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How to Run Legal and Effective Public Meetings!

Municipal Training Thompson

Thursday, September 28, 2017

How to Run Legal and Effective Public Meetings!

Thompson Public Library
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Check-in begins at 5:30 p.m.


This workshop will help bring order to your public meetings. Learn keys to successful meetings:

  • Legal requirements
  • 8 Steps to motions
  • Roberts Rules of Order
  • Managing debate
  • Practical steps to meeting management

Be certain all elected and appointed officials know the nuts & bolts of effective public meetings.


Effective meetings

  • Overview of legal requirements for public meetings
  • How to write an agenda
  • Role of the presiding officer
  • Audience of citizens
  • How to properly call a meeting to order
  • Conducting the meeting and managing the agenda
  • Tips for maintaining order and public decorum

Robert's Rules of Order

  • The easy, logical, and practical way to run a meeting
  • Making motions and amendments, and how to consider actions
  • Rules for Debate
  • Definition of parliamentary terms


  • First Selectmen, Mayors, Town/City Managers
  • Council Board Members
  • Board, Commission, and Committee Members
  • Town Clerks
  • Anyone interested in Parliamentary Procedure

CCM PRESENTER back to top

Duncan Forsyth, Esq.
Halloran & Sage, LLP

Duncan Forsyth represents both public and private sector clients in litigation matters primarily in the areas of environmental and land use, labor and employment, wrongful termination, contract and interference with contract litigation, wrongful denial of development permits. He regularly appears in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as before numerous administrative agencies such as CHRO and FOIA.

COST back to top

  • Non-Members - $120 per attendee (see registration info below)
  • FREE to CCM-Members (see registration info below)

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