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2019 Mid-Year Seminar

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Registration is open!

Please CLICK HERE to access the 2019 Mid-Year Seminar Registration form.

If you wish to register online, please CLICK HERE.

Omni Shoreham Room Block

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Program Highlights

Riding (or Scooting) into a New Area of Mobility: Navigating New Risks Through Smart Regulation and Proactive Collaboration: Emerging transportation technologies are being quickly integrated into communities. While dockless micromobility like bikes and scooters present regulatory challenges, they also provide opportunities to enhance mobility and realize priorities around reducing congestion and emissions. This innovation focused discussion will provide an overview of the national regulatory landscape around dockless technologies, offer best practices on legal and policy issues, and discuss infrastructure considerations for the cities of the future. Panelists will provide local, state and national perspectives on understanding and mitigating both new and unknown risks that come with new emerging technologies being deployed on our sidewalks and roads. Further, presenters will discuss the new IMLA Guidance for Regulation of Dockless Micromobility.
Section 1983: Opening/Summation in a Federal Civil Rights Use of Deadly Force Case: An opening and summation from a recently tried Federal Civil Rights case involving a police fatal shooting will serve as the backdrop for this 1 hour presentation exploring practice tips for trying these types of civil cases.

Telecommunications: An Update on, and Responses to, the FCC’s Encroachment into Local Rights-of-Way Management, Zoning and Cable Franchising Authority: This session will provide an update on the FCC’s Small Cell Orders, local governments’ appeal of the orders and other advocacy responses. It will also focus on the FCC’s proposal to permit an offset against cable franchise fees for non-financial obligations of a cable franchise. This session will also offer the insights of a leading IMLA member with communications responsibilities in a state that has both state level small cell and cable franchise statutes.Learning Objectives: 
1) Gain an understanding of the threats arising from FCC actions. 
2) Learn how one major community is responding to the dual FCC threats of small cells and franchise offsets proposals. 
3) Receive an update on pending legislative and regulatory threats/opportunities.

Section 1983: Police Interactions with the Mentally Ill: This presentation will focus on the emerging trend of plaintiffs pleading Monell claims based on the theory that the a police department fails to train officers how to adequately respond to mentally ill individuals in a variety of settings. Courts appear to be breaking with prior patterns and finding such allegations sufficient to state a claim for municipal liability at the pleading stage. This presenter will discuss these trends and how to defend against them. Additionally, hear from the City of Austin's Chief of Police on policy considerations and training for officers regarding police interactions with the mentally ill.
Constitutional Issues Associated With Managing Homeless Encampments: Residents experiencing homelessness is not a novel issue for any municipality, but recent surges in addiction have compounded the issue dramatically. Many cities are now grappling with the management encampments of homeless drug users. Such encampments can attract users, both local and long-distance, leading to spikes in the number of drug users and overdoses in concentrated areas, unsightly and potentially hazardous waste, increases in crime and the need for shelter and services. Managing encampments creates a myriad of potential legal issues that should be carefully considered in crafting a comprehensive plan to address encampments and their residents.


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Please note the program and sessions are tentative and subject to change.



Please CLICK HERE to access the 2019 Mid-Year Seminar Registration form.

If you wish to register online, please CLICK HERE.


IMLA Events

State/Province Breakfast

The State/Province Breakfast is an intimate round-table event that will allow participants to join their colleagues form their state and neighboring states/provinces for a networking breakfast. There is no additional cost to attend this event, but you MUST register!

 Registration has CLOSED!

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED. NO on-site registration will be available. Space is limited. First Come, First Served**



WONK Breakfast

IMLA is delighted to offer you an opportunity to network with your colleagues and have direct access to premier vendors and attorneys who concentrate on various areas of municipal law at breakfast! The breakfast will be organized tables by “Topic” and you can enjoy your breakfast together with your colleagues. There is no additional cost to attend this event, but you MUST register!

Registration has CLOSED!

**Advance registration for the breakfast is REQUIRED. NO on-site registration will be available. Space is limited. First Come, First Served** 




