Municipal Law News

June Dinner Seminar: “Occupy Boston: Lessons Learned”

Please join CSTCA for its June dinner seminar on June 13, 2012 at the Chateau in Westboro.  This month’s dinner seminar will look back on the Occupy Boston protests and how the City of Boston skillfully handled this public safety and legal challenge.  While not every municipality will be faced with protestors of this scope, the lessons learned from the Occupy movement can be applied to all municipalities.  How to handle disorganized protest groups; how to balance the First Amendment rights of individuals with public safety and how to protect citizens and private property are issues each municipality will face at some time.

Our distinguished panel includes City of Boston Corporation Counsel William Sinnott and Assistant Corporation Counsel Raquel Webster.  Join us at the Chateau in Westboro, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner fee for CSTCA members is $45.00 and $55.00 for non-members.

CSTCA’s June Dinner Meeting: “Occupy Boston: Lessons Learned”

Please join CSTCA for its June dinner seminar on June 13, 2012 at the Chateau in Westboro.  This month’s dinner seminar will look back on the Occupy Boston protests and how the City of Boston skillfully handled this public safety and legal challenge.  While not every municipality will be faced with protestors of this scope, the lessons learned from the Occupy movement can be applied to all municipalities.  How to handle disorganized protest groups; how to balance the First Amendment rights of individuals with public safety and how to protect citizens and private property are issues each municipality will face at some time.

Our distinguished panel includes City of Boston Corporation Counsel William Sinnott and Assistant Corporation Counsel Raquel Webster.  Join us at the Chateau in Westboro, beginning at 6:00 p.m.  Dinner fee for CSTCA members is $45.00 and $55.00 for non-members.

Municipal Job Posting: The Boston Retirement Board Seeks Assistant General Counsel

The Boston Retirement Board is a qualified defined pension plan, which serves approximately 34,000 active public employees and retirees of the City of Boston, Boston Housing Authority, Boston Redevelopment Authority, Boston Public Health Commission and Boston Water & Sewer Commission.  The Board seeks an Assistant General Counsel to provide legal services to Board Trustees and staff regarding Chapter 32 benefits, litigation and investments.

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Join CSTCA for its May Dinner Seminar: “Separation of Powers in Municipalities”

Join us on Thursday, May 24, 2012 for our monthly meeting and seminar.  This month, our distinguished panelists will be discussing the separation of powers in Massachusetts municipalities.  Included will be a review of the various municipal governmental structures in the Commonwealth, in the context of the Home Rule Amendment; comparing and contrasting separation of powers in City and Town governments; as well as a discussion of actual separation of powers issues affecting municipal governments in Massachusetts.  Our panelists will include the Honorable Scott D. Galvin, Esq., Mayor of the City of Woburn and former City Councilor, and William J. Phelan, Esq., Town Administrator for the Town of Holbrook and former Mayor of the City of Quincy, with John D. Finnegan, Esq. as Moderator.

The Attorney General’s Office issues new FAQ on Town Meetings and the Open Meeting Law

Recently, the Division of Open Government of the Attorney General’s Office issued a new FAQ regarding the Open Meeting Law and Town Meetings.  In its FAQ the Attorney General’s Office opined that quorums of public bodies that attend Town Meeting should notice the Town Meeting as a ‘meeting’ if it anticipates that it may be called upon to deliberate during the course of the Town Meeting.  The Attorney General’s Office also notes that any deliberations of any public body that occur during the course of a Town Meeting are as such subject to the provisions of the Open Meeting Law.  The FAQ can be found here:  FAQ

CSTCA’s Executive Board disagrees with the Attorney General’s Office interpretation of the Open Meeting Law as it applies to Town Meeting.  CSTCA  has sent a letter outlining its differing interpretation of the law to the Attorney General’s Office.

Public Construction Projects–Avoiding Traps for the Unwary

Please joins CSTCA for its April 26th seminar and dinner meeting.  The meeting will focus on public construction issues including recent developments in independent contractor law; making sure the public owner is properly insured on public construction projects and tips for a public owner to manage problems on public construction contracts.  Our distinguished panelists for this meeting will include

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CSTCA Announces its New ListServe

Please take note that the Association’s old ListServ, hosted by UMass Boston, has been decommissioned and its new ListServ, hosted by Social Law Library, is up and running. Messages sent to cstca@cs.umb.edu will no longer be posted or distributed to others, and the members of this ListServ are advised to begin using the web address for the new ListServ – massmunilaw@socialaw.com

Below are some tips to using the new ListServe:

•       To post a message to the new List, address your email to: massmunilaw@socialaw.com.

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