2020 Virtual Fall Solicitors Seminar - 11/10/20

In the Solicitors (Virtual) Fall Seminar, learn from experts on a wide variety of topics from the comfort of your office or home. 

Eligible for 5 CLE credits and/or 5 Administrative PMGA points. 

9:30 AM                           Welcome and Introduction

                                         Scott E. Coburn, Esquire,

9:30 AM – 10:30 AM         Public Meetings in the Time of COVID-19

                                         John Smith, Esquire,
                                         Smith Butz Law

 10:45 AM – 11:45 AM     Current Issues Regarding Act 13 Preemption

                                         Alyssa Golfieri, Esquire & Robert Max Junker, Esquire
                                         Babst Calland

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court struck down many provisions of Act 13 in Robinson Township, but one survivor was the preemption of certain local ordinances that contain provisions which impose conditions, requirements or limitations on the same features of oil and gas operations that are regulated by the Commonwealth. Once municipalities get through the zoning approval process for an unconventional natural gas well pad, questions about a grading permit and stormwater plan approval often arise. The grading and stormwater controls have likely already been designed and approved by the Pennsylvania Department of Protection through the ESCGP process, but there may be variations from the municipality’s standards. If municipalities are able to dictate the “where” but not the “how” when it comes to natural gas drilling, where does site work and stormwater fall on this spectrum?  We will discuss the competing views of Act 13 preemption in this area and offer some practical tips on resolving these conflicts.     

11:45 AM – 12:30 PM   Lunch Break

12:30 PM – 1:30 PM        Solar Development Considerations at the Township Level – What’s Coming, What Do You Need to Know and Where You Can Go for Help

                                       Penn State University and Law School Representatives

Interest in utility scale solar energy development continues to increase across Pennsylvania due to both reduced cost to install and government policy incentives. Landowners are leasing acreage for possible installation of solar arrays on an ongoing basis. There are numerous issues for municipal solicitors and elected officials to consider when developing ordinances intended to guide and manage this process at the township level.  This session will discuss the current solar trends and offer examples of where the ordinance development process might be assisted through the experiences of those who have been impacted early by this issue.   

1:45 PM – 2:45 PM          Police Reform Efforts under Pennsylvania and Federal Law in Post-George Floyd Era

                                         Andrew M. Rongaus, Esquire
                                         Siana Law

In this session, you will learn about police reform legislation that has recently been enacted at the state and federal level in the wake of well-publicized police incidents this year. Among those to be covered include the Presidential Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities, Act 57, which addresses police hiring and background checks, and Act 59, which covers police mental health evaluations for PTSD.

3:00 PM – 4:00 PM         Top 10 HR Mistakes and How to Help Your Elected Officials Avoid Them

                                         Christopher P. Gabriel, Esquire,
                                         Cafardi Ferguson Wyrick Weis + Gabriel

This session will provide an overview of some of the most common HR challenges faced by township officials and employees and give you the tools as the municipal solicitor to help them avoid costly mistakes and lawsuits.


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        November 10, 2020

Class Time:

         9:30 a.m. - 3:30 pm


                - Member*: $ 175.00
                - Non-Member $ 225.00

    ** CLE credits are included

     * PSATS Member = Registrant has paid current annual membership dues to PSATS or one of its professional associations (e.g., Township Emergency Management Association, Township Engineers Association, Township Planners Association, Township Solicitors Association, or the Pa. Assoc. of Zoning Officials).


Cancellations must be in writing, and can be sent to us by email to cancellations@psats.org; by fax to (717) 763-9732; or by mail to PSATS Education Program, 4855 Woodland Drive, Enola, PA, 17025. Refunds will be determined by the sent date of the notice.
Refunds for cancelling a webinar at any time will be subject to a $10 processing fee. 
For classes, refunds for a cancellation sent to us between 10 and 2 business days before the class you are registered for will be subject to a $20 processing fee. Those who cancel within two business days of the class you are registered for, or do not attend, forfeit the full registration fee which, if unpaid, will be invoiced.


All sessions will be held at ADA-accessible locations. If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly.

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