 Table 1

. Help! I Just Received a Charge of Discrimination. Now What?
So you’ve just received a charge of discrimination from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”) or a Fair Employment Practices Agency (“FEPA”). Best practices for handling a charge. Preliminary questions you should ask upon initial receipt. How to handle mediation. The investigation phase of the admin process. Writing a Respondent’s Position Statement. What to do after the EEOC finding.
Speaker: Roberta "Robin" Cross, Woodlands Township, Texas
 Table 2 The Implications of Implicit Bias for Municipal Attorneys
After summarizing some of the social science research on the topic of bias in the legal profession, the table will discuss how implicit bias of government attorneys could be impacting their clients, constituents, jurors and litigants. The now familiar Harvard Implicit Association Tests (IAT), as well as challenges against implicit bias testing, will also be discussed. Finally, the group will review some steps the legal profession is already taking to address bias, including cultural awareness training, changes in voir dire strategies and, in at least one federal courtroom, an implicit bias jury instruction.
Speaker: Patricia Beety, League of Minnesota Cities
 Table 3 Dockless Bikes/Scooters
The rise of dockless micormobility devices in the public right of way is symptomatic of changing times. Use of the public right of way is only set to increase in the future. This table will discuss issues and recent developments in regulating dockless micromobility and explore related legal issues revolving around regulation of the right of way and its future.
Speaker: Negheen Sanjar, International Municipal Lawyers Association
Table 4  The New Federalism: Blue States v. Washington
For years, states’ rights or federalism was the mantra of red states pushing back on the federal government regulation in state affairs. With the Trump Administration, the shoe is on the other foot. From sanctuary cities to car emissions to legalized marijuana, blue states are now fighting the federal government’s challenges to its laws. The table will explore the legal issues raised by these hot button topics.
Speaker: Gene Tanaka, Best Best & Krieger LLP
Table 5 Dealing with the Bully Elected Official
Speakers: Doug Haney, Carmel, Indiana & Chris Balch, Brookhaven, Georgia
Table 6 Clean Water Act 2019 – Maui County and WOTUS
Two major developments are occurring this year in the Clean Water Act world. The Supreme Court has accepted review of the County of Maui’s case involving regulation of discharges through groundwater under the Clean Water Act’s permitting program. EPA has issued yet another draft rule interpreting the definition of “Waters of the United States” that dictates which waters are held to a “fishable, swimmable” standard under the Act. The conversation will focus on both issues and how they impact municipal operations.
Speaker: Andre Monette, Best Best & Krieger LLP
Table 7 Home Business Regulation
Speakers: Susan Trevarthen, Weiss Serota Helfman Cole & Bierman, P.L. & Ron Shaver, Olathe, Kansas
Table 8 Open Issues and Circuit Splits - Unresolved Questions in Section 1983 Litigation
We will discuss ongoing issues in section 1983 cases that need to be resolved by the Supreme Court.
Speaker: Tim Coates, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP
Table 9 Opioids
Speaker: Erich Eiselt, International Municipal Lawyers Association
Table 10 Social Media for City Officials
Social Media: exploring a city attorney’s concerns regarding the social media of city officials in terms of Open Meetings, Open Records, Records Retention, HR, and Free Speech.
Speaker: Alan Bojorquez, City Hall Essentials, LLC
Table 11 Municipal Broadband: The answer to so many of Today’s Communications Problems
Speaker: Mike Watza, Kitch, Drutchas, Wagner, Valitutti & Sherbrook
Table 12 Sustainable Communities and the Circular Economy: The Municipal Lawyer’s Role
Come talk about how municipal counsel fit into the new “normal”: sustainable communities and carbon reduced economic development. From LEED buildings to changing the rubrics on solid waste and wastewater management, energy efficiency and microgrids, shared electric vehicles and intermodal transportation, and yes, the Green New Deal all promise to involve municipal lawyers in projects we just don’t see every day. Come talk to the experts about how to field the team for your community’s first “sustainable project” or learn how to improve what you have been doing to date.
Speaker: Steven "Tip" Torres, West Group Law PLLC
Table 13 Adult Business Regulation
Speaker: Julian Grant, Thomson Reuters
Table 14 How Are Communities Regulating Small Wireless Facilities

Join us as we discuss how localities are responding to the FCC’s new small cell regulations (and where necessary a state small cell law), and what problems are proving the hardest to address. Attendees are encouraged to bring copies of their ordinances, forms and regulations (or a handout that includes links to them).Please bring wireless ordinances and regulations to the breakfast to be shared.

Speakers: Gerard Lederer & Joseph Van Eaton, Best Best & Krieger LLP
Table 15 Supreme Court Update
Join us for a discussion on recent Supreme Court cases that impact local governments including a discussion of those on this Term's docket.
Speaker: Amanda Kellar, International Municipal Lawyers Association
Table 16 Qualified Immunity
This table will discuss recent efforts by outside organizations like CATO who continue to attack the doctrine of qualified immunity and what local governments can do to try to combat these efforts.
Speaker: Lisa Soronen, State & Local Legal Center
Table.17 Focusing on the “US” in Housing: Merging HoUSing, Transportation, Incentives and People

Meeting demands for affordable housing is a growing challenge for our communities. Ruben and Greg will lead a thoughtful and proactive discussion around the connection between land use and transportation, including the consideration of new transportation technologies from a land use perspective. They will also discuss opportunities around public private partnerships and tax incentives to stimulate new and equitable development.

