Local government attorneys must continue provide effective legal services relating to complex issues in the face of a distrusting public. This program will help you better understand how to confidently handle a variety of thorny legal matters, including First Amendment Auditors, increased FOIA requests for employee information and police records, vulgar political speech, vitriolic public comment, and social media misrepresentation.
As the COVID-19 pandemic led to sudden economic meltdown, local governments and their business communities faced serious financial challenges. The impact of the crisis on the private sector has had real implications for the financial health of the public sector. Understand the current state of financial conditions for local governments, including the public finance market. We also will discuss initiatives taken at the state and local level to support local governments and their businesses.
Learn about efforts to eliminate qualified immunity, the move toward civilian review boards, endeavors to require police discipline arbitration decisions to be subject to broader judicial review, and the staggering differences in how excessive force claims against police are handled now (2020) compared to then (2019).
Responding to an emergency is an emergency … but it does not have to be. Learn useful information that both the county and municipal attorney can use to effectively provide legal guidance to clients through an emergency. The session will discuss issues that may arise from declarations and proclamations, local government powers, executive orders and enforcing them, meetings, and a myriad of other issues that may arise when the state or local government is in the state of an emergency.