2020 Distance Learning

 

2020 Webinar Schedule

Please visit this page for regular updates. Unless otherwise noted, all programs are one hour long from 1-2 PM Eastern. Additionally, IMLA will be offering 10 FREE programs for members in the calendar year (these 10 free webinars will be marked as free).

 

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Upcoming Webinars

January 7 - Code Enforcement

Demolition of Historic Structures

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

This presentation will address the code enforcement aspects of historic preservation in terms of enforcing historic district ordinances and what to do if people violate historic district ordinances.

Speaker: Janet Spugnardi

Janet Spugnardi currently serves as the Deputy City Attorney for Irving, Texas, where she handles transactional, litigation and appellate matters for the City on a wide variety of issues. Janet has spent the past 15 years representing governmental entities in all aspects of municipal law. Prior to joining the City of Irving, Janet worked in private practice for a boutique municipal law firm representing several government entities, where her practice focused on federal and state litigation and appeals involving annexation, civil rights, employment, land use and zoning, eminent domain, contract disputes and tort claims of personal injury and wrongful death. Janet began her municipal law career at the City of Dallas where she handled extensive civil litigation involving code ordinances, land use and zoning, criminal nuisance abatement, and inverse condemnation. Janet has lectured at numerous conferences and training seminars, and has co-authored several papers and articles on a broad range of topics concerning government entities. Janet was the 2016 recipient of the Susan Rocha Award from the Texas City Attorneys Association for outstanding public service by an assistant city attorney, the 2013 recipient of the Daniel J. Curtin Young Public Lawyer of the Year Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and a recipient of the 2012 International Municipal Lawyers Association Amicus Service Award. She is a graduate of Texas Christian University and earned her J.D. from Southern Methodist University.


January 8 - Section 1983

Defense Strategies for Litigating Section 1983

Considering the wide scope of a Section 1983 municipal liability claim (“Monell Claims”) counsel can quickly find themselves overwhelmed in their efforts to defend these cases. This training session will cover strategies and nuts and bolts tips for dealing with a Monell case in an efficient and winning manner. Areas of discussion will include motions practice, bifurcation, discovery and trial strategy. Some topics may be added or removed from this presentation.

Speakers: Kerslyn Featherstone & Robert Deberardinis

Kerslyn D. Featherstone is a Senior Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Attorney General of the District of Columbia. Ms. Featherstone graduated from Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta GA, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Accounting and received her Juris Doctor from Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. Ms. Featherstone has worked in public service for the Office of the Attorney General for over 15 years handling both criminal and civil matters. Most recently in her role as Senior Assistant Attorney General, she has represented the District of Columbia and individual employees of the District of Columbia in civil litigation matters including but not limited to, Section 1983 and employment discrimination. As a trial attorney, Ms. Featherstone has had over 50 trials, both jury and non-jury over the course of her career. Ms. Featherstone has also represented the District of Columbia and employees in high profile excessive forces cases resulting in death.

Robert A. DeBerardinis Jr. is an Assistant Attorney General with the District of Columbia Office of the Attorney General, where he serves in the Civil Litigation Division. During his nearly 20 years with OAG, he has litigated a wide variety of cases including Section 1983, unjust imprisonment and employment discrimination. While at OAG, Mr. DeBerardinis has represented hundreds of police officers and the District of Columbia in Section 1983 actions, including high profile deadly force cases. He is counsel of record in over 75 reported opinions in the Federal Supplement, many of them dealing with complex Section 1983 issues. Over the course of his career, he has represented criminal and civil defendants in over 175 trials.


January 14 - Construction Contracts

Tricks, Traps, and Ploys in Construction Scheduling

This presentation is intended to be a practical guide to managing and scheduling your construction projects to maximize efficiency and prohibit litigation that may arise from early problems. Contract provisions, scheduling methods, claims avoidance and dispute resolution are among the topics this webinar will cover. Additional topics may be added at a later date.

Speakers: Brian Goodreau & Greg Holness

Brian Goodreau is a Principal Claims Analyst and the Operations Leader for the Arcadis Contract Solutions team of experts in construction disputes and project controls in New York City. Brian has more than 12 years of experience and currently manages claims on behalf of public and private owners for numerous complex infrastructure and building projects across North America. He has a proven record of accomplishment helping clients to avoid and mitigate disputes by implementing techniques such as CPM scheduling and total cost management. Brian has also effectively resolved numerous disputes on behalf of his clients, providing expert analysis and litigation support. Brian has been involved numerous alternative dispute resolutions including negotiations, mediations and claims review boards.

