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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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IMLA Today

A Model Act for Regulating The Use of Wearable Body Cameras by Law Enforcement

IMLA developed a Model for Body Worn Camera Legislation that is available on the IMLA website and through the link below. This Model recognizes that many communities wish to adopt body worn camera programs and provides a model for state legislatures to adopt to allow municipalities and counties voluntarily to adopt those programs. The Model recognizes that state public record retention, public information and wiretapping laws may all interfere with the adoption of a body worn camera program. Each state should consider carefully the multiple issues that are involved and each community should consider the extraordinary costs of implementing a program. This Model helps to limit those costs while making body worn cameras a useful tool for communities.

CLICK HERE to read the Model.

 IMLA 2016 Seminar

IMLA is back in Washington, D.C. for the 2016 Mid-Year Seminar at the Omni Shoreham Hotel. Not only will the Seminar be filled with regular programming with cutting edge topics and quality speakers, but it will also feature a separate Section 1983- Defending the Government Program!

Regular Program Highlight: When is a Lawyer Entitled to Overtime?

IMLA Seminar - The FLSA
Yesterday, the 2nd Circuit decided that a contract lawyer might be entitled to overtime under the FLSA in Lola v. Skadden, Arps ( IMLA Seminar in Washington, DC April 15 to April 18, 2016 at the Omni Shoreham, will discuss this case and other FLSA issues. From raising the salary levels to distinguish between exempt and non-exempt employees to distinguishing between employees and independent contractors the Wage and Hour Division is on a tear. Find out how the FLSA affects your clients. The Seminar will include other topical programs so stay tuned for updates on the most important issues in local government law today.

Sneak Peek: IMLA Section 1983 Program - Defending Local Governments

IMLA is pleased to offer a sneak preview of the IMLA Section 1983 program which will be a separate track at the IMLA Seminar in April. Rooms at the Omni will be tight, so go on-line now and make your reservations. Our room block is not yet open but if you can get room rates less than $225 per night you'll be doing better than you can through the block. Check out the tentative program for the Section 1983 Program, HERE.

CLICK HERE to register for the 2016 Mid-Year Seminar.


Proposed Bylaw Amendments

Pursuant to the Bylaws IMLA proposes to amend its Bylaws subject to approval of the membership at the Annual Business Meeting on October 7, 2015 in Las Vegas. The proposed amended Bylaws are available through the link below with strikethroughs (strikethroughs) indicating deleted text and underline (underline) indicating added text. The Bylaws should be reviewed to see the actual proposed amendments. In general, the proposal is to:

  1. Make a non-substantive change to correct the bylaws wherein they indicate Vice-President and substitute therefor the term President-Elect.
  2. Make a non-substantive change to eliminate obsolete references to a staggered term process that was created when the bylaws were amended in 2009.
  3. Modify the requirements for a Regional Vice President to allow deputies and assistants to serve with the consent of their chief legal officer.
  4. Make a change to the process of paying IMLA bills to allow for electronic payment and thereby reconcile actual practice to the bylaws and save costs.
  5. Make a change to require in the nominating process that candidates for IMLA offices are advised of the duties of the positions they seek. 
  6. Make a change to the maximum number of members of the Legal Advocacy Committee from 5 to 7.
  7. Make a change to the bylaw amendment process to reduce the notice of a bylaw amendment from 90 days to 30 days.

CLICK HERE to view the proposed Bylaw amendments.


Employment Agreement for In-house Counsel

IMLA focuses on achieving excellence in local governance by advocating on behalf of local governments in the courts and by advancing the professionalism of local government lawyers. IMLA, the International Municipal Lawyers Association, provides member support; publications, data, and information; amicus assistance; and training and professional development to its members from local governments represented by outside counsel to local governments represented by from just one to over 700 attorneys. Elected leaders and appointed officials in thousands of communities ranging from small villages to the largest cities in the United States and Canada rely on IMLA trained attorneys for legal services and advice. IMLA members are cities, counties, special districts and other local governments who are served through their chief legal officers.

