April 13, 2020

2018 Fall Meeting

The Alamo - San Antonio, TX

The Alamo - San Antonio, TX

Everything is Bigger in Texas

Hilton Palacio del Rio
200 S Alamo St
San Antonio, TX
Thursday, October 4 – Sunday, October 7, 2018

Come join the ABA Section of State and Local Government for cutting-edge CLE and fun on the River Walk in San Antonio!  Hilton Palacio del Rio will serve as our conference hotel, offering stunning views of the River Walk; walking distance to restaurants, bars and shops on the River Walk.   

Register today!

Thursday, October 4

Noon – 1pm
Young Lawyers Committee Meeting
Access code: 606.576.8852#

1:30 – 2:30pm
Executive Committee Meeting
La Reina
Call-in: 866.646.6488
Access code: 476.263.2730#

2:45 – 4:15pm
Low Income Populations: Underrepresented Socially; Overrepresented as Victims of Natural Disasters. Using the Law to Solve a Serious Problem (CLE)
Salon A
Sponsor: Emergency Management / Homeland Security Committee; ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response & Preparedness; ABA Young Lawyers Division's Disaster Legal Services

Numerous media reports on recent disasters have confirmed yet again that people who are underrepresented in Society suffer wildly disparate impacts from natural disasters. Such people, institutions and businesses are frequently hit by disasters first & hardest; and recover last, if at all. Efforts by various organizations and municipalities to assist in addressing this disparate impact are underway. We will use a panel of experts to explore this phenomenon, discuss solutions, and solicit & document audience input on paths forward for use in the forthcoming ABA book on Resilience and Disaster Risk Reduction.


  • Edward Thomas, Esq., President, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association, Quincy, MA


  • Erin Capps, Atkins North America
    Topic — Public, private and NGO legal strategies to improve equitable outcomes, lower recovery cost / time for low-moderate income and underserved populations pre- and post-disaster. The presentation will set out an explanation of how the use of HUD Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Relief funds aided in Sandy Recovery in New York.
  • Chhunny Chhean, Esq., Chief of Community Prosecution, City of Dallas, Dallas, TX
    Topic — "Community Prosecution", an innovative group within the Dallas City Attorney's Office that uses a variety of legal tools and non-legal strategies to bring properties into compliance with all city codes. This includes land use, floodplain, storm water, building, and property codes. Community Prosecution works throughout the City and has a strong presence in low-income areas, working to ensure that structures and properties in low-income areas are in the best condition to withstand whatever disaster may come.
  • Jo Ann Jay Howard, Esq., President, H2O Partners, Austin, TX
    Topic — A Texas Attorney describes Hurricane Harvey recovery in Texas and discusses some of the positive actions taken by NGOs to assist vulnerable populations in the aftermath of the large event.
  • John Marshall, Esq., Assistant Professor, Georgia State University College of Law
    Topic — Disaster Prevention and Recovery All: Updating the Local and State Toolbox

4:30 – 6pm
Land Use and Resiliency: Creating Resilient Communities Through Land Use Law — Before the Next Disaster (CLE)
Salon A
Sponsor: Land Use Committee; ABA Standing Committee on Disaster Response & Preparedness; ABA Young Laywers Division's Disaster Legal Services

Land use and zoning laws offer one of the most effective opportunities to create more resilient communities. Despite this, many communities remain vulnerable to flooding and other weather-related disasters. With an eye toward this resiliency gap and the opportunity to proactively create more resilient communities, this panel will discuss specific ways in which local, county and state governments can facilitate resilient patterns of development. Panelists will discuss legal and other tools, and impediments and strategies for overcoming them, with a focus on experiences in Texas and beyond.