Prior to Arcadis, Brian worked as a project manager in the field for nearly a decade. Throughout his career, Brian has held positions as project manager, scheduler, project controls manager, and claims analyst. His experience in the field coupled with his skills of the latest technology provides him with the tools required to be an effective analyst on complex claims.

Brian is a graduate of Central Connecticut State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Construction Management and is a certified Planning and Scheduling Professional (PSP) with the Association for the Advancement of Cost Engineering International (AACEI). Mr. Goodreau is an accomplished public speaker and is often invited to speak at seminars on construction claims and managing projects more effectively.

Greg Holness has more than 25 years of experience in construction and construction disputes, having held the titles of Project Director, Transportation Engineer, Claims Analyst, Project Manager, and General Counsel. As a professional engineer and an attorney, Greg has created and managed schedules; maintained budgets; overseen the design, procurement and installation processes; interacted with insurance companies and sureties; handled construction litigations; and advised corporate officers on diverse topics such as bid disputes, how to attract better vendors, regulatory compliance, and the company’s strategic vision.

Greg has analyzed and resolved all sorts of claims on public and private projects, ranging from small but difficult to resolve matters, to enormous multi-party litigations requiring many days of dispute resolution to close out. Greg's previous work at a department of transportation, an international large design-build curtainwall subcontractor, and several law firms (where he represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers and sureties), has given him multiple perspectives which he uses to draw upon when developing a successful strategies for resolving disagreements. In addition, he has drafted and negotiated hundreds of construction and design contracts in his career, so he is intimately knowledgeable on the key terms that often are central to disputes.

Greg enjoys providing in-house training and giving lectures and seminars on a wide variety of construction topics, but particularly those aimed at teaching how to avoid problems in construction and what to do when they do arise.


January 21 - Intellectual Property

Intellectual Property for Local Government Lawyers

This presentation will serve as a primer to intellectual property issues municipal attorneys will encounter in serving their local government. Additional topics may be presented.

Speaker: Eugene Hsue

Eugene Hsue is the Assistant City Solicitor in the Commercial Law Unit for the City of Philadelphia.


January 22 - Law Enforcement

Defending Law Enforcement: Qualified Immunity

One of the best defenses for a local government or official is qualified immunity. This presentation will explore how the qualified immunity doctrine works, where it applies, and discuss litigation strategies revolving around qualified immunity in the context of defending law enforcement. Additional topics may be presented.

Speaker: Patricia Miller

Patricia Miller is the Chief of the Special Federal Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. Special Fed is responsible for defense of NYC law enforcement personnel in Federal Civil Rights actions in the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York. Prior to her appointment as Chief, Ms. Miller served as the Deputy Chief of Trials for the Special Fed Division. Ms. Miller was also a trial supervisor and senior trial attorney for the Labor and Employment Division of the Law Department. She has tried to verdict more than 60 cases in federal court and supervised dozens more. Ms. Miller was named Top Women in Law 2016 by the New York Law Journal and is a 2017 recipient of the New York State Bar Association Shira Scheindlin Award for Excellence in the Courtroom. Before joining the Law Department, Ms. Miller clerked for William M. Acker, former U.S. District Judge for Northern District of Alabama, and was an associate at Cahill Gordon & Reindel. She is also an adjunct professor at Fordham University School of Law and has served on the faculty of Cardozo Law School’s Intensive Trial Advocacy Program and the Law Department’s NITA program. Ms. Miller completed her undergraduate work at Fordham University and obtained her law degree from William and Mary in Virginia where she was a member of the Law Review Executive Staff. She has served as chair of the Law Department’s Committee on Diversity Recruitment and Retention, the first member of the LGBT Community to hold that position and is the 2013 recipient of the James M. Bolin Diversity in Leadership Award. Ms. Miller is also the co-Chair of the Federal Bar Council Diversity Committee; a member of the Federal Bar Council Second Circuit Committee; and a member of the FBC Board of Trustees.


