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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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
  • Public Contracts and Procurement
  • A Current Look at Government Immunity
  • Ethics

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing education credit is not available at this time.
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Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 10:00, Written and presented by Patrick A. Lyp in Merrillville. Written and presented by N. Davey Neal in Indianapolis.
    • Overview of the Law and to Whom it Applies
    • Required Content of Meeting Notices
    • Exceptions to the Rule
    • Email Communications
    10:15 - 11:15, Written and presented by Patrick A. Lyp in Merrillville. Written and presented by N. Davey Neal in Indianapolis.
    • 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
    11:15 - 12:15, Written and presented by Aarika Mack-Brown in Merrillville. Written and presented by Laurie E. Martin in Indianapolis.
    • New Developments in Employment Law
    • Conducting Successful Employee Investigations
    • Protecting Your Employees' Privacy Rights
    • Improving Your Personnel Policies
    1:15 - 2:15, Written by Brian C. Bosma. Presented by Angela Jones in Merrillville and Brian C. Bosma in Indianapolis.
    • Bidding Requirements and Processes
    • Procedures for Payment
    • Bid Protest Procedures
    • How to Prevent Common Contract Disputes
    • How to Resolve Common Contract Disputes
    2:15 - 3:15, Written and presented by Alfredo Estrada in Merrillville. Presented by Jason P. Cleveland in Indianapolis.
    • Overview of §1983 Litigation
    • Types of Immunities
    • Common Causes of Action
    • Popular and Effective Defenses
    • The Latest Evidentiary Considerations
    3:30 - 4:30, Written by Ted W. Nolting. Presented by Elizabeth A. Knight in Merrillville and Ted W. Nolting in Indianapolis.
    • Privileged vs. Public Communications
    • Conflicts of Interest
    • Whistle Blowing: Duty to Report?
    • Representing Clients After Public Service
December 4 - Merrillville

ALFREDO ESTRADA is an attorney at Burke Costanza & Carberry, LLP, in their Merrillville, Indiana office. Mr. Estrada is the co-chair of the firm's immigration practice group and a member of the firm's litigation and business practice groups. His practice involves representing municipal and governmental entities, and immigration and civil litigation in both state and federal courts. Mr. Estrada received his B.A. degree from Purdue University Calumet and his J.D. degree from Valparaiso University Law School. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Lake County Bar Association.

ANGELA JONES is an attorney and owner of The Law Office of Angela M. Jones, LLC. She is also of-counsel for Smith Sersic. Ms. Jones focuses her practice in litigation with particular emphasis in the areas of personal injury, business litigation and transactions, product liability, and construction. She has substantial experience handling complex litigation for her clients and has actively litigating several high-profile cases in Indiana, including multiple wrongful death and traumatic injury cases. Ms. Jones is admitted to practice in Illinois and Indiana and before the U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana and U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana. Ms. Jones is a member of the Women Lawyer's Association and the Lake County Bar Association. She received her J.D. degree from Stetson University College of Law.

ELIZABETH A. KNIGHT is a principal of the law firm of Knight Hope Kurnik & Knight, Ltd. She has successfully served as lead trial counsel in high profile cases involving complex federal and state laws with millions of dollars in damage exposure to the firm's clients. Ms. Knight is the head of the firm's appellate division. She has presented appeals in all five Illinois district appellate courts, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also successfully defeated petitions of writ of certiorari on constitutional questions in the U.S. Supreme Court. Ms. Knight is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law. She is licensed to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and supreme and appellate courts throughout Illinois and Indiana. Ms. Knight has presented extensively in the arenas of civil rights and contractor negligence law. In addition, she has lectured and provided training to numerous municipalities and police departments on topics such as use of force, racial profiling, police pursuits, and sexual harassment in the workplace.

PATRICK A. LYP serves as the general counsel/economic development director for the City of Valparaiso, where he oversees and manages resolution of legal matters affecting the city. He develops, plans, organizes and implements the economic development objectives of the city and its Redevelopment Commission, including business attraction/retention and incentive programs. Mr. Lyp is also of counsel to the Valparaiso firm of Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman, LLC. He is a former adjunct professor at Valparaiso University School of Law, where he taught business drafting. Mr. Lyp earned his B.A. degree, with honors, from the Catholic University of America, and his J.D. degree from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is a member of the Porter County and Indiana State bar associations. Mr. Lyp is licensed to practice in both Indiana and Illinois state and federal courts.

