Working Groups

What are IMLA Working Groups?

IMLA's Working Groups bring local government IMLA member attorneys who share common problems together on conference calls and listservs, to share experiences and facilitate problem solving in these areas of common interest with other local government attorneys from across the country.  This is a FREE SERVICE for IMLA members.  IMLA reserves any and all rights to the listserv.

"I was a county attorney in Maryland for about 30 years and wished I had this tool then."

--Chuck Thompson, IMLA Executive Director


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Working Group Descriptions:


  Airport Law    
 •   Canadian Associate      Directed to Law Firms to discuss issues of Canadian law affecting municipalities, directly and indirectly.
 •   Canadian Municipal   This group is intended to provide in-house municipal lawyers with a forum to raise issues and dialogue about issues facing in-house counsel, covering everything from law office/benchmarking, to ethical dilemmas faced, to legal issues.  Members are encouraged to raise questions and share ideas in an environment that promotes sharing amongst those who have practical similarities in their role as in-house municipal counsel.
  Child Protective Services   This list seeks to provide a networking opportunity for attorneys who represent government agencies and workers in child dependency or protection cases and who provide defense to those workers and agencies when sued for acting or failing to act in protecting children.
  City Attorneys    
  Clean Energy    
•    Code Enforcement     The workgroup has regular monthly calls designed for code enforcement or the development of laws and practices intended to resolve problems within a community.
•    Counties   Group formed intended for discussion of those issues unique to country governance. 
•    Construction Law   Members are expected to come primarily from law offices where their principal area of practice involves construction law.
•    Disaster Relief    
  Disruptive Transportation Technology   The purpose of this working group is to help members troubleshoot issues related to disruptive transportation technology.  The group will begin by focusing on the issue of dockless bikes and scooters with the aim of creating a working model ordinance.  But as other transportation technology issues emerge, the group will also tackle those issues as well.
•    Employment Law   Members are expected to come primarily from law offices where their principal area of practice is employment law.
•    E-Discovery - Legal Hold   This group deals with the ever-evolving legal world of evidence, litigation holds, spoliation, privacy, data protection, and more. Join this group to see how to best protect and preserve your office's data.
•    Ethics   The Ethics Section and listserv are intended to provide members with an opportunity to share questions and issues involving the Rules of Professional Conduct or the development and application of state and local ethics laws.  Members are encouraged to share ideas for improving state and local regulations of ethical conduct and to discuss concerns about the Rules of Professional Conduct and interpretations of those Rules to governmental lawyers and their practices whether in-house or outside counsel. The Section has regularly scheduled teleconferences to discuss and share issues involving these ethical issues.
•    Federal   The Federal listserv provides the Litigation Section with a vehicle to share ideas about civil rights and other litigation, experts, causes of action and defenses.  The Section offers an opportunity through regular teleconferences to discuss emerging trends in litigation, new cases and ways in which to best defend the local government client and its officers.
  Fire Department Advisors    
•    Land Use    
  Legal Advocacy    
•    Legal Assistants   A new Working Group focused on Legal Assistants. This group will work together to identify ways in which law offices can improve the use of legal assistants to increase productivity and reduce costs including providing training for the legal assistants. This Working Group will also advance the profession both for lawyers and legal assistants by using the listserv to share ideas, suggestions and to have regular calls to discuss thorny problems or even just to commiserate about issues where you’d like to vent.
    New Lawyers   In which you must be under 40 and/or have less than 10 years of practice.
•    Opioid Litigation    Headed by Erich Eiselt, IMLA Assistant General Counsel, IMLA’s Opioid Litigation Work Group is a resource for localities seeking more insight about the opioid litigation underway across the country. Convening every two weeks, typically on Tuesdays at 1 PM Eastern, the Opioid Work Group discusses the growing spectrum of actions by municipalities against the opioid manufacturers, distributors and other defendants, focusing not only on the federal Multi-District Litigation (MDL) in the Northern District of Ohio, but on numerous state court actions. Calls--which are attended by upwards of 40 jurisdictions-- encourage input from participants; some calls have included legal experts from academia and leading opioid plaintiffs’ counsel to take questions from attendees. Participants have discussed such issues as the merits of AG-led actions, nuances of retainer agreements, issues to consider before filing, state court versus federal court actions, and so on.

In addition to hosting bi-weekly calls, IMLA summarizes every order from the MDL and makes those orders--as well as numerous filings from state proceedings--available to Work Group participants via a dedicated dropbox file.

•    Police Legal Advisors   Involves those attorneys assigned to provide advice to the police (or Sheriff's) department.
  Rapid Transit    
•    Sanctuary Jurisdiction   This active group has biweekly calls to discuss issues related to so-called “sanctuary jurisdictions.”  The group discusses ongoing litigation and also provides members with an opportunity to discuss things like the imposition of grant conditions.
  Small & Rural Communities   This working group is intended to provide municipal lawyers with a forum to identify and address issues of particular interest to smaller and/or rural communities. All municipal lawyers are invited to join in and contribute to regularly scheduled teleconferences, and to attend the group’s presentations and functions at IMLA’s conferences and seminars.
    Telecom & Technology   Headed by Negheen Sanjar, IMLA Associate Counsel, this group is a resource and action group for members seeking to get involved in telecom and technology issues impacting local government. This group is currently focusing on small cell deployment and net neutrality. As other issues arise, the group will tackle those as well.
•    University Cities and Counties   Deals with interactions between local governments and the universities and colleges within those jurisdictions and includes discussion of issues like housing, rental properties, alcohol abuse and rowdies; as well as other problems and solutions.


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