IMLA Annual Conference

IMLA’s 86th Annual Conference

September 29-October 3, 2021
Minneapolis, Minnesota

The Value of Attending an Annual Conference

(from Annual Conference attendees)

Call for Proposals

This call encourages professionals working on issues important to local government lawyers to submit proposals to present at IMLA’s largest CLE Event. Take this opportunity to share your successes and strategies with local government attorneys from all across the United States and Canada.

Annual Conference FAQ

1. Is the Annual Conference still happening in-person this year?

Yes! IMLA is planning on holding an in-person conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota from September 29th – October 3rd!

2. What is the expected attendance?

It is always hard to gauge attendance ahead of time. In the past, our annual conference has drawn approximately 750-900 local government attorneys.

3. Are networking events still happening?

Yes! IMLA is planning to provide in person networking opportunities, including a Welcome Reception, first time attendee reception, State and WONK breakfasts, as well as coffee breaks. We will follow local public health and CDC guidance available at the time of the event. While we hope we’ll be back to “normal” for the event, we expect that most of us will want to exercise caution regarding our own health and take the necessary steps we feel are important to maintaining our personal health and safety; including wearing masks, maintaining our own acceptable space and washing our hands frequently. IMLA will make available as much information as we have about the seating arrangements for meetings and meals, and we encourage attendees to access the Hilton website for information regarding what the hotel is doing and to access the Minneapolis Health Department website to understand its requirements.

4. If food is being served, how is that happening?

Yes, at this time we expect food will be served at both breakfasts and lunches, as well as during receptions. Should events occur requiring us to change these plans we will follow local health requirements and try to make the event an enjoyable and valuable one for all of our guests. The hotel has procedures in place to increase safety. Regardless, of any changed circumstances, IMLA will follow public health guidance at the time of the event, but you must be the judge of your own safety.

5. What measures are the hotel taking to ensure safety?

The Hilton has implemented vigorous cleaning and sanitization protocols and also has created an enhanced event space playbook. The Hilton also offers contactless check-in. For details about the hotel’s health and safety precautions, click here.

You can also take a look at Minnesota Stay Safe and Minnesota Stay Safe Guidance to see local regulations.

6. Are there any requirements from IMLA? Masks? Vaccine?

IMLA is following all public health guidance that will be in place at the time of the event. If masks are required for indoor gatherings at the time of the event, IMLA will require that attendees wear facial coverings. IMLA will not require its attendees to get vaccinated, but we encourage all those who are eligible to do so. As we learn more from public health officials, we will share that information. As of now, we encourage guests to bring a mask and consider your own health and that of others as you attend the various meetings and functions.

7. I heard this was a hybrid event, what does that mean?

Due to the success of our fully virtual program, we are now offering a virtual option alongside our in-person event. We anticipate making at least 66% of CLE programming available virtually. IMLA will attempt to replicate in virtual format the CLE approved programming offered as part of its in-person Event in conjunction with the in-person Event, but we are not yet guaranteeing a certain number of CLE hours. We will do our best to get as many sessions available virtually as we can. You may sign up now for either in-person or virtual attendance.

Coming Soon!

Call for Proposals

This call encourages professionals working on issues important to local government lawyers to submit proposals to present at IMLA’s largest CLE Event. Take this opportunity to share your successes and strategies with local government attorneys from all across the United States and Canada.

Hilton Minneapolis

(612) 376-1000

Access to the special IMLA rate at the Hilton Minneapolis is coming soon!

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Hilton Minneapolis, a first class facility, in Minneapolis, MN.

In order to secure this block of specially priced sleeping rooms and to keep meeting costs to a minimum, IMLA has entered into a total meeting package and contract with the Hilton Minneapolis. If you choose to make your sleeping room reservations outside the IMLA group block, such as through an Internet reservation system or with a discount coupon, we need to advise you that IMLA can suffer significant financial penalties. IMLA can be held financially responsible for the attrition or difference between what was promised in the group block and what was actually utilized.

To allow IMLA to continue to provide a reasonable conference registration fee, we need your help in limiting our financial exposure. Please take advantage of the special room rate and block of sleeping rooms we have negotiated and make your reservation.

If you have any questions, please contact us.

IMLA Events

Interested in attending?

IMLA will be hosting several networking events throughout the Annual Conference. Please detail on the registration form what you would like to join and we will follow-up with you closer to the event.

Interested in Sponsoring?

IMLA has a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as customizable options. If you are interested, please contact Caroline Storer.  At IMLA’s Annual Conferences, we generally get anywhere from 750-850 attendees.

IMLA Conference App

The mobile app is the method of delivery for all speaker material.

IMLA will be using a mobile app at the 2021 Annual Conference! IMLA Conference attendees will have the program, speakers, papers, exhibitors, sponsors, maps, attendee list and much much more directly on their iPhone, Android, iPad and/or tablet (must have Google Play Store or App Store to download the App)

*The app can only be downloaded on your phone, iPad, or tablet that have the Google Play Store or App Store.