Past Events

2010 Mid-Year Seminar

2010 Mid-Year Seminar

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 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.

SPEAKER REGISTRATION FORM

SPEAKER PAPER REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINE

SPEAKER WRITTEN RELEASE FORM

SPEAKER HOTEL INFO

 

2009 Annual Conference - Miami

IMLA's 74th Annual Conference

Miami      *

Miami, Florida

October 18-21, 2009

 

Update - Institute for Local Government Lawyers

For those enrolled in the Institute for Local Government Lawyers (separate registration fee), your session is now in the Soprano room in the Hilton. We will start at 8:30am.

Update - Welcome Reception 
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens - Sunday, October 18TH from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30p.m. 
This is a premier visitors spot in Miami and we are proud to have secured it for this year’s outstanding Annual Conference social event. Expect good music, Floridian cuisine, and a beautiful sunset on the bay from the shores of the castle. Come and enjoy an evening with your colleagues. Transportation will be provided for all attendees from the Hilton "motor lobby" starting at 5:45pm. There will entertainment provided by Grammy-nominated musician, Elsten Torres.
****SPECIAL NOTE FOR VIZCAYA - ONLY REGISTERED ATTENDEES AND REGISTERED GUESTS WILL BE ABLE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. DUE TO THE SECURE NATURE OF THIS FACILITY, YOU MUST HAVE YOUR BADGE WITH YOU TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. IMLA's REGISTRATION DESK WILL BE OPEN ON SUNDAY FROM 7:30am to 5:00pm, SO PLEASE REMEMBER TO PICK UP YOUR BADGE BEFORE 5PM.

PROGRAM TOPICS

OFFICIAL CONFERENCE PROGRAM - NOW AVAILABLE

HOTEL INFORMATION AND LINKS 

IMLA has chosen a premier setting on Biscayne Bay for our two Conference hotels, the Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay and the Hilton Miami Downtown. Attendees can choose between these two outstanding properties, strategically located across the street from one another with a walkway connecting them. Conference meetings and social functions will take place in both hotels.

In either hotel, you will receive the preferred room rate of $149.99 per night (exclusive of applicable taxes) for a single or a double occupancy room. These room rates are available for a select period – October 12th until October 25th – before and after the Conference itself. You can make your reservation by phone, or go to the below online link for hotel reservations directly with the Conference hotel of your choice. Please remember to identify yourself as an IMLA Conference Registrant when phoning your reservation in to ensure you qualify for the attendee rate.

Information for the Marriott Miami Biscayne Bay - CLICK HERE to make an online reservation for the Marriott; or dial 1-305-374-3900 and ask for the IMLA rate. CLICK HERE for a fact sheet about the Marriott Miami.

Information for the Hilton Miami Downtown - CLICK HERE to make an online reservation for the Hilton; or dial 1-305-374-0000 and use the group code IMLA09 when making your reservation. CLICK HERE for a fact sheet about the Hilton Miami.

REGISTRATION FORMS

CLICK HERE for the registration form for the Annual Conference (remember, you can also login to MyIMLA and register online).

CLICK HERE for the separate registration form and information for the Institute for Local Government Lawyers, a one-day classroom style program geared towards attorneys new to local government law. This event will take place on Saturday, October 17.

CAR RENTAL INFO

Avis has assigned a specific discount number for the 2009 Conference.  The Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) Number is J867718. Please use this AWD number when calling Avis directly at 1-800-331-1600 to receive the best car rental rates available.  The discount is effective 7 days before and 7 days after the event. You can also go online by using this LINK to utilize the Avis discount.

WHAT TO DO IN MIAMI

IMLA has arranged for some great pre and post conference cruise deals for our IMLA 2009 Conference attendees. CLICK HERE to find out the different packages and rates!

CLICK HERE to check out IMLA's dining guide for Miami!

