WHAT ARE IMLA WORKING GROUPS?
IMLA's Working Groups bring local government IMLA member attorneys who share common problems together on conference calls and listservs, to share experiences and facilitate problem solving in these areas of common interest with other local government attorneys from across the country. This is a FREE SERVICE. IMLA reserves any and all rights to the listserv.
"I was a county attorney in Maryland for about 30 years and wished I had this tool then."
--Chuck Thompson, IMLA Executive Director
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Working Group Descriptions:
Border cities and counties - Group intended to serve communities that deal with immigration and inter-border (international) interaction on a regular basis. The communities need not be on the border, but may include port cities and other communities.
Capital Cities - This group is limited to the city attorneys who are counsel to the city that houses their state’s capital.
Code Enforcement - The workgroup has regular monthly calls designed for code enforcement or the development of laws and practices intended to resolve problems within a community
Coastal Cities and Counties - This group has been created to address the unique problems that localities along a coastline face, including maritime issues.
Counties - Group formed intended for discussion of those issues unique to country governance.
Construction Law - Members are expected to come primarily from law offices where their principal area of practice involves construction law.
Employment Law - Members are expected to come primarily from law offices where their principal area of practice is employment law.
E-Discovery - This group deals with the ever-evolving legal world of evidence, litigation holds, spoliation, privacy, data protection, and more. Join this group to see how to best protect and preserve your office’s data.
Foreclosure Litigation (click here for more information on this restricted group) – Membership in this group is limited to municipalities who are in or are considering litigation against lending institutions and issues surrounding foreclosures. You are required to sign a common interest agreement (to protect attorney-client privilege) and you must be from a jurisdiction where the agreement will protect the privilege.
Police Legal Advisors - Involves those attorneys assigned to provide advice to the police (or Sheriff’s) department.
Sport Cities and Counties - This group includes cities and counties with professional sports teams or facilities, sports franchises and the various stadia and other facilities that house them. This group is up and running and has been sharing information on issues such as naming rights.
Stimulus - This group reviews various elements of The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and discusses how funds will flow and strategies that are working at the federal, state and local level to access funding.
University Cities and Counties - Deals with interactions between local governments and the universities and colleges within those jurisdictions and includes discussion of issues like housing, rental properties, alcohol abuse and rowdies; as well as other problems and solutions.
Young Lawyers - (in which you must be under 40 and/or have less than 10 years of practice). This group is also just forming.