Registrants received their CLE and evaluation forms via email. If you did not receive your forms, please contact Amy Sales at [email protected] 

  • Seminar Schedule The The 2020 LGA Regional Webinar will take place on Friday, June 26, 2020 via Zoom. The LGA Outreach Committee has worked with possible speakers to present on several topics of interest to local government attorneys. 

  • Registration Member registration starts at $145 (rate increases after June 19). 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. Non-member registration starts at $170 (rate increases after June 19). Registration will close on Wednesday, June 24. Registration is closed. 

  • Registrant List Thank you to our registrants for attending this LGA event.

  • 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 are available for review and download at this time. 

  • Equipment Requirements Please make sure your equipment is set up properly to avoid connection issues. 

Important Documents:

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FRIDAY, June 26, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (login available starting at 8:30 a.m.)

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 a.m. - 12 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 - 1 p.m. - Webinar Break

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

2020 Legislative Session Review

Note: If you took credit for the legislative session review portion of LGA’s May 29 Spring Webinar, you may not take credit for this session.

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 - 4 p.m. - Session #4 | 2.0 CLE

Ethics Updates

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


  • Barbara Notar, Partner, Bancroft, McGavin, Horvath & Judkins, P.C.
  • 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, including Supreme Court Rules 4.2 and 4.4(b) and the short-lived LEO 1890.  It will also examine ethical issues presented by multiple client representation, including how to manage competing expectations among locality stakeholders with respect to what the local government attorney is expect to do. The panel will also address ethical issues related to Virginia Freedom of Information Act meeting compliance practices, including special issues related to remote meeting participation during declared emergencies.

4 p.m. - Adjourn

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