Municipal Law News


CSTCA is proud to announce that its Fall Newsletter is now available to members.  Just log into the website and head over to the Members section and click on the Newsletter tab.  With its enhanced content and format, the Newsletter is a must-read for municipal practioners.  The Newsletter will be published quarterly and we are looking for our members to play an active role in providing us with content.  If you have an idea for an article please contact Stacey Bloom at  I hope you enjoy the Newsletter!

CSTCA Annual Convention Schedule Announced



The Annual Week-end Meeting and Convention is shaping up to be one of the best ever.  Please join the CSTCA on Friday, October 14, 2011-Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford for our Annual Convention.  For full details and schedule for this year’s convention: 

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Update on the Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting is shaping up to be one of the best ever.  Please join the CSTCA on Friday, October 14, 2011-Sunday, October 16, 2011 at the Fairfield Inn & Suites in New Bedford for our Annual Meeting.  Our Friday program features State Senator Jamie Eldridge updating our members on the pending land reform legislation as well as our annual land use update.  Our Saturday program kicks off with New Bedford Mayor Scott Lang speaking on collective bargaining from a mayoral perspective and is followed by a panel on collective bargaining.  Saturday’s program will also feature retired SJC Justice John Greaney speaking on single justice practice and Attorney Dan Crean speaking on ‘Social Media, Freedom of Expression, the Constitution, and Municipal Law.”  Finally, Sunday’s program will feature the annual education law update and municipal potpourri.  For more details:.

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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.