September 01, 2018

Chair's Message

I am honored to be your Chair. We are looking forward to a great year of cutting edge programs and excellent opportunities for those who wish to become more involved. This is your Section, and it is my job to make sure you get the most out of it. So please let me know what we can do to make the Section work for you.

San Antonio Rocked!

We just completed our Fall Conference. Attendees participated in important programs addressing disaster resiliency in low income communities, the role of land use in disaster resiliency, hot election law issues, the challenges of managing the sharing economy, fair housing and affordable housing issues, and #MeToo investigations. We also had the opportunity to network, explore the historic River Walk, and eat the best chocolate birthday cake ever. Special thanks to Texans Ed Voss, Victor Flores and Nikelle Meade for helping arrange things on the ground, to City Attorney Andy Segovia and his team, and the Texas Bar Association, Texas City Attorneys Association, San Antonio Bar Association and the IMLA for their assistance.

Missed it? While the chocolate cake is gone, all of the programs were recorded (special thanks to the Young Lawyers Division for their assistance) and will be turned into CLE webinars. Stay tuned.

Mark Your Calendars

If you happen to be coming to the ABA Midyear in Las Vegas, January 23 – 29, we will be co-sponsoring a program or two. So please check them out when your luck runs cold.

Make sure you do not miss our Spring Conference in Baltimore April 11 – 14. The Section will be joined by several other ABA entities to present a diverse set of programs of interest to all. The Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice will holding their conference simultaneously and will co-sponsor several of our sessions. The Section’s esteemed Land Use Institute will hold its conference concurrently at the University of Baltimore, offering attendees with a full slate of land use programs. The Forum on Affordable Housing will present a plenary session for all attendees. Last but not least, the Section of Public Contracts will present a session for us. With all this programming, two receptions, a dinner, and the historic City of Baltimore to explore, you will not want to miss it. Full details on the programs will be posted soon.

It also is not too late to mark your calendars for the Annual Meeting in San Francisco August 8 – 13, where a day CLE trip to Napa Valley is in the works.

Stay Connected

The ABA upgraded and vastly improved its website. I encourage you to check out our new State and Local Government site. The ABA is excited to announce ABA Connect, a more robust communication tool among our committees.

ABA Connect is a place to ask fellow committee members questions, post & receive announcements about upcoming committee meetings, download or upload documents from your group's library, etc. This will serve as the primary mode of group communication when materials become available or special announcements are made with important information about your committees / communities.

Your new login is the same as your ABA login. The first time you log in, you will need to authenticate your account on the new website. Enter your email address and you will receive an email from the ABA Account Team ( asking you to click the link and reset your password.

Once you are in, visit the list of more than 15 state and local committees.

Did you realize Land Use Planning & Zoning has a free conference call with a distinguished speaker almost every month and that Government Operations & Liability and the other committees also often have regular calls?

Don’t miss out. Sign up now! Click the title of the group that interests you and if you’d like, post to the latest discussion in the lower right.

PLEASE NOTE: If you previously set your profile to no communications, you will not receive emails from the group. If you would like to modify your selections, please log into ABA Connect and follow these steps:

  1. select the image of the person in the circle of the top right corner
  2. on the dropdown box, select the “profile” button outlined in blue on the left side
  3. below your name on the blue menu bar, select “my account” on the right side
  4. on the dropdown menu under my account, click on “community notifications” (fifth option)
  5. under “notification settings” (second section) is a list of your communities to which you belong
  6. adjust your notifications settings for each group using the dropdown menu in the center column (you may set up different notifications for each group)

Further details on how to use the ABA Connect system can be found on the details page.

We Want You!

Want to meet others who practice in the same area as you? Interested in speaking? Becoming published? Like chocolate cake and singing Karaoke? Get involved. Email us, reach out to a committee chair listed on our web page, or reach out to any of our officers or me or call 312.460.5560.

See you in Baltimore!
Ron Kramer
Section of State & Local Government Law
2018 – 19 Chair