LGA 2018 Fall Conference
October 11th — 13th
Lansdowne Resort and Spa | Leesburg, VA

The LGA 2018 Fall Conference will take place at the Lansdowne Resort and Spa in Leesburg, Va., October 11 to 13. My colleagues and I in Loudoun County are excited to welcome the LGA to Loudoun—”DC’s Wine Country”—for the first time. The conference theme is “Tradition v. Innovation: Recurring Issues and New Strategies for Localities.” The theme is reflected in the conference program, which incorporates traditional issues that we all confront on a daily basis, as well as new developments and emerging strategies in local government law. The session topics include land use litigation, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)/the Conflict of Interest Act (COIA), agritourism, eminent domain, environmental law, bankruptcy/collections, cable franchising and wireless infrastructure, school law, topics in civil litigation, and, of course, ethics. The Opening Night Party will be held at Stone Tower Winery, one of the most beautiful venues in Loudoun County. And the conference committee is planning a variety of Friday afternoon activities for your enjoyment (e.g., hiking, brewery tour, lunch at a great local restaurant). Stay tuned to the LGA website for more details and I look forward to seeing everyone in Loudoun this fall.  

-Courtney Sydnor
Deputy County Attorney, Loudoun County & Conference Committee Chair

Important Documents:
Registration Form
Guest Registration Form
Lodging & Parking Information
Payment & Cancellation Policy


SCHEDULE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11th

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Board of Directors Meeting
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. - Registration, Exhibits & Sponsor Displays
1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - General Session | 1.5 MCLE

  • Land UseWill Traditional or Innovative Approaches to Vested Rights and Proffers Succeed? (How do you measure success — courts, legislatures, land use?)
2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. - Break
2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2 | 1.5 MCLE
  1. AgritourismAgritourism as Growth Initiative
  2. Eminent DomainThe Status of Eminent Domain Law in Virginia: Recurring Topics and Latest Trends

5:00 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. - YLGA Happy Hour (Coton & RyeLansdowne Resort Lobby Area)
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Opening Night Party (Stone Towery Winery — 19925 Hogback Mountain Rd, Leesburg, VA 20175)
*Buses to begin departing from Lansdowne around 6:15 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12th

7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Committee & Practice Group Meetings
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - General Session | 1.5 MCLE

  • COIA & FOIAOld Friends Who Are Constantly Causing New Problems

10:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. - Break
10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Concurrent Sessions 1, 2, & 3 | 1.5 MCLE

  1. Environmental LawWater, Storm Water and Hazardous Waste: Important Considerations and New Developments in Environmental Law
  2. School Law: From Tinker to Trump: A Guide for Localities in Tackling Recurring Forms of Student Expression and Students’ Expression of Political Opinions in the 21st Century
  3. Bankruptcy/Collections: Traditional Approaches to Bankruptcy and Collections Law and Innovative Ways Debtors May Use to Avoid the Payment of Taxes and Fees

Friday Afternoon Activities

6:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Reception
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Banquet and Presentation of Awards
9:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. - Hospitality Suite

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13th

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Concurrent Sessions 1 & 2 | 1.5 MCLE

  1. InfrastructureThe Wacky World of Cable Television and Wireless Infrastructure Regulation: Developing New Strategies for Emerging Technologies
  2. CivilTopics in Local Government Civil Litigation: The Basics and Updates in Key Areas of Civil Litigation for the Local Government Attorney 
10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Break (Room check-out is at 11:00 a.m.)
11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. - General Session | 2 MCLE
  • EthicsThe Ethics of Email and Social Media in the Age of Twitter

1:00 p.m. - Adjourn

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REGISTRATION

Registration for the 2018 Fall Conference is now open.

Online RegistrationRegister Now!
Paper Registration FormAvailable Here!
Paper Guest Registration Form: Available Here! 

If you have issues logging in or accessing the registration form, please contact Zach Eisenman - (804) 249-2241 or [email protected] Please note that your login credentials are likely different than the previous LGA website. 

PAYMENT & CANCELLATION POLICY

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Detailed MCLE Session Descriptions

General Session #1 (Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Land UseWill Traditional or Innovative Approaches to Vested Rights and Proffers Succeed? (How do you measure success — courts, legislatures, land use?)

ModeratorSharon E. Pandak, Greehan, Taves & Pandak, PLLC
SpeakersJohn W. Farrell, Esquire, McCandlish Lillard
                 Leo P. Rogers, County Attorney, Loudoun County
                 J.T. (Tom) Tokarz, Deputy County Attorney, Henrico County

The seminar panel will address cutting edge land use issues: 1) the state of vested rights law through the prism of recent litigation, and 2) fallout from the 2016 General Assembly’s restriction of local proffer authority, recent litigation, and potential paths forward.

Concurrent Sessions (Thursday, 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.)

