Municipal Law News

Combined Program: “Issues of Proof”, Annual Awards Held in Sturbridge

8/4/11 – At the Association’s Annual half-day seminar, held this year at the Publick House in Sturbridge, a seminar panel coordinated by Mark Cerel and Rob Kerwin featured presentations on a wide range of issues dealing with “issues of proof” in municipal hearings and trials. Featured on the program was Judge Peter Agnes. At this meeting the Association also presented two awards. The President’s Award was given to Bill Kelley, General Counsel for the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission; and receiving the Robert W. Ritchie Special Achievement Award was Shawn Williams, senior counsel at the state’s Public Records Division. For a gallery of photos of the event go to:   Seminar and Awards Photo Gallery

Get Your Feet Wet: The Basics of State and Local Wetlands Regulation

Please join the CSTCA for a dinner program on the fundamentals of wetlands regulation.  This all-star panel includes Nancy Kaplan, formerly of Keegan Werlin and now General Counsel to the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, and Nathaniel Stevens, an attorney with McGregor & Associates as well as Chairman of his town’s Conservation Commission.  In addition to a wealth of substantive knowledge of environmental law generally, and wetlands regulation in particular, Attorneys Kaplan and Stevens bring a strong understanding of local perspective that will make this program of particular value to municipal practitioners.

Passing the Gavel

The Association’s 2011-2011 programs began earlier this week with it traditional half-day seminar focusing on the elements of proof. An active year is ahead with a slate of educational programs and seminars, following the transition of leadership from outgoing president John Barrett to the Association’s new president, Stacey Bloom.

Spotlight on Municipal Fees

Please join us for a dinner and educational seminar on municipal fees–what fees are allowed, how much can a municipality charge; and how to go about collecting them.  Stay tuned for more information.

New CSTCA Website Goes Live!

As of today, this website has moved to a new platform at Social Law Library, our “website host.” Designed as a more contemporary website interface than its predecessor, our experts at Social Law Libary – Stephanie Bahl and Brian Flynn – have guided us through the transitional phase. At yesterday’s CSTCA half-day seminar in Sturbridge, Stephanie and Brian walked those attending the program on how to log-on and navigate the new site. Subtantively, much of the content of our old site have been continued, and new features have been added intended to make the website more user friendly and subtantively up to date.  The User ID and PW for the new site is the same as the old site;  but the “forgot your password link” on the new site will cause your password to be emailed to you.  Any member needing assistance can send an email to:  Website Administrator  Finally, members are now able to update their own member profile and add a photo by clicking on “Edit Your Profile” on the member’s area landing page. 

At the CSTCA half-day program in Sturbridge, Social Law Library website consultant Stephanie Bahl walked the members present through the log-on and navigations procedures.

Save the Date for the Annual Meeting!

Please join us for CSTCA’s Annual Meeting on October 14-16th in New Bedford.  The Annual Meeting will feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Justice John Greaney speaking on appellate advocacy; a panel on current issues in municipal collective bargaining; a presentation by New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang on collective bargaining from the mayoral perspective; and Attorney Dan Crean will be speaking on government speech and constitutional law; educational law updates; and Senator Jamie Eldridge speaking on the proposed overhaul of the state’s land use laws.  The Annual Meeting is a can’t miss event each year and we hope to see you there.  Stay tuned for additional details, including registration and accommodations

Save the Date for the Annual Meeting!

Please join us for CSTCA’s Annual Meeting on October 14-16th in New Bedford.  The Annual Meeting will feature former Supreme Judicial Court Justice John Greaney speaking on trends in tort law; a panel on current issues in municipal collective bargaining; a presentation on collective bargaining from a mayoral perspective by Mayor Scott Land of New Bedford; and Dan Crean speaking on government speech and constitutional law; educational law updates; and Senator Jamie Eldridge speaking on the current zoning reform legislation.  The Annual Meeting is a can’t miss event each year and we hope to see you there.  Stay tuned for additional details, including registration and accommodations

Save the Date for the Annual Meeting!

Please join us for CSTCA’s Annual Meeting on October 14-16th in New Bedford.  The Annual Meeting will feature retired Supreme Judicial Court Justice John Greaney speaking on appellate advocacy; a panel on current issues in municipal collective bargaining; a presentation by New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang on collective bargaining from the mayoral perspective; and Attorney Dan Crean will be speaking on government speech and constitutional law; educational law updates; and Senator Jamie Eldridge speaking on the proposed overhaul of the state’s land use laws.  The Annual Meeting is a can’t miss event each year and we hope to see you there.  Stay tuned for additional details, including registration and accommodations.