In January 2013 the MIABC launched the Casual Legal Advice Program, through which MIABC members can receive legal advice from our municipal law firm for an annual fee.
How it Works
Once you have enrolled in the CLA Program, the MIABC will send you an orientation package which includes a hotline phone number and email address. To access the legal advice service, employees of the local government can submit their legal question on local government matters by email or telephone. Time to answer each question is limited to 30 minutes and involves no legal research or preparation of documents. There are no limits on the number of times a CLA subscriber may call to obtain advice.
The legal advice is provided to the local government, and not to the MIABC. For each casual legal matter a legal services contract, characterized by privilege and confidentiality, exists between the law firm and the local government. The identity of the local government, the advice and the matter itself remain confidential as between the law firm and the local government.
Matters Exceeding 30 Minutes
If a CLA subscriber contacts the municipal law firm in good faith for the 30 minute advice service, but the matter takes longer than 30 minutes (by mutual agreement of the subscriber and the law firm), then the subscriber is entitled to a discounted hourly rate, billed to the CLA subscriber, for the continued legal service.
How to Enroll
MIABC members can enroll in the CLA Program by contacting the MIABC's Member Services Department. The annual fee for the CLA Program is based on population, between $250 and $750, and it printed near the bottom of your 2015 premium invoice.
Subscribing members receive free quarterly newsletters, regular bulletins on court decisions and legislation, templates and checklists and an invitation to an annual one-day local government law seminar and luncheon. They also have access to a "members only" section of our website which provides a number of local government resources by following this link to Casual Legal Advice.