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2018 Mid-Year Seminar

 

IMLA's 2018 Mid-Year Seminar

Washington, D.C.

April 20 - April 23, 2018

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Seminar Hightlights

Section 1983 - Establishment Clause / Legislative Prayer at Meetings

The longstanding, widespread practice of beginning a legislative session with an invocation-a practice followed by lawmakers at every level of state and federal government-continues to generate litigation, including a pair of cases that the U.S. Supreme Court may take up next year. This session will focus on the current legal landscape and the practical issues faced by state and local governments across the country. The session will also explore the role legislative privilege and the separation of powers doctrine might play in a court's adjudication of an action challenging legislative prayer.Speakers: Marc Hansen & Allyson Ho
Moderator: Leah HayesAppellate Practice Program (SEPARATE REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED)

This program is designed to help local government lawyers maximize their chances of success before the Supreme Court by providing practical tips and knowledge from some of the most prominent Supreme Court practitioners in the country. Participants in the program will learn how to frame the question presented and draft the petition for certiorari in a way to capture the Justices' attention and increase their chances of having the Court accept the case. Where local governments are on the receiving end of a petition for certiorari, participants will learn how to craft a response and under what circumstances a local government should consider waiving their response. The program will conclude with a discussion on oral argument practice tips from two Supreme Court practitioners who combine for over 130 oral arguments before the Supreme Court. A networking lunch is included. Separate registration is required. Space is very LIMITED.


Sober Homes and the Opioid Epidemic

Ending the relapse cycle can help residents of sober homes and the communities in which they are located. This discussion will take a look at sober homes and what can be done to address unscrupulous operators of sober homes at the federal, state and local level.

Speakers: Alan Johnson; and Terrill Pyburn
Moderator: Laurie Cohen

Section 1983 - First Amendment: Unpopular Speech and the Heckler's Veto

Speech that is popular to some is very unpopular to others. Ideological divisiveness continues to be an issue impacting municipal operations. This session will cover the origins of the Heckler's Veto through current caselaw and how this doctrine impacts the ability of a municipality to conduct effective crowd control in various forums and facilities. Examples from current events will be discussed.

Speakers: Lara Mainella & Robert Higgason
Moderator: Patrick Baker 



Program

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Friday / Saturday / Sunday / Monday

 

Friday, April 20, 2018

7:00AM-5:30PM Registration
8:00AM - 12:00PM BOD Meeting
11:00AM - 3:05PM Appellate Practice Program (CLICK HERE for agenda)

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Section 1983- Qualified Immunity Update

This first part of this presentation will provide a discussion of recent Supreme Court qualified immunity presentations and underscore how local government lawyers can utilize these cases in their practice. The second half of this presentation will provide an overview of practice pointers on qualified immunity issues in the circuit courts of appeals.

  • Susan Lappen & Tom Carr

Seminar -Sober Homes and the Opioid Epidemic

Ending the relapse cycle can help residents of sober homes and the communities in which they are located.  This discussion will take a look at sober homes and what can be done to address unscrupulous operators of sober homes at the federal, state and local level.

  • Alan Johnson & Terrill Pyburn
11:45AM - 1:00PM Lunch (On your own)
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Section 1983 - Jails: Handling Failure to Provide Adequate Medical Care Claims

  • Jeb Brown & Jody Malmstrom

Seminar - Regulating Panhandling in the Wake of Reed v. Town of Gilbert

This presentation will provide a discussion of the rulings of the Circuit Courts of Appeals and District Courts that have considered the issue, including First Amendment considerations and Fourteenth Amendment considerations

  • Mark Hayes
2:05PM - 3:05PM

Section 1983 - Circuit Conflicts and Open Issues – Key Issues In Section 1983 Cases That Have Not Been Addressed By The Supreme Court

The discussion includes the nature and scope of any constitution based wrongful death claim; the extent to which Heck v. Humphrey applies to a plaintiff no longer custody and its application to guilty pleas where the factual basis of the claim is uncertain; what constitutes a de minimis award for purposes of awarding no attorney fee under Farrar v. Hobby; whether a First Amendment retaliation claim can be brought where an arrest is made with probable cause; whether a police officer who testifies in criminal court as a witness is speaking as part of his or her job under Garcetti and hence subject to discipline for the testimony…and many more.

