2019 Distance Learning

 

2019 Webinar Schedule

Please visit this page for regular updates. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are one hour long from 1-2 PM Eastern. Additionally, IMLA will be offering 10 FREE programs for members in the calendar year (these 10 free webinars will be marked as free).

 

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Upcoming Webinars

January 7 - Telecommunications

New FCC Small Cell Zoning Rules Recap

*120 Minutes* 

*FREE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

The FCC will soon be issuing orders regarding "small" cell towers and towers in the rights of way, and to some extent cell tower zoning generally. Municipal rights and authority are expected to significantly affected. The program will provide a summary of the orders with suggestions on how to proceed from John Pestle, Esq. and Jonathan Kramer, Esq., both highly experienced local government telecommunications attorneys.

Among the items the FCC has under consideration are:

  • All shot clocks 60 days
  • Deemed granted remedy for exceeding 60 days
  • Moratoria prohibited
  • Consideration of alternative sites limited
  • Limiting aesthetic conditioning or denials
  • Utility undergrounding laws preempted
  • Few, low or no fees to use rights of way, public property
  • "Clarification" of the FCC's 2014 Wireless Siting Order on modifications to existing cell sites.

Handouts will include PowerPoints and copies of the relevant FCC orders. A lively and interactive Question and Answer session will follow the presentation. Contents of presentation are subject to change.

Speakers: John Pestle & Jonathan Kramer

John Pestle is the Chair of the Telecommunications Group at the Varnum law firm and is admitted to practice in Michigan and Arizona. He represents municipalities and private property owners nationwide on cell tower leases and zoning and other telecommunications matters. John is a graduate of Harvard College, Yale Graduate School, and the University of Michigan Law School. Among his many qualifications, John held an FCC license to work on radio, TV and ship radar transmitters and was Chair of the Municipal Lawyers Section of the Michigan Bar. He has received the "Member of the Year" award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, and a "Special Award of Merit" from the Michigan Municipal League for his work representing municipalities on cable and telecommunications matters. For the Varnum web page on cell towers go to www.varnumlaw.com/celltower and for John's cell tower blog go to www.varnumlaw.com/blogs/cellphone-tower/ . 

Jonathan Kramer is the principal attorney of Telecom Law Firm in Los Angeles. Since 1984 as a consultant, and 2006 as an attorney, he has advised more than 800 government agencies regarding wireless and broadband matters. Telecom Law Firm works for governments and private landlords around the country crafting reasonably fair wireless site leases. The firm has made a mark detecting and collecting rent-in-arrears for overoccupancy at lease sites, which is a frequent occurrence, and has resulted in 6 to 6-figure collections of back rent and interest, and increased rent going forward. Jonathan co-authored and edited the FCC’s publication for local government officials on radio frequency emissions safety, and at the request of the FCC he is presently revising and expanding it. Kramer holds a bunch of FCC licenses and telecom industry engineering certifications. Jonathan is admitted to practice in California and New Mexico and holds a LL.M degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law.

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January 10 - Personnel

Disaster Planning

This presentation will discuss the personnel aspects of disaster planning and the aftermath of human-caused disasters. This will include a discussion of employee training, response by emergency personnel and other city staff members, providing assistance to the victims of the disaster, and addressing post-disaster human resources and legal issues.

Speakers: Marc Zafferano & Robin Cross

Marc L. Zafferano was appointed City Attorney and began serving in San Bruno in February 2011. Mr. Zafferano had practiced municipal law with the firm of Aaronson Dickerson Cohn & Lanzone since 1987, serving as Deputy City Attorney for the cities of Belmont, San Carlos, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, and the Town of Woodside. Before leaving the firm, he was District Counsel to the San Mateo County Harbor District and City Attorney for the City of Belmont. Mr. Zafferano received an undergraduate degree from Stanford University and a law degree from Hastings College of Law. He has been a member of the California Bar Association since 1983.

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."

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January 17 - Telecommunications

Contracting with Wireless Carriers Post- Small Cells

Description forthcoming.

Speakers: Albert J. Catalano & Wesley K. Wright

Wes Wright is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications compliance and enforcement matters.

Mr. Wright regularly counsels corporate clients on compliance matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions. He counsels clients on compliance with rules related to telecommunications service provider regulations, state tariff requirements, private wireless licensing, 911 reliability and call handling, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and other related obligations. He is a recognized expert on the FCC’s wireless spectrum rules. He recently has given several compliance-related seminars on a host of topics, including: the FCC’s 911 Reliability Rules, 911 Wireless Location Accuracy, Spectrum Licensing and Enforcement, Communications Tower Compliance Obligations and the FCC’s New Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

Mr. Wright also represents trade associations and corporate clients on policy matters before the FCC. He has advocated policy positions before the FCC on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Connect America Fund (CAF), municipal broadband preemption and many wireless spectrum rulemaking proceedings.

Mr. Wright also defends clients in FCC enforcement actions. He assists clients with all aspects of an FCC enforcement investigation. Mr. Wright has represented clients responding to an initial Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and guides them through the entire enforcement process. He has successfully convinced the FCC not to pursue enforcement actions for alleged rule violations and has negotiated settlements with the Commission that involve a reduced fine and no admission of wrongdoing.

Prior to rejoining Keller and Heckman in 2014, Mr. Wright worked as an in-house attorney for a telecommunications company where he advised the company’s subsidiaries on federal and state regulations governing the 9-1-1 industry, VoIP requirements, and other telecommunications compliance matters of interest.

Albert Catalano has 30 years of experience in telecommunications regulatory and legislative matters, domestic and international joint ventures, litigation, and transactions involving communications, properties and investments. Mr. Catalano’s practice focuses on public safety, broadband and wireless communications and he frequently advises clients in matters related to FirstNet and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. He is experienced in spectrum relocation proceedings, FCC auctions, international and domestic satellite issues, equipment certifications, enforcement issues, technology transfer and licensing.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Catalano served as legal counsel with the Federal Communications Commission on wireless communications, information transfer, technology developments, licensing issues and international satellite matters. Mr. Catalano represented the Private Radio Bureau in enforcement proceedings before Administrative Law Judges. He participated in major rulemaking proceedings involving spectrum and regulations dealing with commercial, private and public safety operations. Mr. Catalano has worked with foreign partners and governments in the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, and other countries.


February 5 - Transportation

Regulation of Dockless Scooters and Bikes

*90 Minutes*

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Greg Rodriguez

Working out of the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, Gregory Rodriguez uses his unique experience working on Capitol Hill and as in-house counsel for a transportation planning agency to provide legal and regulatory guidance concerning federal grant and contracting requirements, and monitors, counsels and advocates for clients on federal legislation, rulemakings and funding opportunities related to transportation infrastructure. Greg has in-depth knowledge and understanding of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act of 2015 and presents nationally on the policy and legal implications of the FAST Act.

Greg’s practice includes providing information, policy insight and legal assistance on the regulation and incorporation of emerging transportation technologies into our transportation network, including autonomous vehicles and drones. Greg regularly writes and speaks on policy and legal issues involving technology and innovation. Greg regularly participates in national webinars and speaks at conferences hosted by organizations including the Southern California Association of Governments and the Maryland Association of Counties on smart planning for driverless and connected vehicles.

Greg is well versed on the various contracting options available to public agencies and takes a hands-on approach to ensure a successful project delivery on public construction projects, including large transportation infrastructure projects. Greg previously served as in-house counsel for the San Diego Association of Governments, where he worked on the Mid-Coast Corridor Transit Project.

Before attending law school at the James E. Rogers College of Law at the University of Arizona, Gregory was a staff member for U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein in Washington, D.C., where he provided legislative support for issues related to the environment, energy and water.

Greg is admitted in the State of California and the District of Columbia.


February 7 - Ethics

Ethics

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Dolores Dorsainvil

Dolores Dorsainvil is an Assistant Disciplinary Counsel with the D.C. Office of Disciplinary Counsel where she investigates and prosecutes District of Columbia lawyers for ethical misconduct. Professor Dorsainvil is also an Adjunct Professor at American University’s Washington College of Law where she teaches legal ethics to second year law students. Professor Dorsainvil is an appointed member of the ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism and Past Chair of the Ethics Committee of the Maryland State Bar Association (2014-2015), is an appointed member of the Maryland Professionalism & Civility Committee. She teaches the mandatory Professionalism Course for new admittees in the District of Columbia and Maryland Bar, and is the Past Co-Chair of the Ethics & Professionalism Committee of the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Professor Dorsainvil serves in leadership roles within local and national bar associations, including her service as a past appointed member of the Standing Committee on Professional Discipline for the ABA (2012-2015), Past Fellow of the Maryland State Bar Association Leadership Academy (2006), former Co-Chair of the Judicial Selections Committee of the Women’s Bar Association of Maryland (2009-2010), and Past President of the Black Women’s Bar Association of Suburban Maryland (2002-2004). Professor Dorsainvil has received significant recognition for her work and dedication and is the recipient of the Finalist award for the ABA Young Lawyer’s Division National Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year 2011, the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility Rosner and Rosner Young Lawyers Professionalism Award 2012, the 2012 Edward F. Shea Professionalism Award given by the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Daily Record’s Maryland Top 100 Women awards, May 2013 & June 2015, and the Daily Record’s Leadership in Law, November 2013.


