The LGA Board of Directors is excited to host a hybrid seminar.

  • REGISTRATION: Registration is now open! Please register HERE.
    • Remote Attendees (remote registration will close on Tuesday, June 25)
      • Remote attendees will receive an email with instructions on how to receive their connection link on Wednesday, June 26 around 11 a.m. Please follow the instructions and finalize by noon on Thursday, June 27, to ensure there are no issues receiving your link. 
      • Remote attendees are asked to connect on Friday, June 28 at 8:45 a.m. to make sure their link works correctly (and they don't miss any content!).
    • In-Person Attendees (in-person registration will close on Thursday, June 20)
      • In-person attendees can make room reservations at The Blackburn Inn starting at $98++ per night. The room block cut off is May 28, or once full.
      • In-person attendees can enjoy a continental breakfast starting at 8:30 a.m. when registration opens. 
    • All registration rates will increase on Thursday, June 13.
  • RESERVATIONS: Room reservation information will be included in your registration confirmation email. The room block cut off is 11:59 pm on June 3, or once full.

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2024 LGA Regional Seminar Schedule

6.0 MCLE including 2.0 ethics credit (pending approval)


8:30 a.m. | Check In & Continental Breakfast

9 – 10:30 a.m. | Fourth Amendment Laws for Zoning Inspectors: The Ins and Outs of Getting In and Getting It Done (1.5 MCLE)

W. Clarke Whitfield, Jr., City Attorney, City of Danville

Sheree A. Konstantinou, Deputy County Attorney, County of York

This course will provide an introductory framework for new practitioners and a refresher for experienced government attorneys. The focus of the course will be the ins and outs – or dos and don’ts – of entry into private space by government actors. Of primary importance will be the day-to-day actions of various compliance officers as they work to enforce local ordinances. Issues particular to our various agencies will include: building safety and codes compliance (enforcement action in the residential and in the commercial setting); animal welfare and control (entry into private space for the protection of animals); and compliance officers in the criminal world.

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. | Break

10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. | Tools and Tactics for Combating Blight in Virginia Localities (1.25 MCLE)

Lawrence S. Spencer, Jr., Town Attorney, Town of Blacksburg

Brandi A. Law, Senior Deputy City Attorney, City of Hampton
Tara A. McGee, County Attorney, County of Goochland

This panel will provide a discussion of the tools available to localities in addressing nuisance or blighted properties and businesses. This session will give practical tips for dealing with issues like unsafe structures, code violations including property maintenance code, and properties with regular criminal activity. 

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. | Lunch

12:45 pm – 2 p.m. – Land Use Landmines – Strategies to Minimize Litigation Risk in Zoning Decisions (1.25 MCLE)

Wendy L. Meyer, Assistant County Attorney, County of Stafford

Blaire H. O’Brien, Attorney, Harman Claytor Corrigan & Wellman, P.C.
Dennis A. Walter, County Attorney, County of Hanover

This panel will provide a discussion of litigation arising from zoning decisions of local governing bodies, with a view to identifying strategies to both minimize risk when litigation inevitably arises and enhance the likelihood of a successful outcome.   

2 – 2:15 p.m. | Break

2:15 – 3:15 p.m. | The First Question: Who Is Your Client?(1.0 Ethics MCLE)

Michelle W. Clayton, County Attorney, County of Northampton

John C. Blair, II, City Attorney, City of Staunton
Thomas E. Spahn, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP 

This interactive program uses hypotheticals to address the most basic question preceding any conflicts (and many other ethics and privilege) analyses:  who is your client?  After discussing client identity when representing the government, partnerships, associations, insureds, estates and bond deal participants, the program focuses on client identity in the corporate context.  Among other things, the program addresses client identity within the corporate entity, within a corporate family, during corporate stock and asset sale transactions, and when dealing with corporate employees.

3:15 – 3:30 p.m. | Break

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. | Electronic Era Ethics (1.0 Ethics MCLE)

Michelle W. Clayton, County Attorney, County of Northampton

Thomas E. Spahn, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP
John C. Blair, II, City Attorney, City of Staunton

This interactive program uses hypotheticals to highlight the dramatic effect email, texts and other electronic communications have had on lawyers’ ethics duties. The program generally follows the lifespan of an attorney-client relationship, including:  creation of the relationship (such as the effect of an unsolicited email from a would-be client); the ethical propriety of electronic communications with clients (especially lawyers who practice “virtually”); communications with adversaries (including “reply all” emails, lawyers’ response to inadvertently transmitted communications, and metadata); dealing with third parties (such as service providers and outsourced colleagues); discovery (such as accessing adverse witnesses’ social media); jurors’ research and communications; judges’ research and “friending” of lawyers; attorney-client relationships’ termination.

4:30 p.m. | Adjourn


LGA appreciates our sponsorship support!







Important Information:

Session Materials (will be available the week of the conference)
Attendee List (will be available the week of the conference)
MCLE Form (will be distributed by email)


The 2024 LGA Outreach Committee will provide a program with topics of interest and importance to local government attorneys. Once finalized, the schedule will be listed below and a printable program with session descriptions and speaker information will be available for download. Our program typically begins with breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and ends by 5 p.m. and includes a breakfast and a lunch for in-person attendees.

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