State & Local Government Law

2019 Fall CLE & Networking Conference

St. Paul, MN Skyline

St. Paul, MN Skyline

Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13

InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront
11 E Kellogg Blvd
St. Paul, MN

2019 Fall CLE & Networking Conference

Thursday, October 10 – Sunday, October 13

InterContinental St. Paul Riverfront
11 Kellogg Blvd East
Saint Paul, MN


Thursday, October 10

Noon – 1pm
Young Lawyers Committee Meeting
Governor's Boardroom

12:30 – 1:30pm
State Attorneys General & Department of Justice Issues Committee Meeting
State Suite 3
The Oregon Attorney General (and co-founder of the committee), Ellen Rosenblum, will give her quarterly update on the seminal cases state AGs have been working on together, including the Equifax settlement, the opioid crisis, the US Census, and healthcare, including federal efforts to defund family planning clinics (the Title X "Gag Rule") and to undo the ACA — and other recent developments including California auto emissions rule lawsuit!

1:30 – 2:30pm

Executive Committee Meeting

2:45 – 4:15pm
Creative Legal Strategies to Deal with Problem Properties (CLE)
State Suites 1 & 2
Municipalities across the country are dealing the economic and social issues arising from vacant and distressed properties. The panel will address strategies being implemented in the Twin Cities, as well as by other local governments across the county to address these issues.
Monte Mills, Greene Espel PLLP, Minneapolis, MN
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress, Washington, DC
Kellie Jones, Director of Housing Inspection Services, City of Minneapolis
Gregg Hagopian, Assistant City Attorney, Milwaukee, WI

4:30 – 6pm
Who Should Pay for Major Road Projects, in light of Harstad v City of Woodbury, Minnesota Supreme Court Decision (CLE)
State Suites 1 & 2
This panel will review the implications of the Harstad decision and review the pending controversy surrounding bills introduced to authorize municipalities to charge major roadway impacts fees. They will also describe the recommendations of a ULI Minnesota/ Regional Council of Mayors (RCM) committee to address the concerns expressed by NAIOP and the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC). These recommendations are also being evaluated by the RCM to meet the challenges of funding resilient infrastructure in response to climate change.
W. Andrew Gowder, Austen & Gowder, LLC, Charlestown, SC
John Shardlow, Senior Principal, Stantec, Minneapolis, MN
Tammy Omdal, Managing Director, Northland Securities, Inc., Minneapolis, MN
Korine Land, LeVander, Gillen, & Miller, PA, South St. Paul, MN

6 – 7pm
Welcome Reception
Kellogg Suite
InterContinential St. Paul Riverfront

7 – 8:30pm
Walking distance from hotel.

Select with online registration
Supatra's Thai Cuisine
967 W 7th St | 651.222.5859

Cossetta Alimentari
211 7th St West | 651.222.3476

410 Saint Peter St | 651.222.5670

Downtowner Woodfire Grill
253 W 7th St | 651.228.9500

Tavern on Grand
656 Grand Ave | 651.228.9030

Friday, October 11

8 – 8:30am
Governor's 4

8:30 – 10am
Campaign Finance Enforcement Trends: The Use of Public Resources & Other Hot Topics (CLE)
State Suite 1 & 2
This panel will focus on areas of relative certainty and common interest by campaign finance regulators, including the use of public resources in campaigns, the growth of independent expenditures, the efforts to shed light on “dark money” and efforts to address “pay to play” by government contractors.
Jason Kaune, Neson Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leon, LLP, San Rafael, CA
Steve Berlin, Chicago Board of Ethics, Chicago, IL
Megan Engelhardt, Assistant Executive Director, Minnesota Campaign Finance & Public Disclosure Board, St. Paul, MN
Amber Maltbie, Partner, Nossaman LLP, Sacramento, CA

10:15 – 11:45am
Recovering after a Disaster: Helping Communities Recover (CLE)
State Suite 1 & 2
The panel will discuss methods and strategies for assisting local communities recover from disasters, including the government and non-government programs available to provide such assistance and recommendations for accessing such assistance.
Lai Sun Yee, New York, NY
Steven W. Johnson, Federal Coordinating Officer, FEMA, Minneapolis, MN
Dwight Merriam, Weatogue, CT
John F. Boyle, Federal Disaster Recovery Coordinator, Chicago, IL
Gregory Hayes, Public Safety Director, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
Angela Wynn, Recovery Planner, State of Minnesota

