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2012 Mid-Year Seminar

IMLA Presents
 2012 Mid-Year Seminar

April 22 - 24

Washington, DC

Join IMLA from April 22 to 24, 2012 for the Mid-Year Seminar at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. IMLA has a number of NEW features for this year's Mid-Year Seminar, highlighted by our partnership with the World Jurist Association (WJA).This year, IMLA and WJA will be hosting programming alongside each other at the same hotel, and for an additional $100, IMLA Mid-Year Seminar attendees can also attend WJA sessions. 
Registration forms are available on the left hand menu of this webpage. The two registration options available are:
1) Registering for the Seminar-only**
2) Registering to attend WJA programming during the Mid-Year Seminar
** IMLA now offers a special discount for individuals attending an IMLA event for the FIRST TIME and/or ENTRY-LEVEL Attorneys (1-5 years of practice). If you fall under one of these categories, then you can register for JUST $150 for the Mid-Year Seminar. Just fill out the regular registration form, and write-in FIRST TIME or ENTRY LEVEL to receive the discount! 
The official Seminar Agenda contains information about all the CLE programming (half day Sunday AM, all day Monday, half day Tuesday AM).
The IMLA registration desk will be open at the following times:
SUNDAY - 8:00AM - 2:00PM; Reopens at 4:00PM - 6:00PM
MONDAY - 7:30AM - 5:00PM
The registration desk is located near the steps below the Diplomat Foyer
The Welcome Reception is 6:30PM - 8:00PM on SUNDAY, APRIL 22 in the DIPLOMAT BALLROOM. Your BADGE is required so make sure you stop by the reception desk on Sunday to pick your materials and badge.  
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.  For the details about the hotel rates and to make your reservations, click the link below. 
Exhibitors & Registration

ON SITE at this year’s IMLA Mid Year Seminar – we’ve got great exhibitors waiting to meet you in the Omni Shoreham’s Palladian and Diplomat Ballroom Foyers!  Look for the IMLA Registration Desk at the steps below the Diplomat Foyer, follow the signs and we’ll look very much forward to meeting you there!  See Omni Map click here.

Networking at IMLA Presents: Take Me Out to the Ball Game! 

IMLA has arranged for a limited number of tickets to the baseball game on Sunday, April 22, between the Washington Nationals and Miami Marlins at 1:35 pm. The cost is $20 per ticket. If you are interested, please complete and return the attached form with payment or email IMLA at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to reserve ticket, for the ticket(s) order form click here.

Networking at IMLA Presents: Meet to Eat!

New to this event or don’t want to go out to dinner alone in DC (Saturday-Monday evenings), IMLA can arrange for you to meet with other IMLA attendees for dinner – Stop by the IMLA Registration Desk  on Sunday and we will still try to connect you with a group for evening Meet to Eat Sunday or Monday evenings. 
As mentioned above, IMLA and WJA will be partnering and hosting separate sessions from April 22 - 24, during the Mid-Year Seminar.  The theme for WJA's programming is Law and Technology: Innovation in the Digital Age. Check back in the coming months for more details on this international-level program. WJA's tentative program is available here

IMLA thanks our generous sponsors for the 2012 Mid-Year Seminar. Please make sure to visit our sponsors' websites and meet them personally during your time in Washington!




















2011 Annual Conference - Chicago

IMLA 2011 - 76th Annual Conference 

September 11th - September 14th, 2011*
* Add-On Programs, such as Code Enforcement and the introductory level program the Institute for Local Government Lawyers start on Saturday, September 10 (separate registration required)
* The first official session (not including "Add-On" programming) starts 9:00am September 11th and the last program ends at Noon on September 14th)
General Information and Tips for Making Plans for IMLA's Annual Conference in Chicago

Planning is underway at IMLA headquarters to make the 76th Annual Conference in Chicago the best yet! Before you register for the Conference (using the link menus on the left side of this page), please read this section for some basic guidance. 

Conference Registration vs. Add-On Programming 

IMLA's 76th Annual Conference officially starts at 9:00am on Sunday, September 11 and will conclude by Noon on Wednesday, September 14th. Your Conference registration includes all CLE programming on Sunday, Monday (including Canadian Department meeting), Tuesday, and Wednesday, EXCEPT the Sunday afternoon Mobile Land Use Workshop (separate registration required). Your Conference registration also includes access to our Opening Reception, which will be at Navy Pier, and our Confernece luncheons on Monday and Tuesday.  

