Continuing Legal Education

More Issues for the Local Government Attorney (CHICAGO)

May 23, 2013
8:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
4.00 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

ISBA Regional Office
20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900
(map and directions)

Don’t miss this opportunity to update your knowledge on several hot topic areas affecting the local government arena!

Get the information you need to handle the diverse issues that often challenge local governments – from the State’s recent decision to permit video gaming devices in Illinois to labor/employment issues and the Local Records Act. Attorneys engaged in representing or dealing with any form of municipal government with intermediate experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • How to handle discrimination and harassment complaints;
  • The relationship between social media and protected activities;
  • The limits of using background checks in employment situations;
  • The local government’s responsibilities regarding video gaming devices;
  • How to establish additional video gaming regulations in your community;
  • How electronic records fit within the Local Records Act; and
  • The ethical issues and concerns facing local government attorneys.
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.

Program Coordinator:
James E. Schrempf
, Schrempf Kelly Napp & Darr Ltd., Alton

Program Moderator:
Lisle A. Stalter, Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office, Waukegan


8:45 – 9:45 a.m.  Top Ten Issues Every Municipal Attorney Should Know about Labor & Employment Law
Labor and employment laws are constantly changing and developing as courts and administrative agencies interpret and apply the law to a fast-changing workplace. Get the information you need on some of the most important labor and employment issues facing municipalities, including employees’ requests for medical leaves, wage and hour developments, the interplay between social media and protected concerted activity, discrimination and harassment complaints, and the legal limits regarding the use of criminal background screens.
Lisa R. Callaway, Clark Baird Smith, LLP, Rosemont
Leigh Jeter, Clark Baird Smith, LLP, Rosemont

9:45 - 10:45 a.m.  Does Your Client Know the Local Records Act Better Than You?
This comprehensive overview offers a look at the various components of the Local Records Act – with a particular emphasis on how electronic records fit within the Local Records Act – and discusses how to avoid the common compliance mistakes that are occasionally made.
Kris Stenson, Illinois Secretary of State, Records Management Section, Springfield

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.  Ethical Pitfalls for Local Attorneys*
Join us for this expert update on the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, which includes a discussion on the common pitfalls facing private and in-house local government attorneys.
Scott Renfroe, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Chicago

12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  Video Gaming in Your Community
Although the State has decided to make video gaming devices legal in Illinois, local government officials have the right to prohibit them. If not prohibited, the local attorney must become familiar with the regulations of video gaming in their community. Join us for this informative presentation in which an Illinois Gaming Board representative provides an overview of the Video Gaming Act, the licensing requirements for video gaming locations, and examines which responsibilities fall onto local governments and what further regulations may be asserted by them.
William Bogot, Illinois Gaming Board, Chicago


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval