General Membership Information

If your focus, or that of your firm, is local government law, you will not find a better resource than the International Municipal Lawyers Association. IMLA is the only national organization devoted exclusively to local government law.

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Municipal Members in IMLA are cities, towns, villages, and townships represented by their chief legal officer.

Service and Benefits

  • The chief legal officers, all deputies, and all assistants can join under the municipal membership and receive all member benefits free of charge*
  • Networking opportunities with local government lawyers from across the United States and Canada
  • Assistance through Legal Research Service
  • Assistance through IMLA’s Legal Advocacy Program
  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine
  • Subscription to weekly electronic newsletters
  • Access to the Model Construction Documents*
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • BMI- Music Licensing Discount*
  • Membership for chief legal officers and all deputies and assistants in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password protected sections of the IMLA website
  • Ability to vote for and serve on the Board of Directors or as an officer*

* These benefits are ONLY available to community members of IMLA.

Dues are based on population as follows

Population Price Population Price
Under 5,000 $375 Up to 15,000 $480
15,001-35,000 $625 35,001-50,000 $695
50,001-75,000 $865 75,000-100,000 $1025
100,001-125,000 $1190 125,001-150,000 $1355
150,001-175,000 $1460 175,001-200,000 $1685
200,001-300,000 $2145 300,001-400,000 $2375
400,001-500,000 $2975 500,001-750,000 $3665
750,001-800,000 $5125 800,001 and up $6160

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minor increases in dues for municipal and county members generally may occur on an annual basis and are linked with increases in the Consumer Price Index.

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County members in IMLA are jurisdictionally defined counties, represented by their chief legal officer.

Service and Benefits

  • The chief legal officers, all deputies, and all assistants can join under the municipal membership and receive all member benefits free of charge*
  • Networking opportunities with local government lawyers from across the United States and Canada
  • Assistance through Legal Research Service
  • Assistance through IMLA’s Legal Advocacy Program
  • Access to the Model Construction Documents*
  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine
  • Subscription to weekly electronic newsletters
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • BMI- Music Licensing Discount*
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • Membership for chief legal officers and all deputies and assistants in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password protected sections of the IMLA website
  • Ability to vote for and serve on the Board of Directors or as an officer*

* These benefits are ONLY available to community members of IMLA.

Dues are based on population as follows

Population Price Population Price
Up to 15,000 $265 15,001-35,000 $345
35,001-50,000 $375 50,001-75,000 $465
75,001-100,000 $555 100,001-125,000 $635
125,001-150,000 $710 150,001-175,000 $765
175,001-200,000 $855 200,001-300,000 $1145
300,001-400,000 $1255 400,001-500,000 $1645
500,001-750,000 $1995 750,001-800,000 $2695
800,001 and up $3095

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Minor increases in dues for municipal and county members generally may occur on an annual basis and are linked with increases in the Consumer Price Index.

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Service and Benefits

  • Networking opportunities with local government lawyers from across the United States and Canada
  • Assistance through Legal Research Service
  • Assistance through IMLA’s Legal Advocacy Program
  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine
  • Subscription to weekly electronic newsletters
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • Membership for individual, law firm (2 members), or additional law firm members in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password protected sections of the IMLA website

Cost

Individual Membership: $300
Firm Membership: Based on firm size (Firm memberships include two members from one law firm)
2-9 Attorneys in firm: $500
10-49 Attorneys in firm: $700
50+ Attorneys in firm: $900
Additional members of a firm can join for $100 each.

Example

Firm has a total of 35 attorneys, 5 want to become members.

Base: $700 (35 attorneys in firm)- covers 2 attorneys
Additional: $300- 3 additional attorneys pay $100 each
Total: $1,000

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Special Districts include water/sewer authorities, transit authorities and the like, represented by their chief legal officer.

Service and Benefits

  • Networking opportunities with local government lawyers from across the United States and Canada
  • Assistance through Legal Research Service
  • Assistance through IMLA’s Legal Advocacy Program
  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine
  • Subscription to weekly electronic newsletters
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • Membership for chief legal officers and all deputies and assistants in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password protected sections of the IMLA website

Dues

Special Municipal Districts – $500 (flat fee)

Minor increases in dues may occur on an annual basis and are linked with increases in the Consumer Price Index.

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Canadian Municipal Member are local government entities, usually cities, represented by their chief solicitor.