January 23 - Code Enforcement

Non-Conforming Uses and Equitable Defenses

After receiving a notice of violation from code enforcement, many homeowners respond by claiming, “But it’s been there forever!” This presentation will take a closer look at when such a defense is viable by analyzing non-conformities and equitable defenses like estoppel, vested rights, laches and impossibility with the goal of giving practitioners some takeaways on how to respond to or manage these defenses or raise them on behalf of a client.

Speaker: Jerrod Simpson

Jerrod Simpson is an Assistant City Attorney and the Municipal Prosecutor for the City of Tampa. He handles the city’s prosecution of ordinance violations in the Hillsborough County Court, both civil and criminal divisions. He also provides transactional legal assistance to the Code Enforcement Department as well as the Construction Services and Natural Resources divisions of the Development Services Department. Mr. Simpson has published articles regarding code enforcement in the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s Municipal Lawyer Journal. Mr. Simpson attended law school at Western Michigan University’s Cooley Law School at the Riverview, FL campus. He was a member of the Law Review and graduated Cum Laude.


January 28 - Land Use

Planning and Zoning 101

This presentation aims to serve as an introductory primer to various planning and zoning issues local governments routinely encounter. Additional topics may be presented.

Speakers: Kim Mickelson & David Silverman

David Silverman has a thorough understanding of the zoning and entitlements process. His prior career as a professional planner informs his practice as an attorney, giving him an unprecedented understanding of the dynamics that influence the zoning and entitlement process. His multi-faceted professional background also provides public and private sector clients with advisory services that extend beyond legal representation to help them achieve their goals and objectives.

David is co-chair of Ancel Glink’s Zoning and Land Use Group and co-editor of the group’s e-newsletter, In the Zone. David also serves as moderator for the Zoning and Land Use Group’s Twitter site, @AncelGlinkLand.

David is involved with several organizations that promote better land use and development practices. David serves on the Executive Board of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association as its Legislative Committee chair and serves as the Education and Outreach Chair for the Planning and Law Division of the American Planning Association. In addition, David is also a member of the Ely Chapter (Chicago) of Lambda Alpha International, Urban Land Institute, and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Kimberly Mickelson is an attorney and planner with the City of Houston, TX and is the President of the Texas Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the Editor of A Guide to Urban Planning in Texas Communities. Her practice is concentrated in the representation of governmental and non-profit corporations. She specializes in and represents cities across Texas and in Illinois on land use matters, including zoning and platting, economic development, airport law, special districts, development agreements, and cemetery law. She is licensed in both Texas and Illinois, and writes and speaks frequently on planning and land use law issues nationally. She is also Visiting Associate Professor of Practice in the Master’s Program, Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning Department in the College of Architecture at Texas A&M University. Ms. Mickelson is an honors graduate of the Plan II program at The University of Texas, and The University of Texas School of Law and the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She attended Schiller International University in Heidelberg, Germany, studied municipal and historic preservation at in Krakow, Poland during graduate school, and was a post-graduate research fellow at the University of Belgrade. She is a member of the Texas Bar Association and serves on the Government Law Section Council, the Texas City Attorney’s Association, the Houston Bar Association, the American Planning Association (APA), and the American Institute of Certified Planners. She serves on the University of Texas Libraries Council, and is a former board member of Preservation Texas and Preservation Chicago. In her spare time, she is active in neighborhood redevelopment and historical cemetery preservation issues, is a rabid Longhorn football fan, and an art quilter.


January 30 - Technology

Drones

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Wes Wright

Wes Wright is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications compliance and enforcement matters.

Mr. Wright regularly counsels corporate clients on compliance matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions. He counsels clients on compliance with rules related to telecommunications service provider regulations, state tariff requirements, private wireless licensing, 911 reliability and call handling, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and other related obligations. He is a recognized expert on the FCC’s wireless spectrum rules. He recently has given several compliance-related seminars on a host of topics, including: the FCC’s 911 Reliability Rules, 911 Wireless Location Accuracy, Spectrum Licensing and Enforcement, Communications Tower Compliance Obligations and the FCC’s New Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

Mr. Wright also represents trade associations and corporate clients on policy matters before the FCC. He has advocated policy positions before the FCC on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Connect America Fund (CAF), municipal broadband preemption and many wireless spectrum rulemaking proceedings.

