The Section’s Young Lawyers Committee is putting together a series of bi-monthly teleconferences for our young lawyer members called “Masters’ Roundtables,” in which we feature our Section’s leaders, who speak on various topics of their choosing and offer practical advice and insights about how to be a successful state or local government law lawyer. These calls are an open discussion with the young lawyers, who are invited to dial-in and pick the Masters’ brains.
The first Masters’ Roundtable was in November 2013 and featured our Section Chair W. Andrew Gowder of Pratt-Thomas Walker in Charleston, South Carolina, and former Section Chair Dwight Merriam of Robinson & Cole LLP in Hartford, Connecticut, two national land use experts. Andy and Dwight spoke about cutting-edge land use case law, provided day-to-day advice about practicing land use law, and discussed pitfalls for young lawyers to avoid.
The second Masters’ Roundtable was in January 2014 on government law and featured Section Vice-Chair Donna Frazier, parish attorney for the Parish of Caddo, Louisiana, and Section Budget Officer Bill Scheiderich, a municipal attorney in the Portland, Oregon, area, who spoke on open meetings laws and public records issues. Donna and Bill also addressed tricky issues that young government lawyers typically face and offered tips to private practitioners who work with government lawyers.