Past Events

Construction Law Teleconference Materials

The materials below are for IMLA's Teleconference Series on Construction Law. The Series is spread over four separate sessions. This page contains materials for all four sessions.


1. Slide Presentation (122 Slides) – TWO formats,  CLICK PDF and/or CLICK PowerPoint


2. Baseline Schedule Review Checklist (4 pages, PDF)


3. Article, “Consensus Docs: Consensus of Whom?” By Susan L. McGreevy and Michael Callahan (8 pages, PDF)


4. Article, “The Myth of the One-Year Warranty and Other Construction Warranty Issues,” By Susan L. McGreevy (4 pages, PDF)


5. Article, “Third-Part Testing and Inspection,” By Susan L. McGreevy and J. Colby Cox (7 pages, PDF)


6. Article, “What Have We Done to the Lien Waiver? Way Too Much,” By Susan L. McGreevy and Heath A. Hawk (4 pages, PDF)


7. Article, “Who is Designing That Project?” By Susan L. McGreevy (5 pages, PDF)


LATE ADDITION (Nov. 18) - Session Three – Additional Materials from John Markovs.  John mentioned some case cites and a sample Performance Bond and Payment Bond. His paper, Defaults/Surety/Termination Issues (CLICK FOR PDF), contains the case citations that he referenced during “The Project is Sinking” presentation on November 12 as well as the sample documents.



Maryland State Bar Association - State and Local Government Institute

The Maryland State Bar Association, in partnership with IMLA, brings you the State & Local Government Law Institute on May 20, 2011. It's not too late to register. The MSBA and IMLA will be bringing some of the hottest state and local government law issues up for discussion at its annual institute. This year the Honorable Robert A. Zarnoch will discuss the new Administrative Mandamus rules. A panel of experts will talk about redistricting - what you need to know and what not knowing can mean to you. Speakers will present an appellate round-up featuring cases from the Supreme Court, Maryland and the 4th Circuit that affect state and local government law and practice. Another hot topic on the agenda is compliance with the Public Information Act.

Price of admission: $30 for Section and IMLA members, $40 to join the Section and attend the program, $50 for non-members. But don't wait - after May 13 each of those rates go up by $25. Breakfast and lunch are included. The program can be viewed HERE. To register download and fax in the registration form, AVAILABLE HERE

Date: May 20, 2011

Time: 9am - 3:30pm (registration/continental breakfast starts at 8:30am)

Location:  Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Building
14501 Sweitzer Lane
Laurel, MD 20707 

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IMLA in Canada - 2010

IMLA in Canada 2010
Navigating a Changing Legal Landscape

Sheraton Centre Toronto, 123 Queen Street West
Conference B & C Rooms

Thursday, June 10, 2010 - 9am - 4:30pm
Event Chair: John Mascarin (Aird & Berlis, LLP)


Program Details

CLICK HERE for the Agenda (Updated - May 20, 2010).


Please register using the registration form (CLICK HERE FOR FORM) or e-mail IMLA for more information at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  The registration fee includes all event papers/ materials, a continental breakfast, and lunch (and door prizes)!


There will be a Municipal Law Departments Association of Ontario (MLDAO) meeting the morning after, June 11, in Toronto.  Further information on this will be available later this month.

 About Our Sponsor



Aird & Berlis LLP
is a prominent law firm in Toronto of over 120 lawyers. The members of our well-recognized Municipal & Land Use Planning Group devote their practice exclusively to matters relating to municipal law, land use planning and development law, acting on behalf of numerous municipalities and local government entities as well as private sector clients. We appear regularly before all levels of the Ontario Courts and various tribunals on land use matters including, most predominantly, the Ontario Municipal Board.  Additionally, our group and several of its members are acknowledged experts in their fields, having written the leading texts on the Municipal Act, 2001, the Planning Act, the Building Code Act, 1992 and, most recently, the City of Toronto Act, 2006.  Count on us for legal counsel from a business perspective. The Aird & Berlis LLP website is at





Questions? Contact IMLA at (202) 466 5424 ext 7108.


