The 2020 LGA Spring Webinar will take place on Friday, May 29, via Zoom Webinar.
LGA is offering this webinar at no cost to members and webinar sponsors.
LGA thanks our annual and webinar sponsors for their support of LGA education. 


Please join us for the LGA Spring Webinar on May 29. While this is not exactly the event we had planned, it is still an opportunity to learn from our knowledgeable colleagues, who graciously agreed to find time to prepare handouts and presentations for us despite the many new legal issues these unusual circumstances have dropped in our laps. And things dropped in our laps is soooo not social distancing!

Our program will begin at 9:00 a.m. with Election Law 101: Gearing up for the 2021 Redistricting and the Basics of Electoral Board Representation with the talented trio of Jeff Mincks, Walter Erwin, Steven Piepgrass, and Stel Parthemos sharing their expertise on these pertinent topics. Since there is no yogurt parfait or danish being provided, we are rolling right in to our next session. At 10:30 a.m., we’ll hit Hot Topics in Lightning Round Sessions featuring the esteemed Cynthia Hudson helping to improve our collective wisdom about collective bargaining, Paul Klockenbrink providing us value on the Virginia Values Act and wage-and-hour pay issues, and Larry Spencer giving us a short presentation on short term rentals.

Unless the LGA Board arranges for simultaneous pizza delivery to every LGA member’s office . . . (nope, not in the plans), lunch is on your own from 12-1:00 p.m. But don’t get caught up in office issues and skip the afternoon, because from 1:00-3:00 p.m. we are offering the latest, greatest dialogue on the 2020 General Assembly when perennial favorites Michelle Gowdy, Jeff Gore, and Phyllis Errico present 2020 Legislative Session Ends: Time to Head for the Hills. This session is scheduled for 2 full hours since it is usually so difficult to fit all we need to know plus questions in our standard 1.5 hour format.

Finally, from 3:00-4:30 p.m., our DSS practitioners can foster a greater knowledge of their field through Foster Care Prevention $$$: The New Federal Family First Prevention Services Act which Christianna Cunningham, Kristin Zagar, and Elizabeth Overall Lee will present.

Hope you’ll join us for this informative day. No doubt we will all miss our opportunity to catch up with one another . . . to eat, drink, and be merry . . . and to enjoy the beautiful vistas in the Shenandoah Valley, but we have adapted to our changed circumstances, as we all must, and are still delivering on the LGA’s most important mission – to provide pertinent educational offerings for our members!

Conference Chair, Tara McGee

  • Registration is closed. 

  • Printable Agenda Document includes additional speakers and session descriptions (descriptions not yet approved).

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

  • Presentation Download LGA is working with speakers to provide handouts to registrants before the conference begins. During this busy time for local government, please know that these materials may not be available until just before the conference.

Important Thank You to Our Sponsors:

LGA would like to thank the webinar sponsors for their support and flexibility as the Board made the decision to cancel the 2020 LGA Spring Conference and host the 2020 LGA Spring Webinar. The sponsors listed below provided support that will allow LGA to fulfill its mission to providing our membership with their required continuing education.

AquaLaw 2019-2020 LGA Annual Sponsor
Blankingship & Keith, PC
Crenshaw, Ware & Martin, P.L.C.
Gentry Locke
Greehan, Taves & Pandak
Guynn, Waddell, Carroll, and Lockaby, P.C.
Haneberg Hurlbert, PLC
Hawkins Delafield & Wood
Hefty Wiley & Gore, P.C.
Hunton Andrews Kurth 2019-2020 LGA Annual Sponsor
Kutak Rock
Litten & Sipe
McGuireWoods 2019-2020 LGA Annual Sponsor
Pender & Coward 2019-2020 LGA Annual Sponsor
Sands Anderson 2019-2020 LGA Annual Sponsor
Taxing Authority Consulting Services (TACS)
Troutman Sanders 2019-2020 LGA Annual Sponsor
Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian
Virginia Group Self-Insurance Risk Pool
Virginia Risk Sharing Association
Walsh, Colucci, Lubeley, & Walsh, P.C. 


FRIDAY, May 29, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (login available starting at 8:30 a.m.)

8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. - Welcome & Opening Remarks
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Session #1 | 1.5 MCLE

Election Law 101: Gearing up for 2021 Redistricting and the Basics of Electoral Board Representation

Moderator: John Blair, City of Charlottesville

Walter Erwin, City of Lynchburg
Stephen Piepgrass, Troutman Sanders LLP
Jeffrey L. Mincks, Chesterfield County
Stel Parthemos, Retired, Chesterfield County

The Election Law panel will provide attorneys the opportunity to learn about the basic structure of election law in Virginia including electoral boards, registrars, and questions of liability, and will provide an analysis of legal issues related to locality electoral district redistricting procedures upon completion of the 2020 Census.

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Session #2 | 1.5 MCLE

Hot Topics in Lightning Round Sessions

Moderator: Jon Puvak, Gentry Locke

Cynthia Hudson, Sands Anderson
Larry Spencer, Town of Blacksburg
Paul Klockenbrink, Gentry Locke

This panel will provide abbreviated bursts of information on a number of up-to-the-minute topics of importance to local government lawyers, including collective bargaining for local government employees, short term rentals, wage and hour claims, and the Virginia Values Act. 

12:00 - 1 p.m. - Webinar Break

1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Session #3 | 2.0 MCLE

2020 Legislative Session Ends: Time to Head for the Hills

Moderator: Jim Benkahla, County of Augusta

Michelle Gowdy, Virginia Municipal League
Jeff Gore, Hefty, Wiley & Gore, P.C.
Phyllis Errico, Virginia Association of Counties

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.

3:00 - 4:30 p.m. - Session #4 | 1.5 MCLE

Foster Care Prevention $$$: The New Federal Family First Prevention Services Act 

Moderator: Kim Gutterman, County of Rockingham

Christianna Cunningham, City of Virginia Beach
Kristin Zagar, Virginia Department of Social Services
Elizabeth Overall Lee, Virginia Department of Social Services

This session is designed for attorneys who represent local departments of social services in child welfare cases. The panelists will principally cover the legal and regulatory requirements of Virginia’s Performance Improvement Plan adopted as a result of the state’s lack of compliance with the federal Families First Prevention Services Act of 2018, and based on the December 2018 JLARC Study, and the Child and Family Services Review.

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