1) AgritourismAgritourism as Growth Initiative

Moderator/Speaker: Martin R. Crim, Town Attorney, Town of Culpeper & Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian. P.C.
SpeakersTracey A. Gallehr, Deputy County Attorney, Fauquier County
                  Dr. Martha A. Walker, Virginia Cooperative Extension

As existing farmers sow the seeds of new business models, and new farmers seek to harvest a bounty from agritourism laws, local governments are left to weed out difficult land use and tax law issues. 

2) Eminent DomainThe Status of Eminent Domain Law in Virginia: Recurring Topics and Latest Trends

Moderator: Erin L. Swisshelm, Assistant County Attorney, Frederick County
SpeakersFrancis A. “Sandy” Cherry, Jr., Esquire, Randolph, Boyd, Cherry and Vaughan
                 Andrew R. McRoberts, County Attorney, Essex County & Sands Anderson P.C.
                 Steven L. Micas, County Attorney, Prince George County

Eminent domain law is complex and it changes nearly every year.  Cities, counties, towns, authorities, and other public entities seeking to condemn property for schools, roads, utility lines, or other public projects face unique and difficult challenges. This experienced and knowledgeable panel of speakers will discuss eminent domain from the viewpoint of the locality and the Virginia Department of Transportation, and will provide practice tips for what to expect from opposing counsel. Whether you are an experienced local government attorney or relatively new to the practice of local government law, the session will improve your eminent domain expertise. The speakers will discuss the latest trends and cutting edge issues in eminent domain, including such topics as: the obligation to pay property owners "just compensation"; public entities’ responsibility to plan projects in a way that minimizes damage and disruption to property owners and business owners; compensating owners for any loss of access; valuation law and policy in Virginia; requirements applicable to appraisers; techniques to challenge or support appraisers in the courtroom; and complying with federal and state relocation guidelines for displaced commercial and residential tenants. Additionally, the speakers will discuss trial preparation and techniques, evidentiary issues, and settlement strategies. Everyone in attendance, from the eminent domain novice to the nuanced expert, will benefit from this session. 

General Session #2 (Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

COIA & FOIAOld Friends Who Are Constantly Causing New Problems

ModeratorErin C. Ward, Deputy County Attorney, Fairfax County
SpeakersWalter C. Erwin, City Attorney, City of Lynchburg
                 Mary McGowan, Division Counsel, Prince William County Public Schools
                 Sterling E. Rives, III, County Attorney, Hanover County

This panel will discuss provisions of the Conflict of Interests Act (COIA) and the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA) that present unique issues and concerns for local government attorneys and their clients.  Local government attorneys represent their governing bodies, not individual local officials or constituents of the locality.  However, local government attorneys must frequently give legal advice on COIA and VFOIA, which impose civil and/or criminal penalties on the individual local government employees who are found to have violated the requirements of those laws.  In this session, three long-time local government attorneys will share tips on how to counsel clients who seek advice on their obligations under COIA and VFOIA.  The panelists will share with the audience their experiences in how to ethically and successfully navigate some of the singular challenges these laws can present. 

Concurrent Sessions (Friday, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.)

1) Environmental LawWater, Storm Water and Hazardous Waste: Important Considerations and New Developments in Environmental Law

Moderator: Karla D. Carter, Assistant City Attorney, City of Suffolk
SpeakersJonathan P. Rak, General Counsel to Loudoun Water & McGuireWoods LLP
                 Emily C. Russell, Assistant County Attorney, Chesterfield County
                 Andrea W. Wortzel, Troutman Sanders LLP

This session will cover important considerations for local government attorneys and new legal developments in the areas of water supply and planning, storm water management, and hazardous waste.  Specific topics for discussion include: regional water supply plans; new requirements for local comprehensive plans; DEQ’s response to ground water shortages; surface water management; municipal separate storm sewer systems; green infrastructure for storm water management; creation of a storm water utility; capturing and storing surface water for consumption; federal and state hazardous waste regulations; and case studies relating to waste disposal and hazardous waste release from municipal facilities.

2) School Law: From Tinker to Trump: A Guide for Localities in Tackling Recurring Forms of Student Expression and Students’ Expression of Political Opinions in the 21st Century

ModeratorWahaj Memon, Assistant County Attorney, Prince William County
SpeakersStephen DeVita, Division Counsel, Loudoun County Public Schools
                 Carol A. Marchant, Assistant Division Counsel, Fairfax County Public Schools
                 Mary McGowan, Division Counsel, Prince William County Public Schools

This panel will discuss a student's right to protest and freedom of expression under the First Amendment. Initially, we will discuss the case law (from major historical cases through developing case law in the 21st Century). Then we will have an interactive discussion of specific examples of protests and expression, giving attendees an opportunity to apply lessons learned from the case law review. We will discuss T-Shirts, walkouts, arm bands, posters and other expressive forms of protest.

