New Government Lawyer Bootcamp

 

 Bootcamp                                                       

 

The New Government Lawyer Bootcamp is designed to help attorneys new to the practice of local government law as well as seasoned attorneys who need a “refresher” in various general topics of local government law.  The Bootcamp provides an introductory level crash course in various topics that are relevant to the practice of local government law.  Each webinar is downloadable for IMLA members and can help supplement your in-house training for new attorneys.  The topics available are listed below, along with descriptions of each webinar.  Check back frequently for updates to the Bootcamp. 

 

Topics include: 

1. Ethics 101
2. Municipal Finance 101
3. Ordinance Drafting Best Practices: Land Use
4. Land Use 101
5. Personnel 101
6. Dillon’s Rule v. Home Rule
7. Anatomy of a Shooting Trial: Trial Practice 101

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Ethics 101(February 27, 2018)

This presentation will provide an overview of the important ethical issues routinely faced by local government attorneys. Particular emphasis will be placed on ABA Model Rule 1.6 and 1.7 (client confidentiality and conflicts of interest respectively). In addition to an overview of each rule, the presenter will also walk participants through several hypothetical scenarios to demonstrate how each rule is applied in practice.

Speaker: 

Charles W. Thompson, Jr. is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Prior to being appointed to this position Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland from 1995 to 2006. For the previous 17 years, Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Carroll County, Maryland. Mr. Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Military Institute and earned his Juris Doctor from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. In addition to serving as President of the Carroll County Bar Association, Mr. Thompson served as Chairman of the Board of the State and Local Government Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and as Chairman and a member of the Committee on Ethics. Mr. Thompson also served on the Board of Directors and as President of the County Civil Attorneys group in the Maryland Association of Counties. Mr. Thompson is currently serving as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University teaching State and Local Government Law. Mr. Thompson is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for Maryland, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Municipal Finance 101 (June 20, 2017)

This presentation will introduce legal issues in local government finance, including those that confront counsel when raising revenues, making expenditures, and borrowing money. The webinar describes the different characteristics of taxes, fees, and bonds, and includes important practice information such as constitutional and statutory limitations.

Speaker: 

Eric Shytle serves as the General Counsel for the City of Sumter. His provides legal guidance to the City on local government matters, contracts, land use, public records, open meetings, water and wastewater utilities, procurement, and other related matters. 

Eric rejoined the City in 2013 after previously serving as Chief of Staff for the City from 2006 to 2008. From 1999 to 2006, and again from 2008 to 2012, Eric was a public finance and local government attorney in private practice at Haynsworth Sinkler Boyd, P.A., in Columbia. He enjoys an AV Preeminent Ranking from Martindale-Hubbell, which reflects a peer assessment of the "highest level of professional excellence." 

He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of Georgia in 1991 and his Juris Doctorate from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1996. While in law school, Eric served as Chief Justice of the Order of the Wig and Robe and an Articles Editor for the South Carolina Law Review. After he was graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law, he clerked for the Honorable Karen J. Williams of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. His first private practice position was with Cravath Swaine & Moore in New York City, where he worked as an associate in the corporate department through the end of 1998. 

Eric is originally from Greer and, except for his time at the University of Georgia and at Cravath, has lived his entire life in South Carolina. He is a Ruling Elder at Forest Lake Presbyterian Church and is active teacher and leader in his church community. He is married to Courtney Crook Shytle, also an attorney, and has two children. His interests include road cycling, trout fishing, and travel

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Ordinance Drafting Best Practices: Land Use (June 22, 2017)

You'll learn about:

  • Legal issues in drafting regulations that are often overlooked, and how to recognize them: vagueness and over breadth, delegation of authority, constitutional issues.
  • Identifying unclear language, and thinking ordinances through to avoid unintended consequences; How to better organize regulations.
  • Writing in plain English; avoiding legalese and plannerese. Remember your audience.

On a daily basis, planners at all levels and in all jobs are called upon to draft, use, and interpret many types of documents. All of these documents and actions have legal implications that can land an issue before a Board of Adjustment, another internal appeals or hearing board, or a judge.

Little time in a planner's education is often spent on the nuances of good writing, and the importance of clarity. In the day-to-day rush of getting work done, writing may end up rushed as well. The presenters will cover important issues in language usage, legislative drafting, and discuss specific legal issues that come up in the regulatory context, like delegation of authority, and vagueness, definitions, and the importance of findings and legislative history.

The presenters will use examples from their practices to discuss how planners and lawyers approach ordinance drafting differently, and how to achieve clear, enforceable, and defensible regulations.

Attendees will leave with practice tips on how to identify the legal issues, how to evaluate their documents for clarity and logical organization, and how to avoid the most common pitfalls in the drafting process.