Service and Benefits

  • The chief legal officers, all deputies, and all assistants can join under the municipal membership and receive all member benefits free of charge*
  • Networking opportunities with local government lawyers from across the United States and Canada
  • Assistance through Legal Research Service
  • Assistance through IMLA’s Legal Advocacy Program
  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine
  • Subscription to weekly electronic newsletters
  • Access to the Model Construction Documents*
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • BMI- Music Licensing Discount*
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • Membership for chief legal officers and all deputies and assistants in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password protected sections of the IMLA website
  • Ability to vote for and serve on the Board of Directors or as an officer*

* These benefits are ONLY available to community members of IMLA.

Dues are based on population as follows

Under 100,000 – $400 USD

Over 100,000 – $750 USD

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Service and Benefits

  • Membership in the IMLA Canadian Department
  • Networking opportunities with local government lawyers from across the United States and Canada
  • Assistance through Legal Research Service
  • Assistance through Legal Advocacy Program
  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine
  • Subscription to weekly electronic newsletters
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • Subscription to monthly electronic Canadian newsletter, Munilaw
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • Membership for individual, law firm (2 members), or additional law firm members in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password-protected sections of the IMLA website

Cost

  • Individual Membership: $525 USD
  • Firm Membership: $575 USD (Firm membership includes two members from the firm.)
  • Additional members of a firm can join for $60 USD each.
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IMLA’s low membership rate for the State League Counsel and Municipal Attorney Association category is possible because of the commitment by these members to be responsible for supplying IMLA with their publications, pertinent research materials, annual directory and information regarding annual meeting dates and locations.

Service and Benefits

  • Membership in the State League Counsel and Municipal Attorney Association Department
  • Representation on the IMLA Board of Directors by an election, serving a two-year term
  • Networking opportunities with local government lawyers from across the United States and Canada
  • Assistance through Legal Research Service
  • Assistance through Legal Advocacy Program
  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine Subscription to weekly electronic newsletter
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • Membership in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password-protected sections of the IMLA website

Cost

State League Counsel and Municipal Attorney Association: $475

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Service and Benefits

  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine
  • Subscription to weekly electronic newsletters
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • Membership in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password protected sections of the IMLA website

Cost

Law Professors and Judicial Membership: $125

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International lawyers and others interested in local government.

Service and Benefits

  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine
  • Subscription to weekly electronic newsletters
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • Membership in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password protected sections of the IMLA website

Dues are based on population as follows

International Practitioner Members (Outside USA/Canada): $175

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Cost

$250

Library Members receive the Municipal Lawyer magazine.

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What is IMLA Lite?

In 2008, IMLA introduced IMLA Lite, a new program intended to allow smaller communities that are members of their state leagues or associations to become quasi-members of IMLA at a reduced rate.

Who is eligible for IMLA Lite?

Municipalities with populations below 2500 are eligible for IMLA Lite.

What are my IMLA Lite Benefits?

The benefits of this quasi-membership include the IMLA e-newsletters, the Municipal Lawyer magazine and the ability to register for an IMLA program as a member. This is a significant cost savings for attorneys in small communities who need CLE credits. IMLA Lite members will not get the right to vote or serve on the board.

How do I sign up and how much does it cost?

The purpose of IMLA Lite is to provide the essential services of IMLA at a budget price. Each state league and/or association who are members of IMLA have the opportunity to sign up for IMLA Lite. If a state league and/or association chooses to sign up for IMLA Lite, the league/association will pay just $50 per community (with populations less than 2500) up to a maximum cost of $3000 per year. For example, if you have 10 communities to sign up for IMLA Lite, then your cost is $500. If you have 60 communities, then your cost is $3000. If you have 80 communities, your cost is capped at $3000.

In all cases, the municipality must be a member of the league or association that is currently an IMLA member.

If your state league/association does not want to participate in the program, any community that is a member of the respective league can still sign up for IMLA Lite for a fee of $150 per year.

In short, if you are a community of less than 2500 and your state league/association is participating, your community pays nothing (you will receive IMLA Lite as a benefit through your membership in your local league/association). If your state league is not participating, you can still participate, only if you are a current member of your state league, for $150.

For additional information, contact your state league/association to see if they are participating in IMLA Lite. If not, contact us or call 202-466-5424 x7106 for your separate membership in IMLA Lite.

Lawyers who have retired from the practice of municipal law.

Service and Benefits

  • Subscription to Municipal Lawyer magazine
  • Subscription to weekly electronic newsletters
  • Timely and relevant CLE programs
  • Reduced registration rate for attendance at all IMLA conferences, seminars and audio-conferences
  • Membership in up to three IMLA sections at no additional cost
  • All IMLA mailings
  • Access to the password protected sections of the IMLA website

Cost

Retiree: $100

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The Value of an IMLA Membership