Instructor: Ken Smith
|Biography: Ken Smith was born in Union Springs, Alabama, March 1, 1960. He received a B.S. degree in journalism from the University of Alabama in 1982 and a J.D. (law) degree from the University of Alabama School of Law in 1985. He presently serves as Deputy Director of the Alabama League of Municipalities and has been the Chief Counsel for the League Since June of 1986. Prior to working for the League of Municipalities, he served a one-year clerkship to Justice Hugh Maddox of the Alabama Supreme Court. During his years with the League of Municipalities, he has been responsible for advising municipal officials and employees from over 400 member cities and towns. He has written numerous articles on municipal government and addressed numerous gatherings of municipal officials and attorneys on municipal matters. He has helped write the handbook and guides used by all elected municipal officials in Alabama. He has also assisted League lobbyists in their efforts. During this period, many laws benefiting municipalities have been acted by the State legislature. He has also served as liaison between the League and other interest groups on matters affecting municipal government. He is married to the former Brenda Deneise Flowers of Elba, Alabama. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Alabama State Bar, and the Montgomery County Bar Association. He is active in the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA), serving on the IMLA Board of Directors, Chair of the IMLA Personnel Section, and is also on the Model Licensing Agreement Committee for IMLA. He has previously served as Chair to the IMLA State League Attorneys Department. He also serves on the Advisory Committee on Municipal Courts, the County and Municipal Liaison Committee, and has been a member of the Statewide Task for Domestic Violence Training.|
Classes By This Instructor
Conducting public meetings can be risky. City governing bodies rule on controversial and highly-charged issues that sometimes bring out the worst behavior. But city business must continue, regardless of disruptions. And members of the public generally have a right to attend, observe - and sometimes participate in - how municipal business is done. This session will discuss how to recognize when behavior becomes disruptive, how to manage the disruption, and how to keep business flowing smoothly. September 1, 2020 to January 1, 2023, Online session available to start anytime!