Mr. Wright also defends clients in FCC enforcement actions. He assists clients with all aspects of an FCC enforcement investigation. Mr. Wright has represented clients responding to an initial Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and guides them through the entire enforcement process. He has successfully convinced the FCC not to pursue enforcement actions for alleged rule violations and has negotiated settlements with the Commission that involve a reduced fine and no admission of wrongdoing.

Prior to rejoining Keller and Heckman in 2014, Mr. Wright worked as an in-house attorney for a telecommunications company where he advised the company’s subsidiaries on federal and state regulations governing the 9-1-1 industry, VoIP requirements, and other telecommunications compliance matters of interest.


February 4 - Code Enforcement

Human Trafficking and Nuisance Abatement

The presentation will discuss efforts combatting human trafficking via Red Light Abatement and Human Trafficking Posters required by Civil Code Section 52.6. It will also discuss San Diego’s partnerships and the strategies employed to combat human trafficking with San Diego Development Services Department, Code Enforcement Department specifically zoning and code violations and inspections, San Diego Police Department, Human Trafficking Taskforce, California Against Slavery and Trafficking and the Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Advisory Subcommittee.

Speakers: Bruce Pendleton & Patricia Miranda

Bruce Pendleton is a retired Detective Sergeant from the San Diego Police Department. Hired in 1990, some of his many assignments include working as a Patrol Officer and a SWAT Officer. In 1997 he was promoted to Detective and worked the following units: Narcotics Street Teams, Gangs and Homicide. In 2009 he was promoted to Sergeant. In 2013 he was assigned as a Detective Sergeant in the Vice Unit and in 2015 he was assigned to head the Department’s Cold Case Homicide and Adult Missing Persons Unit. Bruce retired in 2018 after 28 years of service. He currently works as an Investigator with the San Diego City Attorney’s Office.

Patricia Miranda is the Supervising Deputy City Attorney. She graduated from the University of San Diego with a Bachelor’s in Accountancy. Patricia earned her Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law. From May 2007 to October 2011, Patricia worked at the Imperial County District Attorney’s Office as a Deputy District Attorney. In November 2011, Patricia joined the San Diego City Attorney’s Office. She worked in the General Trial, Domestic Violence & Sex Crimes, and Neighborhood Prosecutions Units. In August 2015, Patricia joined the Nuisance Abatement Unit (formerly Code Enforcement Unit) and has criminally and civilly prosecuted cases involving land-use, health and safety, and public nuisance. In June 2018, Patricia was promoted to Supervising Deputy City of the Nuisance Abatement unit. She works in partnership with Code Compliance personnel, police, council offices, and community groups to aggressively address code enforcement issues, public nuisance, and problem properties throughout San Diego. Patricia is also assigned as the Red Light Abatement deputy and addresses nuisance properties where the nuisance is created by prostitution and lewd activity.


February 5 - Telecommunications

Development and Deployment of Municipal Broadband: Securing Funding and Other Considerations

*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS!  CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.

Description forthcoming.

Speakers: Al Catalano & Wes Wright

Albert Catalano has 30 years of experience in telecommunications regulatory and legislative matters, domestic and international joint ventures, litigation, and transactions involving communications, properties and investments. Mr. Catalano’s practice focuses on public safety, broadband and wireless communications and he frequently advises clients in matters related to FirstNet and the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network. He is experienced in spectrum relocation proceedings, FCC auctions, international and domestic satellite issues, equipment certifications, enforcement issues, technology transfer and licensing.

Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Catalano served as legal counsel with the Federal Communications Commission on wireless communications, information transfer, technology developments, licensing issues and international satellite matters. Mr. Catalano represented the Private Radio Bureau in enforcement proceedings before Administrative Law Judges. He participated in major rulemaking proceedings involving spectrum and regulations dealing with commercial, private and public safety operations. Mr. Catalano has worked with foreign partners and governments in the Netherlands, Russia, Italy, and other countries.

Wes Wright is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office. He focuses his practice on telecommunications compliance and enforcement matters.

