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Municipal Law Colloquium 2023


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  • Start Date:2023-06-15 20:00:00
  • End Date:2025-06-15 20:00:00
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  • Level:Various
  • Topics:Municipal Law

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Overview

A MUST-ATTEND PROGRAM FOR… 

The practicing municipal solicitor, those representing clients engaged in local government matters. 

SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE!

This seminar provides ample opportunity for both new and experienced solicitors to catch up on recent developments and explore the most important issues in depth.

Colloquium topics include:

Municipal Law Recent Updates
Join us for recent developments regarding governing body issues; ordinance, statute and regulation validity issues; firearms; legislative changes and political subdivision; Tort claims Act and miscellaneous issues for municipal solicitors.  

In the Line of Fire: Best Practices in Police Department Management Police Issues 
The session offers practical guidance on how to conduct a meaningful assessment of municipal department administration to ensure compliance with federal and state law.

Issues with Stormwater Management Fee Programs 
This session will give a brief overview of the statutory and regulatory history that led to the development of stormwater fee programs; provide practical considerations from a legal and engineering perspective on the formation of stormwater fee programs; and discuss legal issues regarding the reasonableness of stormwater fees and the distinction between stormwater fees and taxes.

Repurposing of Commercial and Retail Space
Shopping and working virtually have become possible due to advances in technology. Retail sites such as Amazon, and platforms such as Zoom and Teams have created the ability to conduct business online, and virtual has become the “new normal” in commerce. This has led to the closing of shopping malls, “bricks and mortar” stores, and office buildings.  These closures have left large vacant commercial spaces, and created opportunities for new and different uses.  This session will highlight success stories and challenges faced in redevelopment, incentives in the law, and tips for presenting the case for repurposing.

Sunshine Act and Other Public Meeting Issues
This session will address the Sunshine Act, including the recent amendment under Act 65 of 2021 requiring posting of agendas 24 hours before an open meeting, the applicability of the Sunshine Act to committees, recent caselaw finding violations of the Sunshine Act, and potential First Amendment liability for limiting or censoring public comment.  

Ethics/Role of the Solicitor 
This presentation offers training, insights and occasional comic relief about the challenges and rewards of meeting our professional responsibilities to municipalities while staying on the right side of the Ethics Act.

PBI is pleased to cosponsor this program with the PBA Municipal Law Section.

All attendees will receive the course materials as a digital book.

Recorded in June 2023.

Faculty

Joan London Esq.

Ms. London is a Shareholder with the firm of Kozloff Stoudt, Professional Corporation in Berks County, PA, practicing in the areas of municipal law, land use, employment law, and appellate practice. Born in Philadelphia, she is a graduate of Villanova University, with a BA and MA in Political Science, and a J.D. from The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle. Ms. London is a member of the Berks County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations (PBA). She is past Chair of the Municipal Law Section of the PBA and served as a member of the PBA House of Delegates. Ms. London served as President of the Berks County Bar Association in 2018, served as its Treasurer from 2003 to 2006, and now serves as Co-Chair of its Municipal/Education/Environmental/Real Estate Section. Ms. London has planned and taught seminars and appeared in programs offered by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, the Pennsylvania State Association of Boroughs, the Albright College Center for Excellence in Local Government, the Berks County Bar Association, the Society for Human Resources Management, the PA Association of Sewage Enforcement Officers, the Pennsylvania Planning Association, and the Pennsylvania Housing Alliance. These programs have addressed topics including validity challenges to land use ordinances, zoning for agricultural preservation, the Sunshine Act, the Right to Know Law, wage and hour law, employment discrimination, ethics for professional land use planners, administrative search warrants, and blighted property remediation. Ms. London authored the chapter titled “Meetings and Records” for the Solicitor’s Handbook published by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, and co-authored a cover article for the May-June 2013 issue of The Pennsylvania Lawyer magazine titled “Emerging from the Red: What to do About Municipalities In Financial Trouble.”  She is a regular contributor to the Berks County Bar Association quarterly magazine, The Berks Barrister. 

