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Education

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, J.D. 2004

Cleary College, B.B.A. 2001

Bar Admissions

Steven D. Mann specializes in the area of municipal finance, representing public agencies as bond counsel.

His practice covers all facets of tax increment financing, special assessments, and economic development. He has also authored several amicus curiae briefs for both the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court, arguing on behalf public bodies and municipal associations in cases involving complex issues related to the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act.

Honors

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, cum laude; Managing Associate, Law Review; Voelker Award, most significant contribution to the publication

Cleary College, summa cum laude

Professional Activities

American Bar Association

State Bar of Michigan

National Association of Bond Attorneys

Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Board of Directors 2016-2019

Michigan Municipal League, Legal Defense Fund, Board of Directors 2016-2019

Civic, Cultural & Social Activities

Charter Township of Plymouth, Trustee, (appointed), 2015-2016; Trustee (elected), 2004-2012; Supervisor (elected), 2000-2004

Assembly of the Rouge Communities–Organization Committee

Colonial Kiwanis Club of Plymouth

Plymouth Community Foundation–Steering Committee

Teaching

Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Adjunct Professor, Public/Municipal Finance Law, 2017 - present

Speeches

"Funding Township Roads," Michigan Townships Association, Acme Township, April 25, 2018

"Funding Township Improvements," Michigan Townships Association, Acme Township, April 25, 2018

"Complying with FOIA and OMA," Michigan School Business Officials 80th Annual Conference, Detroit, April 18, 2018

"Intergovernmental Cooperation," Michigan Municipal League, Advanced Weekender, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Feb. 24, 2018

"Causes of Fiscal Distress and Sharing Services," Michigan Municipal League, Advanced Weekender, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Feb. 24, 2018

"At Your Service: Meeting Township Needs," Michigan Townships Association, Township Governance Academy, Jackson, Michigan, Jan. 17, 2018

"Social Media: The Good, the Bad, and the Legalities," Michigan Municipal League, Holland, Michigan, Panelist, Sept. 17, 2017

"MML's Elected Officials Essentials Workshop," MML U.P. Education Summit, Marquette, Michigan, June 1, 2017

"Raising Revenue in a Stagnant Economy," Michigan Townships Association Annual Conference, Lansing, Michigan, April 11, 2017

"Fundamentals of Municipal Financing," Michigan Townships Association Annual Conference, Lansing, Michigan, April 11, 2017

"The Michigan Bond Market Review," CDFA's Michigan Finance Roundtable Webinar, Panelist, March 23, 2017

"Local Road Funding 101: An Overview of Financial Issues and Legal Options," Calhoun County Road Department, Panelist, Calhoun, Michigan, March 17, 2017

"Local Road Funding 101: An Overview of Financial Issues and Legal Options," Jackson County Department of Transportation, Panelist, Jackson, Michigan, March 10, 2017

"Ethics in the Public Sector," Michigan Municipal Risk Management Association, Lansing, Michigan, March 2, 2017

"Open Meetings Act Update," State Bar of Michigan – Public Corporations Law Section, 2017 Winter Seminar, The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, Feb. 10, 2017

“The Role of Township Trustees”, Michigan Township Association, Port Huron, Michigan, Dec. 13, 2016

"Hot Legal Topics Special Assessments,” Michigan Municipal League – 2016 Annual Convention, Mackinac Island, Michigan, Sept. 15, 2016

“MNJTP Update and Bond Financing,” Michigan Community College Business Officers Association, 2016 Summer Event, Grand Traverse, Michigan, July 29, 2016

“Special Assessments: New and Innovative,” 18th Annual Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys and State Bar of Michigan - Public Corporations Law Section Summer Education Conference, Harbor Springs, Michigan, June 25, 2016 

“Technology Impact on the Open Meetings Act,” MML 2016 U.P. Education Summit, Ironwood, Michigan, June 9, 2016

“Sunshine Laws & Local Governments,” MAMA, Local Government Academy 301, Lansing, Michigan, May 18, 2016

“Other Sources of Local Funding,” MAMA, Local Government Academy 301, Lansing, Michigan, May 19, 2016

“Bonding 101,” County Road Association, 2016 Commissioners’ Seminar, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, April 18, 2016

“At Your Service: Meeting Township Needs Township Governance Academy,” Michigan Townships Association, Battle Creek, Michigan, March 2016

"Regional Cooperation," Michigan Municipal League Elected Officials Academy, Advanced Weekender, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Feb. 27, 2016

“Borrowing Money for Capital Projects and Leasing Equipment,” Michigan Townships Association, Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 2016

"Economic Redevelopment Using Tax Increment Revenues," Michigan Townships Association, Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 20, 2016

"Ethics in the Public Sector," Michigan Townships Association, Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 19, 2016

“Changes to the FOIA,” Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Webinar, Feb. 18, 2015

“Changes to the FOIA,” Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Advanced Institute, Lansing, Mich., March 24, 2015

“Changes to the FOIA,” Michigan Municipal League Capital Conference, Lansing, Michigan, March 25, 2015

“Changes to the FOIA,” Michigan Governmental Finance Officers Association, Webinar, May 12, 2015

