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

February 28 - Telecommunications

Municipalities and Small Cells: How to Negotiate with Wireless Carriers under the New Rules

Last year, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) altered the rules regarding wireless siting to the detriment of municipalities. The changes in these rules will result in changes to how municipalities negotiate and contract with Wireless Carriers. The goal of this webinar is to leave attendees with an understanding of what powers and limitations they have, what requirements are in place, and how to use these new rules to their advantage in negotiating with wireless carriers. Additional points of discussion may be added at a later date.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.

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March 6 - General Government

Legislative Immunities and Privileges

While the legislative privilege dates to 16th Century England, it still is useful in litigation against elected officials and governing authorities. This webinar will briefly cover the historical context of the privilege.  Then go into its use in defending elected officials who perform legislative functions and in resisting discovery of motives and reasoning behind the votes of elected officials who function as legislators.  And last touch on the factors which determine whether or not the privilege applies to the particular circumstance. The materials will include research aids and relevant case law from multiple jurisdictions.

Speaker: Henry Bernstein

Henry M Bernstein, Assistant Parish Attorney, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Staff Attorney, Louisiana Municipal Association, 1977-78; First Assistant City Attorney, City of Shreveport, 1983-87; Assistant Attorney General, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, 1994-2001; General Counsel, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, 2001-2004; Executive Counsel, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, 2004-2006; Assistant Parish Attorney, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, 2013-present.

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March 11 - Health & Environment

PFAS Update

PFAS have been discovered in dozens of drinking waters supplies throughout the country resulting in multimillion-dollar clean-up projects or construction of drinking water filtration systems. The PFAS contamination is often linked to a manufacturing facility that stored, used or disposed PFAS-containing materials on-site or an airport or fire-fighting training facility that utilized fire-fighting foam containing PFAS.

In response to the growing awareness of this contamination and the public outcry over health effects associated with PFAS, EPA recently released its first long-term health advisory guidelines for PFOA and PFOS, and states are increasingly beginning to establish their own drinking water standards for these and other PFAS chemicals that are often lower than the federal guidelines.

The widespread contamination of public drinking water supplies with PFAS has resulted in the filing of dozens of lawsuits against the manufacturers and/or users of PFAS by public water suppliers and individuals. These cases seek to hold PFAS manufacturers and others responsible for treatment costs and other damages. Many of these cases that involve PFAS contamination attributable to certain fire-fighting foams have recently been consolidated in a Multi-District Litigation (“MDL”) proceeding in federal court in South Carolina.

This webinar will provide an update to an April 2017 IMLA webinar on this issue and will discuss the extent of PFAS contamination, the evolving regulatory landscape; scientific issues relating to treatment, cost-recovery/affirmative litigation options for municipalities whose drinking water supplies are contaminated with PFAS, and how the new MDL may impact new cases.

Speaker: Robert Bilott, Richard Head & Kevin J. Madonna

Rob Bilott represents a diverse range of clients on a wide variety of matters involving federal, state and local environmental laws. For more than 27 years, he has handled environmental issues of regulatory compliance, permitting and corporate/real estate transactions, as well as all aspects of litigation arising from such issues, from administrative hearings to multi-party, complex multi-district litigation, mass torts and class actions. He has handled matters involving highly complex and emerging scientific issues with some of the nation’s leading medical, technical, scientific and regulatory experts and advisors. Such matters have included hazardous, solid, medical and infectious wastes, emerging and unregulated chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), such as PFOA and PFOS, air and water pollution and permitting, medical monitoring, brownfield redevelopment, landfill regulation and permitting, wastewater treatment, and chemical risk assessment, regulation and testing.

Mr. Bilott received his undergraduate degree from New College and earned his J.D. from the Ohio State University College of Law. He is admitted to practice in Ohio and Kentucky and the 4th and 6th Circuit Courts of Appeals.


