Clark Hill Attorney Joe Urban to Speak at the Michigan Association of School Board’s Annual Conference

Apr 26, 2011

BIRMINGHAM, MI – Clark Hill Attorney Joe Urban, of the Education and Municipal Group, will team with Ionia Intermediate School District Superintendent Michael Keast to present “Avoiding the Potholes When the Road show Comes to Town” at the Michigan Association of School Board’s annual conference on April 26 and 27, 2011.


Joe and Mike will provide guidance to chief business officials regarding what to expect from bargaining presentations being sponsored in school districts throughout the state by union economists. They will also counsel on how to prepare for and respond to these presentations. Joe and Mike will provide practical advice on how to anticipate the “Road show” and lay a framework for positive dialogue among stakeholders regarding school finance before and during the negotiations process well before the Road show comes to town.


Joseph B. Urban is a member of the Education and Municipal Law Practice Group in Clark Hill’s Birmingham office, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal finance, education law, and real estate law.

Joe routinely represents school employers in the areas of collective bargaining, grievances and arbitration, unfair labor practices, wrongful discharge and the day-to-day matters arising in personnel administration.

With respect to education law, Joe regularly counsels school districts and public school academies in the operational issues involved in administering educational organizations, including compliance with the Revised School Code, the Open Meetings Act, the Freedom of Information Act, and other laws governing public bodies.

Joe has represented Michigan school district and municipal clients, as well as private entities providing financing to these organizations for over a decade. He has extensive experience in municipal and school finance, regularly serving as bond and underwriter’s counsel for school districts, public school academies, and other governmental units as well as counseling them in the acquisition and disposition of real property and the design and implementation of deficit elimination plans.