August Half-Day Luncheon and Seminar

08/11/2022 @ 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
The Pubiick House

The August Half-Day Luncheon and Seminar is back this year! This annual event is returning to the Publick House in Sturbridge on Thursday, August 11, 2022, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Chaired once again by Mark G. Cerel, Franklin and Medway Town Counsel, this year’s program will focus on municipal shared services, such as intermunicipal agreements (IMAs), regionalization, and mutual aid.

Registration is open to both MMLA members and non-members. The program charge for a MMLA member or local official whose legal counsel is a MMLA member is:

  • $90 for the Luncheon Buffet and Program, including Electronic Materials
  • $75 for only the Program, including Electronic Materials

There is a $10.00 surcharge for MMLA members not current on their dues or other non-members.

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 or 617-285-4561

Please share this information and invite colleagues who may be interested in this topic, including your town managers/administrators and others.

To register for this program, please go to this link:


Program Schedule and Agenda

11:15 a.m.– 11:30 a.m. Arrival and Registration
11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. Luncheon
1:00 p.m. – 1:15 p.m. Welcome and Introduction

President, MMLA, Matthew G. Feher, Esq., KP Law PC

Program Chair: Mark Cerel, Esq., Town Counsel, Franklin and Medfield

1:15 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Overview of Statutory Authorization

Kathleen Colleary, Esq.

2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. IMAs for Shared Municipal Services

Donna M. Brewer, Esq., Miyares & Harrington LLP

2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Boards/Departments of Health IMAs, Regional Districts

Cheryl A. Sbarra, Esq., Massachusetts Association of Health Boards

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Break
3:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Regional School Districts – Creation, Operation, Disputes

Kevin Bresnahan, Esq., Murphy, Hesse, Toomey & Lehane LLP

4:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Public Safety Regional Mutual Aid

Jack Collins, Esq., Collins & Associations

4:45 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Regional Water/Wastewater Treatment Plants

Steve Torres, Esq., West Group Law PLLC

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Questions and Answers and Program Wrap-up

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