2019 LGA Fall Conference
October 24 - 26
Kingsmill Resort | Williamsburg, VA


The LGA 2019 Fall Conference will take place at the Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., October 24-26.

The 2019 LGA Fall Conference Committee is excited to announce our fall conference at Kingsmill Resort October 24-26! We are taking advantage of this beautiful riverside venue and hosting both the Opening Night Party and Friday Night Banquet at the Resort. Good weather will allow us to enjoy the gorgeous grounds and on-site outdoor activities both days. If we have less than favorable weather, our Opening Night Party entertainment provided by Chris Rice of Music Makes You Happy DJ will keep you dancing and singing to your favorite tunes. Friday afternoon should bring opportunities for golf, tennis, hiking and other activities we are working to organize. Our Friday evening banquet will be a hit, as attendees will celebrate awards recipients while dining in the ballroom, followed by special entertainment in our hospitality suite.

Sessions will include ethics (both a two-hour general session and a concurrent session with a bonus 0.5 hour ethics credit), new case law, code compliance, and land use. The School Law Panel will address the ADA and Rehabilitation Act, including website requirements. Other concurrent sessions will include practical considerations and reflections on experiences with the Declaratory Judgement Act and Fraud Against Taxpayers Act. The tentative agenda also includes concurrent sessions on procurement forms and best practices to kickstart the new Procurement Practice Group, plus a session on e-discovery that offers the additional 0.5 ethics credit for those looking to complete your annual ethics requirement.

Plan now to join us in October and share in some practical and unique session topics and all of the amenities and ambiance that Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg has to offer!

-Kelly Lackey
Deputy City Attorney, City of Chesapeake & Conference Committee Chair

Important Documents
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Online Registration Link 
Attendee Registration Form 
Guest Registration Form 
Lodging & Parking Information 
Payment & Cancellation Policy 
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Registration for the 2019 Fall Conference will open soon.

Online Registration
Paper Attendee Registration Form
Paper Guest Registration Form

If you have issues logging in or accessing the registration form, please contact Amy Sales at [email protected] 


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Detailed MCLE Session Descriptions

General Session #1 (Thursday, 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.) | 1.5 MCLE

TOPICDeclaratory Judgment Act Overview and Strategy 

Moderator: Kathleen Dooley, City Attorney, City of Fredericksburg

Speakers: Ellen Bergren, Assistant City Attorney, City of Chesapeake
                 Stephen Piepgrass, Troutman Sanders
                 George Somerville, Harman, Claytor, Corrigan & Wellman, P.C.

Session Description: A declaratory judgment could arise in a number of contexts.  This session will help prepare you to defend a declaratory judgment complaint, including an overview of what constitutes an “actual controversy,” “justiciable controversy,” or “justiciable interest,” and, whether there are adequate remedies at law, whether the act is being used for procedural fencing, and whether the petitioner is seeking an “advisory opinion.”  (1.5 hours)

Concurrent Sessions (Thursday, 2:45 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.) | 1.5 MCLE

1) TOPICCode Enforcement: Land and Water 

ModeratorChristina Shelton, City Attorney, City of Williamsburg

SpeakersAndy Herrick, Deputy County Attorney, Albemarle County
                 Meredith H. Jacobi, Assistant City Attorney, City of Chesapeake
                 Emily Russell, Assistant County Attorney, Chesterfield County

Session Description: This session will include an overview of zoning enforcement in the criminal and civil context.  Practice pointers will also be shared for storm water and erosion and sediment control enforcement.(1.5 hours)

2) TOPICPublic Procurement Act in Virginia 101

ModeratorHaskell C. Brown, III, Deputy City Attorney, City of Richmond

SpeakersMike Kaestner, Assistant County Attorney, Henrico County
                 Bill Lascara, Pender & Coward, P.C.
                 Susan McKenney, Assistant City Attorney, City of Richmond

Session Description: Panel will focus on essentials and areas of interest gauged for new or infrequent practitioners of public procurement law. Topics may include the handling of protests and disputes, the use of contract forms, and issues with special types of contracts like those for information technology. (1.5 hours)

General Session #2 (Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) | 1.5 MCLE

TOPICCase Law Update 

ModeratorPatrick C. Murphrey, Assistant City Attorney, City of Newport News

SpeakerHon. Wilford Taylor, Jr., Retired Judge, The McCammon Group

Session Description: This session will highlight recent cases of interest to the practice of local government law. (1.5 hours)

Concurrent Sessions (Friday, 10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.) | 1.5 MCLE

1) TOPICA Survey of Rehabilitation Act and ADA Issues for School Counsel and General Practitioners

ModeratorMaxwell Hlavin, Deputy County Attorney, James City County

SpeakersWade Anderson, Counsel to the School Board at Henrico County Public Schools
                 Nicole Cheuk, Sands Anderson PC
                 Kalena Elk, disAbility Law Center of Virginia

Session Description: Overview of the various ways the Rehab Act and the ADA impact school systems and by extension what local government practitioners should also be thinking about.  Potential topics to include physical facilities, bus transportation, website/e-portal accessibility, employees, students (accommodations, 504 plans, and discipline), parents, and sports/extracurricular activities. (1.5 hours)

