Municipal Law News

Are You Covered? CSTCA Urges Muncipal Counsel to Review Insurance Policies

It has been brought to CSTCA’s attention that MIAA does not consider municipal counsel ‘public officials’ for coverage purposes under the standard municipal insurance policy. MIAA has taken the position that municipalities must procure separate policy for attorneys who serve as municipal counsel in order to insure coverage if counsel is sued as a public official.  CSTCA urges its members to review any municipal insurance policies to ensure that attorneys holding positions with the municipality would be covered if sued in their official capacity by a third party.

Notes from New Bedford–CSTCA’s 2011 Annual Meeting

CSTCA’s Annual Meeting was held in New Bedford on October 14-16th.  CSTCA members were welcomed to New Bedford by Mayor Scott Lang who also spoke on collective bargaining issues facing municipalities.  Other panels addressed nuisance properties, collective bargaining of health care issues, education law and single justice practice.  Our stellar speakers included Supreme Judicial Court Justice  (ret) John Greaney and Attorney Dan Crean who gave the Robert Smith Constitutional Law Lecture on the issues social media presents to municipalities.

Members also enjoyed New Bedford’s sites–with many members visiting the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  New Bedford City Solicitor Irene Schall also hosted CSTCA members for an after dinner reception.

Check out photos from the Annual Meeting by clicking on the photo tab.

“Getting Your Feet Wet: Effective Wetlands Protection Act Practices for Municipal Counsel”

Please join us on December 1st at Papa Razzi in Burlington for our monthly meeting addressing effective best practices in the Wetlands Protection Act.  Our panel will include DEP’s General Counsel Nancy Kaplan, attorney Nathaniel Stevens of McGregor and Associates and Chair of his Conservation Commission.  In addition to their environmental law background, both panelists have a strong understanding of the challenges municipal counsel face.  This promises to be a can’t miss program.  To register for the program, please email Executive Director Jim Lampke at jlampke@massmunilaw.org

New panel on “Effective Code Enforcement Techniques” added to the Annual Meeting

CSTCA has added a new panel to the Annual Meeting Schedule.  On Friday afternoon there will be a panel discussion on Effective Code Enforcement Techniques, including use of liens, non-criminal dispositions, fines and A.G. Receivership programs.  Code enforcement is can often be a challenging issue for municipalities–this panel will talk about best practices as well as creative techniques for enforcement and collection of fines and Housing Court presentations.

CSTCA’s Executive Director Jim Lampke Receives IMLA Award

The CSTCA is proud to announce that its  Executive Director Jim Lampke received the International Municipal Lawyers Association’s (IMLA) “Outstanding State Chair Award” during IMLA’s Annual Conference.   The Outstanding State Chair Award is given once a year to a IMLA state chair who has contributed to IMLA’s mission and has made an outstanding contribution to IMLA.  The award recipient is selected by  IMLA’s President Jay Doegey.  Jim serves as IMLA’s Massachusetts State Chair in addition to his duties as CSTCA’s  Executive Director.

CSTCA offers its heartfelt congratulations to Jim for receiving this well deserved recognition.

CSTCA’s FALL NEWSLETTER IS HERE

CSTCA is proud to announce that its Fall Newsletter is now available to members.  Just log into the website and head over to the Members section and click on the Newsletter tab.  With its enhanced content and format, the Newsletter is a must-read for municipal practioners.  The Newsletter will be published quarterly and we are looking for our members to play an active role in providing us with content.  If you have an idea for an article please contact Stacey Bloom at staceygene@gmail.com.  I hope you enjoy the Newsletter!

CSTCA Annual Convention Schedule Announced

CSTC 2011 ANNUAL WEEK-END MEETING AND CONVENTION

FAIRFIELD INN & SUITES, NEW BEDFORD
OCTOBER 14-16

The Annual Week-end Meeting and Convention is shaping up to be one of the best ever.  Please join the CSTCA on Friday, October 14, 2011-Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford for our Annual Convention.  For full details and schedule for this year’s convention: 

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Update on the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is shaping up to be one of the best ever.  Please join the CSTCA on Friday, October 14, 2011-Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford for our Annual Meeting.  Our Friday program features State Senator Jamie Eldridge updating our members on the pending land reform legislation as well as our annual land use update.  Our Saturday program kicks off with New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang speaking on collective bargaining from a mayoral perspective and is followed by a panel on collective bargaining.  Saturday’s program will also feature retired SJC Justice John Greaney speaking on single justice practice and Attorney Dan Crean speaking on ‘Social Media, Freedom of Expression, the Constitution, and Municipal Law.”  Finally, Sunday’s program will feature the annual education law update and municipal potpourri.  For more details:.

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