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11th Annual Local Government Law Institute

If your practice involves working for or with units of local government, you can't miss the 11th Annual Local Government Law Institute. With a carefully crafted agenda presented by a committee of experienced Illinois attorneys, this program is the best opportunity for comprehensive, practical guidance on local government law issues, including a host of timely and relevant topics along with crucial updates on statutory changes and case law.
Credits: 5.25 General, 0 Diversity/Inclusion PR, 0 MH/SA PR, 0.75 Other PR

Expires: December 1, 2025

Welcome & Announcements – Program Moderators
Steven M. Elrod, Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago
Peter M. Friedman
Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago

Caselaw and Legislative Update
The Courts, the Illinois General Assembly, and the US Congress have been very busy in 2023 on multiple critically important matters related to governmental bodies at all levels. We’ll cover the most important judicial and legislative activities from 2023 and their impacts on Illinois local government.
Peter Friedman, Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago

The First Amendment & Government Social Media Activities
In this session, Steve and Julie will discuss the potential legal pitfalls in government social media. They will summarize recent court decisions (1) holding that a government social media account or page is a designated or limited public forum, (2) finding governments in violation of the First Amendment for removing comments that constitute protected speech, and (3) analyzing when an elected official’s personal social media page becomes so entangled with their government duties that it becomes a public forum. They will also provide tips for advising local governments on legally defensible social media comment policies.
Steven M. Elrod, Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago
Julie A. TappendorfAncel Glink, PC, Chicago

Civil Rights: Supreme Court Shockwaves – 6 Months Later 
In the wake of a tumultuous term, this session will analyze recent Supreme Court civil rights decisions and their impact on local government operations in several areas:

  • First Amendment Free Speech
  • First Amendment Free Exercise
  • Land Use and Fifth Amendment Takings Claims
  • Qualified Immunity
  • Students for Fair Admissions and local government employment, contracting, and diversity initiatives.

John Murphey, Odelson, Murphey, Frazier & McGrath, Ltd., Evergreen Park

Avoiding the Quagmire of Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Municipal Best Practices
A discussion of the reasonable accommodation mandate under the ADA and its effect on a municipality’s ability to regulate and enforce zoning and building code requirements. Preventative legislative steps to avoid federal scrutiny, best practices in dealing with accommodation requests, and dealing with litigation, if it arises, will be covered.
James V. Ferolo, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
Lance C. Malina, 
Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago

Lunch Panel: Advising Clients on Conflicts Issues
Faculty and attendees will share experiences and tips on advising clients

A Chat with the PAC
Public Access Bureau attorneys will discuss recent binding and non-binding opinions on challenging FOIA and Open Meetings Act issues.
Moderator: Ruth A. Schlossberg, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, Crystal Lake
Leah Bartelt, Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General, Springfield
Christopher Boggs, Deputy Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General, Springfield

Representing Counties: Managing Contending Authorities and Jurisdictions of Elected Officials and Independent Agencies

  • Seeking State Indemnification for Elected Officials under State Employee Indemnification Act
  • 1983 Defense: Prosecutorial Immunities and claims against correctional facilities for failure to provide medical services
  • Independent Agencies’ Funding and Representation
  • PTAB jurisdiction vis a vis circuit court, associational standing, county Board of Review assessment authority versus township assessors.

Melanie K. Nelson, Chief Deputy, Civil Trial Division, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, Waukegan
Gunnar GunnarssonAssistant State's Attorney, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, Waukegan

Conflicts of Interest in Municipal Law
(0.75 Professional Responsibility CLE)
Municipal law by its very nature is more prone to conflicts of interest than other areas of the law. Richard Gleason of the ARDC will break down the rules around conflicts of interest, as well as how they apply specifically to government law attorneys. Learn how to most effectively serve your clients while also staying on the good side of the ARDC.
Richard Gleason, IL ARDC, Chicago

Adjourn

Many thanks to our 2023 Planning Committee:

Steven M. Elrod, Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago
James V. Ferolo, 
Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
Peter M. Friedman
Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago
Lance C. Malina, 
Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
John Murphey,
Odelson, Murphey, Frazier & McGrath, Ltd., Evergreen Park
Ruth A. Schlossberg, 
Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, Crystal Lake
Julie A. Tappendorf
Ancel Glink, PC, Chicago