Moderator & Speaker

  • Sarah J. Adams-Schoen, Associate Professor of Law, University of Arkansas at Little Rock – William H. Bowen School of Law, Little Rock, AR


  • Jessica A. Bacher, Executive Director, Adjunct Professor of Law, Land Use Law Center, Pace University School of Law, Clinic Lecturer, Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, Albany, NY
  • Jim Blackburn, Baker Institute Rice Faculty Scholar, Professor in the Practice of Environmental Engineering, Rice University, Houston, TX
  • Doublas Melnick, AICP, CNU-A. ISSP-SA, Chief Sustainability Officer, Office of Sustainability, San Antonio, TX

6:30 – 7:30pm
Networking Reception
Hilton Garden Terrace — (fifth floor)


Friday, October 5

8 – 8:30am
Salon B

8:30 – 10am
Litigate the Vote: What it means for Texas and America (CLE)
Salon A
Sponsor: Government Operations

States across the country face challenges to voter laws and redistricting. Texas is not immune. Texas' strict voter ID law has been subject to challenge in Veasey v. Abbott, and its legislative redistricting battle, Abbott v. Perez, is now before the United States Supreme Court. The panel will address both cases, and the ongoing national debate over voter identification and redistricting generally.


  • Victor Marquez, Esq., The Marquez Law Group, San Francisco, CA


  • Jose Garza, Litigation Director for Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc. (part-time), Co-founder, Garza Golando Moran, PLLC, San Antonio, TX
  • Ben Griffith, Griffith Law Firm, PLLC, Editor, America Votes!, Oxford, MS
  • Bob Heath, Bickerstaff Heath Delgado Acosta LLP, Austin, TX

10:15 – 11:45am
To Share or Not to Share — The Battle Over Regulating the Sharing Economy (CLE)
Salon A
Sponsor: Sharing Economy

Whether its bedrooms, cars or even bikes, the sharing economy is in full swing in Texas and elsewhere. What issues do these businesses raise? What are some communities doing to regulate them? Why are some states like Texas preempting local governmental regulation? This panel will address how local and state governments in Texas and elsewhere are responding to the sharing economy.

Moderator & Speaker

  • Janice C. Griffith, Professor of Law, Suffolk University Law School, Boston, MA


  • Ashley Hodgini, Government Affairs Manager, Mid-South Region, HomeAway, Austin, TX
  • Ashley Scott, Assistant City Attorney, City of Atlanta Law Department, Atlanta, GA
  • Trevor Theunissen, Public Affairs Director, Uber, Austin, TX
  • Terrence S. Welch, Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P., Richardson, TX

Noon – 1:15pm
Keynote Address
Salon B
Andrew Segovia, City Attorney, San Antonio, TX

1:30 – 3pm
FHA Claims After Inclusive Communities (CLE)
Salon A
Sponsors: Land Use; Diversity

The ability to bring Fair Housing Act claims based upon disparate impact was confirmed in the Supreme Court's 2015 opinion in Inclusive Communities Project, Inc. v. Texas Dep't of Hous. & Cmty. Affairs. What has been the effect of the Court's decision? An increase in upheld FHA discrimination claims, or instead an increase in dismissals of such claims? How can cities provide affordable housing without creating concentrations of poverty and perpetuating housing segregation? This panel will explore the ICP case and its aftermath as well as discuss the future of affordable housing.

Moderator & Speaker

  • Anamaria Hazard, Associate City Attorney, City of Atlanta, Department of Law, Atlanta, GA


  • Edwin P. Voss, Jr., Brown & Hofmeister, L.L.P., Richardson, TX
  • Edward Guzman, Deputy City Attorney — Regulatory Division, City of San Antonio, TX

3:15 – 4:45pm
Anatomy of a #MeToo Investigation (CLE)
Salon A
Sponsor: Government Operations

What happens when claims are made against public sector employees or officials? The panel will address best practices for handling sexual harassment and discrimination investigations, public sector peculiarities, investigation pitfalls to avoid, and practical steps to minimize a #MeToo lawsuit.


