State & Local Government Law

2019 Spring Conference Schedule

Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Hotel, Baltimore, MD

Wednesday, April 10

Ballard Spahr Reception
300 E Lombard St — 18th Floor
Baltimore, MD
RSVP to attend

Thursday, April 11

9:30am – 1:30pm
Commission on Domestic & Sexual Violence Meeting
UBalt — 109
Call-in: 866.646.6488
Code: 866.702.8928#

Noon – 7pm
Hotel — Prefunction Area (Level 2)

11:30am – 12:30pm
SLG Executive Committee Meeting
Hotel — Brightons (Level 2)
Call-in: 866.646.6488
Code: 476.263.2730#

12:30 – 1:30pm
AGDJ Committee Meeting
Hotel — Ravenhurst (Level 2)
Call-in: 866.646.6488
Code: 606.576.8852#

12:30 – 1:30pm
Young Lawyers Committee Meeting
Hotel — Caucus (Level 2)
Call-in: 866.646.6488
Code: 476.263.2730#

1:45 – 3:15pm
Fighting the Epidemic: How States and Cities Are Confronting the Opioid Drug Crisis (CLE)
Hotel — Whitehall (Level 2)

The Opioid Crisis has reached epic proportions, and states and local governments across the country are taking action to both treat those afflicted as well as hold those behind this crisis responsible. The highly distinguished panel will discuss Maryland’s and Baltimore’s efforts to address the epidemic, as well as address the local and national opioid litigation that has been brought against manufacturers and distributors on a variety of legal grounds (e.g. unlawful trade practices, elder abuse, etc.) for their role in the crisis.

Ellen Rosenblum, Oregon Attorney General

Laura Garcia, Healthcare for the Homeless
Andre Davis, Baltimore Solicitor General
Brian Frosh, Maryland Attorney General
John Hardin Young, Of Counsel, Sandler Reiff Lamb Rosenstein & Birkenstock, P.C., Washington, DC

1:45 – 3:15pm
Survivor Re-Entry project: Human Trafficking & Criminal Records Relief (CLE)
UBalt — 407

Many trafficking survivors are arrested and prosecuted for acts directly related to having been trafficked. Pursuing stability and independence once no longer trafficked is hindered by their own criminal records. Survivors are denied employment, housing, and economic assistance. Criminal records are used against survivors in family court proceedings. While many states have passed vacatur laws allowing survivors relief, survivors do not know they are potentially eligible for vacatur, and the legal community has not developed the capacity to handle these cases. This esteemed panel will discuss how vacatur works for survivors and how the Survivor Reentry Project has helped build sustainable vacatur practices across the country. Panelists have successfully litigated the first vacatur cases for survivors nationwide.

Mark Schickman, Partner, Freland Cooper & Foreman, LLP

Jessica Emerson, LMSW, Esq., Director — Human Trafficking Prevention Project, University of Baltimore School of Law
Jennifer L. Kroman, Director — Pro Bono Practice, Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP
Jessica Kitson, Managing Attorney, Volunteer Lawyers for Justice
Kate Mogulescu, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law, Brooklyn Law School, Director, Criminal Defense & Advocacy Clinic

3:30 – 5:30pm
Joint Ethics CLE with the National Land Use Institute Considerations for the Land Use Practitioners and Government Lawyers (CLE)
UBalt — 202

The session will be an update of key issues facing land use and government practitioners and will include audience participation.

Frank Schnidman, former Distinguished Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, and former John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Patricia E. Salkin, Provost — Graduate and Professional Division, Touro College, New York, NY

3:30 – 5pm
Uneven Bars: Reporting Sexual Assault in College Sport (CLE)
UBalt — 407

The panel will examine the effect of #metoo in college sports, looking at several high-profile cases from different perspectives. Panel experts will consider legal and ethical obligations of universities, service providers, law enforcement to student-survivors, student-athletes and the university community. The role of media in covering these cases will also be discussed.

Robin Runge, Senior Gender Specialist, Solidarity Center

Steven F. Stapleton, Member, Clark Hill, PC
Regina D. Curran, Title IX Program Coordinator, American University
Laura Dunn, Attorney & DC Managing Counsel, The Fierberg National Law Group, PLLC
Gretta Gardner, Deputy Director, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence & Co-Founder of Ujima, Inc.

3:30 - 5:15pm
Civil Rights & Social Justice Executive Committee Meeting

UBalt — 018

5:30 – 6:30pm
Your Money's No Good Here: Source of Income Discrimination in Maryland Housing (CLE)
UBalt — 407

Source of Income (SOI) discrimination has long plagued low-income individuals seeking housing. Many that are forced to pay rent with government vouchers, veteran’s benefits, social security payments and the like are often denied housing by landlords as a pretext for prohibited discrimination based on race, disability, national origin and more. SOI discrimination contributes to concentrations of poverty, homelessness, and racial segregation in housing. Recent momentum, including the passage of a state-wide SOI discrimination ban in Washington State, as well as the recent introduction of federal bills seeking to do the same nationally, shows that we are at a pivotal point in the fight to stop SOI discrimination. This program will discuss advocacy strategies for capitalizing on this momentum to pass SOI anti-discrimination laws in Maryland.

