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June 1, 2009
Senior legal officers of largest U.S. cities to meet in Toronto this week
The chief legal officers of most of the 50 largest cities in the United States will gather in Toronto for a meeting of the International Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) June 5 and 6. It will be the first time a Canadian city has hosted this event.

“The association’s executive selected Toronto as the host, and it’s quite an honour for our city to be chosen to have this group of senior American legal officials here,” said Anna Kinastowski, Toronto’s City Solicitor and the Canadian regional vice-president of IMLA.

The “top 50” subgroup of the broader association involves the largest cities. The group was formed four years ago with the intention of meeting periodically to discuss issues of common interest and concern - often administrative-oriented matters that confront heads of large municipal legal departments.

Kinastowski explained, “We talk about issues such as how to recruit well-qualified people to work for us, how we can manage our costs when using outside legal counsel, and how to make progress on the vision of a paperless office. In addition, the current economic condition and its impact on cities will be discussed.”

A separate event the day before the IMLA conference will bring many Canadian municipal lawyers to the downtown Sheraton Centre - also the site of the IMLA conference. The June 4 event is an educational seminar that Toronto helped to organize. It will feature speakers such as New York City’s top legal official, Managing Attorney G. Foster Mills, who will be in Toronto for the IMLA group’s meeting. The International Municipal Lawyers Association is based in Washington, D.C.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact: Anna Kinastowski, City Solicitor, City of Toronto, 416-392-4496,



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