These include a “hot topics” article on the unusual role of elected country clerks issuing same-sex marriage licenses in New Mexico; a thoughtful presentation of the confounding legal aspects of invocational prayers and local government; a summary of a Santa Fe panel presentation on Updates to the Disaster Law from the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act, including the perspectives of state, local, and tribal governments in responding to disasters; and a report on an official visit to T’bilisi, in the Republic of Georgia, from the newly appointed chair of the Section’s International Committee. Other initiatives of the Section, ranging from the a Section bylaw amendment to a call for participation in the informal working group on resilience planning for disasters, appear as short articles in this issue.
Writing for the SLLN is a good way to participate and become more involved in the Section. It is quite likely that an article or case report in State & Local Law News will lead to a CLE or webinar, and sometimes a book. We solicit some articles. We rely on regular contributions from our Supreme Court columnist, Sophia M. Stadnyk, with many thanks. SLLN articles are 2,000 words, maximum, with endnotes; case summaries and reports on committees are typically 200 to 300 words.
Topics should be of overall interest to Section members. If you have a topic that you want to explore for publication, contact the Editor: firstname.lastname@example.org, mobile phone 845/926-2459. Try writing a one-paragraph or one-page summary; although this is not a requirement before you contact me, it will help both of us to clarify the topic. If you send me a final draft, up to two weeks before SLLN deadline, I will edit it with you.