C. Matthew Hill, Attorney, Public Justice Center

Tisha Guthrie, Advocate
Lisa Hodges, NAACP Baltimore City Chapter
Delegate Steve Lafferty, District 42A, Maryland House of Delegates
Delegate Charles E. Sydnor III, District 44, Maryland House of Delegates
Jill Williams, US Coast Guard Veteran and HPRP Board Member

6:30 – 8pm
Joint Welcome Reception with Land Use Institute (CLE)

Thomas Maulding, General Counsel, Weller Development Company

8 – 9pm
Non-Hosted Dine-Arounds

Dinner with your colleagues at a local restaurant (choose one, maximum 8 - 10 registrants)

  • Ida B’s — Modern Soul Food, local ingredients
  • Tagliata — Contemporary Italian steakhouse boasting steaks, fresh pasta & 1,000+ wine list plus live music
  • The Bygone — DINING OF THE HIGHEST CLASS Step into the roaring glamour of days past at The Bygone, Harbor East’s grandest can’t-miss destination. Enjoy a unique menu, breathtaking city views, and a warm and luxurious ambience in a class of its own. Note: DRESS CODE
  • The Elk Room — The Elk Room tries to evoke a Prohibition-era of secrecy. It boasts a no cellphone or photographs policy and asks customers to please remember to "speak-easy" and "exit quietly." The Elk Room sits next to its rather conspicuous and bustling Italian sister restaurant, Tagliata, on Fleet Street.

Friday, April 12

Note: All events take place at the Royal Sonesta Hotel

7am – 5pm
Section Registration & Hospitality
Prefunction Area (Level 2)

7 – 9am
Brightons (Level 2)

8 – 11:30am
CRSJ Council Meeting
Westminster (Level 2)
Call-in: 712.451.0739
Code: 819881#

8:15 – 9:45am
DBE / MBE Preferences: Timeless, Timely, or Out of Time? (CLE)
Brightons (Level 2)

Thirty years have passed since the Supreme Court’s landmark minority set-aside program decision in Richmond v. J.A. Croson Co., 488 U.S. 469 (1989), and it appears that a majority of the justices on the Supreme Court may disfavor so called "social programs", the rubric under which affirmative action historically has fallen.

What is the landscape state and local governments and contractors are operating under today? Are DBE/MBE preferences timeless; that is, forever as long as there are lingering effects of past discrimination. Are they timely; that is, needed now to make sure DBE/MBE’s are treated equally (i.e. not worse than) other subs. Or, given the passage of time and the new Supreme Court, are they out-of-time. This presentation will address DBE/MBE preferences, how they came to be, where they are today, where they may be going, and offer ideas for representing governmental clients and contractors.

Scott Livingston, Rifkin Weiner Livingston LLC, Bethesda, MD

Robert Dashiell, The Law Office of Robert Fulton Dashiell, PA, Pikesville, MD
Malik Edwards, Partner, Tiber Hudson LLC, Washington, DC
Keith Wiener, Holland & Knight, Atlanta, GA

8:30 – 10am
Restorative Justice & Sexual Assault Prevention (non-CLE)
Guilford (Level 1)

CDSV Deputy Chief Counsel Rebecca Henry will discuss “Decriminalizing Domestic Violence” with author and Professor of Law Leigh Goodmark. The book examines how the criminal legal system became the primary mechanism for addressing domestic violence and how this system can also cause great harm to victims and their communities.

C. Quince Hopkins, Director — Erin Levitas Initiative, University of Maryland, Carey School of Law

10 – 11:30am
Decriminalizing Domestic Violence (Non-CLE)
Guilford (Level 1)

CDSV Deputy Chief Counsel Rebecca Henry will discuss “Decriminalizing Domestic Violence” with author and Professor of Law Leigh Goodmark. The book examines how the criminal legal system became the primary mechanism for addressing domestic violence and how this system can also cause great harm to victims and their communities.

Professor Leigh Goodmark, University of Maryland — Carey School of Law

10 – 11:30am
Equity in the Budget Planning Process (CLE)
Brightons (Level 2)

How are budget goals determined and who gets to participate in the budget making process? How do State and Local Governments drive social change through their budget planning processes? How do State and Local Governments consider the impacts of resource allocation decisions on historically underserved communities and communities of color?