IMLA also offers "Add-On" Programming, consisting of: 1) Code Enforcement Program and 2) Institute for Local Government Lawyers. BOTH ADD-ON PROGRAMS WILL START ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10th. Both these Add-On Programs require separate registration. 

Hotel and Travel Information

The official Conference Hotel is the Hilton Chicago, located in the heart of Chicago at 720 South Michigan Avenue. IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Hilton Chicago Hotel, a first class facility, in Chicago, IL. The IMLA room rate is $269 for a single or a double, also these rates are subject to applicable state and local taxes. 

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 Hilton Chicago 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 seminar registration fee, we need your help in limiting our financial exposure. Reservations may be made by calling the Hilton Chicago directly at (312) 922-4400 or the toll-free reservation number at 1-800-HILTONS. In order to receive the preferred room rate you must identify yourself as an International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) 2011 Annual Conference attendee, Group Code IML or to register online.

The official hotel cut-off date for making reservations is August 8, 2011, 5:00pm, EST. This is an extremely popular time of year in Chicago and hotels typically sell out. It would be in your best interest to make your hotel reservations as soon as possible. 

IMLA has a discounts available with Continental Airlines and Avis (see menu on left side of page for links). 

Official Activities

Get to know and network with other Conference attendees by signing up for: 1) IMLA Softball Game; 2) Golf outing; and 3) the very popular Mobile Land Use Workshop. Remember, all three of these activities require separate registration forms! 



IMLA thanks our generous sponsors for the 2011 Annual Conference. Please make sure to visit our sponsors' websites and meet them personally during your time in Chicago!




































































































2010 Annual Conference Information

 2010 Annual Conference - 75 Years of IMLA

 October 10-13, 2010*
* Some separate events take place on October 9th (ILGL, Code Enforcement, Voluntourism Project - see below for details)

 New Orleans, Louisiana

Book Your Hotel Online: Hilton New Orleans Riverside

(clicking the "Hilton New Orleans Riverside" link will redirect you to the Hilton website with IMLA room block rate)




Puttin' the Law in Jamba'law'ya - About New Orleans

The New Orleans Convention Bureau has put together a website just for IMLA Annual Conference registrants which provides information on what to do, where to eat, getting around New Orleans, and more. VISIT THIS SITE HERE. In the coming months, we will be updating this site to provide information on IMLA activities for our registrants, including the very popular Mobile Land Use Tour and more!

Annual Conference Program Information

The OFFICIAL PROGRAM is now available.   

Additional CLE Programming (separate registration)

While the Annual Conference officially starts Sunday, October 10th, please note that we do have two unique programs that piggyback to the Annual Conference, and start on Saturday, October 9th. These two programs have a separate registration fee and a separate registration form (located below under "Registration Information"). The programs are:

  1. The Institute for Local Government Lawyers - Saturday, October 9th - 

    The Institute for Local Government Lawyers (ILGL) is a full-day program geared towards law students, attorneys new to local government, as well as seasoned attorneys who need a “refresher” in various general topics of local government law. This year's lineup includes the following (brown bag lunch is included):


    Dwight Merriam – Land Use
    Rita McNeil – Municipal Finance 
    Fleming Bell – Parliamentary Procedure
    Joe de Raismes – Ordinance Drafting

    Mac McCarley – Dealing with Press 
    Dan Crean – Personnel 
    Frayda Bluestein – Public Records
    Robert Alfton - You’ve Just Been Appointed City Attorney

  2. Code Enforcement - Saturday, October 9th and Sunday, October 10th - This two-day session is tentatively scheduled to include the following topics: Quick And Effective Ways to Abate Nuisances Short of Court, Codes Inspection: Process and 4th Amendment/Due Process, Compelling Compliance through Judicial Proceedings, Hoarders & Mental Illness from the Mental Health Perspective, Public Nuisance Property involved with Bankruptcy and Foreclosures, Post-case Mitigation: Abandoned Property and Liability for Clean-Up and Abatement Cost Recovery.  SPECIAL NOTE ABOUT THIS PROGRAM: IF YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS TWO-DAY PROGRAM, YOUR FEE INCLUDES AUTOMATIC REGISTRATION FOR OUR MOBILE LAND USE WORKSHOP TAKING PLACE ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10th.             