Susan Smith Esq.

Ms. Smith, of the Law Office of Susan J. Smith in Camp Hill, concentrates her practice in the areas of land use, municipal, public utility and environmental law. She served as the law clerk for the Honorable Genevieve Blatt of the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania. Ms. Smith taught land use law at Ambler College and Temple University. She recently served as legal counsel for the update to the Department of Community and Economic Development’s Planning Series publications. Prior to entering the practice of law, Ms. Smith was the Zoning Officer for the City of Charleston, South Carolina, and the head of the comprehensive and current planning divisions of Orange County, North Carolina. In those capacities, she drafted and implemented comprehensive plans, zoning ordinances, subdivision regulations, joint municipal plans, design standards, performance-based land development ordinances, watershed protection plans and ordinances, and agricultural preservation plans, ordinances and state enabling legislation. Ms. Smith is a member of the American and Pennsylvania Planning Associations. In the capacity of private counsel, solicitor, and professional planner, she has handled controversial land use, utility and environmental matters, including adoption of a community’s initial zoning ordinance and map, adoption of multi-municipal joint planning ordinances, a municipal landfill Superfund site, big box stores, large residential developments, cellular telecommunications facilities, wind farms, natural gas well sites, mobile home parks, warehouses and quarries. Ms. Smith is experienced before municipal boards, state agency administrative tribunals, Courts of Common Pleas throughout the Commonwealth, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania, and federal courts. She received her B.A., summa cum laude, from Dickinson College, a diploma in Regional Planning and Urban Design (Master of Philosophy) from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and her J.D. from the University of North Carolina School of Law at Chapel Hill.

Kathleen Mannard Esq.

Kathleen M. Mannard advises clients on a wide range of matters impacting municipalities, developers, corporations, and individuals, including, but not limited to, code enforcement, contract and agreement development, ordinance formulation and review, land use and zoning matters, property acquisition and subdivision, and land development. Ms. Mannard regularly handles matters governed by the Pennsylvania Municipalities Planning Code and the Code’s intersection with agency regulations and constitutional law. Prior to joining Wisler Pearlstine, she practiced law in Pittsburgh with a focus in municipal law and real estate litigation. Ms. Mannard earned her law degree with a concentration in environment and energy law from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. While attending law school, she interned with the Pennsylvania Superior Court and the National Trust for Historic Preservation in Washington, D.C.

David Gaines Jr., Esq.

David arrived at Miller, Kistler & Campbell after completing positions with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Honorable Reggie B. Walton. For the Department of Justice, David concentrated on civil rights litigation involving the United States government. For Judge Walton, David worked on matters pending before the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, especially constitutional claims. In both positions, David was involved in many cases garnering national media attention. He is an award-winning trial attorney focusing on complex civil and criminal litigation, especially matters involving corporate and municipal liability. As counsel for some of the largest businesses and municipal entities in central Pennsylvania, David has extensive trial experience on issues ranging from medical malpractice defense, to business criminal defense, to employment discrimination and wage payment claims. David is an active member of the council of the municipal law section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, for which he participates in efforts aimed at educating and training municipal solicitors across Pennsylvania. David has been recognized as a “Forty Under Forty” young professional by Central Penn Business Journal and a Pennsylvania “Super Lawyers” rising star for five years in a row, and he is a multi-year member of the board of governors of the Centre County Bar Association. Prior to attending law school, David obtained a master’s degree in Geography, which focused on urban planning topics. David previously received a bachelor’s degree in the same field. David obtained a perfect 4.0 grade point average in his master’s studies and similarly obtained perfect scores across six of his eight semesters of undergraduate studies, thus graduating with high honors.

Megan Turnbull Esq.

