected to adopt new rules on September 26 which will dramatically limit local rights to regulate placement of certain wireless facilities, to charge rents for use of the rights of way, or to charge rent for use of street lights and traffic signals.

Host: Joe Van Eaton, Best Best & Krieger

TABLE 11: Small/Rural Communities

Host: Chris Balch

TABLE 12: The Role Of Municipal Government in Providing and Regulating Electricity

Host: Alton Hall, Adams and Reese

TABLE 13: Local Government Law: How the arcane meets reality and other tales from 40 plus years.

Host: Chuck Thompson, IMLA

TABLE 14: Municipal Broadband: Rise above the Monopoly Providers and build your own where you can control service, speeds, build out and rates for your residents.  Just Do it!

Host: Michael J. Watza

Registration is Closed

More tables to be added. If you wish to sponsor a table, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Welcome Reception
Museum of Natural Science
Thursday, October 18, 2018
6:00PM - 8:00PM (Buses to board: TBD)Kick off the 83rd Annual Conference in Houston, Texas at the Welcome Reception. Enjoy food, drinks and networking! A badge is required for entry

Memorial Park Golf Course
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Golf has been arranged for Thursday, October 18th at the Memorial Park Golf Course

  • Fee: $41 (includes one round and cart)
  • Rental clubs are available.
    • Fee: $40
  • Transportation will be provided

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 2018 Annual World Series in Houston, Texas

Saturday, October 20, 2018
6:00 PM (Bus will leave at 5:30PM)
Memorial Park, McConn Ballfield

The annual softball game will be held on Saturday, October 20th at Memorial Park. A bus will pick up the participants at the hotel transport them to Memorial Park. At the end of the game, each participant will be dropped off by bus at a local bar, Guadalajara Del Centro . All participants will receive a free softball jersey and cap. The organizing committee will supply softballs, bats, snacks, 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.


The bus will leave the hotel at 5:30PM!

CLICK HERE for the registration form. All forms should be faxed (202-785-0152).

Best Friends Animal Society Reception

Friday, October 19, 2018
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Pre-Function 4th Floor

 Best Friends

 

Please join Best Friends Animal Society to celebrate the IMLA's passage of a new model dangerous dog ordinance for safe and humane communities. Meet Best Friends legislative attorneys who collaborated with IMLA leaders in drafting the model ordinance, and learn how it can be successfully implemented in your community. Drinks and food will be served.

Tours

Code Enforcement Tour
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

CLICK HERE to pick your tour.

First come, first served. Space is limited

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The workshop provides the opportunity to:
• Tour guide will be a Code Enforcement Officer to detail Houston’s enforcement process
• Tour refurbished commercial and residential structures
• Discuss code enforcement issues unique to frequently flooded neighborhoods

  • City of Houston Public Works Building: Tour the refurbished Houston Public Works Building. The building was converted from a vacant building to LEED building standards. The tour will highlight various innovative aspects of the building including: The Green Building Resource Center used to educate Houston Residents on green building techniques, a raised floor system, water efficient plumbing fixtures, and energy efficient light fixtures. They have 50 displays of green building technology and materials. You can also take a tour of the roof to see the solar panels and wind turbines. {30-minute walk around tour}
  • Elder Street Artist Lofts: Tour the former Hospital that was designated a dangerous building after decades of neglect. is property started as a cemetery and then become the Jefferson Davis Hospital. Jefferson Davis Hospital was replaced with a new hospital in 1938. The building was vacant for decades and fell into disrepair. The building has since been converted into 34 live/work units. The units provide housing and offices for local artists but retain many of the original building features. {30-minute walk around tour}
  • Meyerland Subdivision: Tour the Meyerland Subdivision that was decimated during Hurricane Harvey. You will have the opportunity to discuss the innovative methods of raising existing residences to prevent future flooding damage. A representative from a home raising company will meet us at a residence to describe the process. {30-minute walk around tour}
  • Former Dangerous Buildings: We will view numerous properties that were in violation of various City Ordinances including dangerous building ordinance violations. The properties were corrected of the deficiencies through our Code Enforcement Process. The dangerous building homes that we will drive by are located on Alberta, Palm and Walker streets.

CLICK HERE for the driving map link

CLICK HERE to pick your tour.

Land Use Tour A
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Tour A is full. A waitlist has been started

First come, first served. Space is limited

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Tour A will take you through some of the close-in neighborhoods where Houston is seeing redevelopment and economic growth, vibrant private-public partnerships and
Depart from the Hilton Hotel. We know you’re staying at the edge of Discovery Green, but this starts with a quick tour around the area as we start to head out from downtown.

TOUR GUIDES: Bill Baldwin, Houston Planning Commission & Margaret Wallace-Brown, Planning and Development Department

  • Discovery Green – surface parking lots into a 11.78-acre downtown urban park
  • Example of: Discovery Green exemplifies a successful public-private partnership between the City of Houston, the Houston First Corporation and Discovery Green Conservancy, the nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that operates and maintains the park. The Conservancy produces hundreds of free events each year and receives no direct city funding. The City of Houston acquired a portion of the land in 2002. When the rest of the property went up for sale, a group of philanthropists led by Maconda Brown O’Connor of the Brown Foundation, and Nancy G. Kinder of the Kinder Foundation approached then-Mayor Bill White with their idea of turning the space into an urban park. The Mayor agreed and became a strong advocate of a public-private partnership. The City of Houston purchased the remainder of the land in 2004 and created the framework for the park’s construction and operations, including the role of the new organization, Discovery Green Conservancy, incorporated in 2004. When the Houston City Council approved the contracts to provide funding and support to the park, it also mandated that the “public at large” be engaged in the design and development of the park.
  • Union Station Redevelopment Minute Maid Park 
  • Example of: adaptive reuse of historic structure.
  • Heading into EADO. East Downtown Houston, the Art & Soul of the City! EaDo is a vibrant neighborhood rich with history, interesting sites, thriving businesses and entertainment and the best of downtown living. Encompasses Houston’s Chinatown and a vibrant, largely Hispanic community undergoing rapid change and redevelopment, and taking efforts to retain its identity. 
  • Example of: Metro Rail effect on nearby development of new housing; preservation of cultural identity, economic development actions from sports parks (soccer and baseball).
  • Back into Downtown, we’ll talk about the impact of Buffalo Bayou on the different neighborhoods, examining flooding issues at various points, including the Courthouse, University of Houston Downtown
  • Examples: retrofitting for flooding, housing initiatives, impact of rail, redevelopment of historic properties.
  • East River Development
  • City of Houston Permitting Center – The building has the Green Building Resource Center on the first floor. The building was constructed with energy conservation in mind. It has a raised floor system, water efficient plumbing fixtures, energy efficient light fixtures and A/C. 
  • Example of: Vacant commercial building that was converted to LEED building standards after purchase by City. The Green Building Resource Center is on the first floor. They have 50 displays of green building technology and materials. You can also take a tour of the roof to see the solar panels and wind turbines. 
  • Washington Corridor—A rapidly evolving mix of residences and businesses is present on this redeveloping corridor, which serves as a gateway into several historic districts and redeveloping neighborhoods. The mix of land uses in the area are some examples of the absence of land use districts. 
  • Art Car house Art Car Museum, 140 Heights Blvd., Houston 77007
  • Beer Can house 222 Malone St., Houston 77007
  • Sawyer Yards – Is described as a creative campus spanning over 55 acres of industrial warehouses in First Ward. It has art studies, restaurants, breweries and galleries. 
  • Example of: Historic First Ward neighborhood.
  • Adaptive reuse of silos, warehouses.
  • They will be preparing for Third Saturday Art Walk.
  • Buffalo Bayou Park - Drainage ditch corridor transformation into 160-acre urban green space 
  • Example of: TIRZ dollars at work, public private partnerships; planning for use of open space as floodplain management tool.
  • Back to Discovery Green, which is preparing for Flea by Night, and Screen on the Green. Who needs softball?

 

Tour A is full. A waitlist has been started

Land Use Tour B
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 5:00pm

Tour B is full. A waitlist has been started

First come, first served. Space is limited 

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Tour B will take you to the sports stadiums and adjacent improvements where redevelopment and economic growth, vibrant private-public partnerships are the result.

