Local Government Law: What Attorneys Need to Know
Thursday, May 24, 2018
9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites Overland Park-West
8787 Reeder Road
Overland Park, KS 66214
$349 / Each Additional
Registration Includes Course Book
Continuing Legal Education
- KS CLE - 7.00
- MO CLE - 7.20
Adeptly Handle Governmental Legal Matters
Are you up to speed on local government law? Examine the disputes and challenges municipalities are currently faced with and listen as experienced faculty share their strategies and techniques for dealing with them. Get the information you need to prevent and resolve government problems - register today!
- Stay up to date on newly developing cases and legal issues in government law.
- Ensure compliance with public records access and retention laws.
- When do open meeting laws apply? Find out what situations and email communications constitute a public meeting.
- Explore ways to prevent and resolve public contract disputes and bidding protests.
- Avoid employment disputes: know what personnel policies municipalities should and shouldn't have.
- Examine the ethical considerations involved in public disclosure of government actions.
- Discuss the current challenges facing budget committees and the legalities surrounding creative cuts and allocations.
- Know the laws regarding government immunity and employee protections from costly lawsuits.
Who Should Attend
This basic-to-intermediate level seminar is designed for attorneys and government officials who would like tips and strategies for overcoming current challenges in municipal law. It may also benefit paralegals.
- Open Meeting Laws
- Public Records Issues
- Human Resources Issues
- Budgets and Local Government Legalities
- Public Contracts and Procurement
- A Current Look at Government Immunity
Continuing Education Credit
Continuing Legal EducationCredit Hrs State
CLE 7.00 - KS*
CLE 7.20 - MO*
* denotes specialty credits
Agenda / Content Covered
- OPEN MEETING LAWS
9:00 - 9:50, Written by Bryant E. Parker. Presented by Paul E. Dean in Wichita and Bryant E. Parker in Overland Park.
- Overview of the Law and to Whom it Applies
- Required Content of Meeting Notices
- Exceptions to the Rule
- Email Communications
- PUBLIC RECORDS ISSUES
9:50 - 10:40, Written by Joseph Dempewolf. Presented by Paul E. Dean in Wichita and Joseph Dempewolf in Overland Park.
- 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
- HUMAN RESOURCES ISSUES
10:55 - 11:45, Written and presented by Jon E. Newman in Wichita and Spring Taylor in Overland Park.
- New Developments in Employment Law
- Conducting Successful Employee Investigations
- Protecting Your Employees' Privacy Rights
- Improving Your Personnel Policies
- BUDGETS AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT LEGALITIES
12:45 - 1:15, Written and presented by Ron Shaver in Wichita and Overland Park.
- PUBLIC CONTRACTS AND PROCUREMENT
1:15 - 2:15, Written and presented by Ron Shaver in Wichita and Overland Park.
- Bidding Requirements and Processes
- Procedures for Payment
- Bid Protest Procedures
- How to Prevent Common Contract Disputes
- How to Resolve Common Contract Disputes
- A CURRENT LOOK AT GOVERNMENT IMMUNITY
2:30 - 3:30, Written and presented by Austin K. Parker in Wichita and Overland Park.
- 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 Joseph Dempewolf. Presented by Bryant E. Parker in Wichita and Joseph Dempewolf in Overland Park.
- Privileged vs. Public Communications
- Conflicts of Interest
- Whistle Blowing: Duty to Report?
- Representing Clients After Public Service
PAUL E. DEAN is a partner with Patton Putnam & Dean, LLC, where he practices in the areas of criminal law and civil litigation. Mr. Dean is a member of the Kansas Bar Association, the Lyon-Chase and Greenwood-Elk-Butler County bar associations, and is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court of Kansas. He received his B.S. degree from the University of Kansas and his J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. (Wichita location)
JOSEPH DEMPEWOLF is an attorney in the Wichita office of Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith LLP, and a member of the employment & labor practice. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Kansas Bar Association, and admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Kansas. Mr. Dempewolf received his B.S. degree from Emporia State University and his J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law. (Overland Park location)
JON E. NEWMAN is a partner in the firm of Hite, Fanning & Honeyman L.L.P., concentrating his practice in the area of employment law and civil litigation. Mr. Newman is admitted to practice in Kansas state and federal courts and the U.S. District Court, District of Kansas. He is a frequent lecturer to national, regional and local businesses and legal professionals in Kansas regarding various legal issues. Mr. Newman is a member of the Wichita, Kansas and American bar associations, where he has served in various leadership roles, including past president of the WBA. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Kansas Self-Insurers Association, and Kansas Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Newman earned his B.S. degree in journalism from Kansas University and his J.D. degree, with honors, from Washburn University School of Law. (Wichita location)
AUSTIN K. PARKER serves as in-house counsel for several local and regional governments throughout the state of Kansas, including the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; the South Central Kansas Regional Economic Area Partnership; Local Workforce Development Boards in Kansas Areas I (Western Kansas), IV (Wichita) and V (Southeastern Kansas); and the cities of Andale, Augusta, Cheney, Clearwater and Viola. In addition to direct local government representation, Mr. Parker focuses on consulting with governmental entities throughout the state and liability defense work. He earned his J.D. degree from Washburn University School of Law and his L.L.M. degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law. Mr. Parker also completed an S.J.D. degree, studying land use regulation across America, through the University of Kansas School of Law. (Wichita and Overland Park locations)
BRYANT E. PARKER is of counsel with Klenda Austerman LLC, where he specializes in assisting clients throughout the Wichita and Kansas City metropolitan areas with real estate transactional and development matters, including obtaining public development incentives and the necessary zoning and government approvals required to develop and use land. He has represented local and regional units of government throughout the state of Kansas, including the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization; the cities of Bel Aire, Cheney, Goddard, Manhattan and Viola, Kansas; the Oaklawn Public Improvement District; and Kansas Local Area Workforce Investment Boards 1, 4 and 5. While his duties have encompassed every aspect of municipal representation, Mr. Parker's assigned emphasis has always been real estate transactions, planning, zoning, the development process, city growth and economic development. He earned his J.D. degree from Washburn School of Law, his LL.M. degree from the University of Missouri at Kansas City School of Law, and an SJD (Doctor of Law) degree, studying land use regulation across America, through the University of Kansas School of Law. (Wichita and Overland Park locations)
RON SHAVER is the city attorney for the City of Olathe. His main areas of expertise include contract negotiations, economic development, dispute resolution, and policy development. Mr. Shaver has presented on these areas at previous National Business Institute seminars, before the League of Kansas Municipalities, and with various professional groups. He earned his undergraduate and M.P.A. degrees from the University of Kansas and his J.D. degree from the University of Kansas School of Law. Mr. Shaver is a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and serves as the Young Lawyer co-chair of the IMLA Land Use Section. He is also a member of the Kansas and Johnson County bar associations, and is a board member of the City Attorney’s Association of Kansas. (Wichita and Overland Park locations)
SPRING TAYLOR is an attorney with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, where she represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including defending employers against claims of harassment, retaliation, discrimination, and wrongful termination, as well as misappropriation of trade secrets and non-compete litigation. She also has extensive experience in FMLA interference and retaliation claims. Ms. Taylor counsels employers on the latest employment law regulations through client updates and to avoid risks and the possibility of litigation. Ms. Taylor is a member of The Missouri Bar, the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association, and the Association for Women Lawyers of Great Kansas City. She earned her J.D. degree from the University of Missouri and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida. (Overland Park location)
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