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Clark Hill Attorneys James M. Crowley and Joseph B. Urban to Present on Emergency Manager Training in Lansing

April 12, 2011

Clark Hill attorneys Joseph B. Urban and James M. Crowley will jointly present at the upcoming Emergency Manager Training Session on the “Best Practices in Local Government Fiscal Management”.

Mr. Crowley and Mr. Urban will present a segment titled, “School District Overview and Legal Issues.”

This presentation will provide an overview of basic school funding along with various revenue-raising and cost-containment measures for school districts.

The presenters will also underscore the organizational and legal framework in which K-12 school districts operate, which differs significantly from their municipal counterparts.

The event,

sponsored by Michigan State University, will take place on April 18 and 19 at the Radisson Hotel in Lansing, MI


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James M. 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.

James 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.

James also has extensive experience in employee benefit and tax law issues for school districts and municipalities, including IRC 403(b) and 457 plans, cafeteria plans and early retirement incentive plans; in general school and election law; in general business, corporate and tax law.

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.

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