Audio CD + Course Book

Ensuring Local Governments Comply with the Law

Audio CD + Course Book

Copyright Date:

December, 2017

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Audio + Course Book

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Continuing education credit
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From Event: Ensuring Local Governments Comply with the Law, held December 2017.

Program Description

Are you up to speed on local government law? Examine the disputes and challenges municipalities are currently faced with and learn proven strategies and techniques for dealing with them from experienced faculty. Get the information you need to prevent and resolve government problems - order today!

Course Content

  • Open Meeting Laws
  • Public Records Issues
  • Human Resources Issues
  • Budgets and Local Government Legalities
  • Public Contracts and Procurement
  • A Current Look at Government Immunity
  • Ethics

Continuing Education Credit

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Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 10:00, James H. McMackin III
    • Overview of the Law and to Whom it Applies
    • Required Content of Meeting Notices
    • Exceptions to the Rule
    • Email Communications
    10:00 - 10:45, James H. McMackin III
    • The Public's Right to Access Records - and Exceptions to the Rule
    • The Law Regarding Retention, Maintenance and Disposing of Public Records
    • Issues With Electronic Records Retention
    • Developing a Public Records Policy
    11:00 - 12:00, James H. McMackin III
    • New Developments in Employment Law
    • Conducting Successful Employee Investigations
    • Protecting Your Employees' Privacy Rights
    • Improving Your Personnel Policies
    1:00 - 1:30, Michael P. Migliore
    1:30 - 2:30, Richard A. Barkasy
    • Bidding Requirements and Processes
    • Procedures for Payment
    • Bid Protest Procedures
    • How to Prevent Common Contract Disputes
    • How to Resolve Common Contract Disputes
    2:45 - 3:30, Daniel M. Pereira
    • Overview of §1983 Litigation
    • Types of Immunities
    • Common Causes of Action
    • Popular and Effective Defenses
    • The Latest Evidentiary Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, Richard A. Barkasy
    • Privileged vs. Public Communications
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Whistle Blowing: Duty to Report?
    • Representing Clients After Public Service

RICHARD A. BARKASY is a partner with Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP, where he is co-chair of the creditors' rights and business restructuring practice group. Mr. Barkasy is an experienced commercial litigator and devotes a substantial portion of his practice to Chapter 11 bankruptcy matters. He is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University School of Law (Camden) where he teaches bankruptcy, secured transactions, and construction law. Mr. Barkasy is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. He earned his B.A. degree from Dickinson College and his J.D. degree, with honors, from Rutgers University School of Law.

JAMES H. MCMACKIN III is a partner with Morris James LLP. In his firm's representation of the majority of Delaware's school districts, numerous municipalities, and private employers, he routinely functions as primary counsel in state and federal court and arbitrations concerning wage and hour claims, constitutional claims, discrimination claims, labor grievances, alleged unfair labor practice actions, and employment contract disputes. Mr. McMackin's clients frequently consult with him for advice and counseling, policy drafting, and compliance audits and reviews. His peers recognize him as a leader in the field of employment litigation by nominating him to peer-reviewed recognition in Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business and Delaware Super Lawyers, where he was acclaimed for his enforcement of post-employment restrictions and his defense of discrimination claims. He is a member of the Delaware State Bar Association; the U.S. District Court, District of Delaware; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit. Mr. McMackin earned his B.A. degree from Muhlenberg College and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the Widener University School of Law.

MICHAEL P. MIGLIORE is legal counsel for the New Castle County Council. In this role, he serves as the attorney for the legislative branch of county government, providing legal advice and counsel, and research and legislative drafting to 13 elected officials. Mr. Migliore was formerly was chief legal counsel (city solicitor) for the city of Wilmington, the largest city in the state of Delaware. As solicitor, he advised the mayor, members of city council, and all city agencies and departments on a myriad of legal issues, with a primary focus on employment, police, legislative and constitutional law matters. During his legal career, Mr. Migliore has practiced law in the private and public sectors. Mr. Migliore has experience at all levels of government (federal, state, county and local levels). He served as legal aide to then-U.S. senator, and former vice president, Joseph R. Biden, Jr. He also served for several years as attorney to the House of Representatives of the Delaware General Assembly. In addition, he was a legal extern to the Honorable Joseph J. Farnan, Jr. (retired) of the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware. He is the immediate past Delaware state chair for the International Municipal Lawyers Association. Mr. Migliore also was the chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the Delaware State Bar for several years, and is certified as a mediator by the Delaware Superior Court. In addition, he is active with the American Bar Association, and serves as a mentor and moot court judge for the ABA’s annual Law Student Division National Appellate Advocacy Competition in Philadelphia. He also is a member of the ADR, employment law, and litigation sections of the Delaware State Bar Association. Mr. Migliore received his B.A. degree from Villanova University and his J.D. degree from Widener University Delaware Law School, and he has been recognized in Super Lawyers - Delaware Rising Stars.

DANIEL M. PEREIRA is an attorney in the Business Services Department of the law firm of Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis, LLP. He focuses his practice on counseling clients on bankruptcy-related matters. His practice also includes a range of complex transactional matters, including asset purchases, commercial loan agreements, and commercial real estate leasing and financing. Mr. Pereira’s practice frequently involves work on behalf of clients in the retail industry, including landlord/tenant leasing matters, as well as issues arising out of retailer bankruptcies. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Jessica R. Mayer of the Superior Court of New Jersey, Civil Division, and as an intern for the Honorable J. Curtis Joyner of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. While in law school, Mr. Pereira argued before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit on behalf of a death-row inmate appealing the summary judgment dismissal of the inmate’s Section 1983 civil rights claim. He received his B.A. degree from Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law. He is a member of the Philadelphia and Pennsylvania bar associations.

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