3) Bankruptcy/CollectionsTraditional Approaches to Bankruptcy and Collections Law and Innovative Ways Debtors May Use to Avoid the Payment of Taxes and Fees

Moderator: Barbara Notar, Town Attorney, Town of Leesburg
Speakers: John W. Burton, Assistant County Attorney, Fairfax County
                 John A. Rife, Esquire, Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C.
                 Ann Schmitt, Esquire, Culbert & Schmitt, PLLC

The seminar panel will discuss the law of bankruptcy focusing on the collection of local taxes and fees and the most common bankruptcy issues that local government lawyers face; the collection of real and personal property taxes through administrative collection tools; and new issues that have arisen in the courts and local government collection practices when utilizing traditional collection methods.

Concurrent Sessions (Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.)

1) InfrastructureThe Wacky World of Cable Television and Wireless Infrastructure Regulation: Developing New Strategies for Emerging Technologies

ModeratorJoseph P. Rapisarda, Jr., County Attorney, Henrico County
SpeakersMatthew C. Ames, Hubacher & Ames, PLLC
                 Rick Ellrod, Department of Cable and Consumer Services, Fairfax County
                 Debra Bryan, Associate City Attorney, City of Virginia Beach

The program will examine various aspects of cable television and wireless infrastructure regulation, including strategies to address developing issues in cable television franchising, the impact of Virginia law on cable television franchising, the new Virginia law on wireless infrastructure, and the potential impact of pending FCC proceedings on the ability of localities to regulate wireless infrastructure.

2) CivilTopics in Local Government Civil Litigation: The Basics and Updates in Key Areas of Civil Litigation for the Local Government Attorney

ModeratorSusan A. Waddell, Guynn & Waddell, P.C.
SpeakersDavid P. Corrigan, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, P.C.
                 Jim H. Guynn, County Attorney, Alleghany County & Guynn & Waddell, P.C
                 Ara L. Tramblian, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C.

This session will combine several recurring topics and will be tailored to be accessible to the new lawyers entering local government practice as well as experienced local government practitioners.  Topics will include the “nuts and bolts” of police §1983 litigation, state law qualified immunity, the admissibility of criminal charges in civil local government cases, sovereign immunity for regional jails; and appellate advocacy for the civil litigator. 

General Session #3 (Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)

EthicsThe Ethics of Email and Social Media in the Age of Twitter

ModeratorLesa J. Yeatts, Town Attorney, Town of Herndon
SpeakerThomas E. Spahn, McGuireWoods LLP

This interactive program uses hypotheticals to explore how ethics rules have tried to keep up the unique and quickly evolving issues involving the widespread use of electronic communications such as email and social media including Twitter. 


ACCOMMODATIONS

Lansdowne Resort and Spa
44050 Woodridge Parkway
Leesburg, VA 20176
(703) 729-8400
 

LODGING & PARKING INFORMATION


Friday Afternoon Activities

Brewery Tour
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Spend Friday afternoon visiting two farm breweries in Loudoun County -- Vanish (https://vanishbeer.com) and Quattro Goomba's (http://www.goombabrewery.com). Each brewery offers a wide selection of craft beverages and a variety of food choices. Quattro Goomba's also has a winery on site. Transportation is provided. Participants pay for their own food and beverage at each location.

Transportation:  Bus will leave from the front of the hotel promptly at 1:15.
Registration:  Limited to 30 participants.  Sign-up at the registration table.
Contact: Erin Swisshelm ([email protected]) and Martin Crim ([email protected])
Sponsor: Vanderpool, Frostick & Nishanian, P.C.

Hike the Potomac Heritage Trail
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join your colleagues for a scenic hike along the Potomac Heritage Trail for amazing views of the Potomac River from the bluffs high above, and continuing along the Loudoun trail that runs parallel to the river and crosses historic points of interest like Balls Bluff, a famous civil war battle site.  Sponsorship for this event is still available for the local trail guide fee. No transportation necessary, these trails and more are accessible directly from the hotel!

Registration: Sign-up at the registration table; sign-up sheet will identify meet-up location and time.
Contact:  Kalli Jackson ([email protected])


Lunch Anyone?

Interested in trying the local dining scene, but not sure where to go? Visit Loudoun has compiled a list of local favorites throughout the County -- pizza, burgers, BBQ, seafood, beer, wine, chocolate and more; casual, fine dining and everything in between. A link to this specially-curated restaurant list is available HERE. Round-up your favorite lunch crew and enjoy a great meal!


Top Golf and iFLY

Looking for a little competition or adventure?  These two fun activities are located next door to each other in nearby Ashburn. (Play and Eat!: Top Golf offers full food and beverage service.) Reservations recommended at both sites.
https://topgolf.com/us/loudoun/
https://www.iflyworld.com/


Other Activities

Looking for other things to do during your visit to Loudoun County? Checkout the Visit Loudoun app for shopping, historic sites, wineries, breweries, restaurants and other local attractions. Search for “Loudoun Deals” on Apple Store and Google Play.

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