Ms. Turnbull is a Partner at Weiss Burkardt Kramer LLC, where she works with municipalities and school districts in the role of Solicitor, Labor Counsel and Special Counsel. Megan is an experienced municipal solicitor. She has a particular focus on blight and redevelopment where she seeks creative, sustainable solutions to improve communities. She has served as Special Blight Counsel to Allegheny County communities and to the Congress of Neighboring Communities (CONNECT), offering training and legal representation. Megan has been named a 2023 Pennsylvania Super Lawyers in the areas of municipal and school law. She currently serves as the Chair of the PBA Municipal Law Section. Megan is a member of the Allegheny County Bar Association, where she has served as the Chair of the School and Municipal Section and the Political Action Committee. She is a Fellow to the Allegheny Bar Foundation and a member of the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Board of Directors. Megan is admitted to practice in the Courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania, and the United States Supreme Court. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University, and her Juris Doctor from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 2004.

Heidi Masano Esq.

Mrs. Masano is Managing Partner of Masano Bradley and has been a member of the firm since 1981. Her practice emphasizes commercial and real estate matters, including acquisitions, banking, corporate formation and operation and creditor rights, and estate planning. She enjoys counselling business clients on succession planning, in particular family businesses. Mrs. Masano specializes in all aspects of municipal law and land use planning, having represented municipalities, municipal authorities and developers. For 29 years, she was Assistant Berks County Solicitor, assigned to the Berks County Planning Commission and Agricultural Land Preservation Board. She was the first woman to serve as Berks County Solicitor in 1998. A native of Wisconsin, Mrs. Masano earned a B.A. in Government and International Relations in 1978 and a J.D. in 1981, both from the University of Notre Dame. During her second year of law school, she attended the Notre Dame London Law Centre, London, England. Mrs. Masano is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and Berks County Bar Association where she served as Chair of the Municipal Law Section in 1995, Director from 1987 to 1989 and as the first woman president in 1998. She has previously been a course planner and speaker at the Pennsylvania Bar Institute Municipal Law Colloquium, and a speaker at its Land Use Institute. She is a former Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Commission and PBA’s Insurance Fund and Trust Fund Board of Trustees, is a member of the PBA’s House of Delegates, and Women in the Profession Committee, is a past president of the Law Foundation of Berks County and chairs the Berks County Bar Association Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee. In 2011, U.S. Senator Pat Toomey appointed Mrs. Masano to the Judicial Nomination Advisory Panel for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, to review and recommend nominees for federal judgeships. Active in civic affairs, she is Chair of the Board of the Foundation for the Reading Public Museum and Chair of Penn State Health St. Joseph.

Robert Junker Esq.

Mr. Junker is a shareholder with Babst Calland where he chairs the Public Sector group and is a member of the Energy & Natural Resources and Labor & Employment groups. He has served as a municipal and school district solicitor for many years and is currently the solicitor for the Borough of Bell Acres, the Borough of Franklin Park, and the Allegheny County Schools Health Insurance Consortium. He is an assistant solicitor for the Allegheny County Sanitary Authority. Mr. Junker counsels and represents the firm’s municipal clients on general municipal issues, including tax assessment appeals, municipal taxation, public bidding, the Sunshine Act, the Right-to-Know Law, the State Ethics Act, general land use and zoning matters, code enforcement, and Act 111 and Act 195 interest arbitrations and grievance arbitrations. He counsels and represents the firm’s energy clients on local government issues and land use matters, and counsels private clients in land use matters. For the Allegheny County Bar Association, Mr. Junker previously chaired the School and Municipal Law Section and was a member of the Judiciary Committee. He was also selected to the Pennsylvania Rising Stars list (Thomson Reuters) in 2014-2018. Mr. Junker received his B.A. from the University of Virginia and his J.D., cum laude, from Duquesne University School of Law, where he served as Executive Recent Decisions Editor for the Duquesne Law Review.

Christopher Gerber Esq.

