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    Dec. 21, 2011 – The Administrative and Local Government Law Section and the Government Lawyers Divisions are co-sponsoring the upcoming State Bar of Wisconsin PINNACLE™ Parliamentary Procedure for Government Lawyers seminar. The program will be useful to anyone representing a government body and anyone who serves on a government body. Government lawyers deal with parliamentary procedure regularly, but there is little guidance on how to interpret the rules.

    The program will cover:

    • Parliamentary procedure rules for meetings of government entities, boards, and committees including Robert’s Rules of Order and other parliamentary procedure rules.

    • The interplay between these rules and other procedural requirements such as the open meetings law and local procedural ordinances

    • How to train people running meetings to follow the appropriate rules.

    The speakers, representing diverse viewpoints of the parliamentary procedure rules, include Prof. Emeritus Larry Larmer, U.W. - Madison Division of Continuing Studies; Deputy City Clerk Jim Owczarski, City of Milwaukee; and John Macy, Arenz, Molter, Macy & Riffle, S.C.

    Program co-chairs Jesse Wesolowski, Wesolowski, Reidenbach & Sajdak S.C., and Mary Schanning, assistant city attorney - City of Milwaukee, will join the speakers for a panel discussion involving various vignettes demonstrating real-life scenarios involving parliamentary procedure in government meetings.

    The live Jan. 18 program, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the State Bar Center in Madison, is offered simultaneously via webcast and will be rebroadcast as a webcast on Feb. 28. Tuition is $199 for State Bar members and is free for Ultimate Pass holders. The program will be submitted to the Board of Bar Examiners for up to 3.0 CLE credits.