The governmental budget process determines what priorities will be addressed each year, it is the policy document of that jurisdiction. This session will help you understand why you should engage the community in government fiscal processes, how to encourage the inclusion of equity as an explicit policy goal of the budget process and how lawyers in state and local government can consider equity in advising their clients.

Yoanna Moisides, City of Baltimore Finance Department

Daniel Hatcher, Professor — Civil Advocacy Clinic, University of Baltimore School of Law
Sara Paranilam, Division Chief — Comprehensive Planning, City of Baltimore, Department of Planning
Daniel Ramos, Budget Operations Manager — Bureau of the Budget and Management Research, City of Baltimore Department of Finance

11:45am – 12:45pm
Joint Lunch with Keynote Speaker Elijah Cummings, Representative (D - MD 7th District)
Whitehall (Level 2)
Sponsored by Ballard Spahr

Congressman Elijah E. Cummings was born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, where he still resides today. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Howard University, serving as Student Government President and graduating Phi Beta Kappa, and then graduated from the University of Maryland School of Law. Congressman Cummings has also received 13 honorary doctoral degrees from Universities throughout the nation.

Congressman Cummings began his career of public service in the Maryland House of Delegates, where he served for 14 years and became the first African American in Maryland history to be named Speaker Pro Tem. Since 1996, Congressman Cummings has proudly represented Maryland’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Congressman Cummings currently serves as the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform. As the main investigative committee in the House of Representatives, Oversight and Reform has jurisdiction to investigate any federal program and any matter with federal policy implications. As the Committee’s Chairman, Congressman Cummings fights to hold the Presidential Administration to a high standard of excellence and to ensure efficiency and effectiveness in the actions of the government of the United States. He also seeks to identify appropriate reforms that prevent waste, fraud and abuse and that ensure government programs meet the needs of the American people.

Congressman Cummings is also a senior member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, serving on both the Subcommittee on Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation and the Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials.

1 – 2:30pm
Black and Blue: The Persistent Problem of Police and People of Color (CLE)
Brightons (Level 2)

Many high-profile incidents between law enforcement and persons of color in the past few years — Freddie Gray, Michael Brown Jr., Laquan McDonald, to name just a few — have put a spotlight on the frayed relationship between law enforcement and persons of color. Statistically, Black drivers are 30% more likely to be pulled over by police.

In 2018, African Americans accounted for 38% of the unarmed citizens killed by police—three times their percentage in the population (13%). For these and other reasons, many African American communities consequently have lost faith and trust in the police and will not cooperate with investigations. Police officers often feel on the defensive, that they are blamed for the sins of a few, and that their ability to protect and serve is stymied by a lack of cooperation. These are problems of epic proportions that many communities are struggling to address. Our panel brings varying incisive legal and political perspectives, but a consensus of concern and focus, to the question of how attorneys can help to address these critical issues.

Angela J. Scott, Former Baltimore City Assistant States Attorney

Jose Fanjul, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division, NY County District Attorney’s Office, New York, NY
Jamila Johnson, Senior Supervising Attorney for Criminal Justice Reform, Southern Poverty Law Center, Louisiana
Dayvon Lov, Director — Research and Public Policy, Leaders for a Beautiful Struggle, Baltimore, MD
William Jawando, Council Member, Montgomery County Council
John “Johnny O” Olszewski, Jr., Baltimore County Executive

2:45 – 4:15pm
The Injustice of the Justice System: Disproportionate and Mass Incarceration of African Americans (CLE)
Whitehall (Level 2)

The U.S. has about 5% of the world’s population, but 21% of the world’s prisoners — 2.3 million people, a 500% increase over the last 40 years. 34% of those are African Americans, though the African American population in the U.S. is 13%. Black Americans are incarcerated at 5 times the rate of whites (and receive sentences 19% longer). One in five black children have a parent behind bars, compared with 1 in 60 for whites. An estimated 65.4% of prisoners serving life without parole for nonviolent offenses are black; only 17.8% are white.

There is bipartisan consensus that the system is unjust and broken. The question is what can our justice system do about the injustice? A dynamic group of legal experts will discuss the current state of the law, the glaring need for criminal justice reform and reentry initiatives and Congressional willingness to act on those, and specifically how lawyers can best contribute as we move forward.

Cynthia A. Swann, Co-Chair, AAA Committee & ABA Leadership Council Member, Civil Rights & Social Justice, Upper Marlboro, MD

Aisha Braveboy, State’s Attorney, Prince George's County
Abd’Allah Wali Lateef, Pennsylvania Coordinator for the Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network (ICAN), Chairman, Pro Tempore, of Life-After-Life, Inc.
Caryn York
, Executive Director, Job Opportunities Task Force (JOTF)
Congressman Bobby Scott, Representative (D - VA 3rd District)  

4:30 – 6pm
Forum on Affordable Housing Presents: Building Regional Approaches to Housing and Revitalization in Baltimore (CLE)
Whitehall (Level 2)

This panel discussion will hear from leaders from the Housing Authority of Baltimore City, the City Department of Housing and Community Development, the State of Maryland and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development about initiatives and challenges to implementing regional and multi-dimensional approaches at the local, state and federal levels to revitalizing Baltimore's neighborhoods.