Speakers: Andy Icken and potentially Bill Baldwin, a realtor and member of the Houston Planning Commission• Depart from the Hilton Hotel.
• Union Station Redevelopment Minute Maid Park (Baseball stadium – home of the Houston Astros)
• Regular season ends Sept 30th. If the Astros are not in the playoffs or World Series, we will tour the stadium.
• Example of: adaptive reuse of historic structure.
• Get out and enjoy the stadium.
• BBVA Compass Stadium (Soccer stadium, home of the Houston Dynamo).
• Example of: City of Houston land ownership, lease and 380 Agreement (economic development agreement)
• We’ll discuss, but not visit, the Houston Sports Park and Future Rugby Stadium
• Example of: Lease between the City and Houston Amateur Sports Park LGC, Inc. A second phase of construction is planned that will include a further 11 fields, restrooms, picnic facilities, trails, playground, and more parking.
• The City owns a tract of land comprised of 87.74 acres and subsequently acquired more land. By Resolution, the City authorized the creation of Houston Amateur Sports Park LGC, Inc. ("HASP LGC") to construct, manage and operate a regional recreational sports field and training facility on the land for public and community use. Pursuant to Ordinance No. 2010-0891, the City, as the landlord, and HASP LGC, as the tenant, entered a Lease, for developing said land into the Houston Amateur Sports Park (the "Sports Park"), an amateur sports park consisting of various sports fields and athletic facilities.
• Pursuant to the Sub-Ground Lease, as part of the development of the Rugby Facilities, the Strikers will construct, install or purchase certain public improvements, such as public parking lot, access roads, and water and sanitary sewer utilities (the "Reimbursable Public Improvements"). The City will reimburse the Strikers for the costs of the Reimbursable Public Improvements pursuant to the terms and conditions of a separate reimbursement agreement between the City and the Strikers.
• St. Arnold’s – Texas’ Oldest Craft Brewery
• Discussion on economic development tools and gentrification issues on Near Northside and EADO.

 

Tour B is full. A waitlist has been created.

The Woodlands Tour
(CLE available)
Saturday, October 20, 2018 - 2:00pm to 6:00pm

First come, first served. Space is limited 

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2:00 PM - Depart on a bus FROM Hilton Americas Downtown Houston for field trip

2:05 PM - Nancy Fairfield, Senior Assistant General Counsel for The Woodlands Land Development Company, presents "From Timberland to Hometown; Development Covenants For Raw Land That Meet The Plan"

2:35 PM - Bret Strong, Founder and Managing Shareholder of The Strong Firm P.C., presents "Our Hometown at almost 50; Ongoing Enforcement Action to Maintain The Plan"

3:00 PM - Robert Heineman, Vice President of Planning & Design for The Howard Hughes Corporation, presents "The Woodlands - An In Person Tour Of Planned Development; Examples of Leading Edge Master Planning"

4:00 PM - Westin Hotel - The Woodlands - Happy Hour on The Woodlands Waterway

5:00 PM - Bus departs for return Houston

CLICK HERE for Tour Map

CLICK HERE to pick your tour.

The Woodlands Land Use Tour should appeal to those who are interested in viewing Master Planned communities and example of land planning to avoid the sprawl of suburbia, ugliness of concrete, environmental problems and suing nature to facilitate drainage.  The Woodlands intrigues even those who aren’t into Land Use planning.

The Woodlands, Tx, is a special purpose district of 115,000, which lies in the City of Houston’s ETJ and thus has a Regional Participation Agreement with the City.  The Woodlands is part of a now-defunct HUD “New Town” grant program which arose out of the 1960s and ‘70s "new community" movement, inspiring the construction of innovative communities designed to counter suburbia's cultural conformity, social isolation, ugliness, and environmental problems. The Woodlands is one of only three or four of those successful communities nationwide (Irvine Ranch, CA; Columbia, MD and Reston, VA).  It has received numerous national and international land use and planning awards. Like Houston, it has no zoning.  Unlike Houston, no parcel is developed prior to placement of restrictive covenants. 

This Land Use Tour will cover the evolution, the successes, and the shortcomings of The Woodlands as an experiment in urban innovation.  It will address the Woodlands’ successes in using the concept of villages to develop transformative community identity. They will also cover The Woodland’s 210 miles of hike and bike paths, 135 parks and 1,800 miles of parks, pathways and Open Space Preserves. The Woodlands Tour offers important insights for today's planners, and others interested in incorporating new forms of land use to support current "smart growth" and sustainability in their own cities.

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Sponsors

 

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Hotel/Lodging

 

Hilton Americas-Houston
1600 Lamar St, Houston, TX 77010
(713) 739-8000

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Hilton Americas- Houston, a first class facility, in Houston, Texas

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 Americas-Houston. 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 book your room or call 713-739-8000 and use the code 1IM!

Volunteer Opportunity


Volunteer Opportunity
Rebuilding Together Houston’s Fall Volunteer Home Repair Program (VHRP)
Saturday Oct. 20th

October 20th is the first work day for Rebuilding Together Houston’s Fall Volunteer Home Repair Program (VHRP). There will be 50+ volunteer crews out repairing the homes of low-income homeowners. The crews will be making runs to the warehouse to pick-up more materials (wood, paint, etc.) and to drop off trash. The IMLA volunteers will serve in the warehouse. Warehouse volunteers will be pulling and helping to load orders and assisting the crew leaders with their needs. It sounds like a lot of work, but, it is really pretty fun. Below are specifics:

  • The organization is called Rebuilding Together Houston. More information about the organization is available at https://www.rebuildinghouston.org/work/. Here is a quick blurb from their website: For 36 years, Rebuilding Together Houston has leveraged resources and materials by enlisting community volunteers and licensed contractors to repair the homes of low-income elderly, U.S. military veterans and homeowners with disabilities. Our work has allowed Houstonians to stay in their homes as long as possible by mitigating health and safety hazards and improving the home's overall stability.
  • They are looking for 4 volunteers per shift. 
  • Families can also participate. Any child under 15/16 needs to have a parent with them. But, they have had kids as young as 13/14 volunteer with their parents. 
  • There are 4 slots in each shift - 8:00 - 11:00, 11:00 - 1:00, 1:00 - 4:00, 3:30 - 6:00.

CLICK HERE to volunteer

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 2018 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


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.

Teleconference

Can't travel to Houston, TX to make IMLA's Annual Conference from October 17 - October 21?
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 October 17 - October 21, 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.


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 10 Work Sessions – Member Price: $350 and Nonmembers: $675

Cost for All Selected Work Sessions per day:

- Thursday, October 18, 2018 (2 sessions) - Member Price: $79 and Nonmember: $149
- Friday, October 19, 2018 (3 sessions) - Member Price: $99 and Nonmember: $199. 
- Saturday, October 20, 2018 (2 sessions) - Member Price: $79 and Nonmember: $149.
- Sunday, October 21, 2018 (3 sessions) - Member Price: $99 and Nonmember: $199. 

…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, October 18, 2018

  • Emerging Transportation Trends and Disruptive Technology
    • Time: 9:00 am – 10:30 am (Central)
  • Looking in the Rearview Mirror on the Costliest Natural Disaster Year in US History
    • Time: 10:45 am - 12:15 pm (Central)

Friday, October 19, 2018

  • Powering your Community: Municipal Legal issues in the age of Renewable Energy Generation and Sustainability
    •  Time: 8:45 am – 10:15 am (Central)
  • Telecommunications - Managing Rights-of-Way: The New Hub for Wireless, Internet of Things and Smart City Applications
    •  Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm (Central)
  • Artificial Intelligence in Municipal Legal Practice and Governance
    •  Time: 1:35 pm – 2:35 pm (Central)

Saturday, October 20, 2018

  • Local Governments and the Opioid Crisis
    •  Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Central)
  • Employment Law: Handling Complaints of Harassment in the “Me Too” Era and Workplace Investigation
    •  Time: 10:45 am – 12:15 pm (Central)

Sunday, October 21, 2018

  • Local Governments Held for Ransom: Lessons Learned from the Atlanta Cyber Attack
    •  Time: 8:45 am – 9:45 am (Central)
  • Case Law Update
    •  Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am (Central)
  • Ethics: Scandal - How to be a Real Life Municipal Gladiator
    •  Time: 11:05 am – 12:05 pm (Central)

2017 Seminar

IMLA's 2017 Mid-Year Seminar

Washington, D.C.

April 21 - April 24, 2017

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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.

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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

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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 / Saturday / Sunday / Monday

 

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

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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

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED

 

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

IMLA has a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as customizable ones. If you are interested, please contact Caroline 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.

 

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Exhibitors

If you are interested in Exhibiting, please e-mail Caroline at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The exhibit cost for the seminar is $1,850  ($1100 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.

 

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Hotel

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

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.Click hereto book your room.

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!

 

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

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.

 

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