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Take Your Government Law Knowledge to the Next Level

There is no such thing as a typical day for government law practitioners. From unique public employment issues to zoning, with each new day comes a unique set of challenges to overcome. In this comprehensive two-day seminar on local government law, our experienced faculty will provide you with the knowledge you need to tackle a variety of pressing local government legal issues. Whether you are new to the practice area or are an experienced practitioner in need of a refresher, you are sure to take away valuable essentials from this comprehensive two-day government law overview - register today!

  • Get two full days of crucial government law information that directly affects your practice.
  • Conduct legally compliant workplace investigations that get to the bottom of government employee misconduct.
  • Deal with legal problems caused by workplace political activity and other unique public employment issues.
  • Confidently handle public records requests for emails and other electronic data.
  • Balance legal concerns over open and closed session procedures for government meetings.
  • Discover essential practices municipalities can use to limit exposure to police liability claims.
  • Navigate the government's role in the subdivision process.
  • Obtain essential tips on avoiding critical municipal bond pitfalls that can land governments in hot water.
  • Safely navigate murky client representation waters while representing government clients.

Day One

  1. Current Legislative Updates - What Government Attorneys Needs to Know
    9:00 - 10:00, Beth Tischler
  2. Handling Essential Municipal Employment Concerns
    10:00 - 11:15, Beth Tischler
    1. Current FMLA and Employee Leave Issues
    2. The ADA and Accommodating Disabled Employees
    3. Wage and Hour Disputes
    4. Discipline and Workplace Investigations
  3. Ensuring Unique Public Employment Issues and Workplace Policies Align
    11:30 - 12:45, Trevor M. Hayberger
    1. Political Activity and Public Employees
    2. Control Over Elected Officials and Their Staff
    3. Public Statements and First Amendment Protections
    4. Drug Tests, Searches and 4th Amendment Concerns
    5. Local Hiring Preferences and the 14th Amendment
    6. Personnel File Policies and Open Record Laws
  4. Public Records Requests Compliance in a Technological Age
    1:45 - 3:00, Philip C. Davis
    1. Public Records Requests and Electronic Data
    2. Right to Public Access vs. Right to Privacy
    3. Record Maintenance and Disposal - Email etc.
    4. Filing and Responding to Public Records Requests
    5. Dealing with Nuisance Requests
  5. Municipal Liability for Police Misconduct
    3:15 - 4:30, Timothy A. Marcovy
    1. 42 U.S.C. § 1983 Liability Under Federal and State Law
    2. Investigating Police Misconduct Claims
    3. Defenses and Immunities to Police Misconduct Claims
    4. How to Limit a Municipality's Exposure
    5. Current Issues - Cameras, No-Knock Warrants, Tasers and More

Day Two

  1. Government Attorney Ethics - Protect Your Client and Yourself
    9:00 - 10:00, James S. Adray
    1. Who is the Client? Who Pays Legal Fees?
    2. Attorney-Client Privilege
    3. Conflicts of Interest
    4. Ethical Concerns with Social Media Use
  2. Analyze the Land Subdivision Process
    10:15 - 11:30, Charles T. Riehl
    1. How City, County and Township Platting Processes Work
    2. When Lot Splits and Industrial Lands Are Exempt
    3. Avoid Prohibited Land Division
    4. Rules Applying to Inspections, Dedications and Vacations
    5. Private or Public Streets? Which Choice and When?
    6. When Can Extraterritoriality Be Invoked?
    7. The Powers and Processes of Planning Commissions: City vs. County vs. Regional
    8. When Subdivision is Not Zoning and Vice Versa
    9. What to Do When the Land Use Regulation is in the "Gray Area" and Approval is Denied
    10. Design Subdivision Regulations the Old Fashioned Way
    11. Get Up to Speed on the New Urbanism and Subdivision Regulations
    12. Review New Case Histories Involving Local Subdivisions
  3. Navigating Zoning Issues Before Local Governments
    11:30 - 12:45, Charles T. Riehl
    1. Legal Underpinnings; Adoption; and Amendment of Zoning Regulations
    2. Legal Influences on the Comprehensive Plan
    3. Use and Area Variances
    4. Non-Conforming Uses
    5. Conditional Uses
  4. Navigating Open Meeting Law Compliance Issues
    1:45 - 3:00, Philip C. Davis
    1. What Meeting Notices Must Contain
    2. When is a Meeting a Meeting?
    3. Open vs. Closed Session Procedures
    4. Quasi-Government Corporations and Other Grey Areas
    5. Dealing with Open Meeting Law Violations
  5. Avoiding Critical Municipal Bond Pitfalls
    3:15 - 4:30, Adam W. Loukx
    1. Applicable Federal Securities and Tax Laws
    2. Structuring Bonds
    3. Restrictions on Use of Bond Funds
    4. Protecting the Rights of Bondholders

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