Live Seminar

Legal Issues Involving Local Governments



Wednesday, February 21, 2018


9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel

835 Great Northern Boulevard

Helena, MT 59601


$339 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • MT CLE - 6.00

Program Description

Skillfully Manage Your Multiple Roles

Do you feel overwhelmed when dealing with zoning and civil rights issues all in one day? Do you have the knowledge and skills you need to keep up to date with all the legislative changes? Let our experienced faculty share their strategies and techniques for dealing with a wide-range of local government issues. Get the information you need to help your day run more smoothly - enroll today!

  • Recognize the potential liability surrounding open records and open meetings laws.
  • Apply current guidelines for effectively addressing public participation and free speech issues.
  • Equip yourself to handle police officer liability claims under Section 1983 and other issues.
  • Better understand the police investigation process and possible disciplinary actions.
  • Discover the best ways to prevent and resolve zoning conflicts between counties and municipalities.
  • Learn strategies for managing the public right-of-way while minimizing potential conflict.
  • Stay current on case law and legislation affecting municipalities.

Who Should Attend

This intermediate level seminar is designed for those professionals who work in local government and need to balance multiple roles. Those who should attend include:

  • Attorneys
  • City Council Members
  • Chamber of Commerce Members
  • Public Officials

Course Content

  1. Local Government and the Law
  2. Public Rights Issues
  3. Police Liability Claims
  4. Ethical Dilemmas for Municipal Attorneys
  5. Zoning Concerns
  6. Land Use and Planning Issues

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *

* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

    9:00 - 10:00, Abigail J. St. Lawrence
    1. Legislative Update
    2. Recent Cases of Interest to Municipalities
    3. Assisting Policy Makers With Regulations, Ordinances or Standards Decisions
    10:00 - 11:00, Joseph Cik
    1. Public Participation and Free Speech Issues
    2. Open Meetings/Open Records
    3. Access to Private Information About Public Employees
    4. Code Enforcement
    5. Loitering and Panhandling
    11:15 - 12:15, Bryan Lockerby
    1. Overview of State Law Involving Civil Actions Against Police Departments and Officers
    2. Liability Under §1983
    3. Common Liability Claims
    4. Police Investigation and Disciplinary Process
    5. Affirmative Defenses
    1:15 - 2:15, Abigail J. St. Lawrence
    1. Technology's Impact on Privacy and Confidentiality Issues
    2. Attorney-Client Privilege – Identifying the Real Client
    3. Participation in Political Activities
    4. "Pay to Play"
    2:30 - 3:30, David K. W. Wilson Jr.
    1. Interplay of Zoning with Subdivision & Growth Policies
    2. Environmental Review
    3. Citizen Initiated Zoning
    3:30 - 4:30, Abigail J. St. Lawrence
    1. Comprehensive Planning and Zoning
    2. The Land Development Process
      1. Drafting Development Agreements
      2. Land Acquisition
      3. Administrative Inspections
      4. Strategies for Recovering Costs of Development
    3. Transportation and Infrastructure Issues
    4. Environmental Review
    5. RLUIPA and Other Regulation of Specific Types of Properties/Businesses

JOSEPH CIK is the assistant city attorney in Great Falls, working primarily in the civil division, in civil code enforcement, and also for the prosecutor’s office and handling all criminal appeals. He started his career as a deputy county attorney in Lincoln County Montana for five years and received an appointment to the United States Attorney’s Office, District of Montana, in 2015. Mr. Cik earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from Eastern Washington University, and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from Thomas M. Cooley Law School, in Lansing, Michigan.

BRYAN LOCKERBY is the administrator of the Division of Criminal Investigation at the Montana Department of Justice. Prior to his appointment by Attorney General Tim Fox, he served more than three decades at the Great Falls Police Department, retiring as captain of investigations. DCI conducts statewide drug and major criminal investigations, manages all criminal records and fingerprint systems, law enforcement databases, sex offender registry, leads human trafficking investigations, and oversees all training the Montana Law Enforcement Academy. Mr. Lockerby attended the U.S. Naval Post-Graduate School, has degrees in criminal justice and sociology, and graduated from FBI National Academy Session 200, where he was selected class speaker by his peers. He is Montana chairman of the Rocky Mountain High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area (HIDTA), Rocky Mountain Information Network (RMIN) Executive Board member, and Montana’s designated point of contact on cybercrime for the National Association of Attorneys General. Mr. Lockerby is a former adjunct faculty professor and lectures on social media issues, media relations, and executive leadership.

ABIGAIL J. ST. LAWRENCE is an attorney in private practice in Helena, Montana, where she represents clients in administrative and regulatory matters, litigation, and government relations. Ms. St. Lawrence’s practice emphasizes water, land use, real estate, natural resources, and environmental law, and she is a frequent invited lecturer on those topics. She earned her B.A. degree, with honors, from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington and her J.D. degree, with a certificate in natural resources and environmental law, from Northwestern School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Building on her experience clerking with the Office of Counsel in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Walla Walla District and working on Clean Water Act permitting with the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, Ms. St. Lawrence returned to Montana as an attorney with Doney Crowley Payne Bloomquist PC, in Helena until 2012 and then the Bloomquist Law Firm until 2017. She is admitted to practice in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, The Federal District Court of Montana, and the Montana Supreme Court. Ms. St. Lawrence also serves on the policy and resources committee of the Montana Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission, sits on the Board of Directors for the Helena Symphony and YWCA Helena, and is a member of the President’s Advisory Council for Whitman College.

DAVID K. W. WILSON JR. is a partner with the law firm of Morrison, Sherwood, Wilson & Deola, PLLP, in Helena. His practice focuses on representing the consumer in consumer rights litigation; representing individuals, land owners and organizations in environmental and land use issues; representing individuals and the media in cases involving “sunshine” laws; and open government issues. Mr. Wilson has served on the Board of Directors of the Montana Wilderness Association, Helena Food Share, and the Montana Environmental Information Center, and was the executive director of Montana Common Cause. He earned his B.A. degree from Middlebury College and his J.D. degree from the University of Montana. Mr. Wilson is a member of the National Association of Consumer Lawyers and Montana Trial Lawyers Association. He previously served as editor for Public Land Law Review and as a consumer law fellow for the National Consumer Law Center.

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Phone: 866-240-1890


Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

MT CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
Approved for 6.0 hours of CLE credit by the Montana Commission on Continuing Legal Education, including 1.0 hour of ethics.


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