Live Seminar

Local Government Law From Start to Finish

Seminar

Date:

Friday, February 23, 2018

Time:

9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

Product ID#:

79435ER

Location:

Hilton Garden Inn Fairfax

3950 Fair Ridge Dr.

Fairfax, VA 22033

$359.00

$349 / Each Additional

Registration Includes Course Book

Credit Information

Continuing Legal Education

  • VA CLE - 6.00

Program Description

Take Your Government Law Knowledge to the Next Level

There is no such thing as a typical day for government law practitioners. From unique public employment issues to public contracts, with each new day comes a unique set of challenges to overcome. In this comprehensive seminar on local government law, our experienced faculty will provide you with the knowledge you need to tackle a variety of pressing local government legal issues. Whether you are new to the practice area or are an experienced practitioner in need of a refresher, you are sure to take away valuable essentials from this comprehensive government law overview - register today!

  • Get the latest government law updates you need to enhance your practice.
  • Deal with legal problems caused by workplace political activity and other unique public employment issues.
  • Confidently handle public records requests for emails and other electronic data.
  • Balance legal concerns over open and closed session procedures for government meetings.
  • Avoid delays and mitigate liabilities in the public contract bidding process.
  • Stay in the know on emerging regulatory issues concerning signs, billboards and other outdoor advertising.

Who Should Attend

This basic-to-intermediate level seminar on local government law is for attorneys. Mayors, city managers, city council members, local government officials and paralegals may also benefit.

Course Content

  1. Current Legislative Updates - What Government Attorneys Needs to Know
  2. Ensuring Unique Public Employment Issues and Workplace Policies Align
  3. Public Records Requests Compliance in a Technological Age
  4. Navigating Open Meeting Law Compliance Issues
  5. Public Contracts and Bidding - Avoiding Delays and Mitigating Liability
  6. Sign and Billboard Law: Balancing Regulatory Concerns and Constitutional Freedoms
  7. Government Attorney Ethics - Protect Your Client and Yourself

Continuing Education Credit

Continuing Legal Education – CLE: 6.00 *


* denotes specialty credits

Agenda / Content Covered

  1. Current Legislative Updates - What Government Attorneys Needs to Know
    9:00 - 9:45, William D. Ashwell
  2. Ensuring Unique Public Employment Issues and Workplace Policies Align
    9:45 - 10:30, Michael Connolly
    1. Political Activity and Public Employees
    2. Control Over Elected Officials and Their Staff
    3. Public Statements and First Amendment Protections
    4. Drug Tests, Searches and 4th Amendment Concerns
    5. Local Hiring Preferences and the 14th Amendment
    6. Personnel File Policies and Open Record Laws
  3. Public Records Requests Compliance in a Technological Age
    10:45 - 12:00, Michael Connolly
    1. Public Records Requests and Electronic Data
    2. Right to Public Access vs. Right to Privacy
    3. Record Maintenance and Disposal - Email etc.
    4. Filing and Responding to Public Records Requests
    5. Dealing with Nuisance Requests
  4. Navigating Open Meeting Law Compliance Issues
    1:00 - 1:45, Zachary C. Packard
    1. What Meeting Notices Must Contain
    2. When is a Meeting a Meeting?
    3. Open vs. Closed Session Procedures
    4. Quasi-Government Corporations and Other Grey Areas
    5. Dealing with Open Meeting Law Violations
  5. Public Contracts and Bidding - Avoiding Delays and Mitigating Liability
    1:45 - 2:30, Tamara Dunlap
    1. Key Statutory Provisions to Understand
    2. Legal and Fair Bidding Processes
    3. Negotiation Essentials for Public Contracts
    4. Spotting Conflicts of Interest
    5. Resolving Bid and Contract Disputes
    6. Public Construction: Unique Issues
  6. Sign and Billboard Law: Balancing Regulatory Concerns and Constitutional Freedoms
    2:45 - 3:30, Zachary C. Packard
    1. Commercial Speech and First Amendment Concerns
    2. Regulating Sign and Billboard Location
    3. Regulating Physical Characteristics
    4. Regulating Digital Billboards, Supergraphics and Other Emerging Technologies
  7. Government Attorney Ethics - Protect Your Client and Yourself
    3:30 - 4:30, William D. Ashwell
    1. Who is the Client? Who Pays Legal Fees?
    2. Attorney-Client Privilege
    3. Conflicts of Interest
    4. Ethical Concerns with Social Media Use

WILLIAM D. ASHWELL is an attorney with Mark B. Williams & Associates, PLC. He practices in the areas of commercial real estate, trusts and estate planning, civil litigation, domestic relations, appeals, business and commercial law, and creditor’s rights. Mr. Ashwell has been rated by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, 2017. He is a member of the Virginia State and Fauquier bar associations. Mr. Ashwell earned his B.A. degree from Hampden-Sydney College and his J.D. degree from the University of Dayton School of Law.

MICHAEL CONNOLLY is an associate with Greehan, Taves & Pandak PLLC, where he advises and litigates on behalf of local governments, multi-jurisdictional entities, and non-profits. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Virginia, and in the District of Columbia. Mr. Connolly earned his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the College of William & Mary and his J.D. degree, cum laude, from the University of Richmond School of Law.

TAMARA DUNLAP is of senior counsel with Dunlap Bennett & Ludwig, where she practices in the areas of intellectual property, construction disputes, corporate and business, government contracts and trademark. She received her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from American University and her J.D. degree from Washington and Lee University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in Virginia.

ZACHARY C. PACKARD is an associate with Greehan, Taves & Pandak, where he practices in the areas of advising local governments, multi-jurisdictional entities, and non-profits. He received his B.A. degree from Oklahoma State University and his J.D. degree from The University of Baltimore School of Law. He is a member of the Virginia State Bar and Local Government Attorneys of Virginia, Inc.

Please refer to Continuing Education Credit FAQ for general information about seeking credit for your participation in one of our continuing education programs.

Additionally, our team of credit specialists are here to answer your specific credit-related questions weekdays 7am - 5pm Central:

Phone: 866-240-1890

Email: credit@nbi-sems.com

Accreditation Details:

Continuing Legal Education

VA CLE: 6.00 Includes - Ethics: 1.00
This course has been approved by the Virginia Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Board for 6.0 hours of credit, which includes 1.0 hour of ethics.


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