Seminars

2020 Mid-Year Seminar

News

Live Seminar Cancelled - We will proceed with a virtual event.

IMLA's 2020 Mid-Year Seminar has been rescheduled for April 20-24, 2020.

This event will be hosted entirely online and will take place as half days on the dates listed above. Please take a look at the Program tab to see the sessions we are offering and the registration tab to get signed up!

IMLA has applied for 900 total CLE minutes of which includes 60 minutes for ethics.
50 minute states – 18 total CLE credits (which includes 1.2 Ethics credit)
60 minute states – 15 total CLE credits (which includes 1.0 Ethics credit)


IMLA discussed the question of whether we could hold our Seminar at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in DC in late April. Based on the advice of CDC and the evolving efforts, both national and within Washington DC, to control social distancing to minimize community spread of the virus, we have agreed to cancel the on-site program. IMLA is actively working to replicate the sessions through webinars in much the same manner as law schools are embracing distance learning options. We hope you will work with us and participate in professional development opportunities through our distance learning options to help increase your practice skills and also help minimize the impact on IMLA. We are working quickly to formulate a reduced rate for a virtual Seminar given that our costs will be reduced. As we are inundated with requests from members regarding the coronavirus issues, please hold off on asking for refunds or cancellations until we are able to formulate a plan to move the seminar to a virtual program and get more information out to you regarding those plans.

The Omni Shoreham advises us that it will cancel rooms booked within our room block and that guests will not need to contact the hotel. If you booked within the IMLA block, you should confirm cancellation with the hotel in a couple of weeks but at least a week before the reservation check to be certain the reservation has been cancelled. Some of you may have booked outside the block and will need to cancel your rooms if you can. Third party providers may have different cancellation policies and those may make it much more difficult to cancel. If you intend to come to DC anyway and want to maintain your reservation, you should contact the hotel.Please stay tuned to our eblasts and website for more information about the steps we are taking and that you can take to replicate the Seminar through a distance learning option. We hope to make it educational and add some fun into the process.

We appreciate your understanding as our nation navigates this uncertain future together and we sincerely value your membership in IMLA.

Program

 

To download the PDF version of the program, please click here.

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

 

IMLA has applied for 900 total CLE minutes of which includes 60 minutes for ethics.
50 minute states – 18 total CLE credits (which includes 1.2 Ethics credit)
60 minute states – 15 total CLE credits (which includes 1.0 Ethics credit)

Registration

 

Click here to register online.

Click here to download the registration form.

IMLA has applied for 900 total CLE minutes of which includes 60 minutes for ethics.
50 minute states – 18 total CLE credits (which includes 1.2 Ethics credit)
60 minute states – 15 total CLE credits (which includes 1.0 Ethics credit)

 

Seminar Events

Opening Ceremonies

Monday, April 20th, 2020 - 2:00PM to 2:25PM

Join IMLA President, Patrick Baker, and Executive Director, Chuck Thompson, for welcoming remarks and helpful tips for new and long-time attendees alike, including information about the format for the new Virtual Seminar and networking opportunities.

Welcome Reception/Virtual Cocktail Hour

Monday, April 20th, 2020 - 5:00PM to 5:45PM

Participate in a virtual networking opportunity and have a drink (bring your own) with your colleauges from around the country.

State/Province Brunch

Tuesday, April 21st, 2020 - 12:10PM to 12:50PM

Sign up for a lunch (or breakfast depending on your time zone) with colleagues from your state/province. Attendees will participate in a virtual networking opportunity. 

WONK Brunch

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2020 - 12:10PM to 12:50PM

Sign up for a lunch (or breakfast depending on your time zone) based on subject matter and sit down with the subject matter expert to enjoy a meal and discuss areas of interst. Attendees will participate in a virtual networking opportunity.

 

 Table 1

  

How Local Governments are Responding to the FCC’s Cable Franchise Fee Order?

   

We will share updates on local government’s efforts to appeal the FCC’s 3rd 621 Report and Order and offer insights into the FCC’s Denial of Stay and Order on Reconsideration of the Denial of Stay.  Price of admission to the table is a willingness to share any interactions with your cable operator with regard to renewals or franchise modifications.

    Host:  Gail Karish & Bennett Givens - Best Best & Krieger
     
 Table 2

Developments in U.S. Water Law and Infrastructure

    We will share updates on the EPA’s revisions to the scope of the Clean Water Act, significant water cases in the U.S. courts, regulation of PFAS in water supplies, and Federal water infrastructure legislation and funding proposals.
    Host: Andre Monette & Lowry Crook - Best Best & Krieger
     
Table 3

Land Use Free For AllLand Use Free For All

    Bring your issues with land use, planning, zoning and development issues to an open discussion with Land Use Section Co-Chairs Julian Grant and Susan Trevarthen.
    Host: Susan L. Trevarthen & Julian Grant, Land Use Section Co-Chairs
     
Table 4 

Supreme Court

    From guns to impounded cars to excessive force this Supreme Court term is full of fascinating cases for local governments. But there is so much else to discuss about the Supreme Court including the future of Court’s make up and other controversial cases on topics like abortion and the President’s tax returns. Discuss this and more at the Supreme Court WONK table.
    Host: Lisa Soronen
     
Table 5

Municipal Fiber Based Broadband: The answer to so many of today’s communications problems