Mr. Gerber is a partner with the law firm of Siana Law located in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Mr. Gerber advises public employers and their police departments involved in civil rights litigation as well as labor and employment matters before all levels of the federal and state court system. He is admitted to practice law in the state courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey as well as the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Pennsylvania. Mr. Gerber received his J.D. from Widener University School of Law and his B.A. from Penn State University. Mr. Gerber represents numerous municipal police departments and conducts educational training programs on behalf of the Pennsylvania Bar Institute, PSAB, PSATS, Chiefs of Police Associations, insurance carriers, municipal solicitors, and statewide legal education programs. Mr. Gerber can be reached at 610.321.5500 ext. 114 or at cpgerber@sianalaw.com.

Michael Korns Jr., Esq.

Michael Korns is Senior Counsel in the Public Sector and Energy and Natural Resources groups of Babst Calland. Mr. Korns has wide experience with issues related to land use and advises both public sector bodies and private developers on issues related to municipal permitting, planning, subdivision and land use, and zoning. He has significant experience litigating zoning and land use cases and has successfully argued zoning and land use matters in the Court of Common Pleas and the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court. He regularly appears in front of zoning hearing boards, planning commissions, and governing boards on behalf of private developers and impacted property owners. Mr. Korns has served as a solicitor for municipalities, school districts, zoning hearing boards, and municipal authorities; he comes to Babst Calland as the current solicitor for multiple public bodies. Mr. Korns counsels and represents the Firm’s municipal clients on general municipal issues, including tax assessment appeals, municipal taxation, public bidding, Sunshine Act, the Right-to-Know Law, the State Ethics Act, general land use and zoning matters, and code enforcement. He also advises the Firm’s energy clients on issues related to land use, permitting, zoning, and code compliance.

Kara Kalupson RLA

Kara Kalupson is a Registered Landscape Architect and Senior MS4/Stormwater Coordinator for RETTEW Associates in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Landscape Architecture from Penn State University and a Master of Science Degree from Temple University in Community and Regional Planning. She has more than 35 years of experience in site planning, landscape design, conservation planning, and stormwater management compliance. For the past eight years she has focused solely on municipal stormwater management. In her role as Senior MS4/Stormwater Coordinator, she has developed multiple municipal stormwater management programs, prepared multiple pollutant reduction plans, and has assisted municipalities and private landowners with the design, construction and long-term maintenance of structural stormwater BMPs. Today, she works directly with municipal staff to select, design and implement stormwater BMPs that achieve sediment and nutrient reductions as required by the NPDES MS4 Stormwater Permit to support water quality goals in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.

Alan Shuman

Alan Shuman has been
developing real estate for over 30 years almost exclusively within the City
of Reading with over 1,000,000 square feet of development totaling over $100
million. Notable projects include the redevelopment of the Abraham Lincoln
Hotel, Berks County’s tallest privately owned building and the Reading Outlet
Center Neighborhood Redevelopment which revitalized an entire neighborhood
over a nine-year redevelopment that included ten buildings totaling 640,000
square feet. Alan holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State University and
has completed courses at Bucknell University, Wharton School of Business at
University of Pennsylvania, and Harvard University. He also served in the
United State Army as an Executive Officer of a Combat Armor Company.

Terry Williams Esq.

Mr. Williams is a member of the State College law firm of Campbell Miller Williams Benson & Consiglio, Inc. He has served and continues to serve as State College Solicitor for over 35 years and has previously been an author, lecturer, and course planner for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. Mr. Williams received his B.S. in 1969 from the Pennsylvania State University and his J.D. in 1973 from the Dickinson School of Law. He represents various municipalities, boards and authorities and is a member of the American, Pennsylvania and Centre County Bar Associations.

Jason Hess Esq.

