2021 Solicitors Virtual Fall Seminar - 9/28/21 - West

In the Solicitors Virtual Fall Seminar learn from experts on a wide variety of topics critical to the practice of a municipal solicitor. Specific agenda items will be updated when finalized.

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


9:00 - 10:00 a.m.

Municipal Regulation of 5G Wireless Facilities in the Wake of New PA Act 50

This session will address the key elements of Pennsylvania’s Act 50 of 2021, the Small Wireless Facilities Deployment Act, and the Federal Communications Commission’s recent wireless order and will include specific recommendations for a municipal wireless ordinance and design standards. Act 50, which takes effect August 29, establishes requirements for local regulation of “small wireless facilities” that are used for 5G wireless service and are located in the public rights of way. 

Dan Cohen and Mike Roberts, Cohen Law Group


10:10 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

* Recent Trends in Municipal Health, Safety and Welfare Legislation

In this session, learn the latest on a wide variety of “health, safety, and welfare” topics, including sign ordinances, agritourism issues, plastic bans and noise ordinances. The presenters will provide key information on what your township clients can – and cannot – do using their authority to protect the health, safety, and welfare of their residents.

Alexis Wheeler, Esquire, & Kathleen M. Mannard, Esquire, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky


11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

*Our Board is Divided – What Now?

Occasionally a township board will be politically or philosophically divided to the point that it makes it very difficult to operate. In this session, we will discuss a variety of common “divided board” issues, including filling vacancies on the board of supervisors, what to do when a supervisor abstains from voting to avoid controversial issues, the role of the chair in bringing order to the meeting, and the rights of supervisors to address topics that are not on the agenda.

Kate M. Diersen, Esquire, GRB Law, Robert Max Junker, Esquire, Babst Calland, and Alexis Wheeler, Strassburger McKenna Gutnick & Gefsky

12:20 - 1:00 p.m.

* Lunch


1:00 - 2:00 p.m.

* Police Personnel Management: Navigating the Rules of Acts 57 and 59

Acts 57 and 59 of 2020 have added new requirements for municipal police personnel management regarding background checks for prospective police candidates (Act 57) and mental health evaluations for officers in certain circumstances (Act 59). What are the acts’ recordkeeping and reporting requirements? How do these laws interact with current police personnel management practices? What impact, if any, do they have on other statutory and collective bargaining rights that police officers have? This presentation will review the laws’ requirements and the implementing regulations from the Municipal Police Officer Education and Training Commission with an eye towards developing effective policies and practices to assist your township clients with their compliance obligations.

Paul Lalley, Esquire, Campbell Durrant, P.C.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

* Legal & Legislative Update

This fast-paced session will get you up to speed on all of the recent court decisions and legislative activity that impact solicitors.

Scott E. Coburn, Esquire, Counsel & Education Director, PSATS


        September 28, 2021       

Class Time:

         9:00 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, (in-person and virtual), 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.


If you require alternate format, sign language, or have other needs, please contact PSATS directly (717) 763-0930, x-159.


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