IMLA gratefully acknowledges the work of its Committee whose members worked diligently to put this model contract together. We thank:

Marion J. Radson, Esq., Chair, City Attorney (retired), Gainesville, Florida
Thomas M. Carpenter, Esq., City Attorney, Little Rock, Arkansas
Thomas Carr, Esq., City Attorney, Boulder, Colorado
Howard Friedman, Esq. Chief, Contracts and Real Estate
New York City Law Department

CLICK HERE to read the Employment Agreement for In-House Counsel

 2015 Nominating Committee Board of Directors Vacancies! 

Pursuant to the IMLA By-Laws (amended October 2, 2013) IMLA is announcing the 2015 Nominating Committee. The Committee encourages people interested in being nominated for Vacant Positions on the IMLA Board of Directors and for IMLA Regional Vice Presidents to make their interest known to the Committee. In addition to filling vacancies, the Committee is charged with nominating the Board’s officers: including, Treasurer and President-elect.

The Nominating Committee is as follows and will be meeting during the Las Vegas Annual Conference at the Rio on Sunday, October 4th at 9:15AM, Meeting Room TBA. PLEASE CONTACT THE COMMITTEE IN ADVANCE AND PLAN TO ATTEND THE MEETING IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN SUBMITTING YOUR NAME OR THE NAME OF ANOTHER MEMBER FOR NOMINATION:

Robert S. Croom
Deputy General Counsel
South Carolina Association of Counties
PO Box 8207
Columbia, SC 29202-8207
Phone: (803) 252-7255

Anthony Fox
Town Attorney
Weddington, North Carolina
Three Wachovia Cntr
401 S. Tryon Street, Ste. 3000
Charlotte, NC 28202
Phone: (704) 372-9000

James Grubiak
General Counsel
Association County Commissioners of Georgia
50 Hurt Plaza, Suite 1000
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 522-5022

Randall Van Vleck
General Counsel
New Mexico Municipal League
PO Box 846
Santa Fe, NM 87504
Phone: (505) 982-5573

Bruce Washburn
City Attorney
Scottsdale, Arizona
City Attorney's Office
3939 N. Drinkwater Boulevard
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(480) 312-2405

Regarding the IMLA Board of Directors there are several current board members whose terms will be expiring in 2015, at least two of these are not eligible for reelection due to term limits. There may be additional vacancies. The Nominating Committee is charged with trying to find candidates that will work to increase the value of IMLA to its members, strengthen the organization and ensure the diversity of the board geographically and through gender and ethnicity.

IMLA Regional Vice Presidents are also selected by the Nominating Committee and it has been our practice in the past to nominate the current Regional Vice Presidents unless there is a vacancy.

The current copy of the amended By-Laws can be found on IMLA's web site at and describe the qualifications for service on the board or other office.

The Board of Directors hopes that all interested members will apply.

Board of Directors 2014 - 2015

G. Foster Mills
Managing Attorney, New York City, New York
Law Department, Room 5-100
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-788-0300
Fax: 212-227-5641

Herbert W.A. Thiele
County Attorney
Leon County, Florida
Room 202
301 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Phone: 850-606-2500
Fax: 850-606-2501

Immediate Past President
Sheryl King Benford
General Counsel, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
1240 West Sixth Street
Cleveland, OH 44113
Phone: 216-781-4522
Fax: 216-781-4152

Mary Ellen Bench
City Solicitor, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
3rd Floor
300 City Centre Drive
Mississauga, ON L5B 3C1 Canada
Phone: 905-615-3200 x5393
Fax: 905-896-5106

General Counsel and Executive Director
Charles W. Thompson, Jr.
Suite 1440
7910 Woodmont Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Phone: 202-466-5424 x7110 or 202-742-1016
Fax: 202-785-0152

Board of Directors

Barbara A. Adams
Village Attorney
Kenilworth, IL
Holland & Knight LLP
131 South Dearborn St. 30th Floor
Chicago, IL 60603
Phone: 312-578-6563
Term expires 2016

Patrick Baker
City Attorney, Durham, NC
101 City Hall
Durham, NC 27701
Phone: 919-560-4158
Term expires 2016

