Town Meeting 101
Town Meeting 101 will be a lunch time panel focused on helping lawyers new to the world of Municipal Law learn the ins and outs of Town Meeting. We will cover practical tips for assisting Towns in Warrant, Article, and Motion preparation and for giving advice on the floor of Town Meeting. In addition, the presentation will feature a brief overview of the budget setting process for Towns. This is a must attend event! Bring your Chris Traeger level energy (as well as any questions you may have).
Panelists: Ivria Glass Fried, Esq.,, Miyares & Harrington; Kenneth Woodland, Esq., Department of Revenue, Division of Local Services; and Kelli Gunagan, Esq., Assistant Attorney General, Municipal Law Unit.
When: May 26, 12pm – 1pm
Why: Because it is Town Meeting season!
More details to come…
11th Annual Public Construction Update
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Issues in Public Construction
“Do the best you can until you know better. Then do better.” – Maya Angelou
2020 was a tumultuous year in many ways. The COVID-19 pandemic transformed our very way of life. An election for the ages tested the boundaries of our American democracy. The tragic killing of George Floyd and protests across the country by the Black Lives Matter movement which came in the aftermath, inspired renewed and meaningful discussions surrounding social justice, antiracism and similar issues. Recognizing the increasing demand on local governments and their legal counsel to address these issues across the spectrum of municipal operations, the goal of the 11th Annual Public Construction Update in 2021 is to provide a closer and up-to-date examination of the issues of diversity, equity and inclusion as these concepts touch on public construction. An outstanding slate of panelists who are well-recognized leaders in this area will speak on topics such as gender and minority workforce participation goals, MBE/WBE certification and goals, prevailing wages, and other related issues.
This year’s panelists are expected to include:
- Christopher J. Petrini, Program Chair & Moderator, Petrini & Associates, P.C, Framingham, MA
- Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer, Mayor, City of Framingham
- Deborah Anderson, Assistant Attorney General, Construction Bid Unit
- Susan Moir, ScD, Research Director, PGTI: The Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues and
Founder, Tradeswomen Building Bridges, the North American Network of Women Working in the Construction Trades
- Barbara Dillon DeSouza, Assistant Attorney General, Fair Labor Division
- Anatoly Darov, Esq., Darov & Associates US PLLC, Boston, MA
- Steven Torres, Esq., West Group Law PLLC, Boston, MA