The 2020 LGA Regional Seminar will take place on Friday, June 26, 2020 at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center in Blacksburg, VA. Topics at this year's Regional Seminar are currently being organized by the LGA Outreach Committee. Stay tuned for updates and emails from LGA staff with information about the agenda, registration, and other event details. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are included in your registration fee.

PLEASE NOTE: There is a strong possibility that this in-person event will be held virtually. LGA will update registrants and members as information is made available. 

  • Seminar Schedule The LGA Outreach Committee is working with possible speakers to present on several topics of interest to local government attorneys. The program below has not yet been approved by the LGA Board of Directors for content or submitted for CLE. 

  • Registration Registration is open. Members will need their login information in order to receive the member registration rate for online registration. If you are registering on behalf of a member, you will need to get the login credentials from the member. Staff is not able to share that information. A printable registration form is available to send by mail. Non-members can follow the prompts to register online, or mail a registration form with payment.

  • Accommodations LGA has a room block at The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center. Please review the Lodging & Parking before making your reservation.

  • Sponsorship Opportunities If you are interested in sponsoring the 2020 LGA Regional Seminar, please contact Amy Sales at [email protected] to discuss sponsorship opportunities. We thank our sponsors for their support of LGA education: Guynn, Waddell, Carroll & Lockaby and Taxing Authority Consulting Services (TACS)

  • Presentation Download Presentations will be available the week before the event. 

Important Documents:

Online Registration Form 
Printable Registration Form
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FRIDAY, June 26

8:00 - 8:45 a.m. - Breakfast & Registration
8:45 - 9:00 a.m. - Welcome & Opening Remarks

9:00 - 10:30 a.m. - Session #1 | 1.5 CLE

Virginia Freedom of Information Act

Moderator: Brandi Law, Deputy City Attorney, City of Hampton

Speaker: Alan Gernhardt, Executive Director, Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council

Description: This session will include information on both the records and meeting rules of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act with a focus on exemptions that relate to personnel issues. Topics will include what constitutes a personnel record and when a personnel record may be exempted from a records request and what personnel matters qualify for a closed session.

10:30 - 10:45 a.m. - Break

10:45 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. - Session #2 | 1.5 CLE

Getting and Keeping Tax Revenues

Moderator: Meredith Jacobi, Assistant City Attorney, City of Chesapeake


  • Ara Tramblian, Of Counsel, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C.
  • John Rife, Partner, Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C.
  • Andrew Neville, Attorney, Taxing Authority Consulting Services, P.C.

Description: This session will be broken into two parts. 

John Rife and Andrew Neville will present on “Restarting the Collections Engine.” This portion will focus on balancing the duty to collect taxes with economic and policy considerations; adjusting collection practices within the law to be “compassionate” collectors; and some creative and underutilized Code sections to leverage difficult accounts. Ara Tramblian will present on “Cross-examination of Plaintiff’s expert appraiser: Methods, approaches and excerpts from a recent trial concerning the assessment of an office building.”

12:15 - 1:15 p.m. - Lunch

1:15 - 2:15 p.m. - Session #3 | 1.0 CLE

2020 Legislative Session Review

Moderator/Speaker: Randall C. Eads, City Attorney, City of Bristol


  • Michelle Gowdy, Executive Director, Virginia Municipal League
  • Eric Gregory, Partner, Hefty, Wiley & Gore, P.C.; City Attorney, City of Emporia

Description: The panelists will cover the 2020 General Assembly actions of significance to local governments, including new or amended laws affecting procurement, land use, elections, taxes, economic development, transportation, FOIA, and COIA.

2:15 - 2:30 p.m. - Break

2:30 - 4:30 p.m. - Session #4 | 2.0 CLE

Ethics Updates

Moderator: Dan Whitten, County Attorney, County of Prince George


  • Barbara Notar, former Town Attorney, Town of Leesburg
  • Greg Haley, Partner, Gentry Locke
  • Liz Whiting, Town Attorney, Town of Lovettsville

Description: The panel will review changes in governing law and advisory principles that affect the practice of law by Virginia's local government lawyers.  It will also examine ethical issues presented by compliance with the requirements of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act and State and Local Government Conflict of Interests Act as they arise in the local government context. These will address, inter alia, issues related to multiple client representation, and issues that arise when local government officials participate in non-governmental community improvement initiatives that frequently require or obtain local government endorsements or are conducted on or with government property.  

In addition to presenting and analyzing governing principles, the program is expected to incorporate discussion hypotheticals to test their application in novel and evolving contexts.

4:30 p.m. - Adjourn

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The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center
901 Prices Fork Road
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8000

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