If your focus, or that of your firm, is local government law, you will not find a better resource than the International Municipal Lawyers Association. IMLA is the only national organization devoted exclusively to local government law.
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"It is difficult to put a value on the benefits received from an IMLA membership. The common issues we share, and the similar roles we share in our respective positions unite us. Being an IMLA member is like having the advice of a law firm with hundreds of members at your fingertips. When I encounter a difficult situation, I reach out to my IMLA comrades first. Their experience and knowledge have proven invaluable to me over the past 11 years. And, the CLE’s we attend at the Annual Meeting and Mid-Year Conference are always on current issues and are first-rate in quality! Lastly, the roles we share have developed this group into a fraternity of sorts, and I am proud to say that I have met some of my very best friends through my involvement with IMLA."
Brad Cunningham, Municipal Attorney - Lexington, South Carolina
"There is simply no substitute for the cutting-edge information and practioners' perspectives that I obtain from attending IMLA conferences, which I have done since 1983. My IMLA contacts and friends make me aware of today's problems before they become tomorrow's judicial decisions, and I'm happy to return the favor in my areas of expertise."
Tim Hollister, Partner - Shipman & Goodwin, LLP & Town Attorney for Colchester, Connecticut
"IMLA has been an exceptional resource for my city attorney practice. IMLA's Legal Advocacy Program, in particular, services an important purpose for local governments throughout the United States and has helped me protect my municipalities."
Susan C. Rocha, City Attorney - Cibolo, Texas
"IMLA is an extraordinary organization of extraordinary members. These dedicated public servants know their communities and understand their needs. City attorneys are creative, imaginative, and open to new ideas. Any organization that deals regularly with local governments needs the insights that come from listening to IMLA's members. In my experience of working with municipal attorneys for over 25 years, IMLA is the association that can help you understand the nuances and opportunities that exist in the world of municipal law."
Nicholas P. Miller - Miller & Van Eaton, PPLC
"Money matters to public government entities. In times when budgets and payrolls get lean, and tough choices have to be made, IMLA's prgorams and services have proven their value and effectiveness. IMLA's specialized expertise, cutting-edge events, and numerous publications add up to excellent value in today's economically challenged times."
Sheryl King Benford - General Counsel for Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority
"Having practiced law for over 33 years, I believe I have a somewhat unique perspective on the benefits of association with the International Municipal Lawyers Association. I have been active in the organization for many years and currently serve as a member of the Board of Directors, and as a member of several of the association's committees. IMLA is the best resource on municipal law issues available. It provides an unparalled opportunity for public law practitioners to exchange ideas, gain important insights, and develop innovative, yet effective and efficient solutions both to the unique and the more common problems and opportunities all of us regularly face. IMLA has afforded me the opportunity to form long-term, quality friendships with individuals of like professional interest all across North America. I consider association with IMLA to be a must for every municipal law practitioner."
Steve Chinn, Chair of Public Law Practice Group - Stinson, Morrison, Heckler, LLP