Notices and Announcements

Volume 13, Issue 7

TCAA 2018 Fall Meeting in Houston

The Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA) Fall Meeting will be held in conjunction with IMLA’s 83rd Annual Conference on Friday, October 19, at the Hilton Americas in Houston. Topics will include: (1) Service Animals; (2) ADA Facility Compliance – What to do When the Feds Come Knocking; (3) Public Information Act:  How to Effectively Intake, Process, and Respond to Requests; (4) Political Hot Topics in Land Use (Confederate Monuments, Street Naming, Affordable Housing, Etc.); (5) Recent Federal Cases of Interest to Cities; (6) Top Employment Law Challenges in the Workplace; (7) “Like” it or Not: Developing Social Media Guidelines for City Employees; (8) Legislative Forecast; (9) A Legal Perspective on City Efforts to Create Innovation-Friendly Environments for Entrepreneurs and Startups; and (10) Anti-SLAPP Suits. Attorneys can earn up to 5.5 MCLE hours, including 1 ethics hour.

TCAA members can get a special full IMLA conference price of $350.  This pricing is currently only available to the first 200 TCAA members who register. (Non-members and any members beyond the first 200 must pay the full conference price of $850.) You can confirm that you are a member of TCAA by checking the TCAA Online Membership Directory. If you prefer to come just for the TCAA Fall Conference on October 19, the one-day rate is $200. (The cost is the same for both TCAA members and non-members.) CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER.

Please note: full conference pricing increases by $25 after August 3rd.

If you have questions or need more information, please contact Heather Ford at 512-231-7400 or

TCAA to Fill Board Positions on October 19, 2018 

Those interested in applying for a place on the board of the Texas City Attorneys Association should fill out an application and return it via email to Christy Drake-Adams at Application forms are available here and under the “About TCAA” tab, “Board of Directors” section, on the TCAA website at Applications must be received by 5:00 p.m. on August 31, 2018.

ABA Section of State and Local Government Law CLE Conference

The ABA Section of State and Local Government Law CLE Conference will be held October 4-7 in San Antonio at the Hilton Palacio Del Rio. Reserve your hotel room today! Questions? Please contact Marsha Boone at 312.988.5657 or

State & Local Legal Center Summer Webinar Series

All of these webinars are FREE and open to anyone to attend. Continuing legal education credit will not be offered for any of these webinars.

Partisanship and Redistricting: What the Supreme Court Has to Say

When it comes to redistricting, how much partisanship is too much? Or is there a “too much?” The Supreme Court is likely to shed light on these questions before the end of June. Learn what the arguments were, what the outcomes were, and what this will mean for the next cycle of redistricting. Misha Tseytlin, Wisconsin Solicitor General, who argued Gill v. Whitford in support of the Wisconsin legislators defending the plan, will discuss the Supreme Court’s opinion in that case. Michael Kimberly, partner at Mayer Brown and co-director of the Yale Law School Supreme Court Clinic, who argued Benisek v. Lamone in support of the challengers to Maryland’s redistricting plan, will discuss the Supreme Court’s opinion in that case. Paul Diller, professor at ​Willamette University College of Law, who co-​wrote an amicus brief on behalf of a number of national local government associations and law professors supporting the challengers in Gill v. Whitford, will provide additional thoughts on the significance and implications of these cases.

Date:   July 18
Time:  1 PM Eastern
Join the webinar here (type your name in the GUEST field and click ENTER)

Hosted by the National Conference of State Legislatures

Supreme Court Police Cases 

While Carpenter v. United States, involving warrantless searches of cell site location data, stole the show, the Supreme Court decided numerous police cases this term involving Fourth Amendment searches, qualified immunity, and other topics. Join Stuart Raphael, Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, who wrote the State and Local Legal Center amicus brief in City of Hays v. Vogt, involving the use of compelled, self-incriminating statements at probable cause hearings, Timothy Coates, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland LLP, and Michael Connolly, Consovoy McCarthy Park, in a discussion of the police cases from this Supreme Court term.

Date:   July 19
Time:  1 PM Eastern
Register here

Hosted by the International Municipal Lawyers Association  

Supreme Court Review

Between the internet sales tax case, partisan gerrymandering, the union dues case, the travel ban, and a number of First Amendment cases, this Supreme Court term will have implications for states and local governments for decades to come. Join Eric Citron, Goldstein & Russell, who briefed the internet sales tax case, Shay Dvoretzky, who argued a First Amendment retaliatory arrest case, and Lydia Wheeler, a legal and regulatory affairs reporter for The Hill, in a discussion of the most important cases of the term for states and local governments.

Date:   July 24
Time:  1 PM Eastern
Register here

Hosted by the National Association of Counties

TCAA Online Membership Directory

Looking to find the contact information for a fellow TCAA member? You can find it using the TCAA membership directory, available here: 

IMLA Membership

Membership with IMLA doesn’t just mean discounts to their events. It’s much more than that. Click here to view a quick video about IMLA membership.

Continuing Legal Education

Riley Fletcher Basic Municipal Law Seminar

TCAA is proud to present the February 2018 Riley Fletcher Basic Municipal Law Seminar as an online course! The seminar is designed for attorneys who are new to municipal law or for those who want to brush up on the basics. For more information, or to purchase the course, go to For $149, you can access this seminar online at a time and place that works best for you.  Up to eight hours of MCLE credit hours (including 0.75 ethics hour) are available for this course.

2017 TCAA Fall Conference Sessions  

This TCAA Online Seminar is FREE, allowing TCAA members who are city attorneys, assistant city attorneys, or attorneys who regularly practice municipal law to view videos of past seminars in a singlesession format. Viewing of the session allows attorneys to receive participatory CLE credit with the State Bar. To view available seminars, please visit (Use the case-sensitive password “FreeCLE” to gain access to the sessions.)

If you would like to have an article considered for publication in the TCAA newsletter, please send your request to Christy Drake-Adams at