Richard Head is currently Of Counsel at SL Environmental Law Group. SL Environmental represents states, municipalities and water utilities in environmental litigation cases. Before joining SL Environmental, he worked for the New Hampshire Department of Justice. Richard held multiple leadership roles throughout his tenure with the Department of Justice. As Associate Attorney General, he was the Director of the Division of Legal Counsel and oversaw the management of the Civil and Transportation Bureaus and the Charitable Trust Unit. As a Senior Assistant Attorney General, he served as the Bureau Chief of the Environmental Protection Bureau and the Consumer Protection and Antitrust Bureau. Prior to working for the New Hampshire Justice Department, Richard worked in private practice with a focus on environmental litigation. He earned his B.A. from Clark University and his J.D. and M.S. in Environmental Science from Indiana University.

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March 13 - Preemption

Punitive Preemption

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

The last decade has witnessed a dramatic rise in state laws preempting local decision-making. Although the volume and range of these laws is significant, a particular striking feature this new preemption has been the adoption of laws that go beyond simply nullifying local measures that are inconsistent with state policy – the traditional meaning of preemption -- and impose penalties of local officials or local governments that implement or even simply propose or endorse preempted laws. Local officials may be threatened with civil or criminal penalties or removal from office. Local governments may be subject to loss of state aid or exposure to civil suits by hostile interest groups. Punitive preemption laws have been adopted primarily in the areas of firearms regulation and immigration (“sanctuary”), but one state – Arizona – has authorized a punitive approach to all local laws subject to preemption.

This webinar will examine the principal state punitive preemption laws, the handful of cases in which these punitive measures have been at issue, and the kinds of legal arguments that can be raised to challenge them or to resist their application.

Speaker: Richard Briffault

Richard Briffault is the Joseph P. Chamberlain Professor of Legislation at Columbia Law School. His work focuses on state and local government law, the law of the political process, and government ethics. He is Chair of the New York City Conflicts of Interest Board; was a member of New York’s Moreland Act Commission to Investigate Public Corruption; and is the Reporter for the American Law Institute’s project on Principles of Government Ethics. He was a member of or consultant to several New York City and State commissions, including the State Commission on Local Government Efficiency & Competitiveness, the Temporary  Commission on Constitutional Revision, the Real Property Tax Reform Commission, and the New York City Charter Revision Commission. He is co-author of the textbook State and Local Government Law, and author of Balancing Acts: The Reality Behind State Balanced Budget Requirements as well as more than seventy-five law review articles.

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April 4 - Personnel

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

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Barry Uhrman

Coming soon!

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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.

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April 17 - 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.

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April 23 - Land Use

Marijuana Business Zoning and Licensing

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Alan Weinstein

Alan Weinstein holds a joint appointment as Professor of Law at Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and Professor of Urban Studies at Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs. Prior to his appointment at Cleveland State, he taught at the University of Wisconsin School of Architecture & Urban Planning, the Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center at Touro College, and Wayne State University Law School. Professor Weinstein received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of City Planning (M.C.P.) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a law degree (J.D.) from the University of California, Berkeley. 

Professor Weinstein is a nationally-recognized expert on city planning law who has had extensive involvement with First Amendment issues, particularly in the land use context. He has served as Chair of the Sub-committee on Land Use & the First Amendment in the American Bar Association's (ABA) Section of State & Local Government Law and has extensive experience with land-use regulations and other laws that raise First Amendment issues due to their affect on individual expression, religious institutions, adult entertainment businesses, and signs, billboards, or news-racks. Professor Weinstein is co-author of Federal Land Use Law & Litigation, a one-volume treatise published in annual editions by Thomson Reuters.

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May 13 - Telecommunications

FCC Changes to Cable Franchising

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Gerard Lederer

Gerard Lavery Lederer’s unique background as a nationally recognized telecommunications, cable and small cell lawyer combined with his experiences as a registered federal lobbyist provides clients unparalleled service in seeking both legislative and transactional solutions. Prior to joining Best Best & Krieger LLP as a partner in the Municipal Law practice group in Washington, D.C., Gerry was an attorney with Miller & Van Eaton, a highly regarded local government rights of way law firm.

Gerry advocates for public and private property owners regarding issues of law and policy arising from federal and state communications legislation and regulation. He is also one of the nation’s leading authorities on marketplace solutions for the seamless integration of cable and wireless technology into communities. He authored “Critical Connections” and “Wired for Profit,” two leading guides on the integration of telecommunications technology into the built environment. He developed the first model license agreements for access to buildings and rooftops to promote cooperative relations between telecommunications service providers and property owners, while protecting both parties’ interests.

Gerry serves as legislative counsel and lead Washington advocate for TeleCommUnity, a collection of local governments dedicated to ensuring respect for local rights in federal legislative and regulatory activity.

Since arriving in Washington, D.C. in 1985 as the City of Philadelphia’s Washington advocate, Gerry has served as Washington legislative counsel to a number of local governments and agencies, including as lead advocate for local governments on infrastructure issues and as general counsel of the United States Conference of Mayors. He has also served as executive director of advocacy and research advancement for the Building Owners and Managers Association, International and executive director of government affairs for the United States Telephone Association. Prior to his career in Washington, he served as the chief deputy city commissioner for the City of Philadelphia. This position oversees the city’s voter registration and election day. He is a member of the Federal Communications Bar Association.

Gerry is admitted to practice law in the State of New Jersey and the District of Columbia, and is an inactive member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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June 4 - Health & Environment

Stormwater Update

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Andre Monette

Andre Monette works with both public and private clients in matters involving water quality, water rights, wetlands, and state and federal hazardous and solid waste issues. He is a member of the Environmental & Natural Resources practice group in BB&K's Washington, D.C. office. Andre works extensively with water districts, cities, counties and school districts on matters involving the Federal Clean Water Act and its state law analogues.

Andre's practice has included:

  • Representing multiple clients in Clean Water Act cases as Amicus before the United States Supreme Court in Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center (2012), Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (2012)and Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council (2014)
  • Testifying before the United States Senate on storm water runoff and the jurisdictional reach of the Clean Water Act
  • Assisting with the implementation of pretreatment standards in compliance with Clean Water Act Regulations
  • Litigating complex water rights disputes involving groundwater formations and surface streams across California
  • Defending clients in enforcement actions brought by state and federal authorities for violating the Clean Water Act and other environmental regulations
  • Participation in the development and subsequent challenge of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs) applicable to wastewater treatment facilities, municipalities, and other dischargers
  • Assisting in the development and use of recycled water, including ownership issues, in compliance with California and Federal law

A major area of focus for Andre's practice is the intersection of the water quality and water supply regulation. Federal and state laws across the nation divide water quality and water supply regulations into separate categories that often do not intersect and can preclude efficient use of the supply. Andre's practice focuses on areas of overlap where acute knowledge of multiple regulatory schemes is required including: groundwater recharge projects, indirect potable reuse projects, large scale recycled water projects, effluent limitation compliance where source water constituents impact discharge levels, and water quality trading programs.

Andre received his bachelor's degree of science in geology, with an emphasis in marine geology and a minor in political science, from San Diego State University. He received his law degree from Case Western Reserve School of Law in Cleveland, Ohio. While in law school, Andre was a member of the Case Western Reserve School of Law ABA Moot Court Team. His law school honors include the Class of 1940 Scholarship, the 2005 Adelstein Environmental Law Award -
"Outstanding Note," the 2004 Saul S. Biskind Public Interest Law Fellowship and the California Bar Association Wiley W. Manual Pro Bono Service Award.

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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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June 18 - Health & Environment

Disaster Recovery: Best Practices

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Dwight Merriam, Otto Hetzel & Ernie Abbot

Coming soon!

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July 11 - Personnel

ADA - Reasonable Accomodations and Employment

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Jonathan Mook & Robin Cross

Jonathan Mook is a nationally recognized practitioner in employment law and has written two treatises on the Americans with Disabilities Act, both published by LexisNexis. He is a co-editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and is a regular contributor to several legal publications, including Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin. He is included in Best Lawyers in America (2014 ed.) for employment law, and ALM Legal Leaders has listed him as a Top Rated Labor & Employment Lawyer (2013). Mr. Mook earned his Juris Doctor from Yale Law School.

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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July 16 - Land Use

Fair Housing Ordinances and Local Governments

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Brian Connolly

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July 18 - Constitutional Law

SLLC Presents: SCOTUS: Attack on Qualifies Immunity

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Lisa Soronen

Coming soon!

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Past 2019 Webinars

January 7 - Telecommunications

New FCC Small Cell Zoning Rules Recap

*120 Minutes* 

*FREE LIVE 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.


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."


February 5 - Transportation

Regulation of Dockless Scooters and Bikes

*90 Minutes*

Local governments across the country are experiencing the increased integration of new technology platforms into their transportation systems. One area where this growth is moving at a fast pace is the deployment of dockless micromobility, such as bikes, including electric assist, and electric scooters. While dockless micromobility offers great opportunities to reduce congestion and help local governments meet goals around reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, these new technologies are challenging to regulate since they often do not fit neatly into existing ordinances and laws. The goal of this webinar is to provide local governments with the tools they need to regulate in this space.

Speaker: Greg Rodriguez, Jessica Sangsvang & Negheen Sanjar

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.

Jessica Sangsvang joined the Fort Worth City Attorney’s Office in February 2010, and is a Senior Assistant City Attorney practicing in the Transactional Division.  Sangsvang handles real property matters related to the acquisition of easements or fee property for City facility projects, developer dedicated easements via separate instrument, encroachments onto City property, entering into leases and license agreements, entering into railroad crossing agreements, selling property and tax foreclosed properties, and vacating property interests as needed.  Additionally, she advises the Transportation & Public Works Department on use of municipal right-of-way, red-light camera issues, and towing and parking enforcement issues; serves as legal advisor for the Fort Worth Public Art Program and Fort Worth Art Commission; works with the Neighborhood Services Department to negotiate and draft contracts, notes, and deeds of trusts related to tax credit projects and the use of CDBG and HOME funds; works on legislative issues; and acts as the legal liaison for issues relate to the Fort Worth Transportation Authority.  Her previous responsibilities included serving as police legal advisor and handling issues related to IT, public information, elections and the Crime Control and Prevention District.

Prior to working for the City of Fort Worth, Sangsvang worked as the civil assistant district attorney for Smith County.  In that role, she represented the county and the commissioners court in civil legal matters. Sangsvang advised elected officials, department heads, committees, and boards on various legal matters including contracts, employment, elections, environmental, IT, transportation, tort claims, property, procurement, public information, and open meetings. In addition to revising county regulations and policies, she also prosecuted mental commitments, expunctions, nondisclosures and bond forfeitures.

Recently, Sangsvang has served as the lead attorney for the City of Fort Worth as it relates to the use of dockless bikes and technology within the right-of-way.  She served on a panel presenting “Dockless Bike Share” at the Irving Code Summit in May 2018.   

Sangsvang has made several other in-house CLE presentations including:

  • “Notary and Power of Attorney: Existing Rules, Changes, and Responsibilities,” August 2018
  • “City-Related Highlights of the 85th Legislature,” August 2017
  • “Oral Presentation Skills,” September 2016
  • “Drafting & Negotiating City Contracts,” January 2016
  • “Attorney Subpoena Training,” March 2014

Sangsvang is an active member of the Tarrant County Bar Association.  She serves as the chair of the Real Estate Section; is a mentor in the Transition to Practice Program; and serves on the Diversity Committee, the People’s Law School Planning Committee, and the Blood Drive Planning Committee.  She graduated summa cum laude from Texas Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Political Science and from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law with her J.D.  Sangsvang was the 2015 recipient of the International Municipal Lawyers Association Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer Award.

Negheen Sanjar is Director of Legal Research at IMLA and serves as a member of Municipal Lawyer’s editorial staff. She also develops programming for IMLA’s distance learning events and oversees IMLA’s annual Institute for Local Government Lawyers (ILGL), Construction Contract Drafting Initiative (CCDI), and the Disruptive Transportation Technologies and Telecom & Technology Working Groups.