During the Conference, your Miami Hotels Marriott and Hilton are only minutes away from:
South Beach
Coconut Grove and the famous Miracle Mile
Miami Beach
Crandon Beach
Miami Seaquarium
Port of Miami
Bayside Marketplace
Dolphin Mall
Historic Art Deco District
Jungle Island
Little Havana Historic District
Miami Metro Zoo
Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
Fishing, sailing, golf and a variety of other recreational activities are just minutes from the hotels:
Biking trail (0.5 miles)
Jet skiing (0.5 miles)
Jogging/fitness trail (0.5 miles)
Snorkling (0.5 miles)
Bayshore Golf Club (8 miles)
The Links at Key Biscayne (8 miles)
Doral Park Silver Golf Course (12 miles)
Want more? Here are some pictures from our past events.
*Images provided by Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau www.gmcvb.com

 

2009 Basics of Airport Law Workshop

The American Association of Airport Executives, in cooperation with the law firm of Kaplan Kirsch & Rockwell and the International Municipal Lawyers Association, is pleased to present the 25th Annual Basics of Airport Law Workshop and 2009 Legal Update, September 13-15, 2009, at the historic Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, California.

The Basics of Airport Law Workshop and annual legal update remain the only opportunities for those new to airport law, or new to specific legal issues, to gain an authoritative review of this complex subject. This review is supplied by government attorneys from DOT, FAA and TSA and other seasoned practitioners with years of experience and in-depth understanding of the federal rules applicable to public-use airports.

The workshop is taught in plain English and is not limited to lawyers. If you are involved in any aspect of meeting DOT/FAA or DHS/TSA requirements concerning, for example, capital projects, contracts and leases, grant assurance compliance or airport security, this workshop would benefit you. Lawyers and non-lawyers alike will find the presentations beneficial. The sessions are organized by discrete topics, with many sessions serving as building blocks for subsequent sessions.

This workshop is a terrific value because of the comprehensive overview of airport legal issues provided in a relatively short amount of time. In addition, attorneys can earn CLE credits by attending this workshop. As in the past, there will be a choice to attend either a “basics” or “advanced” session for several topics. The “basics” sessions provide a detailed primer for those new to specific issues and those seeking a refresher. In the advanced session, the faculty will probe deeper into the same discrete topics, with particular emphasis on recent cases, rulemaking, and new and emerging programs and policies.

An added value of the workshop is the comprehensive workbook created each year to address new developments in airport law. Each attendee takes home this workbook to refer to and use throughout the year. For obvious reasons, several sessions this year will focus on the many legal issues confronting airports as a result of the ongoing struggles in the aviation industry. This year’s workshop also will include multiple choices for break-out sessions that will provide attendees with specific tools for tackling difficult regulatory issues. Speakers in multiple sessions also will address changes initiated by the Obama Administration in areas such as the environment, contracting, and grant funding.

This workshop is one of a kind and offered just once a year. Don’t miss your chance to attend and take advantage of this chance to gain valuable insight and information that you can put to use immediately at your place of business.

All sessions will take place at The Fairmont San Francisco. The workshop will begin with an “Introduction to Airport Law” from 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, September 13, followed by the opening reception from 6-7 p.m. The workshop will conclude at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, September 15. Registration fees include the reception, two continental breakfasts, two lunches, all refreshment breaks and course materials. Dress is business casual (no ties). Confirmation letters will be emailed to attendees.

 

Speaker Information & Guidelines - 2009 Annual Conference - Miami

Dear 2009 Miami Conference Speaker/Presenter,

 Please find below THREE forms that you are required to fill out and submit to IMLA that concern your speaking responsibilities at IMLA's 2009 Annual Conference in Miami, Florida.

PLEASE SUBMIT ALL REQUIRED FORMS SO THAT YOU CAN RECEIVE THE SPEAKER REGISTRATION DISCOUNT AS WELL AS SO THAT WE HAVE YOUR CURRENT INFORMATION ON FILE AS IT WILL APPEAR ON OFFICIAL IMLA CONFERENCE MATERIALS (ex. Up-to-Date Bios, Paper Titles).

  1. CLICK HERE FOR SPECIAL REGISTRATION FORM FOR SPEAKERS
  2. CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT GENERAL SPEAKER & PAPER GUIDELINES
  3. CLICK HERE FOR SPEAKER INFORMATION FORM (required - this form provides options for you to select, such as "I will be using a PowerPoint").
 

2011 World Jurist Association Biennial Congress - Prague

 WORLD JURIST ASSOCIATION presents

BIENNIAL CONGRESS

National Legal Cultures in a Globalized World 

PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

OCTOBER 23 - 28, 2011 

What is the WJA Biennial Congress?

