An experienced local government law attorney and a justice of the Appellate Court share COVID-19 lessons learned and predictions for the future regarding labor and employment issues for units of local government.
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.
In the United States, 2020 was marred by controversial and highly publicized law enforcement actions that exposed inequalities in the American criminal justice system. This program focuses on 3 areas impacted by the Statewide Use of Force Standardization Act, or SAFE-T Act (The Safety, Accountability, Fairness and Equity – Today Act) and the related trailer bill, Public Act 102-28: (1) civil liability risk brought about as a result of these laws ; (2) police training requirements and body camera updates; and (3) police certification and discipline.
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.