Notices and Announcements

Volume 13, Issue 6

TCAA 2018 Fall Conference in Houston

The Texas City Attorneys Association (TCAA) Fall Conference 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.

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO REGISTER. 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 will pay full conference price of $850.) 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.) If you have questions or need more information, please contact Heather Ford at 512-231-7400 or

2018 TMCEC Prosecutor Conference

The Texas Municipal Courts Education Center Prosecutors Conference will be offered June 25-27 in San Antonio. The brochure and registration form are available here.

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.

South Dakota v. Wayfair:  What’s Next for Internet Sales Tax?

States and local governments hold their breath waiting for the Supreme Court to rule that they may require out-of-state vendors to collect sales tax. Join Tillman Breckenridge, Bailey Glasser, who wrote the State and Local Legal Center amicus brief in this case, in a discussion about what the Court’s opinion says. Craig Johnson, Streamlined Sales Tax Governing Board, will discuss what states and local governments may do to implement the Court’s decision. Emily Swenson Brock, Government Finance Officers Association, will discuss how Congress and state and local government chief financial officers are reacting to the decision and lobbying strategy for states and local governments.

Date:   July 12
Time:  1 PM Eastern
Register here

Hosted by the National League of Cities

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

Save the Date!

The ABA State and Local Government Fall Conference will be held in San Antonio on October 4-6, 2018.  More details to come!

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.


2017 TCAA Fall Conference Sessions are Available Online

The TCAA Online Seminars are 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.)

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