Speakers:

Kimberly Mickelson AICP, Olson & Olson, LLP, Houston , TX is an attorney and planner with Olson & Olson, LLP, in Houston and is the President of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Editor of A Guide to Urban Planning in Texas Communities. Her practice is concentrated in the representation of governmental and non-profit corporations. She specializes in and represents cities across Texas and in Illinois on land use matters, including zoning and platting, economic development, airport law, special districts, development agreements, and cemetery law. She is licensed in both Texas and Illinois, and writes and speaks frequently on planning and land use law issues nationally. She is also Visiting Associate Professor of Practice in the Master’s Program, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Ms. Mickelson is an honors graduate of the Plan II program at The University of Texas, and The University of Texas School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She attended Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, studied municipal and historic preservation at in Krakow, Poland during graduate school, and was a post-graduate research fellow at the University of Belgrade. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association and serves on the Government Law Section Council, the Texas City Attorney’s Association, the Houston Bar Association, the American Planning Association (APA), and the American Institute of Certified Planners. She serves on the University of Texas Libraries Council, and is a former board member of Preservation Texas and Preservation Chicago. In her spare time, she is active in neighborhood redevelopment and historical cemetery preservation issues, is a rabid Longhorn football fan, and an art quilter.

David Silverman , AICP , Ancel, Glink & Diamond Et Al. , Chicago , IL is a partner with Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C. in Chicago, practicing in the areas of local government, land use, economic development, and real estate. David has published on a variety of land use issues, including the forthcoming Urban Agriculture: Policy, Law, Strategy, and Implementation, the forthcoming Land Use Law: Zoning in the 21st Century, written with several other attorneys from Ancel Glink, as well as the more recently published Tax Increment Financing and Greening Local Government. David has also authored numerous articles on land use topics, including the recently published articles “Rules of the Game: A Framework for Fair and Effective Zoning Public Hearings” (The Commissioner, Spring 2013) and “The Temporary Use and Economic Development” (Planning and Environmental Law Journal, July 2014). David is co-chair of Ancel Glink's land use practice and co-editor of the group's newsletter, In the Zone, and is a regular contributor to and moderator of @AncelGlinkLand, which covers an array of current and evolving land use topics. Prior to his career as an attorney, David was an urban planning and economic development consultant working with several neighborhood based development organizations in both the cities of Detroit and Chicago. David is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners and the land economics fraternity, Lambda Alpha International – Ely Chapter. David also serves on the Executive Committee of APA Illinois as its Legislative Committee Chair and is the Education & Outreach Chair for APA's Planning and Law Division.

Daniel R. Mandelker, Stamper Professor of Law, Washington University in Saint Louis, is a leading scholar and teacher in land use law, environmental law, and state and local government law. He was the principal consultant and contributor to the American Planning Association’s model planning and zoning legislation project. He was also the principal consultant to a joint American Bar Association committee that prepared a model law for land use procedures that was adopted by the ABA House of Delegates. He recently published a handbook on free speech law for on premise signs, a coauthored fourth edition of his APA report on Street Graphics and the Law, and a coauthored new edition of his law school casebook in State and Local Government. Additionally, he received the ABA’s State and Local Government Section Daniel J. Curtin Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Land Use 101 (April 6, 2015)

Please make sure your seatbacks and tray tables are in their fully upright and locked positions and your seatbelt is tightened low and about your waist … because … for one fast-paced hour you will be catapulted through a lifetime of land use law by a lawyer who has practiced it for a lifetime (and our speaker is REALLY old so it’s a LONG lifetime). Veterans and newbies alike will benefit from this program– the veterans periodically exclaiming “Hey, I done that!” and fall back asleep and the youngsters will come away knowing that tattoo parlors actually implicate First Amendment free speech.  Don’t miss it.  It will be entertaining and educational.

Speaker: 

Dwight Merriam has four decades of experience with representing property owners, developers, governments, and individuals in all land use matters. He founded Robinson+Cole's Land Use Group in 1978, and he is now a member of its Real Estate + Development Group.

Mr. Merriam assists property owners and developers with securing the necessary approvals from local land use boards and state permitting agencies to build commercial, retail, industrial, and residential development projects. Mr. Merriam represented a public-private partnership which resulted in a project to redevelop, operate, and maintain Connecticut’s 23 highway service plazas. He has provided representation for several large scale projects, including parcels over 1,000 acres in size. Mr. Merriam is a featured speaker at many land use seminars, and he presents audio land use seminars for the International Municipal Lawyers Association on a monthly basis. He has been quoted on land use matters in the national press, from The New York Times to People magazine, and has appeared on NBC's Today show, MSNBC, and public television. He teaches at the Quinnipiac University School of Law, and he has published over 200 articles and thirteen books, including Inclusionary Zoning Moves Downtown, The Takings Issue, The Complete Guide to Zoning, and Eminent Domain Use and Abuse: Kelo in Context. He is the senior co-author of the leading casebook in land use law, Planning and Control of Land Development (Ninth Edition) and co-author of the treatise, Rathkopf’s The Law of Planning and Zoning 4th.

