Open Meetings, Public Records and Contracts, Section 1983 and More
Learn how to conduct open meetings, maintain and respond to public record requests, better understand Section 1983 claims and government liability, handle zoning ordinance violations and so much more! In this comprehensive course, experienced faculty will go over these key elements of municipal law and give you the tools you need to be able to confidently assist your clients. Order today!
- Confidently conduct open meetings, craft meeting minutes and make meeting materials available to the public.
- Learn how to file, process and respond to record requests.
- Prepare bids and requests for proposal.
- Prove/disprove key Section 1983 claim elements.
- Properly handle zoning ordinance violations.
- Learn how to investigate misconduct allegations.
11:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time
- Conducting Open Meetings: Requirements, Exceptions and More
11:00 - 12:00, Frederic W. Knaak
- Determining When a Meeting is a Meeting
- Crafting Meeting Notices
- Making Meeting Materials Available to the Public
- Closing Meetings: Attorney-Client Privilege and Other Concerns
- Using Email and Electronic Communications: Best Practices
- Public Records: Maintaining and Responding to Requests
12:15 - 1:15, Frederic W. Knaak
- The Public's Right to Access Records - and Exceptions
- Record Requests: Filing, Processing and Responding
- Developing a Public Records Policy
- Retaining Public Records: Electronic and Paper
- Maintaining and Disposing of Public Records
- Public Contracts and Procurement: Representing Municipalities
1:15 - 2:15, Eric J. Larson
- Preparing Bids and Requests for Proposal
- Reviewing and Analyzing Bids
- Disqualifying Bidders
- Defending Bid Challenges and Protests
- Awarding Contracts
- Making Contract Payments
- How to Prevent and Resolve Common Contract Disputes
- Section 1983 Claims and Government Liability
2:45 - 3:45, Mark Hazelbaker
- Section 1983 Liability Under Federal Law
- Proving/Disproving Key Claim Elements
- Individual vs. Official Capacity
- Investigating Misconduct Allegations
- Using Qualified Immunity and Other Defenses
- Limiting Municipal Exposure
- Land Use, Annexation and Zoning How-to's
3:45 - 4:45, Eric J. Larson
- Crafting Land Use Regulations: Constitutional Concerns and More
- Granting Variances: The 3 Main Criteria
- Conditional Use Permits: Granting and Revoking
- Handling Zoning Ordinance Violations
- Annexing Land and Resolving Issues
5:00 - 6:00, Mark Hazelbaker
- Privileged vs. Public Communications
- Conflicts of Interest
- Whistle Blowing: Duty to Report?
- Representing Clients After Public Service
This program is designed for attorneys. Paralegals may also benefit.