Speakers: Gregory Rodriguez & Ruben Duran, Best Best & Krieger LLP



IMLA Welcome Reception

Please join IMLA for a Welcome Reception! IMLA will provide two drink tickets (you will receive in your badge) and light hor d'oeuvres. The dress is business casual.  We hope to see you there!

**Badge is required for entry!**

**Spouse tickets are available for purchase**

More information coming soon!


Omni Shoreham Hotel

(202) 234-0700

IMLA has secured a block of sleeping rooms and a special room rate at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, a first class facility, in Washington, D.C.

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 Omni Shoreham Hotel. 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.


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IMLA understands that local budgets and travel restrictions are affecting local government attorneys from being able attend IMLA's 2019 Mid-Year Seminar. In response, IMLA is offering an alternative. We have selected a number of sessions that IMLA will bring to you live as an IMLA teleconference!

Here's how it works: IMLA's 2019 Mid-Year Seminar is from March 29-April 1, 2019. Throughout the Seminar, IMLA will be connecting selected work sessions to a phone line, and you can listen to the presentations as they are happening! You can purchase the sessions individually or you can purchase the sessions as a bundle. 

Topics being broadcast range from Police Interactions with the Mentally Ill to Constitutional Issues Associated With Managing Homeless Encampments.

Here are the sessions available by teleconference during the 2019 Mid-Year Seminar.

**Note: All times are in Eastern Time. You are responsible for checking the time difference for your local time zone**

Friday - March 29, 2019

Section 1983: Covering The Bases – Tips For Successfully Litigating Qualified Immunity On Summary Judgment

Time: 10:45AM to 11:45AM (Eastern)

Understanding the Roles of Attorneys in Municipal Finance Deals & Sailing Through the Storm — What to do When the Government Calls

Time: 1:00PM to 2:00PM (Eastern)

Getting Your Drones Up In the Air - “What you need to know about unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) licensing, the legal landscape governing municipal use of drones, and how to go about developing policies to govern UAS for your organization

Time: 2:05PM to 3:05PM (Eastern)

Supreme Court Update

Time: 3:20PM to 4:50PM (Eastern)

Bundle - All Friday, 3/29, Sessions

Member $149 Nonmember $299

Saturday - March 30, 2019

Section 1983: Police Interactions with the Mentally Ill

Time: 9:00AM to 10:00AM (Eastern)

IMLA’s Model Social Media Policy

Time: 10:05AM to 11:05AM (Eastern)

Section 1983: Trending Issues and Hot Topics

Time: 11:20AM to 12:50PM (Eastern)

Section 1983: Opening/Summation in a Federal Civil Rights Use of Deadly Force Case

Time: 2:30PM to 3:30PM (Eastern)

Section 1983: First Amendment Speech Considerations

Time: 3:45PM to 4:45PM (Eastern)

Bundle - All Saturday, 3/30, Sessions

Member $199 Nonmember $399

Sunday - March 31, 2019

Employment Law - To Pay or Not to Pay: Law and Policy on Paid and Unpaid Leave

Time: 9:00AM to 10:30AM (Eastern)

Section 1983: Navigating Discovery In Section 1983 Police Misconduct Cases: Setting the Stage for Success at Trial

Time: 10:45AM to 11:45AM (Eastern)

Regulating Animals in Your Community

Time: 11:50AM to 12:50PM (Eastern)

Bundle - All Sunday, 3/31, Sessions

Member $99 Nonmember $199

Monday - April 1, 2019

Constitutional Issues Associated With Managing Homeless Encampments

Time: 8:40AM to 9:40AM (Eastern)

Case Law Update

Time: 9:45AM to 10:45AM (Eastern)

Ethics: Who Is the Municipal Client and What is the Municipal Attorney’s Responsibilities?

Time: 11:00AM to 12:00AM (Eastern)

Bundle - All Sunday, 4/1 Sessions

Member $99 Nonmember $199

How Much will these cost? You can purchase each work session separately, or you can purchase each day as a bundle.

Cost per Work Session -

Members Price: $49 and Nonmembers: $99

Cost for all 15 Work Sessions –

Member Price: $350 and Nonmembers: $1,000

Cost for All Selected Work Sessions per day:

Friday - March 29, 2019 (4 sessions) -

Member Price: $149 and Nonmember: $299.

Saturday - March 30, 2019 (5 sessions) -

Member Price: $199 and Nonmember: $399.

Sunday - March 31, 2019 (3 sessions) -

Member Price: $99 and Nonmember: $199.

Monday - April 1, 2019 (3 sessions) -

Member Price: $99 and Nonmember: $199.

…and it gets better! If you purchased the IMLA Kitchen Sink Webinar/Teleconference Package (which allows you access to all IMLA Teleconferences and Webinars), you will receive all the selected work sessions FREE OF CHARGE!