Additional Events 

  1. St. Bernard "Voluntourism" -  Working with the St. Bernard Project
    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. The St. Bernard Project is a rebuilding organization with opportunities for both skilled and unskilled volunteers. During your time with the Project, you could be doing any of the following tasks: installing exterior doors and windows, installing insulation, hanging sheetrock/drywall, taping sheetrock joints, mud/spackling, putting down flooring, installing interior door, trim and cabinets, yard work and painting. IMLA Conference Attendees can have a chance to participate with this Project on Saturday, October 9th. You will participate in orientation and get a work assignment with directions to your worksite.  If you, or anyone in your group, is under 18, please have a parent or guardian sign the liability waiver either here or ahead of time if they will be unaccompanied.  The Project must receive a waiver from each volunteer.
  2. Mobile Land Use Tour - THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.



    For those who have already signed up and paid for this event, your bus will depart on one of the following times:  12:30pm, 1:30pm OR 2:30pm.  Please note your departure time.  


    The buses will be waiting and loading at the second side drive entrance of the Hilton hotel main building, first floor (across from the shoe shine stand). The bus company is Hotard 


    This will be a three-hour guided tour of New Orleans, with at least one scheduled stop at the St. Bernard Project. Food is not provided, so we encourage you to finish lunch before coming on board the bus.  


  3. Annual Golf Tournament - IMLA's Annual Golf Tournament takes place this year on Sunday, October 10th - 1PM at Lakewood Country Club. CLICK HERE for registration form.

  4. Annual Softball Game -Tuesday, October 12 - 5PM. Join your colleagues on Tuesday afternoon for softball in New Orleans at Annunciation Park. Equipment, hats and t-shirts are provided! Please bring your own glove and cleats. Also please check with the IMLA registration when you arrive for transportation information. CLICK HERE for registration form. 

Hotel Information

Reservations now available! The Hilton has offered an excellent rate for IMLA Event Attendees. Click Here to make your booking online!

Registration Information 


If you are registering online, you must register using MyIMLA and have a MyIMLA Login/Password. CLICK HERE TO GO TO MYIMLA.


  1. Click Here to download the registration form for the 75th Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA, October 10-13, 2010.  
  2. Click Here to download the separate registration form for the Institute for Local Government Lawyers, Saturday, October 9, 2010.  
  3. Click Here to download the separate registration form for the Code Enforcement Program, October 9-10, 2010.  

Speaker Information 

If you are speaking at this year's Conference, Click Here to download a speaker packet containing the following sheets: 1) Speaker Registration Form; 2) Speaker Information and Written Release Form; 3) Speaker Written Material Requirement and Guidelines; and 4) Accommodation Information.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Are you interested in sponsorship one or more events during our 75th Annual Conference. More information to follow, but for now Click Here for a description of our sponsorship options!


Sponsors - 2011 Annual Conference

IMLA thanks our generous sponsors for the 2011 Annual Conference. Please make sure to visit our sponsors' websites and meet them personally during your time in Chicago!




































































































2010 Mid-Year Seminar

2010 Mid-Year Seminar

 75th Logo

 April 18-20, 2010

Washington, DC

Book Your Hotel Online:Omni Shoreham Hotel

(clicking the "Omni Shoreham Hotel" link will redirect you to the Omni website with IMLA room block rate)



IMLA is pleased to present the 2010 Mid-Year Seminar, April 18-20, 2010, at the elegant Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC. This year's topics will include Effect of Federal Health Care Law on Cities/Counties, Telecom - Shot Clock and Limitations on Franchise Fees, Personnel Law, Energy Code - LEED, Fair Housing Act Litigation, Immigration, Federal Legislative Update, Stimulus (ARRA), How to Challenge Federal Laws & Administrative Decisions, FACTA, Voting Rights, Collective Bargaining (HR413), Ethics and more!

Program Information

Final program now available. 
CLICK HERE for the draft. (Last Updated: 4/11/10)

Hotel Information

The Omni has offered an excellent rate for IMLA Event Attendees. Click Here to make your booking online!

Registration Information - If you are a Speaker/Presenter, scroll down to Speaker Information

We are offering bundle registration this year, meaning that you can register (at a discounted rate) for the Mid-Year Seminar and the Annual Conference at the same time!

CLICK HERE to register for the 2010 Mid-Year Seminar (Early Bird Discount Ends February 15, 2010!)

NEW! SPECIAL OFFER - REGISTER FOR BOTH THE 2010 Mid-Year Seminar AND the Annual Conference (Oct 10 - 13, San Francisco) at the same time using THIS FORM and receive additional discounts!

CLE Credit Information coming soon.

Speaker Information

If you are speaking at this year's Mid-Year Seminar, please download the following four forms.






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