  • Timothy Coates

Seminar - Consent Decrees, Past, Present and Future

 This presentation will discuss the history of Consent Decrees and the future of Consent Decrees under the current administration. We will also discuss the experience of the Riverside Police Department surviving the Consent Decree process.

  • Jeb Brown & Larry Gonzalez
 3:05PM - 3:20PM  Coffee Break
 3:20PM - 4:50PM

Supreme Court Update

The Supreme Court seems determined on making up for its fairly mundane 2016 term by stacking its docket with what can only be termed “blockbusters.” Many of the Court’s biggest cases this term involve issues relevant to local governments, including political gerrymandering, whether the existence of probable cause defeats a First Amendment retaliatory-arrest claim, warrant requirements under the Fourth Amendment for cell phone location data, a case that may limit the impact of Reed v. Town of Gilbert, and the infamous “cake” case involving the intersection of gay marriage and religious expression. Hear from Supreme Court specialists on these cases and others that are relevant to local governments.

  • Paul Clement; Gregory Garre; Amy Howe
 4:50PM - 5:30PM  Amicus Awards


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Saturday, April 21, 2018 

7:00AM - 5:00PM Registration
7:45AM - 8:45AM State Breakfast (Registration required)
8:45AM - 9:00AM Opening Ceremonies

9:00AM - 10:00AM                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

Section 1983 - First Amendment: Unpopular Speech and the Heckler’s Veto

Speech that is popular to some is very unpopular to others. Ideological divisiveness continues to be an issue impacting municipal operations. This session will cover the origins of the Heckler’s Veto through current caselaw and how this doctrine impacts the ability of a municipality to conduct effective crowd control in various forums and facilities. Examples from current events will be discussed.

  • Lara Mainella & Robert Higgason

Seminar - Land Use: How to deal with lot mergers and takings claims in light of the Supreme Court's decision Murr v. Wisconsin

This session will explain the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Murr v. State of Wisconsin, 137 S.Ct. 1933 (2017), which provides guidance on the “parcel-as-a-whole” principle of regulatory takings law.  In Murr, owners of adjacent lots challenged the constitutionality of a Wisconsin law that required merger of the lots because each lot did not meet minimum standards for residential development, and the lots were held in common ownership.  The owners claimed that the merger clause was a taking of one of the lots without just compensation because that lot could no longer be independently developed. The Supreme Court held that no taking had occurred, and spelled out a multi-factor test for what constitutes the “relevant parcel” for regulatory takings analysis.  This session will focus on the background law, the facts of Murr, and the implications of the decision for local regulation of land use and development rights.

  • Derek Howard & Susan Trevarthen
10:05AM - 11:05AM

Section 1983 - Reducing the Risk of Liability with Mentally Ill Persons

A presentation providing a review of: [1] specific law enforcement procedures for the mentally ill that can help minimize municipal and officer liability; and [2] Federal and State law claims involving law enforcement interactions with the mentally ill, including Section 1983 claims of deliberate indifference and excessive force.

  • Craig Straw & Traci Morita


Seminar -Infrastructure P3s – Getting Municipal Counsel Shovel Ready

With a major federal infrastructure program looming on the horizon and lessons learned from the previous “stimulus” package still fresh in the rear view mirror, this program will walk participants through a successful Public Private Partnership framework for municipal procurement and contracting. The program will begin with the most up-to-date report on the proposed federal infrastructure program, its details, requirements and impacts on municipal infrastructure planning and development.  Next, comparisons will be drawn between the new program and the challenges municipalities faced in implementing the American Resource and Recovery Act project funding in the last decade, with a discussion of “lessons learned” and “traps for the unwary” taking center stage in the discussion.   Participants will then learn how to structure a successful P3 deal through actual municipal case studies in the area of public utilities and economic development.  Finally, how municipal counsel can best support the role and function of a City or County’s CEO will be discussed first hand with a Mayor who has completed many P3 deals using both in-house and special counsel.