Mr. Merriam participates in litigation stemming from land use matters, such as zoning appeals, condemnation actions, and cases involving the federal Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA). He also co-authors the RLUIPA Defense blog, a resource for anyone seeking to avoid or defend against claims taken under RLUIPA. Mr. Merriam has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Real Estate Law since 1991. He has been selected to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2006. Mr. Merriam also had a career in the Navy, serving for three tours in Vietnam aboard ship. He left active duty after 7 years to attend law school, but continued for 24 more years as a reserve surface warfare officer with two major commands, including that of reserve commanding officer of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center. He retired as a captain in 1999 after 31 years of service.

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Personnel 101 (May 18, 2015)

It often has been said that one of the largest components of a local government budget is for personnel and labor costs.  While there are many similarities between guiding employers between the public and private sectors, public employers have some additional concerns not faced by their private employment counterparts.

This webinar provides some road maps and guide posts to help navigate through the maze of federal and state statutory employment requirements along with discussion of some common law doctrines particularly focused on the public sector.

Among topics to be addressed are the following:

  • The Employment Framework – Employee, Volunteer or Independent Contractor; At-Will Status
  • Overview of Selected Federal and State Labor Laws
  • Constitutional Protections for Public Employees, Including Employee Speech
  • The Life Cycle of Employment from Hiring to Discipline to Termination
  • The Municipal Attorney’s  Role 

Speaker: 

Dan Crean, of Crean Law Office in Pembroke, New Hampshire, has practiced municipal law for more than thirty-five years and has been on the adjunct faculty of the University of New Hampshire Law School and Graduate School.  He was multi-term officer of the N.H. Bar Association’s Municipal & Governmental Law Section, and founded the N.H. Municipal Lawyers Association, of which he is now Executive Director.  He is IMLA’s N.H. State Chair and chairs its Personnel Section.  He is an IMLA Fellow and received IMLA’s 2012 William Thornton Faculty Award.   Dan has written for numerous legal publications contributed two chapters to the new ABA publication, Town and Gown: Legal Strategies for Effective Collaboration.  Dan is a veteran CLE panelist and regularly presents local government seminars.  

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Dillon’s Rule v. Home Rule (August 23, 2016)

This course will discuss the development of Dillon’s Rule and how it may apply to local governments around the country.  The course will also discuss the Home Rule movement, the different forms of Home Rule and the intersection of Home Rule with Dillon’s Rule – where they align, where they conflict and where they work tangentially or in tandem.  Examples of how Dillon’s Rule applies and how Home Rule applies tend to be state specific, but in discussing state specific examples the course will use those examples to explain how these principles may apply across jurisdictional and jurisprudential boundaries. 

Speaker: 

Charles W. Thompson, Jr. is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Prior to being appointed to this position Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland from 1995 to 2006. For the previous 17 years, Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Carroll County, Maryland. Mr. Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Military Institute and earned his Juris Doctor from the University Of Baltimore School Of Law. In addition to serving as President of the Carroll County Bar Association, Mr. Thompson served as Chairman of the Board of the State and Local Government Law Section of the Maryland State Bar Association, and as Chairman and a member of the Committee on Ethics. Mr. Thompson also served on the Board of Directors and as President of the County Civil Attorneys group in the Maryland Association of Counties. Mr. Thompson is currently serving as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University teaching State and Local Government Law. Mr. Thompson is admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for Maryland, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Anatomy of a Shooting Trial: Trial Practice 101 (February 2, 2016)

Officer involved shootings and the potential for police liability in those shootings have become a focal point in the American consciousness.  Considering this, it is important to understand what is needed to successfully defend officers involved in these shootings.  “Anatomy of a Shooting Trial” will provide an introductory look at the trial tactics, strategies, and logistics of the civil defense of an officer and assist you in your next officer involved shooting trial. 

Speaker: 

John Wilkerson, a Staff Attorney with the Arkansas Municipal League and has been since 2007. He started with the League while in law school and was promoted to Staff Attorney upon graduation from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In that time he has handled all manner of civil rights cases. His primary case load, however, focuses on officer involved shootings. He has tried Federal jury & bench trials and has argued before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals nearly a dozen times. This year he began an additional role as lobbyist for the Municipal League at the Arkansas Legislature. He is married to Zara Wilkerson and has two children.

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