Marianne Landers Banks
Assistant City Attorney, Springfield, Missouri
840 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
Phone: 417-864-1123
Fax: 417-864-1705
Term expires 2016

A Rene' Broker
Borough Attorney, Fairbanks North Star Borough
809 Pioneer Road
Fairbanks, AK 99701
Phone: 907-459-1318
Fax: 907-459-1155
Term expires 2016

Tyrone E. Cooper
City Attorney, City of Beaumont, Texas
801 Main Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
Phone: 409-880-3715
Fax: 409-880-3121
Term expires 2016

Gary Ebert
Director of Law, Bay Village, Ohio
350 Dover Center Road
Bay Village, OH 44140
Phone: 440-899-3427
Fax: 440-871-5751
Term expires 2017

Wayne Esannason
Village Attorney, Scarsdale, New York
Scarsdale Village Hall
1001 Post Road
Scarsdale, NY 10583
Phone: 914-722-1118
Fax: 914-722-1119
Term expires 2017

Cathy Hampton
City Attorney, Atlanta, Georgia
55 Trinity Ave, Suite 5000
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
Phone: 404-330-6469
Fax: 404-546-9534
Term expires 2015

Douglas C. Haney
City Attorney, Carmel, Indiana
One Civic Square
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-571-2472
Fax: 317-571-2484
Term expires 2016

Rose Humway-Warmuth
City Solicitor
Wheeling, West Virginia
1500 Chapline Street
Wheeling, WV 26003
Phone: 304-234-3636
Fax: 304-234-3605
Term expires 2015

William C. Mathewson
General Counsel, Michigan Municipal League
P.O. Box 1487
1675 Green Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48106
Phone: 734-662-3246
Fax: 734-662-8083

Susan Emery McGannon
City Attorney, City of Murfreesboro
PO Box 1044
111 W. Vine Street
Murfreesboro, TN
Phone: 615-849-2616
Term expires 2015* Not eligible for reelection due to term limits.

Stephen Patton
Corporation Counsel, Chicago, Illinois
600 City Hall
121 North LaSalle Street
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-744-6900
Fax: 312-744-5185
Term expires 2015* Not eligible for reelection due to term limits.

Art Pertile
City Attorney, Stafford, Texas - Olson & Olson, LLP
Wortham Tower
2727 Allen Parkway, Ste 600
Houston, Texas 77019
Phone: 713-533-3800
Fax: 713-533-3888
Term expires 2017

Susan L. Segal
City Attorney, Minneapolis, Minnesota
350 South 5th Street, Rm. 210
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: 612-673-3272
Fax: 612-673-3811
Term expires 2016

Shelley R. Smith
City Solicitor
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
17th Floor
1515 Arch Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102-1595
Phone: 215-683-5003
Fax: 215-683-5068
Term expires 2017

Andrew J. Whalen, III
City Attorney, Griffin, Georgia - Whalen & Westbury
P.O. Box 133
Griffin, GA 30224
Phone: 770-227-9456
Fax: 770-228-9873
Term expires 2017

 ATTENTION MEMBERS: Need to hire outside Counsel?? USE IMLA's CONTACT BOOK!!

IMLA Associate Members generally consist of our solo/firm members in private practice who are often retained as outside counsel by our municipal law department members. IMLA has worked with Associate Members to put together the 2015 Associate Member Digital Contact Book so that you can easily find additional legal assistance through IMLA's extensive network of experienced professionals. If you find yourself needing advice in certain areas of municipal law, utilize this contact book to find the legal assistance you need!

IMLA is working on the website to make the contact book user friendly and searchable but for now, the Contact Book link can be found HERE!

Not in the contact book? Contact Julie Ruhe at

IMLA’s Kitchen Sink – Distance Learning at ¼ of the Price!!


Sign up Today to Train Your Whole Office and Get CLE Credit at a Fraction of the Price Through IMLA’s Distance Learning Programs

In order to provide even more benefits to our members, IMLA has drastically reduced the price of our Kitchen Sink subscription to only $499 for the year. One subscription to the “Kitchen Sink” will provide your entire office with at least FORTY (40) distance learning programs, for all of its CLE needs from January 2015 - December 2015! Previously, this subscription cost $1,999 so we are offering you the same great service at only one quarter the price! If you sign up now, you will have access  to all the recordings from this year, plus access to all the live broadcasting from IMLA’s seminar and conference.

In 2015, we will continue to bring you the same high quality programs and offer CLE accreditations for qualifying participants via both teleconferences and webinars. Some examples of topics that will be included in 2015 include both staples to your practice like land use, personnel, municipal finance and ethics, as well as cutting edge topics like Uber, Airbnb, E-cigarettes, and body worn cameras.

Please note that there is no limit on the number of people that listen through your kitchen sink pass, but you can only use ONE connection per Pass. If you have more than one person listening in to any call/webinar, we recommend you set up in a conference room with a computer and/or speakerphone.

To sign up, CLICK HERE.

IMLA’s 2015 Webinars/Teleconferences


New Member Benefit for 2015 – 10 Free Webinars/Teleconferences and Reduced Pricing!!

In 2015, IMLA will be drastically lowering its pricing for its webinars and teleconferences. Additionally, we are excited to add value to your IMLA membership by offering ten (10) FREE* distance learning programs for IMLA members. CLICK HERE to view the 2015 Distance Learning Calendar.

Single Teleconference/Webinar (Member Rate) --------------------------------------$49
Single Teleconference/Webinar (Non-Member Rate) -------------------------$99-$149
Annual “Kitchen Sink” Subscription (Members Rate) -------------------------------$499
Annual “Kitchen Sink” Subscription (Non-Members Rate) -----------------------$1,999
Special Series Rate for Land Use (Member Rate) -------------------------------------$199
Special Series Rate for Personnel (Member Rate) ------------------------------------$199
Special “New Government Lawyer Series” (Member Rate) -------------------------FREE

To learn more about IMLA’s distance learning program for 2015 CLICK HERE

**Limited availability. IMLA will choose the free programming and will let members know in advance so that they may plan accordingly.




2016 IMLA’s Mid-Year Seminar; Washington, D.C.; April 15 - 18, 2016

Information forthcoming

2017 IMLA's Mid-Year Seminar; Washington, D.C.; April 28 - May 1, 2017

Information forthcoming


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

CLICK HERE for more details.

 IMLA’s 81st Annual Conference; San Diego, California; September 28 - October 2, 2016

Information forthcoming

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

Information forthcoming

IMLA’s 82nd Annual Conference; Houston, Texas; October 17-21, 2018

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



The International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Amicus Service Award seeks to recognize lawyers who have been actively involved in legal advocacy for and on behalf of local governments and IMLA, and who have done exemplary work to protect and advance local government interests. We are extremely grateful for their efforts, particularly because they drafted the amicus brief for us on a pro bono basis. IMLA’s legal advocacy program is vital to the organization and without them, and lawyers like them, who are willing to donate their valuable time to the program; we would not be able to sustain it. The award was presented at our Mid-Year Seminar in Washington D.C. and is IMLA’s way of saying thank you for their hard work and dedication to advance the interests of local government.

