The MMLA’s 2017 Annual Meeting and Conference, was held on September 14-16, 2017, at the Cape Codder Resort and Spa in Hyannis. The Conference keynote speaker was Lon Povich, Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Baker. In addition to a full slate of legal panels on a variety of municipal law topics, those attending were treated to presentations by three judges on practice before their respective courts: Justice William Cowin (Ret.) and Justice Francis Fecteau (Ret.) of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, and Land Court Chief Justice Judith Cutler. Conference attendees enjoyed a private tour and reception at the J.F.K Museum, one of the conference highlights. This year’s conference also featured the availability of conference program materials on-line, providing real-time access to speakers’ handouts during the conference. Every year, the Annual Meeting and Conference keeps getting better and better. Be sure to plan to attend next year’s Conference! Click here to see what we did this year.
Over the three days of the conference attendees will have the opportunity to participate interactively with legal experts in many areas of municipal law, including:
Environmental Law – (Greg McGregor, Luke Legere, and Olympia Bowker)
Marijuana Regulation – (Margaret Hurley, John Goldrosen, Jeff Bagg)
Public Records – (Lauren Goldberg)
Employment Discrimination – (John Davis, Regina Gilgun Ryan)
Land Use and Zoning – (Barbara Saint Andre, Paul Haverty)
Constitutional Law – (Professor Bob Smith)
Appellate Practice – (Retired Justices Cowin and Fecteau)
Land Court Litigation – (Land Court Chief Justice Judith Cutler)
Amicus Brief Writing – (Tom Urbelis, Chris Petrini)
On Friday evening, attendees will enjoy a private tour of the JFK Museum, followed by a reception at the Museum.
For all the detailed information you will need to join us for this outstanding conference, including conference hotel registration information, conference registration, costs and fees, and a link to the full program details, click on the link in Upcoming Events! Or click on the following links:
The Association will hold its next monthly meeting on THURSDAY, May 18, 2017, at the Aegean Restaurant in Framingham. The program was originally planned for February, but had to be postponed due to a winter storm. The program starts at 4:00 p.m., with dinner break at 6:00 p.m., followed by completion of program, ending by 9:30 p.m.. Presenters will include Kathleen Connolly, Esq. of Louison, Costello, Condon, and Pfaff, and James B. Lampke, Esq., Hull Town Counsel. Learn effective ways to impose and collect fines! Share your experiences too. Special questions?- send them to MMLA before meeting. For program details click here. Visit Upcoming Events for registration and cost information.
Under the direction of Program Chair Chris Petrini, an outstanding panel has been selected to make an informative presentation on From All Sides: A Multi-Dimensional Perspective on Current Issues in Public Construction at this year’s 7th Annual Public Construction Seminar. We will also hold our annual business meeting and election of officers for the July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018 year. This is a great program to bring others from your community who are involved in any construction projects.
Please register via phone, email or fax in your reservation to Jim Lampke at firstname.lastname@example.org. You should also be receiving via email a notice to register for this meeting from Constant Contact. If you are not receiving notices from Constant Contact please let us know and we will put you on their email list for MMLA/Constant Contact notices. A delicious dinner buffet will be served. Thus, there is no meal selection.
For program details, go to Upcoming Events.
On March 10, MMLA presented a program at Clark University in Worcester, entitled “The New Marijuana Law—How Municipalities Can (and Should) Respond”. The program, which was co-sponsored by the Massachusetts Municipal Association, attracted over 150 attendees, making it one of MMLA’s largest events. Participants included municipal counsel, town administrators and managers, municipal and regional planners, and members of planning boards, ZBAs, and Boards of Health.
The MMLA program panelists included Attorney Brandon Moss; Assistant Attorney General Margaret Hurley, Director of the Municipal Law Unit; Sarah Kim and Shawn Collins, the General Counsel and Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs, respectively, in the Office of the State Treasurer; and Jeffrey Bagg, Principal Planner for the Central Massachusetts Regional Planning Commission. The panel was moderated by MMLA Executive Board member John Goldrosen. The panelists provided a legal overview of the statute, information on the Attorney General’s and State Treasurer’s roles, and the panelists’ perspectives on the issues to be addressed at the municipal level. The program concluded with an extended question-and-answer period.
The dinner meeting and program – Imposing & Collecting Fines – which had been scheduled for Thursday, February 9th, at the Aegean Restaurant in Framingham was cancelled due to the winter storm. No decision has been made yet on when it will be re-scheduled. See attached cancelation Notice for details.
Upcoming programs: – The Association has two excellent programs scheduled for March and May. On March 10th there will be a half-day conference at the Hogan Center at Holy Cross College (Worcester) focusing on the impacts of the new marijuana laws (Don’t Get Caught in the Weeds); and in April we return to Patriot Place for the annual Public Construction Law program. Visit our Upcoming Events Calendar for the details of these two excellent programs.
Your Association is also co-sponsoring the MCLE 2017 Municipal Law Conference. See Upcoming Events for details.