Noon – 1:15pm
Keynote Address
Kellogg Suite
Mayor Melvin Carter, City of St. Paul

1:30 – 3pm
The Demise of Single-Family Zoning and other Legal Strategies for Addressing Affordable Housing (CLE)
( earn on-demand CLE credit)
State Suites 1 & 2

Minneapolis, like several other local governments, has revised its zoning code and comprehensive plan to delete single-family only zoning as part of an effort to address the dearth of affordable housing. While a relatively new zoning change, the panel (including representatives of both the City and the development community) will focus on its implementation and initial consequences, as well as on strategies implemented by other jurisdictions to increase the availability of affordable and workforce housing.
Howard Roston, Fredrickson & Bryon PA, Minneapolis, MN
Heather Worthington, Planning Director, Minneapolis, MN
Kelly Doran, Doran Companies, Minneapolis, MN (tentative)
Jennifer Bragar, Tomasi Salyer Martin, Portland, OR
ABA Commission on Homelessness & Poverty

3:15 – 4:45pm
Refugee & Immigrant Communities - The Minnesota Experience:  The Legalities, Practicalities & Lessons Learned (CLE)
( earn on-demand CLE credit)
State Suites 1 & 2
Minnesota has a decades-long history of accepting significant communities of refugees and immigrants from culturally diverse parts of the world. The panel, which is comprised both of members of some of those communities and government officials, will discuss legal, programmatic, and other efforts to integrate refugees and immigrants, as well as the impacts and contributions of refugee communities.
Amran Farah, Greene Espel PLLP, Minneapolis, MN
Vinodh Kutty, Center for Innovation and Excellence, Hennipin County, MN
Denise Wells, Principal, Andersen United Community School, Minneapolis, MN
Michelle Rivero, Neighborhood and Community Relations, Minneapolis, MN
Representative Samantha Vang, Minnesota House of Representatives  Asian-Pacific Caucus
Steve Meili, Associate Professor of Law, Director of Immigration & Human Rights Clinic, University of Minnesota Law School

5:30 – 6:30pm
Networking Reception
Fredrikson & Byron PA
200 S Sixth St
Suite 4000
Minneapolis, MN

Saturday, October 12

7:30 – 8am
Governor's 4

8 – 9:15am
CAB (non-CLE)

9:30 – 11am
Doing Business with Tribes (CLE)
State Suites 1 & 2
The host hotel for our conference is owned by the Mille Lacs Band of the Ojibwe Tribe. Tribal governments and business enterprises owned by tribes are increasingly diversifying their business interests. The panel will provide insights and advice for local governments within which tribes engage in development and other business, as well as to those interested entering into business relationships with tribes.
Robert Saunooke, President, National Native American Bar Association
Kathy Kinsman, Former Assistant Attorney General, UT
Sara Van Norman, Van Norman Law Firm

11am – Noon
LUI/ Land Use Committee (non-CLE)
Membership & Electronic Communications
State Suite 3

Noon – 1pm (non-CLE)
Strategic Planning of Substantive Committees Business Meetings
Governor's 4
Eminent Domain, Public Education, Public Finance, Government Operations, International, Land Use, Environmental and Energy, Ethics, Public Education, Public Contracts, Emergency Management/ Homeland Security, Diversity Law, Native American Tribal Law, International Law, Judicial, Sharing Economy

2 – 4pm
Paisley Park Tour$65/ person includes admission & transportation
Paisley Park is Prince’s extraordinary private estate and production complex in Chanhassen. Fans have the unprecedented opportunity to experience first-hand what it was like for Prince to create, produce and perform inside this private sanctuary and remarkable production complex.

Throughout the experience, visitors will see artifacts from Prince’s personal archives, including iconic concert wardrobe, awards, musical instruments, artwork, motorcycles, rare music and video recordings.

Sunday, October 13

7:30 – 9am
Governor's Boardroom

8 – 10:30am

SLG Council Breakfast Meeting/
General Membership Meeting
State Suites 1 & 2
Proposed bylaw revisions

MCLE Information

The ABA will seek 10.50 hours of CLE credit in 60-minute states, and 12.60 hours of CLE credit in 50-minute states. Credit hours are estimated and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.