Seminars

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:

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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

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Or register online by CLICK HERE.2017 Mid Year Seminar Form

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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 now open. CLICK HERE to 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**

CLICK HERE to register.

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! STAY TUNED FOR REGISTRATION FORM!

**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

1. 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

2. 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 15, 2016, the EEOC released a “resource document” on December 12, 2016, 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


3. 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

4. P3 Procurement Best Practices

Speaker: Steven Torres, Partner, West Group Law PLLC

5. 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, Comnecticut

6. Securities Law Compliance for Local Issuers

Speaker: Robert Doty, President, AGFS

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

Speakers: Julian Grant, Senior Assistant City Attorney, Corpus Christi, Texas & Susan Trevarthen, Member, Chair of Public Land Use and Zoning Practice, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman

8. 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


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

Speaker: Benjamin Griffith, Board Attorney, Griffith Law Firm

10. What the Frack?: Hydraulic Fracturing, Pakootas and Other Toxics 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 LLKP

11. Wireless In your Right of Way

Speakers: Michael Watza, Principal, Kitch Law Firm

12. TBA- McNees Wallace & Nurick LLC

 

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.