  • Steven Torres; Mayor Thomas Hoye, Jr.
11:05AM - 11:20AM Coffee Break
11:20AM - 12:50PM

Section 1983 - Pleadings / Motion Practice / Evidence

The first presenter will discuss evidentiary issues in a Section 1983 case, including the admissibility of plaintiff’s arrest history and the exclusion of the plaintiff’s acquittal in a criminal case, both of which are important tools for defense attorneys in this area. The next presenter will focus on discovery in Section 1983 cases and in particular, interrogatories that are vital to a chance at securing summary judgment and deposition questions with an eye towards summary judgment. The third presenter will take you through the pros and cons of Motions to Dismiss v. Motions for Summary Judgment in these cases.

  • Ara Tramblian; Patricia Donkor & John Wilkerson


Managing Telecommunications Challenges Facing Your Community

Panelists will discuss some of the hottest telecommunications legal issues facing communities today, including an update on federal and state regulations affecting local wireless siting decisions, charges for use of the rights of way and public property by wireline and wireless companies, and strategies for developing ordinances, regulations and franchises, licenses and leases governing use of the rights of way and other public property by communications companies

  • Lynn Board; Gail Karish & John Gasparini
12:50PM - 2:30PM Lunch on your own
2:30PM - 3:30PM

Section 1983 - Wrongful Convictions

This seminar focuses on civil rights lawsuits arising out of alleged wrongful convictions, including (1) differences between an exoneration based on DNA or other evidence, on the one hand, and cases arising from convictions vacated on purely procedural grounds, on the other; (2) particular challenges in wrongful conviction cases such as tracking down old evidence (files, reports, physical evidence) and representing witnesses whose memories may have faded; (3) damage awards in specific cases from various circuits; and (4) litigation and settlement strategies.

  • Arthur Larkin & Aaron Shotland


Seminar - Election Law in the Trump Supreme Court

Critically important election law cases will have been heard by the U.S. Supreme Court, just in time for the full Court – including Justice Neil Gorsuch, its long-awaited ninth Justice confirmed on April 7, 2017 – to hear and hopefully resolve. Issues include whether Voter ID violates Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act (NC v. NC NAACP), whether the NC Congressional Redistricting Plan violates the First Amendment right to freedom of association (Common Cause v. Rucho), whether the Wisconsin redistricting plan violates the First and Fourteenth Amendment (Whitford v. Nichol), and whether removal of eligible voters from Ohio’s voter-registration rolls violated the NVRA and deprived eligible citizens of the right to vote (Ohio A. Philip Randolph Institute and NEOCH v. Husted). We will discuss how these and related cases already decided this term on racial gerrymandering (Bethune-Hill v. Virginia State Board of Elections decided 3-1-17) can impact local government elections and electoral processes at the municipal and county level.

  • Ben Griffith & Michael Parsons
3:30PM - 3:45PM Coffee Break
3:45PM - 4:45PM

Section 1983 - Establishment Clause / Legislative Prayer at Meetings

The longstanding, widespread practice of beginning a legislative session with an invocation—a practice followed by lawmakers at every level of state and federal government—continues to generate litigation, including a pair of cases that the U.S. Supreme Court may take up next year. This session will focus on the current legal landscape and the practical issues faced by state and local governments across the country. The session will also explore the role legislative privilege and the separation of powers doctrine might play in a court’s adjudication of an action challenging legislative prayer.

  • Marc Hansen & Allyson Ho


Seminar - State League Meeting

The agenda will include introductions, approval of minutes, the IMLA Board Report and Executive Director Report.  The remainder of the meeting will be devoted to a discussion on the ongoing opioid crisis and ensuing litigation by local governments.  An update on the litigation and IMLA's working group will be provided and Mark Hayes will discuss his League's involvement in the opioid litigation.  There will be time for an open discussion to hear from attendees on what their Leagues are doing to respond to their members on this issue.

  • Mark Hayes


International Committee Meeting

Agenda: 1. A project proposal currently pending in the Republic of Georgia entitled “New Constitutionalism: Strategy of Horizontal Proliferation of Constitutional Values on the Whole System of Law,” in which members of the IMLA International Committee may be able to participate if the project is funded by the National Science Foundation in that country. While no IMLA funding is involved, it appears that this project, if funded through the Georgian NSF, would likely entail on our part as American attorneys a good deal of comparative research of continental and American systems of constitutional control and governance.

