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4th Annual Local Government Law Institute (2016)

With topics carefully crafted and taught by a committee of knowledgeable, experienced attorneys, the IICLE 4th Annual Local Government Law Institute is your resource for hands-on, practical help with municipal law issues. Learn about pressing issues such as utilizing public/private partnerships to fund public improvements, disciplining employees, understanding the Illinois Sunshine Laws, and working with challenging boards. Hear from a panel of in-house corporation counsel about how outside counsel can work most effectively with them. Our experts will address the hottest topics in local government law.
  • Credits: 4.25 General, 0 Diversity/Inclusion PR, 0 MH/SA PR, 2 Other PR
  • Product ID: P9017-16U
  • Original Program Date: 12/2/2016 08:30 AM
  • Formats:
    • Online On-Demand
    • DVD
    • Audio Download


December 2, 2016 – Chicago

Welcome & Announcements
Steven M. Elrod, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago
Peter M. Friedman, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago

 Legislative & Case Law Update

Learn about the most recent legal developments affecting local government, including new and pending legislation, as well as analysis of relevant cases from the U.S. Supreme Court and Illinois courts.  General trends in municipal litigation and the impact of the ongoing Springfield budget impasse on municipalities will also be covered.
Peter M. Friedman, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago
Michael F. Zimmermann, Tressler LLP, Chicago

Local Government Employee Discipline

A straightforward discussion on issues related to discipline and termination of key local government employees, and differences based on employee contracts, unionized employees and collective bargaining agreements, and civil service employee protections.  Learn about best practices for implementing all types of employment decisions. This session will also contrast arbitration with Civil Service/BFPC proceedings, and offer advice on how to successfully handle all forms of sensitive employment decisions.
John B. Murphey, Rosenthal, Murphey, Coblentz & Donahue, Chicago

Financing Municipal Improvements

Municipalities requiring major public improvements often struggle with revenue and other fiscal restrictions.  Learn how municipalities can effectively finance necessary public improvements through both traditional and more complex and creative methods, including public-private partnerships and tax increment financing options.
James V. Ferolo, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago
Katherine S. Janega, Former Attorney for Village of Winnetka, Chicago

Providing Counsel to Challenging Boards
(1.0 Professional Responsibility)

One of the most sensitive aspects of representing local governments is navigating the often challenging dynamics of the corporate authorities and the public and applicants that participate in meetings.  This interactive session will help you anticipate and handle tricky situations such as navigating intra-board disputes and board vs. manager disputes, dealing with difficult residents, and handling outspoken employees.
Steven M. Elrod, Holland & Knight LLP, Chicago
Julie A. Tappendorf, Ancel, Glink, Diamond, Bush, DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C., Chicago

“Texting and Emailing: Best (or Worst?) Practices”
During our annual “lunch & learn” session, each member of our top-notch faculty will lead a small-group discussion on the ethical and practical dilemma of electronic messaging that confronts every elected and appointed public official.  Recent cases on this topic will also be analyzed.
All Members of the Faculty

Sunshine Laws
The Illinois Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Acts impact all aspects of local governance.  In addition to the most common uses of FOIA requests and OMA requirements, these statutes are now used to obtain information on matters ranging from marital disputes to estate litigation.  This session will review the latest case law, amendments, and AG opinions.  Hypothetical scenarios will help explain the procedures, exemptions, and enforcement options under FOIA and the OMA. Identifying “public bodies” and “public records,” protecting sensitive records, and a discussion of the ethical aspects of public disclosure laws will also be covered.
Steven B. Adams, Robbins Schwartz, Chicago
Kenneth M. Florey, Robbins Schwartz, Chicago 
Lance C. Malina, Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., Chicago

Panel Discussion: Hot Topics in Local Government Law

Through war stories and audience questions, all members of the faculty will offer insight on “hot topics” facing local government attorneys, including:

  • Transgender restrooms and other LGBTQ issues
  • AirBnB and home sharing uses
  • Uber and ride sharing activities
  • Consolidation of local governments
  • 2016 Election fall-out

All Members of the Faculty will Participate as Members of the Panel
     Katherine S. Janega, Panel Moderator 

Special In-House Counsel Panel Discussion:
 (1.0 Professional Responsibility)

Corporate Counsel from several municipalities will offer insight into the operations of municipal in-house legal departments, how they try to maximize the effectiveness and utilization of outside counsel, and other key issues facing local governments from around the State.  This session will discuss: 

  • Who’s the client?
  • The differences between  “damage control” and “risk management”
  • How in-house attorneys work with outside municipal counsel on special matters
  • How in-house attorneys work with outside counsel who represent other clients

Grant Farrar, City Attorney, City of Evanston
Patrick W. Hayes, Legal Director, City of Rockford
Jeffrey R. Jurgens, City Attorney, City of Bloomington
Patricia J. Lord, Senior Assistant City Attorney, City of Naperville
Michael M. Lorge, Corporation Counsel, Village of Skokie
      Steven M. Elrod and Peter M. Friedman, Panel Moderators


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SKU: P9017-16E
$399.00 or 6.25 credits

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