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Chuck Thompson

General Counsel and Executive Director
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(202) 466-5424 x7110

Charles W. Thompson, Jr. is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Prior to being appointed to this position Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland from 1995 to 2006. For the previous 17 years, Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Carroll County, Maryland. Mr. Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Military Institute and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Thompson is currently serving as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University teaching State and Local Government Law. Mr. Thompson is admitted to practice in Maryland, the U.S. District Court for Maryland, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Thompson was awarded the ABA, Section of State and Local Government Law Jefferson Fordham Advocacy Award in 2011.

 

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Amanda Kellar
Deputy General Counsel / Director of Legal Advocacy
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(202) 466-5424 x7116

Amanda Kellar is the Deputy General Counsel and Director of Legal Advocacy of the International Municipal Lawyers Association.  In this capacity, Ms. Kellar oversees IMLA’s legal advocacy efforts with the United States Supreme Court, Circuit Courts, and state appellate courts by reviewing and evaluating requests for IMLA’s amicus assistance, advising the legal advocacy committee regarding potential amicus cases and their significance to local government, coordinating case strategies with IMLA’s amicus authors, and drafting and revising amicus briefs. Ms. Kellar has authored numerous amicus briefs and was the lead author of the Supreme Court merits stage amicus brief submitted by the State and Local Legal Center and IMLA in Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Stores, Inc.  Ms. Kellar is also responsible for developing the content at IMLA’s conferences and in this role, works closely with the IMLA Program Planning Committee.  Additionally, Ms. Kellar leads IMLA’s sanctuary jurisdiction working group and coordinates other working groups for IMLA.  Prior to joining IMLA, Ms. Kellar worked in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts, focusing on employment law and litigation, first with Ropes & Gray, LLP and later with Hirsch Roberts Weinstein LLP.  Ms. Kellar received a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Colby College and earned her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, graduating magna cum laude.  Ms. Kellar served as an Articles Editor for the Suffolk University Law School Law Review.  Ms. Kellar is admitted to practice in Massachusetts, the U.S. District Court for Massachusetts, and the United States Supreme Court.  Ms. Kellar was named a “Rising Star” by Massachusetts Super Lawyers in 2013.

 

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Erich Eiselt
Assistant General Counsel and Editor
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(202) 466-5424 x7108

Erich Eiselt is Assistant General Counsel of IMLA and serves as Editor of Municipal Lawyer. In addition to providing legal input to IMLA management and participating in IMLA’s International Committee and legal advocacy activities, he collaborates with contributors to produce Municipal Lawyer features.  He is particularly interested in emerging technologies and their impact on municipal law, and has recently authored ML articles on drones, Airbnb, Uber, e-cigarettes and fracking, among others.  Erich began his career as a litigator in New York City, and has more than 25 years of experience directing the legal affairs of large and small organizations.  He holds a JD from the University of Virginia, where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Journal of International Law.  He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court and the Southern District of New York and is a member of the New York bar.

 

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Negheen Sanjar
Associate Counsel
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(202) 466-5424 x7105

Negheen Sanjar is Associate Counsel at IMLA and serves as a member of Municipal Lawyer’s editorial staff. She also develops programming for IMLA’s distance learning events and oversees IMLA’s annual Institute for Local Government Lawyers (ILGL), Construction Contract Drafting Initiative (CCDI), and the Disruptive Transportation Technologies Working Group.

Ms. Sanjar received a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. As a law student, Ms. Sanjar served as a member of the Federal Communications Bar Journal. She is particularly interested in telecommunications law, data privacy, and emerging technologies. She is pending admission to the Illinois Bar.

 

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Trina Shropshire-Paschal
Director for Event Information and CLE Accreditation
• Conference & Seminar CLE Information
• Conference & Seminar Registrations
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(202) 466-5424 x7102

Trina Shropshire-Paschal has been a member of the IMLA team since 1986 and serves as the Director for Event Information and CLE Accreditation.  She serves as head of the IMLA Events Department and manages the administrative processing for IMLA’s Accreditation Status as an Approved (M)CLE Provider.  She oversees the CLE and CPD filings with all state bars and law societies for live and distance learning events for the organization and the event attendees. Trina was assistant to IMLA’s founder Charles S. Rhyne and served as the membership department liaison where she implemented the membership billing coding system.  Prior to joining IMLA, Trina was employed by a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization where she managed confidential reports, payroll and a myriad of duties. Trina resides in the District of Columbia with her husband.

 

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Jennifer Ruhe
Director of Administration
• Membership Information
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(202) 466-5424 x7106

Jennifer (Jenny) Ruhe is the Director of Administration for the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Jenny has been with the organization since 2013. She attended the University of Richmond and got her undergrad in Business Administration. During her time at Richmond, she played on the Spiders Division I soccer team and was a captain her senior year. After graduating in 2010, Jenny attended the College of Charleston and got her Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing. Jenny now lives in Frederick with her dog Bella.

 

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Caroline Storer
Marketing and Administrative Coordinator
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(202) 466-5424 x7104

Caroline Storer is the Marketing and Administrative Coordinator at the International Municipal Lawyers Association. She oversees member outreach and marketing; managing our social media accounts and design assets. Prior to joining IMLA she attended Florida Southern College and got her degree in Advertising and Public Relations and Interpersonal and Organizational Communications. After graduating in 2017 she went on to complete a media internship at an American study abroad college  in Grantham, England. Caroline has been with IMLA since 2018 and now lives in Rockville, MD.

 

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Carolina Moore
Administrative Assistant
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(202) 466-5424 x7115

Carolina Moore joined IMLA in 2017 to provide administrative support to the membership department, working along with the Director of Administration to maintain the direction and flow of IMLA Member dues. Previously Carolina has worked for some of the larger law firms in Washington, DC in the litigation area.  Originally from Georgia, Carolina holds an Associate Degree in Business from Trinity University in Washington, DC.  Carolina resides in Rockville, Maryland.