  • Ben Griffith
 6:00PM - 7:30PM  Welcome Reception

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Sunday, April 22, 2018 

7:00AM - 5:00PM Registration
8:00AM - 9:00AM WONK Breakfast (Registration required)
9:00AM - 12:50PM Chief Legal Officer Forum (CLOF) (CLICK HERE for agenda) (Separate regisitration required)

9:00AM - 10:30AM                                                                                   

Section 1983 - Openings / SummationThe first presenter will provide a unique and powerful presentation on Opening Statements.   He will discuss techniques and strategies designed to get a jury leaning in your client's’ favor by the close of the openings.  The second presenter will bookend Opening Statements with a discussion on strategies for Summations; including effective use of the verdict sheet and jury instructions, and ways to persuade those jurors, who despite your stellar presentation during the trial, are just not on board yet.

  • Patricia Miller & Michael Colucci

Seminar - HR up in Smoke: The Intersection between Marijuana Legalization and Employment LawRecent state law changes legalizing medical and/or recreational marijuana have had a direct impact on local government  employers.  The panel will present an overview of the current landscape and provide guidance to help navigate the legal issues, particularly  ADA, state anti-discrimination laws, and  the myriad of testing and safety issues relating to police, fire, and CDL employees.  The panel will also review the most prevalent landmines, red herrings, and best practices based on experience in states with authorization for both medical and recreational use.

  • Lara Donlon; Charles Mitchell & Robin Cross
10:30AM - 10:45AM Coffee Break
10:45AM - 11:45AM

Section 1983 - Police Excessive Force Trials Post-Ferguson: What’s Different and What’s Not

High profile officer involved shooting deaths have dominated the public eye in recent years. This discussion involves two attorneys that have handled police use of force cases on both sides of the Michael Brown shooting in Ferguson, Mo. There will be a discussion about what perhaps has changed, what perhaps has not changed, and how to leverage and address those issues.

  • Daniel Peterson & Mark Maguire


Municipal Finance: Best practices for local counsel to consider in bond offerings

The panel will discuss significant focal points to assist local counsel in bond issues regarding the issuance of opinions, the identification of potential problem areas, and the provision of legal advice to their jurisdictions to minimize potential enforcement and liability.

  • Robert Doty & Derrick Mitchell
11:50AM - 12:50PM

Section 1983 - Malicious Prosecutions

  • Henry Bernstein & Rachel Seligman

Seminar - Small / Rural Communities Presentation: Nuisance Abatement

  • Jessica O'Connor

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Monday, April 23, 2018 

7:00AM - 12:00PM              Registration
7:30AM - 8:05AM Coffee Break

8:05AM - 9:05AM                                                                                                                                                                

Anatomy of a Shooting Rampage and the Aftermath

John Hessel, Kirkwood, Missouri City Attorney, will recount his survival of the tragic shooting at Kirkwood City Hall on February 7, 2008 and comment on his experiences in its aftermath. He will discuss violence in the workplace and some security measures and procedures that have been implemented in the public and private sector

  • John Hessel
9:10AM - 10:10AM

Case Law Update

This perennial favorite will provide an overview of highlighted Supreme Court and Circuit Court cases from around the country that are relevant to local governments including everything from employment law cases to First Amendment and police misconduct cases.

  • Douglas Haney
10:10AM - 10:25AM Coffee Break
10:25AM - 10:55AM

An Era of Preemption – Implications for Public PolicyIn an era when cities are increasingly called on to lead in policy implementation, stakeholders and constituents are often unaware of the hindrance of preemption. Where are cities being held back and what can we do about it? This presentation will explore the answers to these questions.

