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Local Government Academy Announces Education Program

Date: 5/4/2012

Local Government Academy
Earn CLE at Next Week’s New Tools in the Blight Fight Program 

Next Week: Third Program in the Series

The Magisterial Court System: The Role of the Judiciary in Assuring Community Vitality 

May 11, 2012  

9 AM - Noon  

Crafton Volunteer Fire Department   

Click here to register for this individual program 

Registration Fee: $35  

2 CLE Credits are available for an additional $25  

Many of the tools available to local governments when fighting blight involve court actions that start in the local magisterial district court system. Recent changes in the Pennsylvania Magisterial District Courts and Court of Common Please docket sheet now allow local governments to track problem properties. Communities will experience increased effectiveness solving blighted property problems if they improve their ability to function in and interact with the magisterial district court system. 


Attend this program to learn:

  • Changes to the court record keeping system that now allow for the entry and tracking of parcel IDs
  • How the courts system operates and how to pursue code compliance and recover the cost of municipal prosecutions
  • Proper procedures and protocols for use by municipal code enforcement officials and employees on behalf of the municipality unrepresented by an attorney

Instructors Include:  

Irene McLaughlin, J.D.   

The Honorable Dennis R. Joyce, Magisterial District Judge   

The Honorable Richard G. King, Magisterial District Judge


Programs for Attorneys and Municipal Solicitors  

These Learning Labs will be held as an opportunity for practicing municipal and school solicitors to discuss how they tools are being implemented in communities throughout southwestern PA. Interactive and peer-led, solicitors will be sharing their experiences of how they’ve deployed various blight-fighting tools. A number of questions that have come up throughout the training series will be discussed, giving participants the opportunity to share experiences, debate options and recommend best practices.  


Blight & Abandonment Learning Lab I   

May 16, 2012 Noon - 2 PM Allegheny County Bar Association

Reserve Your Spot by Registering On-Line Today 
Free for AMSS members; $10 for others

Blight & Abandonment Learning Lab II
June 12, 2012
Noon - 2 PM
Allegheny County Bar Association
Reserve Your Spot by Registering On-Line Today
Free for AMSS members; $10 for others


The New Tools in the Blight Fight training series is  partnership of Local Government Academy, Sustainable Pittsburgh, the Housing Alliance of Pennsylvania and the Association of Municipal & School Solicitors Section of the Allegheny County Bar Association. These programs are offered as part of the Sustainable Development Academy, a partnership between Local Government Academy and Sustainable Pittsburgh.    

Other Upcoming Programs & Events

Various Dates & Locations

Course in Zoning

May 16, 23 & 30, 6 PM - 9 PM

CCAC West Hills Center

May 17, 24 & 31, 6 PM - 9 PM

Leetsdale Borough Municipal Building

May 18, 2012, 9 AM - Noon
Mt. Lebanon Municipal Building

Local Government Academy

901 Western Avenue 

Pittsburgh, PA  15233 

Phone: (412) 586-5659 

Fax: (412) 904-4928 


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