Legal Competency for Local Elected Officials

In support of local governments facing financial shortfalls, the Center for Public Leadership and Governance is offering 25% off the registration fee for this class. The discount will automatically be applied at checkout.

This course will be offered online via Zoom from 10am-3pm with a mid-day break. You will receive the link to join the Zoom session in the confirmation email upon registering. 

Being effective as a local elected official means understanding your local authority, being fluent in meeting procedures, and knowing the scope of your transparency obligations. The laws are complex, and many situations raise questions that are unique to each set of circumstances.  These complexities are often heightened by the vast array of social media platforms, which call into question the boundaries of free speech and the public’s right to know.  As leaders, it is important for elected officials to know and understand appropriate and meaningful ways to engage citizens in the business of governing.    

This course is designed to enhance the basic materials covered in the Essentials courses, and will give you a deeper understanding of your legal responsibilities.  Through a combination of pre-recorded modules to watch and discuss, faculty presentations and scenarios with interactive breakout sessions, this on-line course will enrich your practice of leading and governing.  Topics included focus on the legal foundations and day-to-day requirements elected officials should understand to be effective, competent local leaders. Subjects addressed will include:

  • Legal authority of the local unit
  • Rules of Procedure
  • Roles and responsibilities of individual board members
  • Transparency requirements
  • Conflicts of Interests

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.

LELA6.00 hrs
  • July 31
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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.

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    Course participants who cancel their registration on or before July 23, 2020 will receive a full refund. No refund will be made for cancellations on or after July 24, 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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    This course will be offered online via Zoom. You will receive the zoom invitation link in the confirmation email prior to registering.

    $175.00
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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:

Julia Marshall

Program Associate, Management and Leadership Group
919.962.2771
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