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5th Annual Local Government Law Institute

The interactive format and engaging, expert faculty of the 5th Annual Local Government Law Institute will maximize your learning about hot topics in Municipal Law, such as PSEBA, zoning, the First Amendment, defending FOIA and OMA complaints, ethical issues concerning who’s the client, and managing expectations and risks concerning sensitive social issues. Featuring 7 hours of CLE, including 3 hours of Professional Responsibility credit (pending approval), a lunch panel featuring the faculty discussing their biggest “lessons learned,” and a networking reception (Chicago only), you won’t want to miss this program!
  • Credits: 4.00 General, 3.00 Professional Responsibility
  • Product ID: P9017-17U
  • Original Program Date: 12/13/2017
  • Formats:
    • Live Event
    • DVD


Wednesday, December 13, 2017 
One North Wacker Conference Center (UBS Tower) - Chicago and
IICLE® Professional Education Center - Springfield Simulcast

 7:45 – 8:15                   Registration

 8:15 – 8:30                   Welcome & Announcements
Steven M. Elrod, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago
Peter M. Friedman, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago

8:30 – 9:30                   Legislative & Case Law Update
Learn about the most recent legal developments affecting local government, new and pending legislation, as well as analysis of relevant cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Illinois courts. 
James V. Ferolo, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
Steven B. Adams, Robbins Schwartz, Chicago                                   

9:30 – 10:15                The First Amendment

This session will provide an up-to-date report on local government First Amendment litigation, involving everything from public forum to tattoo parlors, federal grants to sign code provisions, religious institutions to Twitter accounts, and more.
Peter M. Friedman, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago

10:15 – 10:30               Break

10:30 – 11:00              Public Safety Employee Benefits Act (PSEBA) Update
This session will discuss what constitutes a PSEBA-eligible injury; when and why to seek intervention before the Pension Board to contest the “catastrophic” determination; strategies for contesting dubious PSEBA claims; and an assessment of model PSEBA ordinances.
John B. Murphey, Rosenthal, Murphey, Coblentz & Donahue, Chicago

11:00 – 12:00              Zoning Gone Wild!
In this interactive session, Steve and Julie will present a hypothetical zoning petition and discuss a variety of the procedural issues that come up in controversial zoning hearings and meetings. The presenters will discuss how to deal with neighbor opposition, including best practices for cross-examination, advanced registration requirements, continuation requests, neighbors who use the process to delay, commission members who are afraid to vote, commissioners who sign petitions opposing the development, subpoenas, FOIA requests during the process, ex parte contacts with commissioners and elected officials, oaths, testimony at the board/council level, and so much more.
Steven M. Elrod, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago
Julie A. Tappendorf, Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, PC, Chicago

12:00 – 12:15               Lunch Service Begins

12:15 -- 1:15                Lessons Learned (1.0 Professional Responsibility)
Each member of our top-notch faculty will discuss the top ethical or practical dilemma encountered in their practice, as well as how they handled it, what they might have done differently, and the lessons they learned from it!
All Faculty will Participate as Members of the Panel

1:15 – 2:00                  Defending FOIA and OMA Complaints
During this advanced discussion you will learn best practices in responding to a request for review from the PAC.  Jeff and Julie will also provide tips for litigating FOIA and OMA challenges in court using real-life examples from their own experiences defending local governments against FOIA and OMA claims.                                    
Jeffrey R. Jurgens, Sorling Northrup, Springfield                                    
Julie A. Tappendorf, Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, PC, Chicago

2:00 – 2:15                   Break

2:15 – 3:15                  Ethics for the Local Government Law Attorney (1.0 Professional Responsibility)
Who’s the client? How do you identify conflicts? Whose conflict is it? Does it matter? How do you deal with it? How do you avoid appearances of impropriety? How do you handle conflicts between IRMA & insured?
Katherine S. Janega, Former Attorney for Village of Winnetka, Chicago
Lance C. Malina, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago 

3:15 – 4:15                 “Don’t tell me NO, tell me HOW”:  Dealing with Sensitive Social Issues (1.0 Professional Responsibility)
When citizens demand that their elected officials “do something” to address a hot button issue, the officials often turn to the municipal attorney for a legislative solution. Issues such as adult uses, abandoned/neglected properties, affordable housing, homelessness and panhandling, tattoo parlors and immigration enforcement can test the limits of municipal authority and in turn test the attorney’s creativity and judgment.  Explore options for managing both expectations and risks when asked to solve social issues with laws.  Following a brief introduction and discussion of applicable Code of Professional Conduct considerations, the panel will join with the participants in a lively discussion (and maybe even a debate or two) of possible responses to a series of hypothetical “delicate” situations.
Ruth A. Schlossberg, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, Crystal Lake, Panel  Moderator
Steven M. Elrod, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago
Peter M. Friedman, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago
Katherine S. Janega, Former Attorney for Village of Winnetka, Chicago
Lance C. Malina, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago

4:15 – 5:30                   You’re Invited!  (CHICAGO ONLY)  Annual Networking Cocktail Reception Immediately Following
Now is the time to ask your own “cocktail party questions!” Join the faculty and other participants for food and drinks and add to your referral and professional network. All planning committee and faculty members will be in attendance and this event is included with your tuition. 


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