State & Local Government

2019 Spring Conference & Land Use Institute

Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, MD

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel
550 Light St
Baltimore, MD
Thursday, April 11 – Sunday, April 14, 2019

Gold Sponsor

Special thanks to gold our sponsor:

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Join the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law for cutting-edge CLE and fun on the Patapsco Riverfront! Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore will serve as our conference hotel, offering Baltimore's picturesque Inner Harbor view. When you're not learning more in our educational sessions, take a tour of the National Aquarium, shop at Harborplace and The Gallery or sample savory crab cakes on the waterfront.

Keynote Speaker - Lunch: US Representative Elijah Cummings (D - MD 7th District)
Friday, April 12 | 11:45am - 12:45pm
Sponsored by Ballard Spahr

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings (D - MD) has dedicated his life to public service. He served 14 years in Maryland House of Delegates and became the first African American Speaker Pro Tem in Maryland history. For more than 20 years, he has represented Maryland's 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is committed to ensuring that our next generation has access to quality healthcare and education, clean air and water, and a strong economy defined by fiscal responsibility.

As Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, the committee has the jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications. Congressman Cummings holds the Presidential Administration to a high standard of excellence to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in federal governmental actions. He also seeks to identify appropriate reforms that prevent waste, fraud and abuse, and serves as a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Included with registration

Keynote Speaker - Dinner: Marilyn Mosby
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
Friday, April 12 | 8 - 9:30pm

Marilyn Mosby, the State's Attorney for Baltimore City, is the youngest chief prosecutor of any major American city. For two generations, her family has been on the police force. Both her parents served as officers and her grandfather was one of the first African-American police officers in the state. METCO, the longest-standing school desegregation program in the country, provided her the opportunity to attended Dover-Sherborn High School, an hour from her home.

Sparked by the murder of her 17-year-old cousin by another 17-year-old outside her home, Marilyn became interested in practicing law. She graduated magna cum laude from Tuskegee University and earned her Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 2005.

$75/ person - ticket includes dinner and museum admission

Spring Conference at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

  • Opioid Crisis
  • Housing Discrimination
  • Minority Business Enterprises
  • Equity in the Budget Planning Process
  • Policing in Baltimore
  • Mass Incarceration
  • Affordable Housing joint session at UBalt

Land Use Institute (LUI) at the University of Baltimore School of Law

Thursday, April 11 – Friday, April 12

This institute is designed for attorneys, professional planners, and government officials involved in land use planning, zoning, permitting, property development, conservation and environmental protection, and related litigation.

Our preeminent faculty of practitioners and academics will:

  • Provide a nationwide perspective without losing sight of state-specific issues
  • Critcially review & analyze the most important new decisions and state-of-the-art efforts by government to manage land use and development
  • Present the key issues faced by property owners & developers in obtaining necessary governmental approvals
  • Provide practice pointers on routine & complex procedural issues that give immediate “take-home value”

Other Sponsors


Austen Gowder | Foley & Lardner | Seyfarth Shaw

Bar Associations

J. Franklyn Bourne Bar Association | Lancaster County Bar Association | LGBTQ Bar Association of Maryland Maryland Bar Association | Maryland Hispanic Bar | Maryland Municipal Attorneys | Women’s Bar Association of Maryland


Find the complete 2019 Spring Conference Schedule.

Reserve Your Hotel Room

Room rate at the Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Baltimore is $209 / night plus applicable fees & taxes. Reservations can be made online or by calling 410.234.0550 by 5pm CT Friday, March 15. When making your reservations by phone, refer to the ABA Section of State and Local Government — Section Spring Conference to receive the discounted room rate.

All reservations cancelled within 24 hours of your arrival date will result in a one-night cancellation charge. Discounted rooms are subject to availability, so be sure to make your reservations early!

Reserve your hotel room today!


Self-parking is available at the 30 E Lee St parking garage at the regular rate. For overnight hotel guests attending the conference, the reduced daily rate is $22.


This course is expected to qualify for 11 CLE credit hours (including 2 ethics hours) in 60-minute states, and 13 CLE credit hours (including 2.5 ethics hours) in 50-minute states. Please follow the instructions given during the program to ensure you earn credit where applicable. View CLE credit hour information for your jurisdiction.

ABA Staff will verify your attendance at the conference. Once verified, you will receive a personalized link at the email address on file for you. Please use the link to submit your CLE Affidavit. Your request must be received by April 26, 2019 to ensure that credit will be available to you. Once we receive your request, it will be processed within two weeks. If your state allows the sponsor to report your CLE attendance, we will do so within 30 days of the completion of the course.

Tuition Assistance

A limited number of registration fee reductions may be available for this program upon application. The fee reductions will be determined on a one-time only, case-by-case basis. Requests must be received by March 15, 2019. You will be notified prior to the program if your application is approved. 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 a letter outlining the basis for your request of a fee reduction to Marsha Boone.

Cancellation Policy

Requests for refunds must be made in writing and received in the Section of State & Local Government Law office on or before March 31, 2019. A $50 administrative fee will be applied. No refunds will be made after March 31, 2019.

A registration submitted online or by mail to the ABA office is considered a firm commitment. If you do not cancel by the designated deadline date for refund, you will be expected to pay the registration fee even if circumstances prevent you from attending the program.


Written requests for substitutions will be permitted prior to the conference for requests received by the conference registration cut-off date. After this date, substitutions will need to be made on-site. There is no additional cost for substitutions. Substitutions are not permitted once a registrant has registered on-site or after the conference has occurred. Please submit a request on firm/ agency letterhead to transfer the registration to another person. Only the substitute will be eligible for CLE credit. The substitute and original registrant must work out the payment between themselves.

Dietary Restrictions

If you have any dietary restrictions, please indicate so by contacting Marsha Boone

Services for Persons with Disabilities

We encourage participation by all individuals. If you are a person with a disability, please provide us advance notice of any special arrangements you may need so we can best accommodate you. Please email Marsha Boone with your request.