2) TOPICeDiscovery Defensibility: Understanding Electronic Discovery  

ModeratorKarla D. Carter, Assistant City Attorney, City of Suffolk

SpeakerSam Lewis, Director of eDiscovery, Research Data, Inc.
               Kym Wellons, WestRock

Session Description: In the digital age in which we live and practice law, electronically stored information has become a large part of our daily practice. This program will discuss the basics of e-discovery and how to maintain compliance with document requests related to litigation, FOIA requests, and other proceedings where electronically stored information must be produced.(1.5 hours)

Concurrent Sessions 
(Saturday, 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.) | 1.5 MCLE


1) TOPICFraud Against Tax Payers 

ModeratorRyan Samuel, Assistant County Attorney, Arlington County

SpeakersPeter E. Broadbent, Assistant Attorney General, Virginia Attorney General’s Office
                 Jeremy S. Byrum, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
                 Gregory G. Taylor, Senior Claims Representative, Virginia Attorney General’s Office

Session Description: Speakers will provide an overview of both the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and the federal False Claims Act. Attorneys from the Virginia Attorney General’s Office will provide a primer on the Virginia Fraud Against Taxpayers Act and its statutory mandate for the Virginia Attorney General to bring actions on behalf of localities, what local government officials should look for in contracting that rises to the level of actionable fraud, and what measures to have in place so a local government does not acquiesce to any fraud. An experienced litigator will provide an overview of the federal False Claims Act and how it may impact local governments.(1.5 hours)

2) TOPICRecent Developments in Land Use 

ModeratorSean M. Hutson, Sands Anderson PC

SpeakersNegheen Sanjar, Director of Legal Research, International Municipal Lawyers Association
                 Courtney R. Sydnor, Deputy County Attorney, Loudoun County

Session Description: Panelists will discuss recent developments in land use, including issues arising from electric scooters, small cell wireless facilities, and the new proffer law. (1.5 hours)

General Session #3 
(Saturday, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) | 2.0 MCLE 


TOPIC: Ethics Hotline 

ModeratorLesa Yeatts, Town Attorney, Town of Herndon

SpeakersBill Hefty, Of Counsel, Hefty, Wiley, & Gore
                 Jan L. Proctor, Opinions Counsel, Virginia Attorney General’s Office
                 Chuck Thompson, General Counsel & Executive Director, International Municipal Lawyers Association

Session Description: Experienced local government counsel will respond to (primarily) pre-screened questions. Questions that involve multiple defendants or other conflicts will be given to the outside counsel for their take on the issue.(2 hours)


Kingsmill Resort
1010 Kingsmill Road
Williamsburg, VA 23185
(800) 832-5665


To Reserve a room online: https://reservations.kingsmill.com/15459?groupID=2293392#/guestsandrooms
To Reserve a room by phone: Call 757-253-1703 and select Option 1, or call 1-800-832-5665
Event Name: LGAVAFall19


Friday Afternoon Activities

LGA's Fall Conference Golf Tournament will take place on the Kingsmill Resort's Plantation Course, a beautiful Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay design. The tournament will tee off at approximately 1 p.m. and will be wrapped up in time for the Friday evening festivities. Cost for the event is $125 per player, which includes green fees, cart fees, and unlimited soda, water, sports drinks, and domestic beer for the duration of the round. Please email [email protected] to sign up, and indicate any preference for pairings. 

Haunted Williamsburg Ghost Tour: From 18th-century colonial ghost stories to creepy modern-day encounters, costumed storytellers share unnerving tales on this Colonial Williamsburg Ghost Tour (transportation sponsored by Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley & Walsh P.C. & tickets sponsored by Odin Feldman & Pittleman, P.C.). The candlelit walking tour lasts approximately one hour and is the only ghost tour that takes visitors inside historic buildings of Colonial Williamsburg. Registration will be onsite only. Visit the LGA Registration desk to put your name on the list. 

Join your colleagues for a walk on Kingsmill's 4.5 mile loop trail. The trail is paved, but hilly. Those who would like a shorter walk are encouraged to join us at the turn around early. Meet at 2:30 p.m. outside the lobby entrance. Wear good walking shoes and bring water. For more information, contact [email protected]

Tour at least four Williamsburg breweries with us on Friday afternoon. The group will depart a 1 p.m. outside the Guest Registration Building (Kingsmill Resort Center). Transportation will be provided (sponsored by Vanderpool, Frostick, and Nishanian, P.C.), and the tour is limited to 32 people. Registration will be onsite only. Visit the LGA Registration desk to put your name on the list. 

Stop 1:  Alewerks Brewing Company.  Alewerks has a very popular pumpkin beer; it’s located in close proximity to the Williamsburg Outlets.
Stop 2:  Precarious Beer Project.  This brewery has on-site games and a taco truck.
     Option to walk to Stop No. 3, Amber Public House (0.3 miles through Williamsburg’s Merchant Square)
Stop 3:   Amber Ox Public House.  BrewPub with bar menu, beer, wine, and cocktails.
Stop 4:  Virginia Beer Company.  Brewery with outdoor seating, four miles from the Kingsmill Resort.

Registration:  Information to be provided soon!
Sponsor: To sponsor an event, contact Amy Sales at (804) 643-4433

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