AARIKA MACK-BROWN is a trial attorney in the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission's Indianapolis District Office. As a trial attorney, Ms. Mack-Brown represents the commission in its employment discrimination litigation. Ms. Mack-Brown also advises the commission's investigative staff on matters related to federal employment discrimination law. She received her B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Fisk University and her J.D degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

December 7 - Indianapolis

BRIAN C. BOSMA is a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of complex business and municipal transactions, municipal finance and environmental matters. He chairs the government practice group of Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP, and serves as general or special counsel to dozens of municipalities and business entities throughout the state of Indiana. Mr. Bosma has served as a member of the Indiana House of Representatives since 1986, and was elected speaker of the house in 2004, 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. He is also a member of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association (Corporations, Banking, Business, and Natural Resource Law sections), the Indiana State Bar Association (Corporations, Banking, and Business Law sections), and the Indianapolis Bar Association (Business and Environmental Law sections). Mr. Bosma is also the Indiana editor of the Environmental Due Diligence Reporter, Bureau of National Affairs. He received his B.S. degree from Purdue University and his J.D. degree from the Indiana University School of Law.

JASON P. CLEVELAND is an partner with Cleveland Lehner Cassidy Attorneys at Law, located in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mr. Cleveland is a seasoned employment law and civil litigation attorney; he has handled multiple federal jury trials in the Northern and Southern District of Indiana Courts and represented clients at the EEOC, MSPB, SEAC and ICRC, as well as Indiana State Courts, local government bodies and boards. He spent the first seven years of his career as an attorney at Hostetter & O’Hara in Brownsburg, Indiana, practicing general civil litigation before federal and state courts. At John H. Haskin & Associates (formerly Haskin & LaRue), Mr. Cleveland focused his practice exclusively on employment and discrimination law. He graduated with his B.A. degree from DePauw University and he earned his J.D. degree at Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.

LAURIE E. MARTIN is a partner with Hoover Hull Turner LLP. She practices in the areas of business litigation, employment litigation and consulting, and ERISA litigation. Ms. Martin advises and defends employers facing claims, including employment discrimination; wrongful discharge; blacklisting or defamation; wage and hour disputes; enforcement of covenants not to compete; ERISA and benefit litigation; and trade secret misappropriation, including representation in actions before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, state and local agencies, and federal and state courts. She also represents large and small businesses, insurers, ERISA plans, health care providers and individuals in commercial disputes, including contract enforcement and interpretation; and business torts, including breach of fiduciary duty and fraud. Ms. Martin graduated with a journalism degree, magna cum laude, from Butler University, and received her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, where she served as editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Review and was named to the Order of Barristers. She also served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Chief Judge Larry J. McKinney in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Ms. Martin is a frequent speaker and author on topics related to her areas of practice. She sits on the Executive Committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association Labor and Employment Section. Ms. Martin is a member of the American, Seventh Circuit, Indiana State, and Indianapolis bar associations.

N. DAVEY NEAL is an attorney with Clark, Quinn, Moses, Scott & Grahn, LLP, where he manages the government affair's practice group, Clark Quinn Public Affairs. In addition, he also focuses his legal practice on hospitality law/alcoholic beverage law, business and commercial sales, as well as governmental services. Prior to serving as deputy secretary of state, Mr. Neil was appointed executive secretary of the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission (ATC) by Governor Mitch Daniels. He served as hearing judge on numerous ATC matters and advised the commission and the Indiana State Excise Police on all licensure, regulatory, and enforcement matters. Mr. Neil was the ATC's liaison to the Indiana General Assembly. He received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College, and his J.D. and M.B.A. degrees from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law and the Indiana University Kelley School of Business through a joint JD/MBA program.

TED W. NOLTING is an attorney with Kroger, Gardis & Regas, LLP where he practices primarily in the area of municipal law and serves a number of governmental clients in the Indianapolis area. Mr. Nolting was previously an attorney for the city of Indianapolis, where he served as deputy corporation counsel under Mayor Gregory Ballard, as well as special counsel to the chief of police. Also a member of the Patent Bar, he received an engineering degree from Purdue University and worked as a manufacturing engineer with the U.S. Navy and Lockheed Martin Aeronautics prior to attending law school. Mr. Nolting received his J.D. degree from Maurer School of Law, Indiana University. He is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers.

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