  • Mayor Mark Stodola
11:00AM - 12:00PM

Ethical Considerations in Public Sector Law

This presentation examines the unique ethical issues confronted by public sector lawyers using an entertaining, interactive format. Panelists dramatize short, illustrative scenarios with a discussion period following each hypothetical. A variety of ethics topics will be covered – all from the point of view of the government lawyer. The Model Rules of Ethics, including the following will all be discussed: Model Rule 1.1 Competence; MR 1.2 Scope of Representation and Allocation of Authority Between Client and Lawyer; MR 1.3 Diligence; MR 1.7 Conflict of Interest: Current Clients; MR 1.8 Conflict of Interest Current Clients: Specific Rules

  • Susan Kidd & Sharon Pandak

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Friday, April 20, 2018 - Appellate Practice Program (Separate registration)

11:00AM - 12:00PM           

Appellate Practice - Framing the Question Presented and Drafting the Petition for CertiorariThis presentation will provide an overview of petitioning the Supreme Court for certiorari.  Presenters will discuss strategy on whether to petition and provide practical tips on drafting the petition for certiorari. They will also discuss the importance of petition stage amicus support and other practice pointers before the Court at this stage.

  • Loren AliKhan & Allyson Ho
12:00PM - 1:00PM Appellate Practice Networking Lunch (Separate Registration Required)
1:00PM - 2:00PM

Appellate Practice - Crafting the Response (or Waiving it)This presentation will provide attendees with a discussion and overview regarding strategies for the Brief in Opposition (BIO) to a Petition for Certiorari.  After explaining the considerations for whether you should file a BIO, the presenters will provide the nuts and bolts of a BIO, including how to handle the question presented, statement of the case, dealing with circuit conflicts, vehicle issues, and more.  Examples of well drafted BIOs and BIOs that likely did not help the Respondent will be discussed.

  • Ruth Masters & Gregory Garre
2:05PM - 3:05PM

Appellate Practice - Oral Argument Practice TipsThis presentation will cover oral argument practice tips before the Supreme Court.  Sarah Harrington, a former assistant to the Solicitor General who argued more than 20 cases before the Supreme Court, will provide a discussion of how to prepare for an oral argument.  Paul Clement, a former U.S. Solicitor General, has argued over 90 cases before the Supreme Court and he will discuss how to handle the argument itself.  Learn from these two Supreme Court veterans during an hour that is sure to provide practical tips that you can bring back to your jurisdiction and help you succeed during your next oral argument.

  • Paul Clement; Sarah Harrington

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 Sunday, April 22, 2018 - Chief Legal Officer Forum (CLOF) (Separate Registration)

 9:00AM - 10:30AM    

CLOF- Law Office Management: Dealing with Transitions and Retirement and Document Management Software

  • Edward Lattner & Chris Daly
10:30 AM - 10:45AM Coffee Break
 10:45AM - 11:45AM

CLOF - Opioid Litigation Issues

  • Erich Eiselt; Tom Egler
 11:50AM - 12:50AM

CLOF- Law Office Management – Leadership Lessons Learned on the Iditarod

  • Gunnar Johnson

 

Registration

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IMLA Events

 SUPREME COURT APPELLATE PRACTICE PROGRAM- NEW!!

FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, 2018

This program is designed to help local government lawyers maximize their chances of success before the Supreme Court by providing practical tips and knowledge from some of the most prominent Supreme Court practitioners in the country.  Participants in the program will learn how to frame the question presented and draft the petition for certiorari in a way to capture the Justice’s attention and increase their chances of having the Court accept the case.  Where local governments are on the receiving end of a petition for certiorari, participants will learn how to craft a response and under what circumstances a local government should consider waiving their response.  The program will conclude with a discussion on oral argument practice tips from two Supreme Court practitioners who combine for over 130 oral arguments before the Supreme Court.   A networking lunch is included.

Program Fee: $85. MUST be registered for the seminar to attend. Please fill out the 2018 Mid-Year Seminar formand check the Supreme Court Appellate Program box and include an additional $85 to your seminar registration. SPACE IS LIMITED. 

Chief Legal Officers Forum (CLOF)

Sunday, April 22, 2018

This year's Chief Legal Officers Forum will be held in conjunction with the Mid-year Seminar and will include topical programming for chief legal officers representing jurisdictions with populations between 100,000-300,000. This is a half day program (maybe longer) that is part of the IMLA Seminar and designed for those city and county attorneys who lead and manage public law offices. 

More information and registration coming soon!

State/Province Breakfast

The State/Province Breakfast is an intimate round-table event that will allow participants to join their colleagues form their state and neighboring states/provinces for a networking breakfast. The State/Province Breakfast will take place on Saturday, April 21st at 7:45AM in the Omni-Empire Ballroom. There is no additional cost to attend this event, but you MUST register!

