Municipal Law News

Register Now for MMLA’s Labor Law Series Part 1 – An Overview of Massachusetts Labor Law

Registration is now open here for our next educational program.  On Tuesday, February 14th, from 11:30 to 1pm, an experienced panel of labor attorneys will present the first in a two part series of a “nuts and bolts” programs on labor law.  Here are our panelists for the two part series:

  • Christopher L. Brown, Esq., Miyares and Harrington LLP, Program Chair/Moderator
  • Katherine M. Feodoroff, Esq., Mead, Talerman & Costa LLC
  • Kay H. Hodge, Esq., Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP
  • Melissa R. Murray, Esq., Norris, Murray & Peloquin LLC
  • Sarah C. Spatafore, Esq., Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP

This will be a great program for practitioners of all experience levels, new lawyers, and law students to learn/review labor law basics that are important to know even for general municipal counsel.  The first program will take place virtually via MMLA’s Zoom webinar platform.  Attorneys Kate Feodoroff and Sarah Spatafore will lead an engaging presentation and discussion on the relevant statutes, agencies, and general concepts for public sector labor law in Massachusetts drawing on their vast experience in this area.  It will be free to attend for all MMLA members who are current on membership dues as well as law students.  For the second program, which will take place in-person at a date to be determined in April, Kay Hodge and Melissa Murray will lead the presentation and discussion, sharing their extensive Labor Counsel experience with a focus on the various processes, concepts and considerations involved in disciplining public employees.  More details on the second program will be coming soon.

We hope you will join us for what should be an informative program and discussion on this important area of municipal practice!  Register today!

 

 

MMLA at the Massachusetts Municipal Association 2023 Annual Conference

MMLA President Matthew Feher, Executive Director Jim Lampke, and several of MMLA member volunteers staffed the MMLA’s informational booth at the MMA 2023 Annual Conference’s trade show on January 20th and 21st, 2023.  MMLA members Donna Brewer, Kathleen Colleary and Susan Murphy also presented a Municipal Law Update as part of the conference workshop programs on Friday, January 20, 2023.  Thank you to all who helped out and participated in the conference.  More photos in the Photos section!

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Register Now for MMLA’s Labor Law Series Part 1 – An Overview of Massachusetts Labor Law

Registration is now open here for our next educational program.  On Tuesday, February 14th, from 11:30 to 1pm, an experienced panel of labor attorneys will present the first in a two part series of a “nuts and bolts” programs on labor law.  Here are our panelists for the two part series:

  • Christopher L. Brown, Esq., Miyares and Harrington LLP, Program Chair/Moderator
  • Katherine M. Feodoroff, Esq., Mead, Talerman & Costa LLC
  • Kay H. Hodge, Esq., Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP
  • Melissa R. Murray, Esq., Norris, Murray & Peloquin LLC
  • Sarah C. Spatafore, Esq., Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP

This will be a great program for practitioners of all experience levels, new lawyers, and law students to learn/review labor law basics that are important to know even for general municipal counsel.  The first program will take place virtually via MMLA’s Zoom webinar platform.  Attorneys Kate Feodoroff and Sarah Spatafore will lead an engaging presentation and discussion on the relevant statutes, agencies, and general concepts for public sector labor law in Massachusetts drawing on their vast experience in this area.  It will be free to attend for all MMLA members who are current on membership dues as well as law students.  For the second program, which will take place in-person at a date to be determined in April, Kay Hodge and Melissa Murray will lead the presentation and discussion, sharing their extensive Labor Counsel experience with a focus on the various processes, concepts and considerations involved in disciplining public employees.  More details on the second program will be coming soon.

We hope you will join us for what should be an informative program and discussion on this important area of municipal practice!  Register today!

 

 

Updated: Registration Now Open for Discussion with DHCD Regarding Section 3A Compliance for MBTA Communities

On Tuesday January 17th  (from noon to 1:30 pm) the MMLA will sponsor a virtual program for its members with DHCD representatives to discuss legal issues related to “Section 3A” compliance in connection with the multi-family zoning requirement for MBTA Communities. This will be an opportunity for DHCD to engage with municipal counsel on legal (rather than technical) questions related to the zoning mandate and consequences of noncompliance.

MMLA Executive Board member Susan Murphy of Dain, Torpy, Le Ray, Wiest & Garner, P.C. will moderate a discussion by DHCD representatives, with a focus on the Action Plan each MBTA community is required to file with DHCD by January 31, 2023 in order to remain in compliance. DHCD will also provide an overview of the “Compliance Model” User Guide that was recently shared with communities, available here.

