Take part in a day of programming focused on topics for Minnesota city attorneys!

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The International Municipal Lawyers Association’s 2021 Annual Conference will be held in Minneapolis this fall. Join your colleagues from Minnesota on Sept. 29 for a day of programming focused on Minnesota.

To register, fill out IMLA’s registration form (pdf) and send it to trina@imla.org.

Minnesota Day Agenda

9-9:20 a.m.
Registration and Networking

9:20- 9:30 a.m.
Opening Remarks and Announcements

9:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
Tribal Law and Cities
Tadd M. Johnson, Esq., Professor, University of Duluth; Joseph Bauerkemper, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies, University of Duluth
This session will address intergovernmental relationships between tribal nations and municipalities and the complex contexts that enable, limit, and shape those relationships. Emphasizing federal Indian policy, tribal-state relations, treaty obligations, and local government engagement, you’ll learn both conceptual and practical insight into how tribes and cities relate to one another.

12-1 p.m.
Lunch & Conversation
Maria Cisneros, Attorney, City of Golden Valley; Jared D. Shepherd, Attorney, Campbell, Knutson, P.A.
Explore ways to participate in your city client’s equity work as you enjoy lunch.

1-2:30 p.m.
Guns and Cities: Intersection of 1st and 2nd Amendments
Cliff Berg, Senior Prosecutor, St. Paul City Attorney’s Office; Anissa Mediger, Assistant City Attorney, St. Paul City Attorney’s Office; Steven Frazer, Chief of Police, Prior Lake Police Department
Moderator: Stephanie Angolkar, Parter, Iverson Reuvers
This moderated presentation will provide a multi-faceted approach to the many issues that arise when examining the intersection of the First and Second Amendments. Our panel consists of city attorneys from both the criminal prosecution and civil litigation perspectives and a police chief with extensive experience in civil disturbance response. This presentation will answer questions about demonstrator rights, rights to carry firearms even when protesting, and considerations for prosecutors when dealing with crimes involving firearms, civil liability concerns, and potential strategies for judicial intervention. The audience will be invited to submit additional questions for consideration by the panel.

2:30-2:45 p.m.

2:45-3:45 p.m.
Hot Topics In Minnesota Employment Law
Jana Sullivan, Assistant Litigation Supervisor, League of Minnesota Cities; Susan M. Tindal, Attorney, Iverson Reuvers
This session will explore hot topics in Minnesota employment law, including police PTSD issues, police misconduct issues (including EEOC/MDHR trends, best practices for investigating claims, and new police arbitration panel), employee handbooks, sexual harassment standards, the post-pandemic workplace, and anything else hot off the press!

3:45-5:15 p.m.
Emerging Issues for the Minnesota City Attorney
Jared D. Shepherd, Attorney, Campbell, Knutson, P.A.; Pam Whitmore, Shareholder and Attorney, Eckberg Lammers; Susan Naughton, Attorney, League of Minnesota Cities; David S. Kendall, Attorney, Campbell, Knutson, P.A.
Explore emerging issues that, as a city attorney, you encounter in your practice, including: changes to the Open Meeting Law, unexpected pandemic consequences, and recent civil cases that may have an impact on how cities operate.

5:15-5:30 p.m.
Closing Comments

Visit IMLA’s website for the full conference agenda.


In-person Minnesota Day registration is $250. Please see the registration form for full registration details and fees.

Date & Location

Sept. 29 — Minneapolis
9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S. Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Hotel Information

Hilton Minneapolis
1001 S. Marquette Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 376-1000
Please contact the hotel directly to book your room.


To register, fill out IMLA’s registration form (pdf) and send it to trina@imla.org.
Find out more about IMLA’s 2021 Annual Conference.