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!

WONK Breakfast

IMLA is delighted to offer you an opportunity to network with your colleagues and have direct access to premier vendors and attorneys who concentrate on various areas of municipal law at breakfast! The breakfast will be organized tables by “Topic” and you can enjoy your breakfast together with your colleagues. The WONK Breakfast is planned for Sunday, April 22nd, 8:00 am – in the Omni-Empire Ballroom. There is no additional cost to attend this event, but you MUST register!

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED**

**A ticket is REQUIRED for entry**

**NO on-site registration will be available**

**Space is limited. First Come, First Served**


 TABLE TOPICS

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1. Emerging Trends in Ordinance Codification and Supplementation

Emerging Trends in Ordinance Codification and Supplementation: New technology is providing additional options for cities to codify, amend, supplement and access their codes.  From in-house to self-service and all the way to full service, keeping your code up to date and accessible is key to connecting with your citizens.

 

Speaker: Julie Lovelace


2. Ethics Ordinances

 Discuss a process for developing (or amending) municipal Codes of Ethics, typical contents for such codes, the role of staff and outside counsel, and legal concerns. 

 

Speaker: Alan Bojorquez


3. How to Promote Public Safety Through Your Dangerous Dog Ordinance

Speaker: Lee Greenwood


4. Land Use: Zoning Options

Zoning options: planned development, Euclidean zoning and form-based zoning.

Speaker: Susan Trevarthen, Julian Grant, Ron Shaver


5. Maui County and WOTUS: The Battle to Grow the Clean Water Act Moves to the Courts

During the Obama administration, the EPA and the environmental community moved to expand the reach of the Clean Water Act to include distant tributaries, wetlands and discharges through groundwater. These efforts are embodied in the 2015 WOTUS Rule, and pending litigation brought by an environmental group against the County of Maui. We will discuss the current status of these efforts including the recent Supreme Court decision on the WOTUS Rule and the 9th Circuit decision on Maui County.

Speaker: Andre Monette, Attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP


6. Municipal Related Telecom Issues

Discussion will include 5G, FirstNet and other hot topics

Speaker: Albert Catalano, Keller Heckman LLP


7. Open Issues in Section 1983 Litigation

A discussion of legal issues that arise routinely in section 1983 litigation, but have not been conclusively resolved by the Supreme Court, and may be ripe for review.

 

Speaker: Timothy Coates, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP


8. P3 Do’s and Don’ts: Making it Happen: Right!

I will host a round table discussion about what critical elements municipal counsel need to include in framing a successful Public Private Partnership [P3] contract between a municipality and private company. Most importantly, because P3 legal authority is so new to many municipal attorneys and the law is still emerging in many states, we will discuss some “traps for the unwary.” Participants are invited to bring along their P3 “success” or “horror” stories, and the host hopes to listen more than he talks, and do a little learning himself in the process!.

Speaker: Steven “Tip” Torres, Partner, West Group Law PLLC


9. Post Disaster Recovery and Resiliency

Join us to discuss best practices in procurement and resilient rebuilding to ensure compliance with Federal disaster relief funding streams. We'll share "war stories" and lessons learned to avoid when disaster strikes.

Speaker:Mary Beth Coburn, Attorney, Best Best & Krieger LLP & Robin Jones Jackson, Division Chief of Complex Transactions, Miami, Florida


10. Qualified Immunity Under Attack

A number of academics have recently written articles attacking the reasons the Supreme Court has stated to justify qualified immunity; one has gone so far as to say qualified immunity is unlawful. Justice Thomas has cited to one of these articles; lower court judges have cited to other articles. What can practitioners do to counter these attacks on a legal doctrine for important to local governments?

Speaker: Lisa Soronen, Executive Director, State & Local Legal Center


11. When the Elected Official is the Problem

This table will discuss, share war stories, and offer solutions for when an elected official goes off the rails. It does not take an indictment to make your life challenging. Small incidents like not understanding the appearance of impropriety or wanting to monitor employee email accounts, or personal financial difficulties can not only create conflict among your elected officials, but also legal conflicts in responding to an addressing these issues.

