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On September 29th and October 1st during our 86th Annual Conference in Minneapolis, MN, IMLA was able to announce and recognize our 2021 award winners. These award winners are MLA members who have gone above and beyond the field of municipal law and were nominated by their colleagues to receive these awards.   The Charles S. Rhyne Lifetime Achievement In Municipal Law Award The Lifetime Achievement in Municipal Law Award is the highest award given by IMLA. The award honors the recipient’s lifetime...

IMLA is pleased to announce that Executive Director and General Counsel Chuck Thompson is the recipient of the American Bar Association’s 2021 Jefferson Fordham Award for Lifetime Achievement  – the Daniel J. Curtin Award.  As most of you know, Chuck has led IMLA since late 2006, navigating our organization through economic challenges and helping us to become a more responsive and diverse organization. The ABA Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes Chuck’s contributions to the practice of local government law over more than...

Take a moment, close your eyes, and picture yourself in Madrid, sitting outside at a café, enjoying a delicious paella, sipping on a creamy café con leche, gazing fondly across the Plaza Mayor, and wondering silently, where do Spanish local governments derive their authority.  Now, I know what you’re thinking, shouldn’t I pair my paella with a dry rosé from Navarra or maybe an inexpensive red Rioja or other medium-bodied tempranillo or garnacha?  Although a valid question, the answer is...

We are very saddened to report the passing of Henry Underhill, Jr., former IMLA President and Executive Director, on Sunday, October 18, 2020. Henry was the City Attorney for Charlotte, North Carolina from 1964 until 1994, and took over as Executive Director of IMLA in 1995, serving until 2007. During the time Henry was City Attorney for Charlotte, the city grew into a major metropolitan center, becoming the home to several Fortune 500 businesses and a major banking nucleus as...

IMLA confirms Tyrone Cooper as IMLA President from October 2020 - October 2021. In a business meeting held on October 3, 2020, virtually, IMLA confirmed the nomination of Tyrone Cooper of Beaumont, Texas to be President of IMLA. Mr. Cooper is currently the City Attorney of Beaumont, Texas. He has served in that capacity since being appointed in November of 2004. State and locally, he is a past President of the Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA) where he served on the...

IMLA is disappointed to announce that the 2020 Annual Conference at the La Quinta Resort and Spa has been cancelled but is excited to announce that in place of our on-site event, we will be offering the Annual Conference virtually! The virtual conference will be a full virtual event with informative sessions and plenty of networking opportunities. IMLA is replicating our full conference through webinars in much the same manner as we have our other virtual events this year. We...

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