Ms. Sanjar received a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School. As a law student, Ms. Sanjar served as a member of the Federal Communications Bar Journal. She is particularly interested in telecommunications law, data privacy, and emerging technologies. She is pending admission to the Washington, D.C. Bar.


February 7 - Ethics

Litigation Ethics, Civility & Dealing with Pro Se Litigants

What happens if an opposing lawyer is being extremely difficult and acting badly? When does such conduct rise to the level of an ethical Rule violation? This webinar will look at guidance provided by certain codes of civility as well as the litigation ethics rules. The course will look at outcomes of cases involving incivility and the applicable rules of professional conduct. There will also be a focus on how to ethically deal with pro se persons during the course of litigation.

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.


February 12 - Police

Bodyworn Cameras at Trial

With the rise in use of body worn cameras by police officers has come the increase in use of this footage at trial. This webinar discusses the issues that may arise at trial when dealing with body worn cameras, how to navigate those issues, and potential evidentiary problems for municipalities.

Speaker: Jack Ryan

Jack Ryan is an attorney in Rhode Island, a graduate Juris Doctorate, Cum Laude Suffolk University Law School and has 20 years of law enforcement experience as a police officer with the Providence Police Department, Providence, RI.47

Jack’s law degree and experience as a police officer gives him the unique perspective of public safety legal and liability issues.  Jack is a former adjunct faculty member at Salve Regina University and lectures frequently throughout the United States.  He has authored several legal publications, including the PATC Best Selling “Legal Guide for Law Enforcement Officers and Supervisors” – an annually updated quick reference guide to U.S. Supreme Court case law impacting law enforcement policies and procedures.  Jack has written policies and procedures that have been adopted by over 1,000 law enforcement and corrections agencies across the United States. 


February 19 - Personnel

HIPAA and the Workplace

*90 Minutes*

Although HIPAA’s effects on medical requirements are widely understood, we often do not think of the privacy implications of HIPAA, particularly when it comes to the workplace and local governments. This webinar explores HIPAA’s privacy provisions as it applies to local governments and their employees as well as security and HITECH rules for cities. PHI in fire and police departments as well as HIPAA business associate agreements and best practices will be discussed.  Additional points of discussion may be added at a later date.

Speakers: Robin Cross & Jeffery P. Drummond

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."

Jeffery P. Drummond’s areas of focus include representing hospitals, physicians, laboratories, surgery centers, and other healthcare providers in transactional and regulatory matters. Jeff is involved in drafting contracts, negotiating business relationships, and analyzing healthcare regulations in the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and tax exemption areas. Jeff is also listed in the “red book” as nationally recognized bond counsel.

Jeff is best known for his experience in HIPAA and medical record privacy, as well as other data privacy and security issues. He was recognized for his experience with HIPAA while the regulations were very new, has been involved in the HIPAA compliance activities of hundreds of entities and institutions, and has drafted thousands of HIPAA forms, documents, agreements, and policies and procedures. It is possible that more practitioners are using Jeff’s HIPAA documents than any other HIPAA attorney, given that he drafted the form documents offered by the Texas Medical Association to its physician members. Jeff is a frequent speaker on HIPAA and cybersecurity issues, speaking to large and small healthcare entities, lawyers, and other vendors to the healthcare industry. Since 2002, Jeff has written a weblog on HIPAA matters at www.hipaablog.blogspot.com, and regularly tweets about HIPAA under the Twitter handle @JeffDrummond.

Jeff is also a contributing editor to D Magazine’s web publication “D Healthcare Daily,” a member of the editorial advisory board of “Report on Patient Privacy,” and was named a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” in the healthcare field in 2014 by D Magazine. Jeff is an adjunct professor in the Naveen Jindal School of Management at the University of Texas at Dallas, teaching a course on Healthcare Law, Policy and Regulation.