April 4 - Personnel

Employee Speech vs. Employer Discipline: Government Employers and the First Amendment

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Barry Uhrman

Coming soon!


April 8 

Waste Collection

*90 Minutes*

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Barry Shanoff

Barry Shanoff is a Bethesda, Md., attorney and general counsel of the Solid Waste Association of North America.


April 18 - Telecommunications

Selling Your Cell Lease

Description forthcoming.

Speakers: John Pestle & Jonathan Kramer

John Pestle is the Chair of the Telecommunications Group at the Varnum law firm and is admitted to practice in Michigan and Arizona. He represents municipalities and private property owners nationwide on cell tower leases and zoning and other telecommunications matters. John is a graduate of Harvard College, Yale Graduate School, and the University of Michigan Law School. Among his many qualifications, John held an FCC license to work on radio, TV and ship radar transmitters and was Chair of the Municipal Lawyers Section of the Michigan Bar. He has received the "Member of the Year" award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, and a "Special Award of Merit" from the Michigan Municipal League for his work representing municipalities on cable and telecommunications matters. For the Varnum web page on cell towers go to www.varnumlaw.com/celltower and for John's cell tower blog go to www.varnumlaw.com/blogs/cellphone-tower/ . 

Jonathan Kramer is the principal attorney of Telecom Law Firm in Los Angeles. Since 1984 as a consultant, and 2006 as an attorney, he has advised more than 800 government agencies regarding wireless and broadband matters. Telecom Law Firm works for governments and private landlords around the country crafting reasonably fair wireless site leases. The firm has made a mark detecting and collecting rent-in-arrears for overoccupancy at lease sites, which is a frequent occurrence, and has resulted in 6 to 6-figure collections of back rent and interest, and increased rent going forward. Jonathan co-authored and edited the FCC’s publication for local government officials on radio frequency emissions safety, and at the request of the FCC he is presently revising and expanding it. Kramer holds a bunch of FCC licenses and telecom industry engineering certifications. Jonathan is admitted to practice in California and New Mexico and holds a LL.M degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law.


June 6 - Telecommunications

Understanding the FCC's 2014 Order Implementing Section 6409(a)

Description forthcoming.

Speakers: John Pestle & Jonathan Kramer

John Pestle is the Chair of the Telecommunications Group at the Varnum law firm and is admitted to practice in Michigan and Arizona. He represents municipalities and private property owners nationwide on cell tower leases and zoning and other telecommunications matters. John is a graduate of Harvard College, Yale Graduate School, and the University of Michigan Law School. Among his many qualifications, John held an FCC license to work on radio, TV and ship radar transmitters and was Chair of the Municipal Lawyers Section of the Michigan Bar. He has received the "Member of the Year" award from the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors, and a "Special Award of Merit" from the Michigan Municipal League for his work representing municipalities on cable and telecommunications matters. For the Varnum web page on cell towers go to www.varnumlaw.com/celltower and for John's cell tower blog go to www.varnumlaw.com/blogs/cellphone-tower/ . 

Jonathan Kramer is the principal attorney of Telecom Law Firm in Los Angeles. Since 1984 as a consultant, and 2006 as an attorney, he has advised more than 800 government agencies regarding wireless and broadband matters. Telecom Law Firm works for governments and private landlords around the country crafting reasonably fair wireless site leases. The firm has made a mark detecting and collecting rent-in-arrears for overoccupancy at lease sites, which is a frequent occurrence, and has resulted in 6 to 6-figure collections of back rent and interest, and increased rent going forward. Jonathan co-authored and edited the FCC’s publication for local government officials on radio frequency emissions safety, and at the request of the FCC he is presently revising and expanding it. Kramer holds a bunch of FCC licenses and telecom industry engineering certifications. Jonathan is admitted to practice in California and New Mexico and holds a LL.M degree in Information Technology and Telecommunications Law.

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