  • Timothy Bishop, Partner with Mayer Brown from Chicago, Illinois
    • Heaton v. Quinn, Illinois Supreme Court
  • William Brinton, Shareholder with Rogers Towers from Jacksonville, Florida
    • Reed v. Town of Gilbert, Supreme Court Merits
  • Paul Clement, partner Bancroft PLLC from Washington D.C.
    • Comptroller of the Treasury of Maryland v. Wynne - Supreme Court Merits
  • Linda Coberly & Geoffrey Eaton, Partners with Winston & Strawn from Chicago, Illinois and Washington D.C.
    • Animal Care Trust v. United Pet Supply Inc. Supreme Court Petition Stage
  • Bennett Cohen, Of Counsel with Polsinelli from Denver, Colorado
    • Wood v. Moss, Supreme Court Merits
  • Matthew Delude, Associate with Primmer Piper Eggleston & Cramer PC from Manchester, New Hampshire
    • Lane v. Franks, Supreme Court Merits
  • Conor Dugan, Senior Counsel with Warner Norcross & Judd from Grand Rapids, Michigan
    • Kalamazoo County Road Commission v. Deleon, Supreme Court Petition-Stage
  • Philip Hartmann & Yazan Ashrawi, Member and Associate with Frost Brown Todd from Columbus, Ohio
    • Tree of Life v. City of Upper Arlington, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • James Ho, Partner with Gibson Dunn from Dallas, Texas
    • Integrity Staffing Solutions, Inc. v. Busk, Supreme Court Merits
  • Tiffany Israel, Jeff M. Malawy & Nick Yeager Partner, Associate and Law Clerk with Aleshire & Wynder from Irvine, California
    • City of Newport Beach v. Pacific Shores, LLC, Supreme Court Petition Stage
  • Ashley Johnson, Of Counsel with Gibson Dunn from Dallas, Texas
    • Perez v. Mortgage bankers Association, Supreme Court Merits
  • Peter Keith, San Francisco City & County Attorney’s Office
    • Plumhoff v. Rickard, Supreme Court Merits
  • Tillman (Tim) Lay, Katharine Mapes & Jessica Bell- Partner and Associates with Spiegel & McDiarmid LLP and Katie & Jessica are associates from Washington D.C.
    • T-Mobile South, LLC v. City of Roswell, Supreme Court Merits
  • Thomas McCarthy with Consovoy McCarthy PLLC from Arlington, Virginia
    • City of Los Angeles v. Patel, Supreme Court Merits
  • Prathima Reddy, Owner of Reddy Law Firm from Buffalo, New York
    • Margerum v. City of Buffalo, The Court of Appeals for the State of New York
  • Adam Rosenberg, Shareholder with Keating Bucklin & McCormack from Seattle, Washington
    • Schultz v. Wescom, Supreme Court Petition Stage
  • Lawrence Rosenthal, Professor with the Dale E. Fowler School of Law from Orange, California – 2 cases for us:
    • City of Chicago v. Jimenez, Supreme Court Petition-Stage
    • DC v. Heller, DC Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Sarah Shalf, Professor with Emory Law School and the Director of Emory’s Supreme Court Advocacy Program from Atlanta, Georgia– 3 cases / 4 briefs
    • City and County of San Francisco v. Sheehan - Supreme Court Petition-Stage and Supreme Court Merits
    • Alabama Department of Revenue v. CSX Transportation- Supreme Court Merits
    • Boudreaux v. Securities & Exchange Commission, Supreme Court Petition-Stage
  • Jay Solowsky, Partner with Solowsky Allen from Miami, Florida
    • Boudreaux v. Securities & Exchange Commission, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Christine Van Aken, Chief of Appellate Litigation at San Francisco City Attorney's Office
    • Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. – Supreme Court Merits
  • Roderick Walston, Of Counsel with Best Best & Krieger from Walnut Creek, California
    • Los Angeles County Flood Control Dist. v. Natural Resources Defense Council, Supreme Court Petition-Stage 
  • John Wilkerson, with the Arkansas Municipal League from North Little Rock, Arkansas
    • Koopman v. Myers - Supreme Court Petition Stage
  • Jill Williams, with Carpenter, Rothans & Dumont from Los Angeles, California
    • Wyatt v. Gonzalez and Villegas v. City of Anaheim - Supreme Court Petition-Stage

Member Achievement

IMLA member, Steven A. Torres has been appointed to the Bristol County Community College Board of Trustees. CLICK HERE to read more. Congratulations to Tip!

Passing of Mike Curran

It is with great sadness that IMLA announces the passing of member Mike Curran. Mr. Curran was an active member who attended IMLA meetings. Our sincerest condolences go out to his family and friends.

Appointment News

 IMLA is proud to announce that President, Foster Mills, has appointed Laszlo Pinter as State Chair of Connecticut. Congratulations!

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