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Welcome & Announcements – Program Moderators
Steven M. Elrod, Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago
Peter M. Friedman
Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago

Caselaw and Legislative Update
The Courts, the Illinois General Assembly, and the US Congress have been very busy in 2023 on multiple critically important matters related to governmental bodies at all levels. We’ll cover the most important judicial and legislative activities from 2023 and their impacts on Illinois local government.
Peter Friedman, Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago

The First Amendment & Government Social Media Activities
In this session, Steve and Julie will discuss the potential legal pitfalls in government social media. They will summarize recent court decisions (1) holding that a government social media account or page is a designated or limited public forum, (2) finding governments in violation of the First Amendment for removing comments that constitute protected speech, and (3) analyzing when an elected official’s personal social media page becomes so entangled with their government duties that it becomes a public forum. They will also provide tips for advising local governments on legally defensible social media comment policies.
Steven M. Elrod, Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago
Julie A. TappendorfAncel Glink, PC, Chicago

Civil Rights: Supreme Court Shockwaves – 6 Months Later 
In the wake of a tumultuous term, this session will analyze recent Supreme Court civil rights decisions and their impact on local government operations in several areas:

  • First Amendment Free Speech
  • First Amendment Free Exercise
  • Land Use and Fifth Amendment Takings Claims
  • Qualified Immunity
  • Students for Fair Admissions and local government employment, contracting, and diversity initiatives.

John Murphey, Odelson, Murphey, Frazier & McGrath, Ltd., Evergreen Park

Avoiding the Quagmire of Reasonable Accommodation Under the Americans with Disabilities Act: Municipal Best Practices
A discussion of the reasonable accommodation mandate under the ADA and its effect on a municipality’s ability to regulate and enforce zoning and building code requirements. Preventative legislative steps to avoid federal scrutiny, best practices in dealing with accommodation requests, and dealing with litigation, if it arises, will be covered.
James V. Ferolo, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
Lance C. Malina, 
Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago

Lunch Panel: Advising Clients on Conflicts Issues
Faculty and attendees will share experiences and tips on advising clients

A Chat with the PAC
Public Access Bureau attorneys will discuss recent binding and non-binding opinions on challenging FOIA and Open Meetings Act issues.
Moderator: Ruth A. Schlossberg, Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, Crystal Lake
Leah Bartelt, Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General, Springfield
Christopher Boggs, Deputy Public Access Counselor, Office of the Attorney General, Springfield

Representing Counties: Managing Contending Authorities and Jurisdictions of Elected Officials and Independent Agencies

  • Seeking State Indemnification for Elected Officials under State Employee Indemnification Act
  • 1983 Defense: Prosecutorial Immunities and claims against correctional facilities for failure to provide medical services
  • Independent Agencies’ Funding and Representation
  • PTAB jurisdiction vis a vis circuit court, associational standing, county Board of Review assessment authority versus township assessors.

Melanie K. Nelson, Chief Deputy, Civil Trial Division, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, Waukegan
Gunnar GunnarssonAssistant State's Attorney, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, Waukegan

Conflicts of Interest in Municipal Law
(0.75 Professional Responsibility CLE)
Municipal law by its very nature is more prone to conflicts of interest than other areas of the law. Richard Gleason of the ARDC will break down the rules around conflicts of interest, as well as how they apply specifically to government law attorneys. Learn how to most effectively serve your clients while also staying on the good side of the ARDC.
Richard Gleason, IL ARDC, Chicago

Adjourn

Many thanks to our 2023 Planning Committee:

Steven M. Elrod, Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago
James V. Ferolo, 
Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
Peter M. Friedman
Elrod Friedman LLP, Chicago
Lance C. Malina, 
Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
John Murphey,
Odelson, Murphey, Frazier & McGrath, Ltd., Evergreen Park
Ruth A. Schlossberg, 
Zukowski, Rogers, Flood & McArdle, Crystal Lake
Julie A. Tappendorf
Ancel Glink, PC, Chicago

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Program Date12/1/2023
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