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GPP IV - Municipal Law
Representing a client at the municipal level is a challenge like no other in the law. A good attorney must be prepared for everything in forums that occasionally rely more on group sentiment and politics than procedure and rigor. Yet, municipal work is often the most rewarding as the work here as immediate and profound impacts on the community. This course is an introduction to the various issues faced by lawyers representing local government entities. Students will become familiar with the procedures for challenging or defending actions taken by municipalities. Assignments will challenge students to navigate between charter, statutory, bylaw and constitutional obligations. They will draft legal opinions for municipal staff, attend a municipal meeting, and conduct a mock selectboard meeting on a contested issue as well as drafting supporting memoranda on that issue.