June 15, 2020

2020 State & Local Government Law Annual Meeting

Police Line

Police Line

Tuesday, July 21

1 – 3pm ET
Vote by Mail, Early Voting and Digitized Election Administration

Among the casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic are presidential primary elections, with renewed debate over whether Vote-by-Mail should be an available option in every state before the 2020 presidential election in order to help protect the health and well-being of voters and election workers. Over 16 states have delayed some elections or allowed citizens to vote by mail with an extension of deadlines, and many officials in both parties at the state & local level are pressing for these changes.

While the President has warned that such changes might lead to levels of voting that would hurt him and his party, charges of massive voter fraud are now being made in an effort to challenge the safety and relability of the VBM option, setting up a classic conflict between strict insistence on in-person voting and the need to protect citizens from exposure to the deadly virus, a dilemma that was recently played out in the April 6, 2020 elections held in Wisconsin — with surprising results following intervention by the U.S. Supreme Court.

Panel

  • Benjamin E. Griffith, Griffith Law Firm PLLC, Oxford, MS
  • John H. (Jack) Young, Senior Counsel, Sandler Reiff, Rehoboth Beach, DE
  • Peter Miller, Ph.D., Researcher, New York University School of Law, New York, NY
  • Paul Gronke, Ph.D., Professor, Reed College Portland, OR
  • Charles Herbert Bell Jr., Senior Partner, Bell, McAndrews & Hiltachk LLP, Sacramento, CA
  • Nicole Austin-Hillery, Human Rights Watch, Washington, DC
  • Rebecca Green, Professor, William & Mary Law School, Williamsburg, VA

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3:30 – 5pm ET
Obama Education Center in Public Parks: Does the Public Trust Doctrine Prevent It?

The program will focus on identification and permitted uses on land impressed with the Public Trust Doctrine as defined by the USSCT in its famous 19th century Illinois Central decision. PTD designation has become a background principle of a state’s law of property providing a safe haven for government preventing all economically beneficial use of PTD land without liability for a regulatory taking under Lucas v. South Carolina Coastal Commission.

Panel

  • David Lee Callies, Professor, University of Hawaii School of Law, Honolulu, HI
  • Richard Brian Epstein, New York, NY
  • Lee Ann Finnell, Professor, University of Chicago Law School
  • Thomas F Geselbracht, DLA Piper, Chicago, IL

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Wednesday, July 22

1 – 2:30pm ET
Emergency & Police Power Property Claims in Times of Crisis

On the eve of the centennial of Pennsylvania Coal Co. v. Mahon (US 1922), this panel will revisit the question: How far can the police power be stretched to protect the public against dangers? The panel will evaluate the scope of state and local authority to respond to emergencies and the implications for private property rights — asking, how far is too far? What is the scope of implied limitations on private property rights in times of crisis? When does the diminution of existing property rights require compensation? Can local governments respond to a crisis without delegated authority or in defiance of state mandates? What rights do property owners/ landlords/ tenants have to privately respond in times of crisis?

Panel

  • Robert H Thomas, Partner, Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, Honolulu, HI
  • John R. Nolon, Professor, Elisabeth Haub School of Law, Tarrytown, NY

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3 – 4:30pm ET (tentative)
Cannabis & Regulating Social Equity

Illinois legalized recreational cannabis in 2019, and has authorized licensee to be issued in 2020. Illinois’ legislation is unique in that social equity was central to its creation. The legislation’s goal is to encourage the participation of those who were disproportionately and negatively impacted by cannabis prohibition. Throughout the law there are requirements to give social equity businesses and employees priority over others.

Panel

  • Donna J Pugh, Partner, Foley & Lardner LLP, Chicago, IL
  • Toi Walker Hutchinson, Director of Business Development, Viola Brands, Olympia Fields, IL
  • Jamil Taylor, Director of Business Development, Viola Brands, Chicago, IL
  • Benjamin Stearns, Associate, Carlton Fields Tallahassee, FL

Registration opens soon.