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OPMA Primer – How to Avoid Common Pitfalls

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
11 AM - 12 PM
Cost: $35
Credits Available: CLE, CML, Open Govt Training Act - see below


Registration closes Tuesday, February 11 at 12 PM. This webinar will be recorded, and all preregistered attendees will receive a link to view the recording. Read about scholarship opportunities.

Webinar Overview

This webinar will provide tips to local government leaders on how to avoid some common pitfalls under Washington’s Open Public Meetings Act (OPMA), which applies to all governing bodies in local government including cities, counties, and special purpose districts.

In addition to satisfying the OPMA training required by the Open Government Trainings Act, this webinar will showcase OPMA scenarios that public servants and elected officials commonly confront in their day-to-day work.

Educational Objectives

Consider the following:

  • The council must act on an issue before the end of the month but can’t find a meeting date that works for all. Can’t they just vote over email?
  • We don’t have a quorum for the meeting tonight. How do we cancel it?
  • All three board commissioners are friends on Facebook. Is this ok?
  • A citizen is demanding access to our standing committee meetings. Does she have to be allowed access?

How would you handle the scenarios listed above? This lively, interactive webinar will help local government staff and elected officials work through these types of scenarios (and more!), thereby helping to ensure agency OPMA compliance.

Who Should Attend?

Local government elected officials, attorneys/legal staff, clerks, and administrators/ managers.


  • Flannary Collins, MRSC Managing Attorney. Flannary first joined the organization as a legal consultant in August 2013 after working for 10 years as the assistant city attorney for the city of Shoreline. At MRSC, Flannary enjoys providing legal guidance to municipalities through inquiry assistance and in-person trainings on municipal issues, with a heavy emphasis on the Public Records Act.
  • Adrian Urquhart Winder, Attorney, Foster Garvey. Adrian is experienced in eminent domain and inverse condemnation matters and also advises her clients regarding the Public Records Act and Open Public Meetings Act, municipal government, and statutory, regulatory and constitutional law issues.


Refund policy: Refunds of the webinar fee will be provided minus a $5.00 administrative fee if registration is canceled by 12 PM on Tuesday, February 11. If you are registered for the webinar and unable to attend, you will still be able to view the recorded webinar afterwards. However, if you cancel your registration, you will not receive a link to the recording.