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The purpose of the Municipal Law Committee is to provide a forum for members to address issues and trends facing municipalities and local public entities. The committee will provide education, training, and insight on how to address legal and risk management issues and allow members to share ideas and best practices with colleagues. The committee will include insurers, third-party administrators, attorneys, municipality and/or local public entity representatives and others who work with and/or provide services to municipalities and local public entities.




2/11/2020 This is your friendly reminder that the Municipal Law committee’s conference call is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12 at 2:00 p.m. EST. 

Dial-in Number: 267-930-4000 
Access Code: 497-760-524#
11/19/2019 This is your friendly reminder that the Municipal Law committee’s conference call is scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, November 20th at 2:00 p.m. EST. 

Dial-in Number: 267-930-4000 
Access Code: 497-760-524#
9/20/2019 Hello,
Thank you for being a part of the Municipal Law committee! We are looking for CLM Fellows (industry professionals) to participate as speakers in our upcoming Southeast Conference, October 3-4 in Orlando, FL.
Speakers receive complimentary registration to the event, and an opportunity to gain recognition and share your expertise. The Conference also features tremendous networking opportunities to make new connections and strengthen existing relationships.
Please see below for available sessions:
1. Everything You Want to Know about “Free(ing) the Nipple”, But Were Afraid to Ask in Light of Recent Opinions
This session will focus on recent case law developments surrounding the "Free the Nipple" movement. We will discuss how public entities and local governments can and should react in light of claims of gender discrimination and the newly born cottage industry surrounding same. We will also examine where the cases are expected to head in light of current precedent.
Sarah Schmitz – Claims Examiner, OneBeacon Insurance Group 
Brian Rubenstein – Attorney, Cole, Scott & Kissane, P.A. 
Wayne Melnick – Partner, Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP  
2. Recent Developments in Qualified Immunity for Law Enforcement Officers
This roundtable intends to inspire a discussion about whether the doctrine of qualified immunity is serving its intended purpose of protecting public officials from an overly litigious population or being used as a crutch for courts to avoid making decisions on complicated questions of constitutional law.  It will discuss the evolution of the Supreme Court’s mandate that qualified immunity protects all but the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law. It will trace the evolution of the doctrine and its procedural requirements; discuss the Court’s caution to lower courts against defining the right at a “high level of generality”; and touch on coverage and claims issues, such as reservations of rights, assignment of counsel, conflicts of interest, setting reserves, early settlement, and offers of judgment.
Steve Stern – Attorney, Sokoloff Stern LLP            
Devina Joiner – Senior Claim Manager, Nationwide          
John Stiff – Managing Partner, Stiff, Keith & Garcia, LLC  
If you have any interest in participating on either of these panels, please reach out to Khadijah Johnson at Khadijah.Johnson@theclm.org.
8/28/2019 Hello,

This is your friendly reminder that the Municipal Law committee’s conference call is scheduled for today, Wednesday, August 28th at 2:00 p.m. EST.

Dial-in Number: 267-930-4000 
Access Code: 471-944-455#
8/9/2019 Hello, 

The Municipal Law committee will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, September 11th at 12:00 pm EST. Please see below for details:
Jury Selection in Post Ferguson Law Enforcement Excessive Force Cases

Gordon Vaughan, Vaughan & DeMuro
Shelley Spiecker, Persuasion Strategies
Jayne Spies, Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group
Following the 2014 shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been resulting negative national and media attention and a rise of social movements regarding allegations of law enforcement’s use of excessive force.  This program will discuss post-Ferguson changing public attitudes toward police use of force and their potential effect on juries considering constitutional claims against law enforcement officers.  Dr. Shelley Spiecker, a nationally prominent jury consultant who been advising attorneys on case strategy, courtroom persuasion and jury selection for over 25 years, will discuss post-Ferguson strategies in identifying juror bias against police, juror risk profiles and other issues that might impact juror selection in cases involving the police and law enforcement agencies. Gordon Vaughan, an attorney who has for almost 40 years specialized in the field of public sector defense, particularly the defense of law enforcement officers, and who has tried several post-Ferguson cases against law enforcement officers and agencies, will also address jury selection strategies used in these trials including the effective use of a jury consultant. Jayne Spies is the Claims Manager for the Oklahoma Municipal Assurance Group.  Ms. Spies is a graduate of the inaugural CLM Claims College and was awarded the CCP designation.  Ms. Spies has extensive public sector claims experience including claims against law enforcement officers and agencies. Ms. Spies will address her observations of post-Ferguson changes in the evaluation of excessive force claims and insight in the management of such claims.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at: