TRAPS FOR THE UNWARY: ETHICS AND KEY LEGAL REQUIREMENTS FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS

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Wednesday, February 14
9:00 A.M.-3:00 P.M.
TEXAS MUNICIPAL CENTER, AUSTIN 


This one-day workshop will offer city officials a practical overview of the ethical and legal requirements that impact their work as public servants, including laws dealing with nepotism, dual office holding, conflicts of interest, open government, liability pitfalls, bribery, and gifts, The course is designed for elected city leaders seeking to develop their understanding of the key laws and ethical considerations that apply to Texas city officials and will provide general guidance on these issues.

AGENDA

Session topics and speakers are subject to change.

8:45 a.m.

Registration and Welcome

9:00-9:30 a.m.    

Nepotism (Stephanie Huser)

9:35-10:05 a.m.

Dual Office Holding and Incompatibility (Amber McKeon-Mueller)

10:10-10:40 a.m.

Conflicts of Interest and Financial Disclosure (Sarah Tompkins)

10:40-10:50 a.m. 

Break

10:50-11:50 p.m.

Open Government and Other Liability Pitfalls (Evelyn Njuguna)

11:50 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Lunch

12:30-1:30 p.m.    

Bribery, Gifts, Abuse of Office, and Other Criminal Liability (Tad Cleaves) 

1:35-3:00 p.m.   

Ethics and Public Trust in You (Dan Johnson)

About Your Workshop Leaders


StephaniStephanie Huser NEW 2022e Huser is a graduate of St. Mary’s University School of Law and has previously worked as a research attorney at the Texas District and County Attorneys Association. Her experience also includes working for the City of New Braunfels and state agencies such as the Office of the Attorney General and General Land Office.




Amber McKeon-MuellerAmber McKeon-Mueller is the Assistant Director of Legal Services for TML. Amber provides legal information to city officials, presents on issues relevant to cities, and monitors legislation during the legislative session. She graduated from the University of Texas School of Law and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Nebraska. Prior to joining the TML Legal Department in 2018, she worked for the Texas Attorney General’s Office as a litigator. She also litigated for over six years in private practice in San Diego, California. 


Sarah Tompkins 04_portraitSarah Tompkins is an attorney in the legal department at Texas Municipal League. Sarah received her undergraduate degree in English Literature from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and her law degree from the University of Texas. Prior to joining TML, Sarah served as a legislative attorney at the Texas Legislative Council and a briefing attorney for Judge Elsa Alcala at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.



Evelyn NjugunaEvelyn Njuguna serves as the director of the TML Legal Services Department, where she oversees a team of lawyers who serve the League’s 1,178 members cities.  Evelyn attended the University of Tennessee where she received both her undergraduate and law degrees. She previously worked at TML from 2006-2008 and returned in 2018 after serving as an assistant city attorney at the City of Houston and first assistant city attorney at the City of Missouri City. She co-authored the TML Employment Law Manual for Texas Cities, and frequently speaks on numerous topics, with a focus on employment law and open government.
 


Tad CleavesTad Cleaves joined the Texas Municipal League as legal counsel in 2021. During his 13 years’ experience as an attorney, he has served as an in-house city attorney and assistant city attorney for multiple cities in Texas, as well as outside counsel to cities across the state while employed with private law firms. He earned a history degree at The University of Texas and a mathematics degree at Texas Tech University before studying law at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Johnson Dan Johnson is the retired city manager of Richardson. Dan’s most recent 25 years with the City of Richardson included his 2012 appointment as city manager, and his prior service as deputy city manager for Richardson from 1996. Prior to his move to Richardson in 1996, Johnson served for 11 years at the City of Carrollton, including three years as city manager, and eight years as deputy city manager. Earlier service included responsibilities as director of regional services for three years at the North Central Texas Council of Governments and budget officer in Sherma for five years.  

Dan holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Austin College, and a master’s in public administration from the University of North Texas. He is also a graduate of the Public Executive Institute of the LBJ School of Public Affairs. Johnson is the 1995 Distinguished Alumni recipient for the Department of Public Administration at the University of North Texas. He is a past president for the Urban Management Assistants of North Texas (UMANT), the North Texas City Management Association (NTCMA), and the Texas City Management Association (TCMA). 

REGISTRATION DETAILS

This workshop is limited to TML members. The cost to attend the workshop is $165 and includes lunch and handouts. Due to limited seating, this workshop is open to registered attendees only and not guests.

Register online here.

LOCATION

The workshop will be held in the first floor conference room of the Texas Municipal Center located at 1821 Rutherford Lane, Austin 78754.

CANCELLATION POLICY

Cancellation requests received before January 31 will be assessed a $45 cancellation fee. No refunds will be permitted after January 31. Substitutions are always permitted. Cancellation or substitution requests should be submitted to acct@tml.org. 

WHERE TO STAY

View a list of hotels near TML

QUESTIONS

Please contact us at training@tml.org.

TML CODE OF CONDUCT

The Texas Municipal League (TML) holds educational events to encourage the open exchange of ideas, support professional growth and development, and strengthen Texas cities. We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment at our events that represents the diversity of the cities we serve. Please review and honor our code of conduct for attendees – members, speakers, volunteers, guests, and staff – and help us create a positive experience for all participants. Please take a moment to review these important guidelines here.