Canadian Event - Papers

Trends and Foes: Managing Change and Risk in Municipal Law

May 15, 2008 – Holiday Inn on King, Toronto, ON

Regency D and E


Program Co-Chairs

John Mascarin (Aird & Berlis, Toronto)

Anna Kinastowski (City Solicitor, Toronto)


Welcome to the Paper Access Program for IMLA's May 15th Canadian Program. The papers are organized in accordance with the Program (in chronological order). ONLINE ACCESS TO SEMINAR PAPERS WILL BE AVAILABLE THROUGH June 15, 2008.

Note: These files are in pdf or powerpoint.  Adobe Reader is available free from Adobe. 


IMLA will grant you a nonexclusive, nontransferable, limited right to access, to display on your computer, download Event papers, and to use the website and services consistent with these Terms. These documents are for 2008 Event attendee use only, and are not to be sold or used for private gain. Unauthorized attempts to upload or change information, to defeat or circumvent security measures, or to utilize this site for other than its intended purpose, are prohibited. Reproduction of the Event papers offered through this website may be made without limitation as to number, provided that such reproductions are not for private gain, and that appropriate attribution is given (contact IMLA for this - 202.466.5424). Some information contained on this website may be copyrighted by its owner(s), and permission to use such copyrighted materials must be obtained from the appropriate owner of the copyrighted material. Our permission to reproduce our publications does not apply to these materials. Unless otherwise indicated, you may not alter or modify any of the content that you print or download from our website. All other rights reserved. By Clicking on any of the hyperlinks titled "Paper", "Slides", or "Attachment" on this webpage, you agree to abide by the Terms and Conditions.

8:00 – 8:40 A.M. Registration and Breakfast

8:45 A.M. Introductory Remarks

9:00 to 10:30 A.M. Litigation and Liability

Minimizing Liability Challenges – Spills, Contamination, and Odours – Marc McAREE (Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers, LLP, Toronto, Ont.) - Paper and Slides

Regulatory Negligence: Negligence with or Without a Difference?– Daron L. EARTHY (Loopstra Nixon, LLP, Toronto, Ont.) - Paper

Avoiding the Pitfalls– Regulating Outdoor Advertising and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms – Christopher WILLIAMS (Aird & Berlis, LLP, Toronto, Ont.) - Paper

10:30 to 10:45 A.M. Refreshments Break (Sponsored by O’Connor Macleod Hanna, LLP)

10:45 to 12:00 A.M. Planning and Land Use

The Acquisition of Lands and An Update on Expropriation – Kelly YERXA (O’Connor Macleod Hanna LLP, Toronto, Ont.) - Paper

National Trends in Planning and Zoning: An Overview – Bill BUHOLZER (Lidstone Young Anderson, Vancouver, B.C.) - Paper

Note: Time permitting, there will be a short quiz, directly related to Canadian planning and zoning enabling legislation, with a "highly coveted prize" for the participant obtaining the highest score.

12:00 A.M. to 1:30 P.M. Lunch

1:30 to 3:00 P.M. The Environment

Greening the Municipal Code – A Potpourri of Environment Law Issues – Graham REMPE (City of Toronto, Ont.) - Paper

Municipal Regulation of Vehicle Idling – Steve PHIPPS (City of Edmonton, Alta.) - Paper

Waste Management and Waste Bylaws – Colin GRANT (Director, Litigation & Administrative Law, City of Brampton, Ont.) - Paper and Attachment

3:00 - 3:15 P.M. Refreshments and Stretch Break

3:15 to 4:45 P.M. Navigating New Developments

Ministry/Municipality Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) Respecting Mutual Cooperation: The Current Canadian Experience – Leo LONGO (Aird & Berlis, LLP, Toronto, Ont.) - Paper

Municipalities and the Duty to Accommodate – Heather CRISP (City of Toronto, Ont.) - Paper

Evidence Before the OMB Under the New Municipal Legislation – Paul De MELO (Kagan Shastri, Toronto, Ont.) - Paper

Trade Investment and Labour Mobility Agreement (TILMA) – Jeff LEE (MacPherson, Leslie & Tyerman, LLP, Sask.) - Paper

5:00 P.M. Close of Substantive Program

6:00 – 8:00 P.M. Cocktail Reception for Speakers and Attendees at Aird & Berlis, LLP – Sponsored by Aird & Berlis, LLP


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