“Changes to the FOIA,” Michigan Municipal League, Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, June 4, 2015

“Changes to the FOIA,” Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Webinar, June 9, 2015

“Ethics in the Public Sector,” Michigan Governmental Finance Officers Association Lansing, Michigan, Feb. 20, 2015

“Regional Cooperation,” MML Elected Officials Academy Advanced Weekender, Frankenmuth, Michigan, Feb. 21, 2015

“Municipal Finance in 2015,” Michigan Association of Township Supervisors, Chelsea, Michigan, April 23, 2015

“OMA/FOIA Basics in the Internet Age,” Michigan School Business Officials, Detroit, Michigan, April 29, 2015

“Ethics in the Public Sector,” Private Training Conference, Dearborn, Michigan, June 10, 2015

“Financing Municipal Improvements,” Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Marquette, Michigan, Sept. 25, 2015

"OMA/FOIA in the Electronic Age," Michigan School Business Officials, Grand Rapids, Michigan, May 2014

"Legal Update,"  U.P. City Managers, Marquette, Michigan, May 2014

"Financing Energy Conservation Improvements," Michigan School Business Officials, Crystal Mountain, Michigan, Oct. 2014

"Achieving Council Efficiency - Roles and Responsibilities," Michigan Municipal League, Marquette, Michigan, Oct. 2014

"Municipal Finance in 2015 and Beyond," Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Marquette, Michigan, Oct. 2014

"Delivering Township Services," Michigan Townships Association Township Governance Academy, Lansing, Michigan, Oct. 2014

"Financial Challenges to Local Government CLE," ABA Section on State and Local Government Law 2013 Fall Council Meeting, Sante Fe, New Mexico, Oct. 24, 2013

"Sunshine Laws and Local Government," Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Law Academy, March 21, 2013

"Statutory and Case Law Developments Regarding the Freedom of Information Act and the Open Meetings Act" (Co-presenter), State Bar of Michigan - Public Corporations Law Section, Feb. 8, 2013

"Fundamentals of Municipal Finance," Michigan Townships Association, Jan. 24, 2013

"The Open Meetings Act Webinar Series," Closed Sessions, Sections 8A and 8C, Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Oct. 10, 2012

"FOIA vs Discover" (Co-presenter), Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys, Lansing, Michigan, March 20, 2012

"Financing Lessons Learned in a Down Economy," Michigan Townships Association, Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 25, 2012

"Special Assessment Procedures," Michigan Townships Association, Lansing, Michigan, August 30, 2011; Gaylord, Michigan, Aug. 31, 2011

"The Freedom of Information Act," Michigan Association of Municipal Clerks, Lansing, Michigan, May 23, 2011

"The Freedom of Information Act," Michigan Association of Municipal Attorneys Advanced Academy, Lansing, Michigan, March 24, 2011

"The Freedom of Information Act," Michigan Municipal League On-site Training, Romulus, Michigan, February 3, 2011; Grand Haven, Michigan, Feb. 9, 2011

"Fundamentals of Municipal Finance," Michigan Association of Township Supervisors, Oct. 21, 2009

"Funding and Delivering Township Services," Michigan Townships Association (Township Governance Academy), Saginaw, Michigan, September 18, 2009; Frankenmuth, Michigan, April 29, 2011; Detroit, Michigan, Jan. 24, 2012

"Fundamentals of Municipal Finance," (Co-presenter Patrick F. McGow) Michigan Townships Association, Jan. 28, 2009

"Financing Capital Improvements," (Co-presenter Thomas D. Colis) Michigan Townships Association, Jan. 27, 2009

"Special Assessment Procedures," Michigan Townships Association, July 22, 2008, and August 19, 2008

"Financing Township Road Improvements," Michigan Townships Association, June 5, 2008

"Bond Financing Basics," Northern Michigan Public Service Academy, April 30, 2008

"Implications of the Michigan Business Tax on Tax Increment Finance Entities," Wayne County Treasurers Association, Sept. 26, 2007

Publications

“The Open Meetings Act Chapter, Michigan Public Employment And Labor Relations Law,” Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association, 2016 On-line Edition (Co-authored with Ronald Liscombe)

“The Freedom of Information Act Chapter, Michigan Public Employment And Labor Relations Law,” Michigan Public Employer Labor Relations Association, 2016 On-line Edition (Co-authored with Ronald Liscombe)

“Significant Changes to Michigan’s FOIA Take Effect July 31, 2015,” The Review (the official magazine of the Michigan Municipal League), May/June 2015 (Co-author Cassie Hare)

“Sunshine Laws and Local Government,” Chapter 5, Michigan Municipal Law, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, (Update for FOIA Changes, June 22, 2015)

E-Alert: Significant Changes to Michigan FOIA Laws Coming In July, January 16, 2015

"Sunshine Laws and Local Government," Chapter 5, Michigan Municipal Law, The Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2012 (Co-author)

"State Revolving Fund, Rural Development Accommodate Drainage District Financings," Pipeline Magazine, Michigan Association of County Drain Commissioners, Vol. 17, No. 4, Fourth Quarter 2008

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