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Legal Competency for Local Elected Officials

  • Beaufort, NC

This course is in the process of being rescheduled to the fall. The new date will be posted soon.

Understanding your local authority, governmental procedures, and transparency obligations is key to becoming an effective local elected leader. Figuring out the difference between what is legal and what is ethical can also be challenging, and the vast array of social media outlets confuses the boundaries of free speech with the public’s business.  Many situations raise questions that are unique to a person’s individual circumstances and the applicable laws are complex. 

Being an effective local leader also means being accessible to all citizens.  To be truly accessible, board members not only need to have a clear understanding of the rules of procedure, but also need to be able to clearly articulate these procedures to their citizens.  The rules by which a governing board operates help citizens understand your deliberative processes so they can offer their input into your important decisions at the proper time and place.  

The program schedule is 10:00am to 4:00pm.

This course focuses on the legal competencies that local elected officials need to have in order to be effective local government leaders.  Subjects covered in this one-day course include:

  • Legal authority of local governments in NC 
  • Roles and responsibilities of individual board members and the Board as a whole
  • Transparency and compliance with the Open Meetings Law 
  • Conflicts of interests and legal vs ethical decision-making
  • Separate break-out sessions on rules of procedure for counties and municipalities

The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply toward tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

  • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
  • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
  • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
  • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)
LELA5.00 hrs
  • Beaufort, NC
    April 29
    Beaufort Hotel
    2440 Lennoxville Road
    Beaufort, NC 28516
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    The North Carolina Association of County Commissioners provides cost offsets for county elected officials to attend LELA courses. For information on this discount click here.

    Local Government Federal Credit Union offers scholarships to local government employees to apply toward tuition for conferences, classes, and seminars offered by the School of Government. There are four deadlines to submit applications:

    • March 1 (for courses starting between April 1 and June 30)
    • June 1 (for courses starting between July 1 and September 30)
    • September 1 (for courses starting between October 1 and December 31)
    • December 1 (for courses starting between January 1 and March 31)
    View Cancellation Policy
    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before April 21, 2020 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after April 22, 2020, but you will receive a transferrable credit to be used within 12 months. Click here to view the School’s full cancellation and refund policy.
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    Beaufort Hotel, 2440 Lennoxville Road, Beaufort NC 28516

    The block name is LELA Program and the block rate is $75.10 until April 14, 2020. Call 1-252-728-3000 to make your reservation or click here to reserve a room online.

     

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    $225.00
For all registration questions, resetting passwords, or login issues please contact:

Dale Zuckert

Assistant Registrar, Registration and Client Services Group
919.966.4414
For questions regarding course details, including location, schedule, materials, and continuing education credits, please contact:

Lisa Sheffield

Program Manager, Leadership Group
919.962.3464
Associate Professor of Public Law and Government
David M. Lawrence Distinguished Professor of Public Law and Government
Manager of Elected Official Programming, Center for Public Leadership and Governance