Municipal Law News

The CSTCA Winter Newsletter is Now Available!

CSTCA is happy to announce that the CSTCA Winter Newsletter is now available to its members.  The Newsletter is packed with helpful information for municipal practitioners, including articles on “The Top 10 Procurement Mistakes”; a recent case law update and a legislative update.  We hope you enjoy the Newsletter.  If you have any suggestions or would like to contribute to an upcoming Newsletter please let us know.  Happy holidays!

City of Boston prevails in Occupy Boston Case

CSTCA congratulates City of Boston’s Corporation Counsel Bill Sinnott and First Assistant Corporation Counsel Henry Luthin for prevailing in Occupy Boston v. City of Boston.  On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Frances McIntyre issued an Order rejecting Occupy Boston’s Motion for a preliminary injunction ruling that the occupation was not protected form of speech.   This is a landmark decision in the nationwide occupy movement.  A copy of Judge McIntyre’s decision is available by clicking on the above link.

Are You Covered? CSTCA Urges Muncipal Counsel to Review Insurance Policies

It has been brought to CSTCA’s attention that MIAA does not consider municipal counsel ‘public officials’ for coverage purposes under the standard municipal insurance policy. MIAA has taken the position that municipalities must procure separate policy for attorneys who serve as municipal counsel in order to insure coverage if counsel is sued as a public official.  CSTCA urges its members to review any municipal insurance policies to ensure that attorneys holding positions with the municipality would be covered if sued in their official capacity by a third party.

Notes from New Bedford–CSTCA’s 2011 Annual Meeting

CSTCA’s Annual Meeting was held in New Bedford on October 14-16th.  CSTCA members were welcomed to New Bedford by Mayor Scott Lang who also spoke on collective bargaining issues facing municipalities.  Other panels addressed nuisance properties, collective bargaining of health care issues, education law and single justice practice.  Our stellar speakers included Supreme Judicial Court Justice  (ret) John Greaney and Attorney Dan Crean who gave the Robert Smith Constitutional Law Lecture on the issues social media presents to municipalities.

Members also enjoyed New Bedford’s sites–with many members visiting the New Bedford Whaling Museum.  New Bedford City Solicitor Irene Schall also hosted CSTCA members for an after dinner reception.

Check out photos from the Annual Meeting by clicking on the photo tab.

“Getting Your Feet Wet: Effective Wetlands Protection Act Practices for Municipal Counsel”

Please join us on December 1st at Papa Razzi in Burlington for our monthly meeting addressing effective best practices in the Wetlands Protection Act.  Our panel will include DEP’s General Counsel Nancy Kaplan, attorney Nathaniel Stevens of McGregor and Associates and Chair of his Conservation Commission.  In addition to their environmental law background, both panelists have a strong understanding of the challenges municipal counsel face.  This promises to be a can’t miss program.  To register for the program, please email Executive Director Jim Lampke at