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The International Municipal Lawyers Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing the interests and education of local government lawyers.

IMLA champions the development of fair and realistic legal solutions, and assists members on the vast and cutting edge legal issues facing local government lawyers today.

Our successful CLE Events, expansive network of legal professionals, and our local government specific information channels make IMLA the essential organization for any advancing local government attorney.

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Lawyers & Social Media: Beware of Ethical Pitfalls

Date: October 30, 2014
Time: 1PM (EDT)

Attorneys are just as likely to use social media in their everyday lives as non-attorneys. But where a hasty post or comment might lead only to embarrassment for some, a seemingly innocent disclosure by an attorney could lead to serious ethical repercussions. In this program, Julie Tappendorf, the co-author of the book "Social Media & Local Governments: Navigating the New Public Square," will provide an overview of the most common ways social media use by lawyers could lead to ethical violations of the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct.

Speaker: Julie Tappendorf

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The online link to take the 2014 IMLA Salary Survey for Local Government Attorneys is now active and ready to receive your data.

Any jurisdiction that successfully completes the survey will receive the results from the survey absolutely FREE. If your jurisdiction does not complete the survey, the results will still be available for sale (with discounted member pricing).

Additionally, we will be randomly selecting ONE jurisdiction/person from the list of completed responses to receive a complimentary registration to our Annual Conference in Las Vegas*, October 4 - 7, 2015. This name will be announced after the close of the survey and winners will be notified using the contact e-mail you provide as part of your survey response. And, if that's not enough, we are also selecting FIVE jurisdictions/persons from the list of completed responses to receive complimentary registration to a 2015 IMLA Teleconference or Webinar.

In the past year quite a few Human Resource officers purchased the last survey for use in budgeting. We've found the survey very helpful in benchmarking and providing budget information that can help law offices in every jurisdiction compare themselves with in-state and out of state municipal and county law departments. These surveys can help substantiate your budget requests, but they are most valuable when more communities are included, so help yourself and help IMLA by completing the survey.

IMLA requests that you take the time now to select ONE person in your office to complete the survey, so that we don't receive multiple responses from each locality.

We anticipate that this survey will take 20-30 minutes to complete. Please submit your final response no later than November 15, 2014.

To start the 2014 IMLA Salary Survey for Local Government Attorneys click on the below link:



IMLA’s Mid-Year Seminar; Washington, D.C.; April 24-27, 2015

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IMLA’s 80th Annual Conference; Las Vegas, Nevada; October 4-7, 2015

Information forthcoming

 IMLA’s 81st Annual Conference; TBA

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IMLA’s 82nd Annual Conference; Niagara Falls, Canada; October 13-14, 2017

Information forthcoming


IMLA has established an online store! Now you can now quickly and easily purchase IMLA conference recordings - which include the mp3's and speaker materials! Simply click the link below and you will be taken to our virtual store.




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Member News

IMLA President, Foster Mills, Appoints New Section Chairs

IMLA is proud to announce that President, Foster Mills, has appointed John Wilkerson and Sara Teague as Co-Chairs of the Litigation, Insurance & Risk Management. Congratulations!

Marvin Rainey to be recognized on November 12, 2014.

Marvin Rainey will be recognized at a reception on November 12, 2014 for his role as City Attorney of Shawnee, Kansas. Mr. Rainey was appointed to Shawnee city attorney in 1974 and after 40 years of service, will be retiring. Shawnee, Kansas as been an IMLA member since 2007 with Mr. Rainey serving as the primary contact. IMLA thanks Mr. Rainey for his dedication to IMLA and wishes him well in his retirement.

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IMLA President Appoints Program Planning Committee

IMLA congratulates the following individuals for being appointed to the 2015 International Steering Committee:

Ben Griffith, Chair
Bob Alfton
Bill Eaton
Adrian Herbst
Patricia Lynch
Steve Moore
Roger Nowadzky
Ed Sullivan
Steve Wolf
John Zimmermann

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