    From providing our residents the globally competitive internet access speeds and prices they need and deserve but don’t have from our monopolist private sector “providers”, to avoiding the endless fights over wireless band aids cluttering our ROW. Allowing local communities to compete in the fiber internet access market will provide real competition in a monopoly dominated industry and, give us some of the negotiating tools we need to push back on these wireless intrusions into our ROW.
    Host: Mike Watza, Telecommunications Section Chair
     
Table 6

Litigation Innovation – Litigation Finance Solutions to Assist Municipalities

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Litigation financing is non-recourse funding (not a loan) to pay for litigation related expenses incurred by municipalities. Typically, these expenses are incurred in the affirmative litigation context. This innovative financing solution offers chief legal officers (CLOs) and their stakeholders the ability to find and fund external counsel, or help fund internal litigation/operational expenses. While it is similar to law firms contracting with public sector entities on a contingent fee basis, financing is much more flexible. It can be a powerful resource and budget tool for CLOs to counter the dramatic budget downturns caused by COVID-19, and responds to the rapid growth in public sector affirmative litigation nationwide. Financing can also assist public client law firms as well.I was the Corporation Counsel for Evanston, Illinois from 2009 to 2018 and we maintained several affirmative litigations that exceeded $10M in budgeted expenditures during that time. COVID-19’s stress upon public sector budgets calls for creative solutions such as public sector litigation financing.

Host: Grant Farrar - Arran Capital Incorporated
     
Table 7   Phasers on Stunned - Phasing a Return to Work post Lockdown
    Local, State, and Federal officials are discussing plans to begin lifting social distancing restrictions over the coming weeks.  Returning employees to work will not be business as usual when full operations resume.  Municipal Employers should start thinking through new employment complications that are likely to accompany employees’ return to work – and be prepared for protecting employees from the virus while at work.
    Host: Roberta "Robin" Cross

 

Hot Topics with Vendors

Thursday, April 23rd, 2020 - 12:10PM to 12:50PM

Sign up for a lunch (or breakfast depending on your time zone) based on subject matter and sit down with your colleagues and an exhibitor of your choice to discuss a particular product or legal service relevant to the practice of municipal law. Attendees will participate in a virtual networking opportunity.

 

Table 1   Best Best & Krieger

  

COVID-19 and Local Government in 2020: Envisioning the Next Steps in Recovering from the Pandemic

Discuss how municipalities are dealing with COVID-19.

Host: Michael Maurer

Table 2

  Arcadis

 

The Impact of Government Shutdowns on Construction Contracts and Schedules

In this session, the panel will discuss the potential impacts on our construction industry of the COVID-19 pandemic and the measures being taken to contain the virus by the government and private businesses.

Host: Roy Cooper, PE, Head of Contract Solutions North America (Arcadis), Brian Goodreau, PSP, ENV SP, Contract Solutions NYC (Arcadis) & Chris Petrini, Founding Principal of Petrini & Associates, P.C.
Table 3   Municode

 

Virtual Meetings

Because of the rapid spread of COVID-19 through US communities, Federal, state, and local mandates are limiting public gatherings. As a result, local government operations must transform, including changing the way public/legislative meetings are held. Join us as we share our tips and best practices to help you run a virtual meeting.

Host: Julie Lovelace
Table 4   Xakia Technologies
 

In House Reporting & Analytics – Why and How to Evolve in the Era of Remote Teams

Approaching legal data analytics for adaptable team and client communication, so you can address what’s top-of-mind today or what will be important a month from now (regardless of team size, budget or capacity).

Host: Anne Post, Sr. VP, North America, Xakia Technologies

Michael Koss, Senior Asst. City Attorney, City of Overland Park, Kansas

Table 5   Thomson Reuters
 

Free Guidance on Key Coronavirus Legal Issues

Join Roger Horner, former City Attorney for Brentwood, Tennessee, and Zach Ratzman, Practical Law’s Director of Product Management for Government, for a walk-through of the free legal guidance Thomson Reuters has made available to help local governments meet the legal and operational challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, you’ll leave the brunch with a better understanding of how to access and use the free, continually updated Thomson Reuters resources on COVID-19, which are written to help lawyers better handle the key business interruption, continuity of operations, privacy, health, and personnel matters that organizations everywhere are struggling to overcome.

Host: Roger Horner, former City Attorney for Brentwood, Tennessee, and Zach Ratzman, Practical Law’s Director of Product Management for Government
Table 6   Legal Files Software, Inc.
 

Ensuring efficiency at every level in the City by using a centralized File Management System

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Legal Files case management system allows City departments to create better efficiency and establish best practices. Having one repository for all matter, contract and case information allows your staff to work from anywhere at any time, an especially valuable tool in this time of uncertainty. Join Mike Pratt, an experienced, consultative account manager with Legal Files Software, Inc., to learn more about our world class software and how it can improve your office.

Host: Mike Pratt, Legal Files Software, Inc.

 

Amicus Awards

Friday, April 24th, 2020 - 12:10PM to 12:50PM

Join us in honoring our amicus award recipients during this awards ceremony.

Sponsors

IMLA has a wide variety of sponsorship opportunities as well as customizable ones. If you are interested, please contact Caroline Storer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Amanda Kellar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. At IMLA's Mid-Year Seminars, we generally get anywhere from 300-400 attendees. We also have bundle offer available for sponsoring at both our Mid-Year Seminar and Annual Conference.

 

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Arcadis

 

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Legal Files

  

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Thomson Reuters

 

Xakia