Happy New Year to our Section members and friends! 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. To review these last few months:
- We have seen the birth of two new committees, our International Committee, chaired by our former Section Chair and current Section Delegate, Ben Griffith, and our Native American Tribal Law Committee, led by Chair Robert O. Saunooke and Vice-Chair Jeannette Wolfley, with founding committee members Stephanie Kiger, Joe Lennihan, and Bijaya Shrestha. These two new committees, following closely in the footsteps of our Attorney General/Department of Justice Committee, bring new energy and diversity to our Section, and I am delighted to watch their progress in the coming year.
- In October we met in conjunction with the Government and Public Sector Law Division for our Fall Meeting in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It was a gorgeous fall weekend that allowed our members to get out and enjoy walking through one of our nation’s oldest cities and also take in the natural beauty of the surrounding region. Those who attended were treated to outstanding substantive programs covering topics such as ethics, western water law, tribal government law, disaster preparedness and emergency management, and Chapter 9 and municipal bankruptcies and receiverships. I would like to personally thank Col. Al Purdue, the Chair of the Government and Public Sector Law Division and Deputy Laboratory Counsel at Los Alamos National Laboratories for his hospitality in hosting us in his city and in his home during our meeting. It was truly a highlight for all of us in this still-young ABA year.