Texas City Attorneys Association
2009 Summer Conference -- Video Replay

October 8-9, 2009
City of Grand Prairie
Uptown Theatre

(10 Hours MCLE, including 2 Ethics Hours)

TCAA is “Going Green”!Special note on this and all upcoming seminar materials: TCAA will no longer provide binders for speaker papers or printed materials of any kind. Instead, TCAA will put all speaker papers on the TCAA Web site.
Special Thanks to Our Local Video Replay Sponsors:

Grand Prairie Parks and Recreation Department - The Uptown Theater
Haynes and Boone
Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP
Law Offices of Jim Jeffrey
Grand Bank of Texas, Grand Prairie

Special Thanks to Our Sponsors:

Abernathy, Roeder, Boyd & Joplin, P.C.
Banowsky & Levine, P.C.
Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, LLP
Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P.
Davidson & Troilo, P.C.
Denton, Navarro, Rocha & Bernal, P.C.
Doyen Sebesta, LTD, LLP
FOIA Systems – Open Records
Hermansen, McKibben, Woolsey & Villareal, L.L.P.
Lloyd, Gosselink, Rochelle & Townsend, P.C.
McKamie Law
Municipal Code Corporation
Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager, and Smith, L.L.P.
Olson & Olson, L.L.P.
Ross, Banks, May, Cron & Cavin, P.C.
Russell & Rodriguez, LLP
Strasburger & Price, L.L.P.
Taylor, Olson, Adkins, Sralla & Elam, L.L.P.
Texas Municipal League Intergovernmental Risk Pool
Thompson & Knight, LLP


Thursday, October 8

7:30 a.m.

8:15 - 8:45 a.m.
Opening Remarks
, Charles Anderson, City Attorney, Irving, and TCAA President
, Paul Cunningham, City Attorney for South Padre Island
Presentation, Galen Sparks Awards for Outstanding Public Service by an Assistant City Attorney

8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
Police/Fire Labor Relations Update
, Lowell Denton, Denton, Navarro, Rocha and Bernal, San Antonio

9:15 - 10:00 a.m.
Recent Federal Cases of Interest to Cities, Randy Montgomery, D. Randall Montgomery and Associates, Dallas

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 11:00 a.m.
Recent State Cases of Interest to Cities, Laura Mueller, Texas Municipal League, Austin

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Taking Control over Natural Gas Gathering and Transmission Pipelines and Compressor Station Companies, David Klein, Lloyd Gosselink, Austin

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

1:00 - 1:45 p.m.
Legislative Update, Shanna Igo, Texas Municipal League, Austin

1:45 - 2:15 p.m.
What City Attorneys Should Know About Ethics and the Legislature, Royce Poinsett, McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore, Austin

2:15- 2:30 p.m.

2:30 - 3:00 p.m
Real Estate FAQ's by City Attorneys or What is the Difference Between a Right-of-Way and an Easement
, Kevin Laughlin, Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager and Smith, Dallas

3:00 - 3:45 p.m.
When Disaster Strikes,
Susie Green, City Attorney, and Barbara Baruch, Assistant City Attorney, Galveston

3:45 p.m.

Friday, October 9

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.

8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Ethics, Jason King and Nathan Akers, Akers and Boulware-Wells, Austin

9:30 - 10:00 a.m.
CCN Update
, Art Rodriguez, Russell and Rodriguez, Georgetown

10:00 - 10:15 a.m.

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Airport Law
101, Robert Sims, Assistant City Attorney, Dallas

10:45 - 11:15 a.m.
Anatomy of a TCEQ Enforcement Action, Kerry Russell, Russell and Rodriguez, Georgetown

11:15 - 11:45 a.m.
, Frank Waite, Thompson and Knight, Dallas

11:45 – 12:15 p.m.
What City Attorneys Should Know About Ethics and the Legislature
, Royce Poinsett, McGinnis, Lochridge and Kilgore, Austin

12:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch on Your Own

1:30 – 2:00 p.m.
The Ethics of Handling Municipal Matters Involving Unrepresented Parties
, Meredith Ladd, Brown and Hofmeister, Richardson

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Climate Change and its Impacts on Municipal Operations
, Paul Gosselink, Lloyd Gosselink, Austin, and Jason Tournillion, GT Environmental Finance, Austin

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Redistricting Issues for City Attorneys
, Bob Heath, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta, Austin

3:30 p.m.

General Information


Members -- $50
Non-Members -- $100

Special Note on Seminar Materials:TCAA is “Going Green”!TCAA will no longer provide binders for speaker papers or printed materials of any kind. Instead, TCAA will put all speaker papers on the TCAA Web site under “speaker papers” for attendees to download in advance, if they so desire. No written materialswill be provided at the seminar location.
Cancellation and Substitution Policy:

A $15 fee will be assessed on all registration cancellations.Only written cancellations received by October 1, 2009, will be honored. Telephone cancellations will not be accepted.You may send cancellations by e-mail to acct@tml.org or by fax to 512-231-7495.If the registrant is unable to attend, the registrant may send a substitute.


Uptown Theatre
120 E. Main Street (US-80)
Grand Prairie, TX 75050

In addition to some on-street parking, there are several parking lots around and behind the theater.All the parking is free in trendy uptown Grand Prairie.The Uptown Theater is located one block east of the new Market Square, which is set to open September 26.

Seminar Materials and MCLE Instructions:

These are available at www.texascityattorneys.org by clicking on Speaker Papers, Summer Conference 2009. (Note that some presentations may be out of order due to the condensed video replay format.)

Special Accommodations:

Let us know on the registration form if you need special accommodations of any kind. In order to respond to any special requests, we would appreciate as much advance notice as possible.

Continuing Education Credit:

Attorneys can earn up to 10 total MCLE hours (including 2 ethics hours).Elected officials (mayors and councilmembers) can earn Texas Municipal League Institute (TMLI) credits.For further information on the TMLI program, please click here or call us at 512-231-7400.

For more information, call Scott Houston at 512-231-7400, or e-mail legal@tml.org.

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