Mr. Wright regularly counsels corporate clients on compliance matters before the FCC and state public utilities commissions. He counsels clients on compliance with rules related to telecommunications service provider regulations, state tariff requirements, private wireless licensing, 911 reliability and call handling, customer proprietary network information (CPNI), the 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), and other related obligations. He is a recognized expert on the FCC’s wireless spectrum rules. He recently has given several compliance-related seminars on a host of topics, including: the FCC’s 911 Reliability Rules, 911 Wireless Location Accuracy, Spectrum Licensing and Enforcement, Communications Tower Compliance Obligations and the FCC’s New Citizens Broadband Radio Service.

Mr. Wright also represents trade associations and corporate clients on policy matters before the FCC. He has advocated policy positions before the FCC on the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA), Connect America Fund (CAF), municipal broadband preemption and many wireless spectrum rulemaking proceedings.

Mr. Wright also defends clients in FCC enforcement actions. He assists clients with all aspects of an FCC enforcement investigation. Mr. Wright has represented clients responding to an initial Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and guides them through the entire enforcement process. He has successfully convinced the FCC not to pursue enforcement actions for alleged rule violations and has negotiated settlements with the Commission that involve a reduced fine and no admission of wrongdoing.

Prior to rejoining Keller and Heckman in 2014, Mr. Wright worked as an in-house attorney for a telecommunications company where he advised the company’s subsidiaries on federal and state regulations governing the 9-1-1 industry, VoIP requirements, and other telecommunications compliance matters of interest.


February 6 - Personnel

FLSA 7(k) Exemptions

*90 Minutes* 

Description forthcoming.

Speakers: Robin Cross, Tim Norris & Marc Fishel

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."


February 19 - Airport Law

Airport Law 101

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Peter Kirsch

Coming soon!


February 20 - First Amendment

Tips and Defenses to Litigating the First Amendment

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: TBD

Coming soon!


March 5 - Personnel

ADA and Animals in the Workplace

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires reasonable accommodations for the disabled, but how far does that extend when it comes to service animals in the workplace? This webinar will cover topics including the distinction between service animals, therapy animals, emotional support animals, and pets; which animals must be allowed; what the requirements are for the different categories of animals; courses of action that are recommended versus mandatory; and how to mitigate between the ADA’s requirements and the concerns for other individuals in the office (e.g. allergies, distractions, phobias). Other topics may be included in addition to those provided in the description.

Speaker: Robin Cross

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."


March 12 - Government Records

Open Records Laws and Handling Open Records Requests

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Henry Bernstein

Henry M Bernstein, Assistant Parish Attorney, Caddo Parish, Louisiana. Staff Attorney, Louisiana Municipal Association, 1977-78; First Assistant City Attorney, City of Shreveport, 1983-87; Assistant Attorney General, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, 1994-2001; General Counsel, Louisiana Department of Culture, Recreation, and Tourism, 2001-2004; Executive Counsel, Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry, 2004-2006; Assistant Parish Attorney, Caddo Parish, Louisiana, 2013-present.


March 24 - Fair Housing

Tips and Defenses to FHA Violations when Adhering to State Zoning/Building Laws

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Brian Connolly

Brian J. Connolly is a shareholder in the Land Use, Litigation, and Real Estate practice groups at Otten Johnson Robinson Neff + Ragonetti, P.C. in Denver, Colorado. There, he represents public- and private-sector clients in matters relating to zoning, planning, development entitlements and other complex regulatory issues. Brian’s practice encompasses a broad range of land use matters including zoning compliance, rezonings and other regulatory amendments, planned-unit developments, development agreements, private covenants and restrictions, land use and zoning litigation, initiatives and referenda associated with land use approvals, and real estate transactions. Brian has received national recognition for his work on First Amendment issues associated with local government regulation, including signs and outdoor advertising, and his work on fair housing matters in local planning and zoning, particularly in the area of housing for people with disabilities.

In addition to his work at the firm, Brian is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado School of Law in Boulder, where he teaches Land Use Planning. Prior to practicing law, Brian was an urban planner in the planning department of Westchester County, New York. Brian also worked in planning capacities at the federal and municipal government levels.

Brian writes and speaks on land use law topics nationally and regionally, and is active in professional organizations. Brian has served as the editor or co-author of three books, including Local Government, Land Use, and the First Amendment: Protecting Free Speech and Expression (ABA Publishing 2017) and Group Homes: Strategies for Effective and Defensible Planning and Regulation (ABA Publishing 2014), addressing the planning and local zoning issues associated with group homes for people with disabilities. Brian serves on the advisory board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, and is the elected Secretary-Treasurer of the American Planning Association’s Planning and Law Division.