Mr. Hess is a shareholder at the Lancaster firm of Morgan, Hallgren, Crosswell & Kane, P.C. where he focuses his practice in municipal, zoning and land use law and litigation. Before entering private practice, Mr. Hess served as City Solicitor for the City of Harrisburg during the capital city’s transition from financial distress to financial recovery.  Mr. Hess is a past chair of the Municipal Law Section of the PBA and remains a member.  He is also a member of the Lancaster Bar Association and past chair of its Municipal, Zoning and Environmental Law Section. Mr. Hess authored the chapters titled “Zoning” and “Zoning Hearing Boards” of the Solicitor’s Handbook published by the Governor’s Center for Local Government Services of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development.  In addition to his career, Mr. Hess serves on the Board of Directors of Tenfold, a nonprofit supporting the homeless and at risk of homelessness populations in Lancaster and surrounding areas. Mr. Hess received his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law and his B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh.

Josele Cleary Esq.

Ms. Cleary is a shareholder in the Lancaster law firm of Morgan, Hallgren, Crosswell & Kane, P.C. Her practice is concentrated in land use and municipal law and she represents municipalities, zoning hearing boards, authorities, developers and citizens’ groups. Ms. Cleary is the Editor of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Municipal Law Section Newsletter and prepares the New Case Summary for each edition. She has been an author, lecturer and course planner for the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She received her B.A. from the Pennsylvania State University and her J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. Ms. Cleary is a member of the Lancaster County and Pennsylvania Bar Associations.

Alan Flenner JD, PE

Mr. Flenner is a Vice
President, Corporate Counsel, and Facility Security Officer with Gannett
Fleming, Inc., a global infrastructure consulting firm based in Camp Hill
that specializes in natural resources, transportation, water, power and
facility-related projects. He focuses on professional services agreements,
compliance with industrial security requirements, occupational safety and
real estate matters, and advising engineers, architects, and other design
professionals with respect to the legal aspects of their services. Prior to
joining Gannett Fleming, Mr. Flenner was an associate with High Swartz LLP in
Norristown, where he concentrated his practice on matters associated with the
built and natural environments, with a particular emphasis on land use and
municipal law. In addition to his legal career, Mr. Flenner is a retired
Captain with the U.S. Navy Civil Engineer Corps. His Navy experience includes
operational assignments with the Naval Construction Force (Seabees) and staff
assignments with the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) in
Washington, DC, including Deputy Chief of Staff. Mr. Flenner has commanded a
naval construction battalion, coordinated battle damage repair in Fallujah,
Iraq, and directed environmental programs at installations in Philadelphia
and Mechanicsburg. He received his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State
University, an M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois, and
a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Delaware.
Mr. Flenner is a past Chair of the Pennsylvania Bar Association Municipal Law
Section, a Registered Professional Engineer in Pennsylvania and Delaware, a
credentialed Envision Sustainability professional with the Institute for
Sustainable Infrastructure, and a Registered Environmental Manager with the
National Registry of Environmental Professionals.

Andrew Rongaus Esq.

Andrew M. Rongaus is
a partner in the Chester Springs office of Siana Law. He concentrates his
practice municipal civil rights defense of law enforcement officers and
government officials and employment law. He earned his bachelor’s degree in
Accounting from Villanova University in 1998 and is a 2001 graduate of the
Villanova University School of Law. With over twenty years’ experience as a
state prosecutor and government attorney in the criminal and civil practice
areas, Andy has held some of the highest executive positions in
Pennsylvania law enforcement, including Deputy Chief Counsel for the
Pennsylvania State Police, and Chief Deputy Attorney General for the
Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General in Narcotics and Drug Law
Enforcement. He is also skilled litigator and has tried over sixty jury
trials to verdict in Pennsylvania’s Federal and State Courts. He focuses his
practice in litigation involving the defense of law enforcement officers and
government officials in civil rights and Labor / Employment law cases. Andy
also brings all this experience to provide guidance to municipal law
enforcement agencies in police operations, administrative polices, discipline
matters and internal investigations


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