Open Meetings, Public Records and Contracts, Section 1983, and More
Learn how to conduct open meetings, maintain and respond to public record requests, better understand Section 1983 claims and government liability, handle zoning ordinance violations, and so much more! In this comprehensive course, experienced faculty will go over these key elements of municipal law and give you the tools you need to be able to confidently assist your clients. Register today!
Confidently conduct open meetings, craft meeting minutes, and make meeting materials available to the public.
Learn how to file, process, and respond to record requests.
Prepare bids and requests for proposal.
Prove/disprove key Section 1983 claim elements.
Properly handle zoning ordinance violations.
Learn how to investigate misconduct allegations.
Conducting Open Meetings: Requirements, Exceptions, and More
Public Records: Maintaining and Responding to Requests
Public Contracts and Procurement: Representing Municipalities
Frederic W. Knaak is a partner in the law firm HKB Law, P.A., located in the northeastern Twin Cities. Recently, he has moved that practice into North Star Law Group in St. Paul, Minnesota, where he heads the Municipal Law group. Mr. Knaak has represented cities and other local units of government for more than 43 years. His practice includes real estate, zoning and land use, municipal law, public and election law, including substantial trial and appellate litigation experience in state and federal courts. For ten years, Mr. Knaak served in the Minnesota Senate, representing a suburban district northeast of St. Paul. He was the Minority Floor Leader, and served during his entire tenure on the Data Practices Subcommittee, where he was directly involved in the drafting and amending of the Minnesota Data Practices Act and the Open Meeting Law of that state.
Eric J. Larson is a shareholder with Municipal Law & Litigation Group, S.C. in Waukesha, Wisconsin, which represents more than 50 municipal entities. He is the municipal attorney for more than 20 Wisconsin cities, villages and towns, including Cudahy, Dousman, Fox Point, North Bay, North Prairie, Pleasant Prairie, Reeseville, Rochester, Slinger, Wind Point, and towns of Ashippun, Aztalan, Christiana, Delafield, Genesee, Jefferson, Lake Mills, Lowell, Ottawa, Troy and Westfield. He has practiced municipal law in Minnesota (admitted 1990) and Wisconsin (admitted 1994), first in-house as an assistant county attorney, and in private municipal practice since 1994. Mr. Larson is a regular speaker at the annual meetings of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities Municipal Attorneys Institute and the Wisconsin Towns Association Town Attorneys Institute. He has chaired the Waukesha County Bar Association Municipal Section for more than a decade. Mr. Larson is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School and Earlham College.
Robert A. Zimmerman is a partner in the law firm of Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP, and chair of the firm's government relations practice group. As a civil trial and appellate lawyer, he has litigated a wide variety of cases in Ohio and around the country. In the area of land use and zoning law, Mr. Zimmerman has handled numerous matters throughout administrative and legislative consideration, and court action. He serves as national zoning counsel to a large company. In the area of eminent domain, Mr. Zimmerman represents both property owners and governmental entities. He served on the Shaker Heights City Council from 2006-2021. Mr. Zimmerman served eight years as council's representative on the Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals. He is a member of the American, Ohio State and Cleveland bar associations. Mr. Zimmerman earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from The Ohio State University and his J.D. degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.
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