Clark Hill Attorneys James M. Crowley and Joseph B. Urban to Present at the Michigan School Business Officials Annual Conference

Apr 24, 2013
GRAND RAPIDS, MICH. – James M. Crowley and Joe Urban will present on Wednesday, April 24 at the Michigan School Business Officials Annual Conference regarding considerations for public school districts going into deficit. Crowley and Urban will team with an experienced accountant to provide participants with a greater understanding of the deficit budget dilemma, revenue raising strategies and cost saving measures, as well as the consequences to a district’s labor relations that arise when a school district faces the harsh reality of expenses outstripping revenues.
Crowley 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 law, school and municipal law, tax-exempt organizations, employee benefits law, and tax law. Crowley has extensive experience in municipal and school finance. He regularly serves as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, and disclosure counsel for school districts, public charter school academies, and various municipalities. In these capacities he has served as counsel relating to tax-exempt and taxable financings, fixed and variable rate financings, general obligation and revenue financings, unlimited and limited tax financings, and conduit financings.
Urban is a member in Clark Hill’s Birmingham office, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of municipal finance, education law, and real estate law.
Urban 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, Urban 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.