Speaker: Christopher D. Balch, Principal, Balch Law Group

 

12. Small/Rural Communities

Open discussion of issues important to smaller/rural communities. What is important to mayors making interlocal/intergovernmental agreement decisions?

Speaker: Douglas Haney, Corporation Counsel, Camel, IN

 

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IMLA Welcome Reception

Please join IMLA for a Welcome Reception! IMLA will provide two drink tickets (you will receive in your badge) and light hor d'oeuvres. The dress is business casual.  We hope to see you there!

**Badge is required for entry!**

**Spouse tickets are available for purchase**

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Sponsors

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Teleconference

Can't travel to Washington, DC to make IMLA's Mid-Year Seminar from April 20 – April 23?
Well now you can participate, as IMLA is bringing the Seminar to you!

Sign up here!

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Here's how it works: IMLA's Mid-Year Seminar is from April 20-April 23, 2018. Throughout the conference, IMLA will be connecting selected work sessions to a phone line, and you can listen to the presentations as they are happening! You can purchase the sessions individually or you can purchase the sessions as a bundle.

Topics being broadcast range from the Opioid Epidemic to Election Law to Section 1983 Reducing Liability with Mental Illness and Section 1983 Frist Amendment: Unpopular Speech and the Heckler’s Veto.


 

How Much will these cost? You can purchase each work session separately, or you can purchase each day as a bundle. 

Cost per Work Session - Members Price: $49 and Nonmembers: $99
Cost for all 16 Work Sessions – Member Price: $500 and Nonmembers: $1,100

Cost for All Selected Work Sessions per day:
- Friday, April 20, 2018 (4 sessions) - Member Price: $149 and Nonmember: $299.
- Saturday, April 21, 2018 (5 sessions) - Member Price: $199 and Nonmember: $399.
- Sunday, April 22, 2018 (3 sessions) - Member Price: $99 and Nonmember: $199.
- Monday, April 23, 2018 (4 sessions) - Member Price: $149 and Nonmember: $299.

…and it gets better! If you purchased the IMLA Kitchen Sink Webinar/Teleconference Package (which allows you access to all IMLA Teleconferences and Webinars), you will receive all the selected work sessions FREE OF CHARGE!

 


Here are the sessions available by teleconference during the Mid-Year Seminar. **Note: All times are in Eastern Time. You are responsible for checking the time difference for your local time zone**

Friday, April 20, 2018


Sober Homes and the Opioid Epidemic
Time: 10:45 am – 11:45 am (Eastern)

Regulating Panhandling in the Wake of Reed v. Town of Gilbert
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Eastern)

Consent Decrees, past, Present and Future
Time: 2:05 pm – 3:05 pm (Eastern)

Supreme Court Update
Time: 3:20 pm – 4:50 pm (Eastern)

 

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Section 1983: First Amendment: Unpopular Speech and the Heckler’s Veto
Time: 9:00 am – 10:00 am (Eastern)

Section 1983: Reducing the Rick of Liability with Mentally Ill Persons
Time: 10:05 am – 11:05 am (Eastern)

Managing Telecommunications Challenges Facing Your Community
Time: 11:20 am – 12:50 pm (Eastern)

Election Law in the Trump Supreme Court
Time: 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm (Eastern)

Section 1983: Establishment Clause / Legislative Prayer at Meetings
Time: 3:45 pm – 4:45 pm (Eastern)

 

Sunday, April 22, 2018

HR up in Smoke: The Intersection between Marijuana Legalization and Employment Law

Time: 9:00 am - 10:30 am (Eastern)

Municipal Finance: Best Practices for Local Counsel to Consider in Bond Offerings
Time: 10:45 am – 11:45 am (Eastern)Small/Rural Communities Presentation: Nuisance Abatement
Time: 11:50 am – 12:50 pm (Eastern)  

Monday, April 23, 2018

 

Anatomy of a Shooting Rampage and the Aftermath
Time: 8:05 am – 9:05 am (Eastern)

Case Law Update
Time: 9:10 am – 10:10 am (Eastern)

An Era of Preemption – Implications for Public Policy
Time: 10:25 am – 10:55 pm (Eastern)

Ethical Consideration in Public Sector Law
Time: 11:00 am – 12:00 pm (Eastern)