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Government Law Section

2014 Meetings:

Time: 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. (starting April 2014, unless otherwise noted)

Date Room Topic Speaker Firm/Organization
January 10 Godwin Gruber IT Contracts for Governmental Entities - Procurement and Key Terms (click here for materials) Eileen Youens The Law Office of Eileen Youens, LLC
February 14 Godwin Gruber Civil Service Update

Julia Gannaway


Melissa Cranford

Lynn, Ross & Gannaway, LLP
March 18 Vinson & Elkins Federal Case Law Update (click here for materials) Randy Montgomery D. Randall Montgomery & Associates, PLLC
April 22 Godwin Gruber Investigation and Discipline of Government Employees (click here for materials) Darrell Noga Cantey Hanger LLP
May 30

NYLO Irving/Las Colinas Hotel

(off site)

Summit for Texas Code Enforcement Attorneys

various n/a
June 10 Godwin Gruber The Texas Open Meetings Act – A Government Lawyers Equivalent to Herding Cats (click here for materials) Bob Schell North Texas Tollway Authority
September 12 Hughes & Luce Public Private Partnership Tools For a Successful Inland Port (click here and here for materials)

Misty Ventura


Bob Hager


Michael Halla

Shupe Ventura Lindelow & Olson, PLLC

Nichols, Jackson, Dillard, Hager & Smith, LLP

The Halla Law Firm, PLLC

October 14 Godwin Gruber Privacy in the Courtroom for Government Parties Pete Haskel Dallas City Attorney's Office
November 11 Godwin Gruber Enforcement of Judgments against Local Governments Michael Jung Strasburger & Price, LLP 


Section Officers:

Name: Janet Spugnardi
Officer Position: Chair
Firm: City of Irving City Attorney's Office
Firm Address: 825 West Irving Blvd.
Firm City, State, Zip: Irving, TX 75015
Business Phone: (972) 721-2541

Name: Bertram Vandenberg
Officer Position: Vice Chair
Firm: City of Dallas
Firm Address: 1500 Marilla Street, Room 7DN
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: (214) 670-3519

Name: Tammy Palomino
Officer Position: Secretary
Firm: Dallas City Attorney's Office
Firm Address: 1500 Marilla Street, Room 7DN
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: (214) 670-3510

Name: Gary McDonald
Officer Position: Treasurer
Firm: Dallas County Criminal District Attorney's Office
Firm Address: 133 N. Riverfront Blvd., LB19
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75207
Business Phone: (214) 653-3687

Name: Eileen Youens
Officer Position: Immediate Past Chair
Firm: Dallas City Attorney's Office
Firm Address: 1500 Marilla Street, Room 7DN
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75201
Business Phone: (214) 671-9483

Name: Michele Wong Krause
Officer Position: DBA Board Advisor
Firm: Wong Krause & Associates
Firm Address: 5646 Milton, Ste. 640
Firm City, State, Zip: Dallas, TX 75206
Business Phone: 214.373.6565

Section Membership


If you are interested in becoming a member of the Government Law Section, please send a letter of request and a $15.00 membership fee to:
2101 Ross Ave
Dallas TX, 75201
Please note that you must be a member of the Dallas Bar Association to join a section. If you have any questions regarding sections membership, please contact the membership department at the Dallas Bar.


Section Admin-Mass E-mail/Roster

Section Admin-Webpage (coming soon)


Section Downloads:

Materials and Agenda for Municipal Finance 101

Friday, March 9, 2012 



9:00-9:15 a.m.


Agenda and Bios






12-1 p.m.


Materials for Ethics and Government Contracting by Eileen Youens

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Handout (PowerPoint):

Conflicts Checklist:

Gifts Checklist:

Resource Guide:

Materials for Confidential Communications, Data Security, and Privacy in the Cloud by Peter B. Haskel

Friday, November 9, 2012

Presentation (PowerPoint):


Federalism, Zoning,  & Chevron:  A Discussion of the City of Arlington v. FCC  “Shot Clock” Case by Jay Doegey

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Presentation (Powerpoint):[1].pptx

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