  • Steven F. Stapleton, Clark Hill PLC, Grand Rapids, MI


  • Maria F. Dwyer, Clark Hill PLC, Detroit, MI
  • Mary Kay Klimesh, Partner, Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago, IL

5:30 – 6:30pm
San Antonio River Tour ($12 / person)

7 – 8:30 pm
Dine-arounds (non-hosted)

Sign up to dine with a group of old friends and new acquaintances at one of a number of San Antonio's local riverwalk restaurants, all of which will be stops on the boat tour.

  • Rio Rio Cantina
    421 E Commerce St
  • Saltgrass Steak House
    502 Riverwalk
  • County Line River Walk
    111 W Crockett St
  • Paesanos Riverwalk
    111 W Crockett St Ste 101


Saturday, October 6

7:30 – 8am
Salon B

8 – 9am
Urban Lawyer Advisory Board
La Reina

9 – 10am
Publications Oversight Board
Salon A

10 – 11am
LUI planning
La Reina

Membership and Electronic Communications
Salon A

11 — Noon
Land Use Meeting
La Reina

Noon — 1pm
Substantive Committee Business Meetings
Salon B
Emergency Management / Homeland Security
Eminent Domain
Environmental and Energy
Government Operations
International Law
Land Use
Native American Tribal Law
Public Contracts
Public Education
Public Finance
Sharing Economy

1 – 1:30pm
Content Advisory Board Meeting (CAB)
La Reina

2 – 4pm
San Antonio Bus / Walking Tour ($40 / person)


Sunday, October 7

8 – 10:30am
SLG Council Breakfast Meeting
Salon A
Call-in: 866.646.6488
Code: 476.263.2730#


*Conference schedule is tentative and subject to change.


The Hilton Palacio del Rio discounted room rate is $219 / night plus applicable fees & taxes. Make your reservations on the hotel's website or call 800.947.7578 by Friday, September 21, 2018, 5pm CST. Refer to the ABA Section of State & Local Government Law's Fall Meeting to receive the discounted room rate. All reservations cancelled within 72 hours of your arrival date avoid a one-night cancellation charge. Rooms and rates are subject to availability, so make your reservations early!


CLE Program Materials & Information

Prior to the program, all advance registrants will receive an email with a link to the CLE materials. No printed materials will be available onsite. You are encouraged to bring a laptop, notebook or tablet to view the materials onsite. Complimentary Wi-Fi access will be available.

For information about CLE accreditation in your state, visit this link.

Airline Discounts

With ABA Egencia, you can automatically obtain ABA negotiated airfare discounts for travel to the ABA Meetings. ABA Egencia enables you to purchase the best airfare at the time of booking, by providing you with the ability to search for and compare fares from virtually every airline serving the destination.

Reservations with ABA Egencia can be made online or offline. For offline reservations, call 877.833.6285. ABA Egencia is available online via ABA Travel Services. ABA airfare discounts on some carriers may also be obtained by purchasing your tickets under the ABA Discount Codes directly from the airline or through your travel agent.

American Airlines ABA Discount only available at ABA Egencia.

United Airlines
800.426.1122 For ABA Meetings Only: Agreement Code: 621691 / Z Code: ZXDR.
Discount available at www.united.com. Online Discount Code: ZXDR621691, not for leisure travel.

Delta Airlines
800.328.1111 ABA File Global Meeting Code: NMP56.
Discount available at www.delta.com Online Meeting Event Code: NMP56.

A travel profile is required when booking airline reservations with ABA Egencia.

Tuition Assistance

A limited number of registration fee reductions are available for this program upon application. The fee-reductions will be determined on a one-time only, case-by-case, first-come first-serve basis. Requests must be received three weeks prior to program. You will be notified prior to the program if your application is approved. A minimal fee may be charged on all approved applications to defray expenses. For programs with tuition costs of $500 or more, qualifying attorneys will receive at least a 50% reduction in the course fee(s) only.

To apply, send an email or letter outlining the basis for your request of a fee reduction to:
Marsha Boone
ABA Section of State & Local Government Law
321 N Clark St
18th Floor
Chicago, IL 60654