2020 Annual Government and Administrative Practice Seminar
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7/31/2020
When: Friday, July 31, 2020
2:00 PM - 4:35 PM CT

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MCLE Accreditation
NE MCLE #195508.
2.25 CLE hours. (Distance Learning)
IA MCLE #351949. 2.25 CLE hours. (Distance Learning)
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Registration Fees
$146.00 – Regular Registration
$112.00 – NSBA Voluntary Dues-Paying Member
$56.00 – NSBA Voluntary Dues-Paying Member Junior Actives
Free – Law students

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The impacts of COVID-19 have been felt by all levels of government, resulting in new challenges and unique legal issues. This seminar will discuss some of those legal issues, including powers of governments during an emergency, first amendment issues, and how the pandemic has impacted municipalities.

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Governmental Powers in an Emergency
Ryan Post, Civil Litigation Bureau Chief, Nebraska Attorney General’s Office

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the emergency authority of state and local governments like never before.  This session will review the powers of state and local governments during a pandemic or other declared emergency.

   
 2:45 p.m. – 2:55 p.m.  Break
     
 2:55 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.

Can I Block Cranky Constituents? First Amendment Issues in Social Media
Danielle Conrad, Executive Director, ACLU of Nebraska

Even before COVID-19, state and local governments and elected officials were relying on social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter to communicate with the public.  This session will focus on a variety of first amendment issues associated with social media use by governments and elected officials.
     
 3:25 p.m. - 3:35 p.m.  Break
     
 3:35 p.m. – 4:35 p.m.

Municipalities in the Pandemic
Christy Abraham, Legal Counsel, League of Nebraska Municipalities; Lash Chaffin, Utilities Section Director, League of Nebraska Municipalities

The COVID-19 crisis has impacted seemingly every aspect of state and local government.  This session will look as some of the major legal issues facing municipal governments as a result of the pandemic, from closing parks and swimming pools to utility shut-offs and essential municipal workers.