IMLA Annual Conference

IMLA’s 88th Annual Conference

September 27- October 1, 2023
La Quinta, California

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.

IMLA Conference App

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

IMLA will be using a mobile app at the 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.

La Quinta Resort & Club

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at La Quinta Resort & Club, a first class facility, in La Quinta, CA.

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 hotels. 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.

Nearby Airports:

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
20 miles from La Quinta Resort & Club (~40 minutes)

Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
144 miles from La Quinta Resort & Club (~3 hours)

All events below are open to all attendees, unless otherwise marked.

Some events may require an additional charge or advance registration, they are marked.

State League / First Time Attendee Reception

State League/First Time Attendees Reception

September 27: 5:00PM-6:00PM

This is a reception for state association / state league attendees as well as first time attendees.  For information about the reception, please see registration.

We will be sending a form around for individuals to sign up to attend prior to the Conference. No other registration is required.

State / Provincial Breakfast

State/Provincial Breakfast

September 28: 7:45AM-8:45AM

The State/Provincial Breakfast with give attendees an opportunity to sit down with fellow attendees from their area.

Advance registration is required. If you would like to add the breakfast to your registration, please email There is an additional cost.

Welcome Reception

Welcome Reception

September 28: 6:00PM-7:30PM
Join all attendees for an evening of drinks, hors d’oeuvres and fun while we kick off an excellent Conference! **Badge is required for entry! Guest tickets are available for purchase**

No registration is required, all attendees are welcome to come with their badge.

WONK Breakfast

WONK Breakfast

September 29: 7:45AM-8:45AM

For the WONK breakfast you will sign up for a table based on subject matter and sit down with the subject matter expert to enjoy a meal and discuss areas of interest.

Advance registration is required. If you would like to add the breakfast to your registration, please email There is an additional cost.



September 29: 6:00PM-8:00PM
Come play or watch the annual IMLA softball game brought to you by Best Best & Krieger! Please bring your own glove.

Land Use Tours

Land Use Tours

September 30: 2:00-5:00

More details to come!

Advance registration is required. If you would like to add the breakfast to your registration, please email There is an additional cost.

BMW Experience

BMW Experience

September 30: 1:00-4:30

“Start your engines, we have an adrenaline rush waiting for you’re the afternoon of Sept 30th (Saturday). You will get to play in vehicles and not just any vehicles you will be racing against the clock at the BMW Performance Center on their trackside autocross. Trust me, this facility is going to drive you to be a better driver with finesse. If you think your life is the Rat Race, well we have a new definition for you; our Rat Race is on a polished circular concrete, slicked down with water and with DSC off! You will be testing your handling skills on our very own professional skid pad that will feel like an ice-skating rink. Just when you think you have the hang of it you will realize you are racing against your opponent. Another fun activity will be comparing our 5 top BMW Models on the lot. We will let you decide which one you think handles the best. Just when you think you cannot have any more fun, we will end the day with Professional Hotlaps. This will be the only time you won’t be behind the wheel; we will let the professional instructors show you how the car could be really driven. I guarantee you will be talking about this event for years to come. Dress comfortable, wear your best enclosed toed sneakers and prepare to have a lot of fun. You are getting ready to experience a game changer activity.” We have limited room available.


1:00 PM: Arrival

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Lunch at the track and combined safety talk & orientation.

1:45 PM – 4:00 PM: Participants will drive on the track rotating through custom building driving exercise/rotation.

  • Timed Run Autocross
  • Lead/Follow on Professional Race Circuit
  • Rat Race on Professional Skid Pad
  • Off Road Course

4:15 PM: Closing professional hotlaps & closing ceremony.

4:30 PM: Departure

Tennis Round Robin

Tennis Round Robin

Saturday, September 30: 6:00-8:00

La Quinta is voted one of the top tennis resorts in the world, the resort has an expert team of UPSTA-certified instructors. This fun doubles round robin gives you a chance to compete in a social atmosphere. The PBI professional will mix-and-match players over the course of the round robin, so you don’t even need a partner to sign up. The event will begin with an action-packed clinic with great doubles rills to get participants warmed-up, having fun and ready to play. Then, they get to test their new skill during the Tennis Round Robin. Included in these events are court time, tennis balls, dynamic instruction, and professional tournament direction. Sign up to join in on the fun that will be led by a pro on light hard courts. All levels are welcome! The total cost to play is $40 per person and will include two hours of play, the pro’s assistance, and a racquet rental.

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.

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

Exhibitor Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Supporter Sponsors

The Value of Attending an Annual Conference

(from Annual Conference attendees)