The WJA Biennial Congresses are an important tradition in the international legal community.  With a tradition of almost 50 years, our goal is to raise support for institutions of law and provide a unique dynamic and open forum for legal professionals to share their experiences, exchange ideas and learn from their colleagues regarding the Rule of Law and its use to promote world peace. “A world ruled by law, not force” has been the WJA´s mission since its founding.

The WJA will bring together over 1000 distinguished lawmakers, legal practitioners, educators and other professionals from around the world increasingly called upon for policy and judicial expertise when working to promote the rule of law. This Congress will examine a range of perspectives inseeking to promote world peace through the Rule of Law. Speakers will be presenting on numerous international topics from the global, worldwide vantage point, always in consideration of the cross-cultural aspects at the intersection from legal cultures that are defined by their divergent historical and social genesis.

Your participation is important to the success of the program, and we would be greatly honored if you could share your breadth of knowledge with us. Unfortunately, we are unable to reimburse speakers for their expenses, and we do ask that speakers register in order to be able to participate in the Congress’ full program.  However, as a speaker, you will be exposed to an international audience of over 1000 legal and other professionals from more than 40 nations.  This is a truly unique opportunity that should not be missed.

Registration

Prior to COB June 24 Members and Spouses at $400 each.  After June 24 Members and Spouses at $500 each. Registration Form AVAILABLE HERE 

Please see our Congress Program by CLICKING HERE.  

Call for Speakers

The Organizing Committee forthe World Jurist Association's 24th Biennial Congress on the Law of the World - National Legal Cultures in a Globalized World to be held in Prague, Czech Republic - October 23-28, 2011 is now accepting proposals from qualified speakers.

WJA and IMLA have a long and fruitful partnership, and we are proud to once again be partnering with IMLA.  This year WJA will feature a full day of programming on topics of interest to local governments around the world. IMLA will be the host of these panels and we welcome proposals from IMLA members that further our theme. Additionally, IMLA members may submit proposals to speak on any topic of interest.

All proposals should include a brief (ideally not more than 800 words) abstract of the paper and a short description of the 15-20 minute oral presentation that will be delivered at the Congress.

Please submit your proposal via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Testimonial

Chair of the IMLA International Committee, Ben Griffith notes:

Over the past two decades a significant number of IMLA members have taken part as speakers and participants in WJA meetings in the Mideast, China, Australia, Ireland, Scotland, Central Europe, the Ukraine, and that truly exotic never-never land, Los Angeles. We have shared our knowledge, experiences and expertise with lawyers and judges from scores of other nations. We have participated with our international counterparts in panel presentations on such subjects as land use, takings jurisprudence, emergency management best practices, governance issues post-disaster, human trafficking, anti-discrimination laws, civil law-common law comparisons of state and local government systems, national-state-local intergovernmental relationships, transparency of electoral systems, international election principles, human rights issues, government corruption and a host of other subjects that center on the rule of law and democracy.

I can tell you that this international exposure has had an impact on my own career as a local government attorney. It has broadened my perspective and enhanced my practice in civil rights, institutional and voting rights litigation. It has opened up entirely new areas of comparative law and shown how much we American legal professionals have to learn from our brothers and sisters in Edinburgh, Nigeria, South Africa, Kiev, Beijing, Dublin and Israel.  And they have much to learn from us. IMLA's International Committee provides a great foundation for IMLA members to participate in planning for WJA conferences like the one coming up in October in Prague, and it enables us to share our WJA experiences with other members of the International Municipal Lawyers Association.You might say that we are doing our best to keep the "International" in IMLA, and in more than a nominal way. 

The upcoming Biennial Congress in Prague promises to be one of the best attended and an exciting program for our group of IMLA attorneys and judges. CLE programs come and go, but this one will stand out among the rest. You will meet your counterparts in national, state and municipal government and have an opportunity to share your knowledge and expertise with them.

I realize the cost, logistics and planning incident to participating in this kind of international conference can be daunting, but those of us who have done this several times can assure you that the long-term benefits, the adventure of speaking with a group of law professionals from all over the world and depth of shared knowledge far outweigh the costs. I encourage you to do everything possible to join our IMLA delegation for the WJA Biennial Congress in Prague. You will be amongfriends.”  Ben Griffith