3:15 PM15:15

MMLA Annual Meeting & Conference

I will be a featured speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Massachusetts Municipal Lawyers Association in Springfield, Massachusetts, Friday, September 27, 2019. I will address the impacts on municipalities of the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Knick v. Town of Scott. (PowerPoint will be posted following the event.)

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3:30 PM15:30


Please join Peter Gillespie of the Town of Wethersfield, Neil Pade of the Town of Canton, Jen Rodriguez of the Town of Windsor Locks, and me for a lively workshop discussion of some cutting edge planning issues of the day. The venue? What better place than the Thomas Hooker Brewery in Bloomfield! Details and registration information below:

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to Aug 11

ABA 2019 Annual Meeting

  • Hilton San Francisco Union Square (S&L Gov Headquarters) 333 O'Farrell St San Francisco, CA (map)
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Join me at the ABA 2019 Annual Meeting, where I'll be moderating the following: "Taking a Bite Out of Blight: Effective Legal Tools and Innovative Strategies in the Battle to Reuse Problem Properties"

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8:30 AM08:30

CTAWWA - Water Sustainability Workshop

This workshop will convene stakeholders from the water utility sector, health departments and local governments as well as outside experts for the purpose of examining innovative practices in water efficiency, Irrigation Smart Technologies and Developing Ordinances for small Towns. Examples of successful Water Efficiency Measures, a road map to implementing the State Water Plan with lessons learned that some water utilities both large and small have already adopted will be presented and discussed.

Participants will gain a broader understanding of the State Water Plan on Water Conservation/Efficiency and Irrigation Smart Technology. An interactive Panel Discussion with our experts on developing Model Ordinances will take place answering questions from the audience

The workshop is sponsored by the Connecticut Section AWWA and supported by DPH, PURA, Lower River Council of Governments, CWWA, COST, DEEP, CCM, among others.

Speakers to include:

State Water Plan

Jack Betkoski III, PURA

Water Efficiency Net Blue

Mary Ann Dickinson, AWE

Dwight Merriam, AWE

David Radka, MMINC

Reduce Lawn Watering with Proven Cost –Effective Strategies & WaterSense Renewed

Amy Vickers, Amy Vickers & Associates Inc.

Irrigation Smart Technology

Tom Marlmestien, CIA

Michael Emmons, Prides Corner Farms

Small Town Model Ordinances Interactive Panel Discussion

Health Directors & Local Town Officials

Implementing State Water Plan

Denise Ruzicka, DEEP                   Lori Mathieu, DPH

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9:00 AM09:00

2019 Land Use Update

Dwight Merriam to be the Keynote Lunch Speaker at the 2019 Land Use Update on June 14, 2019, in Tempe, Arizona

Dwight Merriam will be the keynote luncheon speaker on June 14, 2019, at the 2019 Land Use Update to be held in Tempe, Arizona, cosponsored by the American Planning Association, the Arizona Chapter of the American Planning Association, the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute, and the Arizona Bar Association. Mr. Merriam, who is one of four members of the National Advisory Board of the Rocky Mountain Land Use Institute in Denver, will share several stories from his annual publication, now in its 24th year, that he researches and writes for the legal community's leading publisher, West Publishing.  His report, The 2018 ZiPLeRs: The 24th Annual Zoning and Planning Law Report Land Use Decision Awards, chronicles some of the most unusual, often humorous, and always enlightening land use and zoning controversies of the year.  Among the stories is one about a boy with autism who had two ducks as emotional support animals.  The zoning enforcement officer declared the ducks a nuisance and ordered them removed.  The townspeople rose up, filled a hearing room, and forced a reversal of the decision.  Another one chronicled a dispute between neighbors with one of them painting a large foul word on the side of his barn facing the abutting pizza restaurant in protest over patrons of being able to look into his yard. The full report is available here. To register, go to:

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8:00 AM08:00

2019 Connecticut Legal Conference

Ethical Considerations in Environmental Law

Real Property/Environmental Law Track
   Environmental Law Section 

   Session B: 2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

About the Program
This program will address ethical pitfalls in environmental matters— in transactions, administrative proceedings, and litigation—including conflicts of interest, bias, prejudgment, ex parte communications, confidentiality, special issues of competency, emergency response, dealing with consultants and experts, addressing the media, and how and when to present information to adversaries and/or regulators. Real-life examples will be used to illustrate the points being made in the presentation. Since the program is being taught by seasoned practitioners, there will be plenty of time for Q&A following the formal presentation.   

You Will Learn

  • When the duty of maintaining client confidences clashes with regulatory requirements and/or the Rules of Professional Responsibility 

    1. Tips for handling expert witnesses, both yours and those employed by the other side 

    2. How to avoid ethical and procedural pitfalls in administrative proceedings 


Nancy K. Mendel, Winnick Ruben Hoffnung Peabody & Mendel LLC, New Haven 

Nancy K. Mendel is a member of Winnick Ruben Hoffnung Peabody and Mendel, LLC and has been practicing environmental law for over twenty-five years, counseling private and public sector clients in transactional, permitting, compliance and enforcement matters in all areas of environmental law.  With a focus on brownfield redevelopment, she advises clients on corporate and real estate due diligence, including permitting, environmental insurance, financing, liability and risk assessments, site investigations, remediation, RCRA Corrective Action, Superfund and federal and state environmental enforcement matters. She represents clients regularly in front of Connecticut Department of Energy & Environmental Protection and the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Nancy is proud to have been part of the original group of drafters of Connecticut’s landmark state liability relief Brownfields Revitalization and Remediation Act providing first of its kind in the nation state liability relief for Brownfield developers.


Christopher P. McCormack, Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport 

Christopher P. McCormack practices environmental law, environmental litigation and complex commercial litigation. His environmental experience ranges from transactional due diligence to lead counsel responsibility for Superfund cost recovery litigation. He is a past chair of the CBA Environmental Section and serves as its Legislative Liaison. He is a member of ASTM Committee E50 on Environmental Site Assessment and Risk Management and chairs the Task Group for ASTM Standard Practice E1903 on Phase II site assessments. Yale BA, Fordham JD.

Dwight H. Merriam, Attorney at Law, Weatogue 

Dwight H. Merriam, FAICP, a lawyer and land use planner, is a Fellow in the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, a Fellow and Past President and of the American Institute of Certified Planners, and Past Chair of the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law. He has published over 200 articles and 13 books, including co-editing the treatise Rathkopf’s The Law of Zoning and Planning. UMass BA (cum laude), UNC MRP, and Yale JD.

CLE Credit: 1.0 Hours (CT: 1.0 Ethics; NY: 1.0 Ethics) 

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1:00 PM13:00

ACRELive! Who’s That Sleeping on Our Couch: A Primer on Short Term Rental Issues

Our panelists will explore the world of short term rentals:  what constitutes appropriate regulation, updates on recent regulatory battles, who the stakeholders are, and what lawyers representing hosts, landlords and HOA’s need to think about in advising their clients.

Moderator:         Alexandra Cole, Perkins Coie LLP, Chicago, IL


Dwight Merriam, Attorney at Law, Simsbury, CT
Joan H. Story, Sheppard Mullin, Richter & Hampton, LLP, San Francisco, CA

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This program is scheduled to run approximately 60 minutes.  The last 10 minutes will be “open mic” Q&A. 

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