March 25 - Land Use

Mobile Homes

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Julian Grant

Coming Soon!


April 2 - Personnel

Medical Exams Under the ADA

Description forthcoming.

Speakers: Lindsay Rose & Robin Cross

Lindsay Rose is a Senior Attorney at the City of Colorado Springs, Colorado where she has practiced municipal law exclusively since 2013.  Her current practice involves providing legal advice, counseling, and representation to various city departments, enterprises, boards, commissions, and staff members on employment law and Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Title II matters. Prior to joining the City, Lindsay handled various employment law matters and obtained invaluable trial and arbitration experience while practicing with a civil litigation firm in San Antonio, Texas. Lindsay currently serves as the Young Lawyer co-chair of IMLA’s Personnel Section. She is a 2006 graduate of Texas Tech University School of Law and is licensed in Colorado and Texas (inactive).

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."


May 7 - Personnel

The Fourth Amendment and Drug Policies in the Workplace

Description forthcoming.

Speakers: Deidra Sullivan & Robin Cross

Deidra Norris Sullivan is a member of the Labor, Employment and Civil Rights Section of the City of Houston Legal Department. Deidra's primary responsibilities include counseling multiple department directors and senior human resources managers on labor and employment matters, including but not limited to discipline, terminations, employee leaves pursuant to the FMLA and/or ADA, employee grievances, unemployment compensation, and collective bargaining matters. In addition to her counseling duties, Deidra represents the City and its employees in Title VI, Title VII and Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation. When she is not providing counsel to City departments or defending the City in litigation, she conducts training on topics such as Ethics, Employee Rights, Title VII and HR best practices. Prior to joining the City of Houston Legal Department, Deidra practiced in Illinois, representing government entities, including public schools, in labor, employment and civil rights matters.

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."


May 20 - Code Enforcement

Constitutional Risks in Inspections and Best Practices

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Patricia “Trish” Link

Before practicing law in Austin, Patricia “Trish” Link received a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana State University and received her law degree from Texas Tech University. After law school, Trish worked for the Texas Workforce Commission and Office of the Attorney General.

She started with the City of Austin Law Department in 2005 as a municipal court prosecutor and since that time has worked in the Litigation, Land Use-Real Estate, General Counsel, and Municipal Operations divisions. She advises on a variety of subjects, including affordable housing, code enforcement, fair housing, land use, special events, and sound.

When she is not working, Trish reads with elementary students, runs half marathons, takes her dog to the beach, cooks, and watches college football.


June 17 - Transportation

Transportation Oriented Development

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Jonathan Hunt

Coming Soon!


August 4 - Social Media

Social Media Policy

Description forthcoming.

Speaker: Chuck Thompson

Charles W. Thompson, Jr. is the Executive Director and General Counsel of the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Prior to being appointed to this position Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Montgomery County, Maryland from 1995 to 2006. For the previous 17 years, Mr. Thompson served as County Attorney for Carroll County, Maryland. Mr. Thompson received a bachelor’s degree in history from Virginia Military Institute and earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. Thompson is currently serving as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University teaching State and Local Government Law. Mr. Thompson is admitted to practice in Maryland, the U.S. District Court for Maryland, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Mr. Thompson was awarded the ABA, Section of State and Local Government Law Jefferson Fordham Advocacy Award in 2011.


August 6 - Personnel

Arbitrating Collective Bargaining Agreement Issues with Police and Fire

Description forthcoming.

Speakers: Rebecca Hayward & Robin Cross

Roberta "Robin" Cross currently works as the Township Attorney for The Woodlands Township, Texas. She has over eighteen years’ experience working for local governments and was recognized as an IMLA Fellow in 2013. She has also worked as in-house counsel for a police labor union and for the EEOC, as a trial attorney. She is licensed to practice in Texas and admitted all of its federal courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court. She has been Board-certified in Labor and Employment Law since 1992 by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. She was appointed as Vice-President of IMLA’s Personnel Section in the fall of 2015. She enjoys employment law, among other things, because "you can't make this stuff up."

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