Legislative & Case Law Update
Every day, local governments deal with the impact of the decisions of legislators, regulators and courts. Learn about recent legal developments affecting local government, from new and pending legislation to relevant cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Illinois courts. Bring your own insights and questions to this interactive session, as we discuss both the practical and policy impacts of these developments, and your role in keeping your clients informed and aware of actions they may need to take.
Katherine S. Janega, Former Attorney for Village of Winnetka, Chicago
Ruth A. Schlossberg, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, Crystal Lake
An Inside View from the Governor’s Lawyer
The General Counsel to the Governor of Illinois is the chief legal advisor to the Governor and members of his staff on wide-ranging matters of ethics and compliance, personnel, litigation, and regulatory and legislative initiatives. The Office oversees approximately 50 agencies, Boards and Commissions throughout the state of Illinois, with a work force of roughly 45,000. The current and former General Counsel to Governor Rauner will join us for a panel discussion on the important and complicated legal issues that confronted them in this critically important position in our state government. They will share “war stories” and legal strategies involved in some of the key legal matters over the last four years, including the US Supreme Court’s decision in the Janus case.
Peter M. Friedman, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago, Panel Moderator
Jason Barclay, General Counsel to the Governor, January 2015 – October 2016
Lise Spacapan, General Counsel to the Governor, August 2017 - present
Friend or Foe? Local Intergovernmental Conflict and Agreement
Understand the relationship of local governmental entities to one another in their mission to serve the public.
James V. Ferolo, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
Lance C. Malina, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
Richard J. Veenstra, City of Aurora, Aurora
Land Use Litigation and More!
In their unique, audience-participation style, Steve & Julie will team up to provide their best practice tips for defending (and avoiding) land use challenges. Learn about the importance of creating the record at the hearing stage, dealing with FOIA requests both before and after a complaint has been filed, retaining expert witnesses, limitations periods, the standards for administrative and legislative proceedings, procedural tactics, and so much more!
Steven M. Elrod, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago
Julie A. Tappendorf, Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, PC, Chicago
Hot Ethics Topics in Local Government Law
Each member of our top-notch faculty will discuss a hot ethical issue in municipal law in a fast-paced, engaging style.
All Faculty will Participate as Members of the Panel
What Do We Do When Somebody Wants to Make a Federal Case Out of It?
Learn about how to respond to attempts to turn state law land use cases into federal court constitutional challenges, with a discussion of recent cases such as McCarthy v. Village of Barrington, CyrusOne LLC v. City of Aurora and Chicago Gun Club, LLC v. City of Willowbrook).
Steven B. Adams, Robbins Schwartz, Chicago
John B. Murphey, Rosenthal, Murphey, Coblentz & Donahue, Chicago
Getting Behind and In Front of Implicit Bias in the Workplace
Learn about ways implicit bias can affect our communications and actions in the workplace, and explore ways to ‘interrupt’ bias and improve the workplace environment.
Sonni Choi Williams, City of Lockport, Lockport, Panel Moderator
Jennifer L. Rosato Perea, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago
Juan Perea, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago
The way we communicate about legal issues impacts lawyers and their local government clients every day. Ethical rules govern many attorney communications, while practical and statutory rules govern how clients communicate with their attorneys, their employees, and with their constituents. Explore several facets of communicating on legal issues and the legal and ethical considerations that must govern these communications, including social media, ex parte communications, lawyer advocacy in the context of zoning hearings, Open Meetings Act restraints, and local government litigation.
Peter M. Friedman, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago