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A U.S. delegation of World Jurist Association, IMLA, and ABA leaders recently traveled to T’bilisi, Georgia, for meetings held November 21–22, 2013, preliminary to the scheduling of a possible WJA Congress in that city.
Following Hurricane Sandy’s devastating impact on the Mid-Atlantic/Metro New York area of the United States in late October 2013, several changes to existing federal recovery programs were proposed, leading Congress to pass the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, the goal of which was to improve the federal government’s mechanism for providing disaster assistance to local, state, and tribal entities.
New Mexico may be poised to join the 14 states that permit same-sex marriage and may do so through judicial rather than legislative means.
Both Houses of Congress open each day’s session with prayer, as do cities, towns, counties, and school districts across America, seeking God’s blessing and guidance for their work. Prayer and government have a complicated relationship owing to the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.
Though January starts the New Year on the calendar, we are well into our ABA year in the Section of State and Local Government Law. It seems hard to believe that our new Council and Officers took office four months ago in San Francisco, and now we are looking forward to our Midyear Meeting in balmy Chicago, Illinois, in February.
During the 2014 Midyear Meeting, we invite the membership in attendance during the Midyear Meeting in Chicago to participate in a general vote to change our Section Bylaws, in accordance with the Board of Governor’s recommendation.
In the aftermath of major storms such as Sandy and Katrina in the United States and the ravages of earthquakes, tornados, typhoons, tsunamis, and other natural disasters worldwide, the Section of State and Local Government Law (SLG) invites participation in a new program to address planning for resilience in anticipation of disasters.
At its October 2013 meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Council of the Section of State and Local Government Law formally approved the creation of an International Committee and named Benjamin E. Griffith as its first chair. Griffith is a Past-Chair of the Section and a member of the ABA House of Delegates.
In 1998, the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law was inspired to establish the Jefferson B. Fordham Awards to commemorate the outstanding service of its first Chair, Jefferson B. Fordham, to the advancement of state and local government law and practice and to honor the accomplishments of practitioners and institutions active in the varied areas of practice associated with state and local government law.
This issue of SLLN is a paradigm for topics of interest to Section members, old and new.