Law Directors Group

Law Directors Group training opportunities. 

The Ohio Township Association’s Law Directors Group provides continuing legal education and networking opportunities for attorneys who are township law directors, township legal counsel, county prosecutors or counsel and are routinely retained by township governments. 

The Law Directors' Group meets two or three times a year. At each meeting, five hours of approved CLE hours are offered. The Law Directors group is also a great resource to ask questions and there are several requests for information that are sent using this list throughout the year.

Full Upcoming Events Calendar

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There is no cost to be a member of the Law Directors Group, but there is a cost to attend the trainings. An associate membership in the OTA does provide for reduced training fees. The list of members is maintained by OTA staff. If you would like to be placed on the list, please email Michael Zaky at zaky@ohiotownships.com.

Upcoming Workshops:

  • April 23
    • Topic:
      Discrimination and Harassment Easy Button: What Townships Need to Know About Employment Discrimination and the Recent Changes to Ohio’s Discrimination Statute.

      Speaker:
      Brad Bennett, Attorney, Bricker & Eckler LLP

      Description:
      This presentation takes attendees through workplace discrimination and harassment, including the state and federal charge process and the impact of the recent changes to Ohio’s discrimination statute. The presentation will discuss the importance of employer policies, documentation and training to successfully defend employment discrimination claims.  

      To purchase the recording of this session, please contact Michael Zaky at 614-863-0045 or zaky@ohiotownships.org.
  • June 18
    • Topic:
      Addressing Public Records Request Connected with Township Litigation

      Speaker:
      David Riepenhoff, Attorney, Fishel, Downey, Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP

      Description:
      On April 8, 2021, the Ohio Supreme Court decided the case of State ex rel. Armatas v. Plain Township Board of Trustees, determining that a township had to produce its defense counsel’s legal invoices submitted a township’s risk pool.  This presentation will discuss the implications of the Court’s ruling under the Ohio Public Records Act and in litigation, as well as the scope of redactions authorized by the law. 

      To purchase the recording of this session, please contact Michael Zaky at 614-863-0045 or zaky@ohiotownships.org.
  • August 20
    • Topic:
      Streamlining Procurement with Term Agreements for Construction Professionals

      Speaker:

      Laura Bowman, Attorney, Bricker & Eckler LLP

      Amy Riedel, Attorney, Bricker & Eckler LL

      Description:
      With carefully crafted procurement and contract documents, a “term agreement” and “task order” arrangement may be used by Townships to allow a professional to work on multiple projects within a specific time frame, without the need to re-procure or re-negotiate a contract for each project. Term agreements are best-suited for either limited scope or multiphase projects and may be used for design professionals, CMRs, design-builders, and in certain instances, contractors. 

      To purchase the recording of this session, please contact Michael Zaky at 614-863-0045 or zaky@ohiotownships.org.
  • October 21
    • Topic:
      Working with Unions in the Township

      Speaker:

      David Riepenhoff, Attorney, Fishel, Downey, Albrecht & Riepenhoff LLP

      Description:
      This presentation will address the legal requirements for when and how a union becomes recognized as the exclusive representative of an Ohio township, the possible impact of the decennial Census, the township’s rights during a union organization campaign, and negotiating with unions during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

      To purchase the recording of this session, please contact Michael Zaky at 614-863-0045 or zaky@ohiotownships.org.
  • December 17
    • Topic:
      Ethical Insights for Law Directors

      Speaker:

      Heidi Dorn, Attorney, Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP

      Description:

      Delve into important topics in legal ethics for law directors. This program will address the latest legal ethics developments in government and private practice, including client confidentiality, conflicts of interest, and competence. The course will tackle potential ethical issues and pitfalls, and apply the Rules of Professional Conduct to those scenarios. Recent case law and advisory opinions also will be discussed. This one-hour course completes the general ethics requirement and provides key information on the continued ethical practice of law in Ohio.

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