Members are invited to share in advance any legal questions you have, or the communities you represent may have posed to you, so that DHCD has an opportunity to review the questions and respond during their presentation. Please forward any questions to jlampke@massmunilaw.org no later than Tuesday, January 10th. Attendance at this program is limited to MMLA members.

Click here to register. Click here for a copy of DHCD’s presentation from the program.

Upcoming Programs – Stay Tuned!

Upcoming 2023 events for MMLA:

  1. Massachusetts Municipal Association Annual Conference, January 20-21, 2023 at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston (MMLA members to present a Municipal Law Update) – Further details can be found on the MMA’s website at https://www.mma.org/annual-meeting/
  2. A two-part “Labor Basics” program in February (virtual program) and April (in-person) featuring an outstanding panel of MMLA labor practitioners.  Dates, registration information and further program details will be coming soon.
  3. MCLE Municipal Law 2023 Annual Conference – March 22, 2023 (registration information and further details coming soon on the MCLE website, http://www.mcle.org)

Please join us in 2023 for one or more of these exciting upcoming programs.  Happy Holidays!

MMLA Program Announcement! – “So, You Want to be a Municipal Lawyer!” – October 25, 2022

Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association is pleased to announce that the Rappaport Center for Law and Public Policy at Boston College Law School will be hosting our program to discuss possible careers in municipal law.  The program will be offered in a hybrid format both at the Center’s physical location at Barat House, 885 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459 as well as virtually, on Tuesday October 25th from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Our panel will be moderated by Jason Grossfield, City Solicitor for the City of Marlborough, and he will be joined by the following panelists:
    Rob Arcangeli, Assistant Corporation Counsel, City of Boston
    Antoine Fares, Associate, Norris, Murray & Peloquin, LLC
    Emily Izzo, Division of Local Services, Department of Revenue, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
    Rachel Millette, Associate, Murphy Hesse Toomey & Lehane LLP
Please help us get the word out on this event to any of your students and recent graduates who may be interested in exploring this exciting field of legal practice.
MMLA would like to thank the Rappaport Center and Executive Director Elisabeth Medvedow for working with us to host this event.
Click here for additional information!

The MMLA Annual Conference is Back!

Join us IN PERSON for a day of learning, networking and camaraderie, at the Hogan Center on the Holy Cross campus, in Worcester.  Featured speakers include the lawyers who argued the Shurtleff case before SCOTUS, the Tracer Lane Solar case before the SJC, and experts on gun licensing and Cannabis.  Hear the latest advice and tips to update your own clients on these issues that may impact their decision making.

The conference runs from 9:00AM to 4:45PM on Friday October 14, 2022.  We have also planned some post-conference social time at a Worcester location for beers, appetizers, Municipal Potpourri, and just plain hanging out with your colleagues.

Cost $135 for current MMLA members; $150 for non-members.  Includes programs, electronic materials, breakfast, lunch, and appetizers.  Cash bar.

REGISTER HEREhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2022MMLAAnnualConference

Thanks to the generous donations of our membership, grants are available to attorneys (whether they are members of MMLA or not) who are new to the practice of municipal law and want to see what MMLA and our programming is all about.  If you or a colleague wish to inquire about financial assistance to attend this program through MMLA’s grant program, please contact Jim Lampke at jlampke@massmunilaw.org or 617-285-4561.

WE CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU IN WORCESTER!

Click on the following for program details:   Program Agenda:

 

SAVE THE DATE! – October 14th – MMLA Annual Conference at Holy Cross!

Save the Date – The Annual Conference is back! MMLA will hold a one-day conference at the Hogan Conference Center at Holy Cross in Worcester on Friday, October 14, 2022, with a networking social event to follow. Further details and registration information will be announced soon. Watch the ListServ and MMLA website.

Legislative Update: Governor Baker Signs New Cannabis Legislation, S.3096

On August 11, the Governor signed cannabis legislation into law, in part, that would have significant impacts municipal host community agreements, among other things.  MMLA had raised concerns with several aspects of the legislation, S.3096, and expressed those concerns in a letter to the Governor on August 4th.  The Governor vetoed only one section of the bill relative to medical marijuana use in K-12 schools.

Governor Baker Letter to Legislature regarding S.3096

Signed Cannabis Last Parchment with Section 26 Veto