In the face of decades of neighborhood disinvestment, what regional strategies are available to move residents to communities of opportunity while also rebuilding areas that are lagging behind? What legal tools are available in this overall effort and what fair housing and other legal parameters impact how projects are conceived and the funding resources that are made available to them?

Amy McClain, Partner, Ballard Spahr LLP, Baltimore, MD

Robert (Bob) Iber, Senior Advisor — Office of Multifamily Housing Programs, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Amy Wilkinson, Chief of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Housing Authority of Baltimore City
Stacy Freed, Senior Advisor to the Chief Operations Officer, City of Baltimore Department of Housing and Community Development
Carol Gilbert, Assistant Secretary — Division of Neighborhood Revitalization, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development

6 – 8pm
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture
830 E Pratt St
Baltimore, MD

8 – 9:30pm
Joint Dinner with Keynote Speaker Marilyn Mosby (Ticketed event at $75/ person, which includes museum admission)
Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

Marilyn Mosby, State's Attorney for Baltimore, Maryland is currently the youngest chief prosecutor of any major American city. Her mother and father both served as police officers; her family traces its association with the police for two generations, as her grandfather was one of the first African-American police officers in the state. She attended Dover-Sherborn High School, an hour away from her home, as a result of METCO, the longest-standing school desegregation program in the country.

She graduated magna cum laude from Tuskegee University with a (B.A.) degree; she earned a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School in 2005.

Saturday, April 13

7am – 5pm
Section Registration & Hospitality
Prefunction Area (Level 2)

7 – 8:30am
Breakfast Buffet
Prefunction Area (Level 2)

8 – 9am
Publications Overview Board
Ravenhurst (Level 2)
Call-in: 866.646.6488
Code: 476.263.2730#

8 – 11am
CRSJ Council Meeting
Westminster (Level 2)
Call-in: 712.451.0739
Code: 819881#

8 - 11am
Commission on Racial & Ethnic Diversity Council Meeting
Whitehall — North Boardroom (Level 2)

8:30am – 9am
Electronic Communications Committee
Seton (Level 2)

10 - 11am
Land Use Committee Meeting
Ravenhurst (Level 2)
Call-in: 866.646.6488
Code: 476.263.2730#

10 – 11am
Substantive Committee Meetings
Brightons (Level 2)

  • Diversity Law
  • Emergency Management
  • Environmental & Energy
  • Ethics
  • Government Operations
  • International
  • Judicial
  • Native American Tribal Law
  • Public Contract
  • Public Education
  • Public Finance
  • Sharing
  • Young Lawyers

11am – Noon
Voter Turnout and Engagement — A Review of the 2018 Midterm Elections and Beyond
Guilford (Level 1)

The 2018 midterm election yielded the highest voter turnout of a non-presidential election in 50 years. Civic engagement and participation are a hallmark of this moment in American history, but the age-old question of how society can fully engage the eligible electorate remains.

This CLE panel will examine the history of efforts to extend the electoral franchise to as many Americans as possible, discuss the current challenges that exist on this front, and offer recommendations concerning lawyers can do to sustain and encourage civic participation in their communities. This dialogue will include panelists from the government, non-profit organizations, and private practice to foster a robust conversation on the topic of voting rights.

Colleen Lamarre, Commissioner, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession

Catherine Lhamon, Chair, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights (invited)
Joe Drayton, President, National Bar Association
Andrew Hairston, Staff Attorney, Advancement Project
Helen Kim, Chair, ABA Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession
Joel Williams, Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund and President, National Native American Bar Association (invited)

11am – 1pm
Hot Topics Seminar (Non-CLE) — Open to All, Papers due April 15
Brightons (Level 2)

11 am – 1pm
CRSJ Committee Meetings
Ravenhurst (Level 2)

1 – 1:45pm
Content Advisory Board
Caucas (Level 2)

2 – 6pm
Civil Rights Tour — $45/ person (includes bus transporation)

Tour the City of Baltimore, the birthplace of Thurgood Marshall, America’s greatest Civil Rights lawyer, and to highlight the achievements and contributions of Baltimore’s African American Attorneys and Civil Rights Leaders.

Section Dinners: TBD

Sunday, April 14

7:45 – 10am
State & Local Government Law Council Breakfast Meeting
Whitehall Ballroom (Level 2)
Call-in: 866.646.6488
Access code: 476.263.2730#