Legal Guidance to Volunteer Community
Springfield has many volunteer organizations, including a number of boards and committees serving at the request of Springfield City Council. The City Attorney is available as a resource to members of these boards to answer questions about potential conflicts of interest. City attorneys provide advice about city ordinances and laws to neighborhood organizations such as:
Center for Conflict Resolution
Community Public Safety Task Force
Community Services Resource Team
DWI Task Force
Interagency Task Force on Gangs and Youth Violence
Springfield Against a Violent Environment (SAVE)
The legal staff has also actively participated in developing the city's long-term plan, Vision 20 / 20.
Presentations & Public Speaking
Members of the City Attorney's staff are available to speak to classes and organizations on a variety of topics. This includes legal training on a more formal basis to officers in training at the Springfield Police Academy. Attorneys speak regularly to:
Business owners, by conducting outreach efforts such as seminars on shoplifting enforcement
Driver education students including DWI mock trials
Students participating in the city's D.A.R.E. Program
City attorneys are regularly invited to bring the legal profession up-to-date on a variety of municipal issues ranging from DWI enforcement to conflict resolution.