The Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association awarded Matthew Johnson the Promising Newcomer Award at the IMA Spring 2013 meeting on June 21, 2013. This annual award recognizes a young lawyer who is building their career in the practice of municipal law. The award is given for an attorney who “provides outstanding service, shows a willingness to learn and develop his or her expertise in municipal law, and puts forth an excellent attitude and reputation.” Matt serves as the primary city attorney for the City of Melba, and also assists with legal counseling for the cities of Nampa, McCall, and Wilder as well as other local government agencies represented by White Peterson. Congratulations to Matt on this recognition for your hard work.
Three White Peterson attorneys, Terry White, William Nichols, and Matthew Johnson, participated in the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Winter Workshop held in Meridian, Idaho on January 27, 2012. Discussion items included a municipal law legislative preview, dispute resolution for cities, an update on 42 U.S.C. section 1983, a municipal case law update, and a presentation from the University of Idaho College of Law’s new Economic Development Clinic. A roundtable discussion of current municipal law issues was held, including discussion of recent developments in stormwater funding and the City of Lewiston stormwater utility case. Matthew Johnson provided an update on recent legal challenges to the City of Nampa stormwater and drainage utility.
White Peterson has long been active in the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association [http://www.idahomunicipalattorneys.org/] The IMA provides for the continuing education of city attorneys and for ongoing discussion and deliberation on municipal law issues.
Three attorneys from White Peterson presented information at the continuing legal education portion of the annual meeting of the Idaho Municipal Attorneys Association held in Boise, Idaho on June 24, 2011. William F. Gigray presented materials and information on the methods Idaho cities can use to receive a fair return to taxpayers for private uses of a city’s rights of way, information on the impact of property tax exemptions granted to businesses that expand and add workers, and the effect that foreclosures against developers can have on the construction and ownership of public infrastructure needed to serve a foreclosed development. William F. Nichols presented materials and information regarding assessment liens created by local improvement districts and subordination requests from lenders. Matthew A. Johnson presented materials and information on creation of a stormwater utility to manage and fund stormwater related public infrastructure in order to respond to Environmental Protection Agency requirements related to provisions of the federal Clean Water Act.