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April 01, 2018 Section News

Renaissance in Detroit: : 2018 State and Local Government Law Spring Conference

Section of Public Contract Law (13th Annual Procurement Symposium) (Subject to change)

Thursday, April 19, 2018

12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m., 3rd floor pre-function area

Section Registration

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., Founders B, 3rd Floor

AGDJ Committee Meeting: 11-State Opioid Litigation

Anthony J. Majestro, Powell & Majestro P.L.L.C., Charleston, WV

Conf: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., Washington Boardroom, 3rd Floor SLG Executive Committee Meeting

Conf: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m., Esqiore, 3rd Floor

Young Lawyers Committee Meeting

Conf: 888.853.9384; enter code: 860-275-8316

3:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Founders A, 3rd Floor

PCL Practicum CLE: LPM Issues for State and Local Government Lawyers

This panel will explore the following questions: Who is the client? How do you handle tensions between parts of your overall client (i.e. Governor vs. Legislature vs. General Pubic)? What do workflows look like? How is outside counsel procured and used? How is malpractice coverage handled?

Moderator: Steven Liedel, Dykema, Lansing, MI

Speakers: Eileen Meskill, Connecticut Assistant Attorney General

Jonathan Beamon, Senior Assistant Corporation Counsel, Hartford, CT

Brig Smith, Corporation Counsel, Middletown, CT

Daniel Arking, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Detroit, MI

Kim James, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Detroit, MI

Cheryl Smith-Williams, Assistant Corporation Counsel, Detroit, MI

4:45 p.m.–6:15 p.m., Founders A, 3rd Floor

Resiliency, Disaster Planning and Response

This panel will examine timely issues relating to resilience and disaster preparedness for state and local governments, with topics to include post-disaster work contracting, Stafford Act and FEMA regulation compliance, and avoidance of common pitfalls resulting in costly claw-backs and other penalties.

Moderator: Edward Thomas, Esq., President, Natural Hazard Mitigation Association

Speakers: Jordan Corbitt, Baker Donelson, Houston, TX

Mary Joan Fales, Former Senior Assistant City Attorney, Ann Arbor, MI

Janelle Smith, FEMA, Washington, DC

6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m.

Welcome Reception

Host: Clark Hill, 500 Woodward Avenue, Suite 3500, Detroit

Sponsor: Crowell & Moring

Friday, April 20, 2018

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., 3rd floor pre-function area

Section Registration & Hospitality

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., Esquire, 3rd Floor


8:30 a.m.–9:15 a.m., Founders A/B, 3rd Floor

“Sanctuary” Cities, and Conflicting Federal and State Immigration Policies: What’s a Contractor to Do?

Many states disagree with the Trump Administration’s approach to immigration, and have objected by establishing “sanctuary” cities and adopting other policies that have put state and local contractors in difficult positions. This expert panel will discuss how different states’ efforts work with, or run up against, federal policy. How employers are affected, and what steps contractors can take during the procurement process to ensure compliance with federal and state laws will be detailed.

Moderator: Kaytie Pickett, Jones Walker, Los Angeles, CA

Speaker: Leon Rodriguez, Seyfarth Shaw, Washington, DC

9:30 a.m.–10:45 a.m., Founders A/B, 3rd Floor

Governments Are Leading the Way with Energy Procurement

This panel will discuss, through case studies, how state and local governments are already using energy contracting to source renewable energy, innovative technologies, and make buildings more efficient energy users. This interactive discussion will provide useful tips for state and local attorneys involved in the procurement process.

Moderator: Alexander W. Judd, Day Pitney LLP, Hartford, CT

Speakers: Monica Berry, NRG Energy

Tony DesChenes, Michigan Legislative Counsultants, former procurement for the State of Michigan

David Ginsberg, Crowell & Moring, Los Angeles, CA

Steve H. Hilfinger, Foley & Lardner, Detroit, MI

Joaquina Borges King, Esq., Senior Counsel, Eversource Berlin, CT

11:00 a.m.–12:15 p.m., Founders A/B, 3rd Floor

State and Local Pay to Play and Ethics Restrictions

This panel will consider trends and recent developments in state and local government restrictions on contractors’ activities related to elections and lobbying, including “pay to play” prohibitions and restrictions on gifts to government officials, as well as tips for contractors navigating the myriad different statutes and regulations in this area.

Moderator: Brandis Zehr, Wiley Rein LLP, Washington, DC

Speakers: Steven I. Berlin, Executive Director, Chicago Board of Ethics

Jared DeMarinis, Executive Director, Campaign Finance Division, Maryland State Board of Elections, Annapolis, MD

Donna Y. Frazier, Parish Attorney, Shreveport, LA

Brett G. Kappel, Akerman LLP, Washington, DC

12:30 p.m.–2:00 p.m., Crystal Ballroom, 4th Floor

Joint Lunch with speaker

Hon. Dennis Archer, Chair & CEO, Dennis W. Archer PLLC, Chair Emeritus, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Former Mayor of Detroit, and Former ABA President

2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m., Founders A/B, 3rd Floor

Pay for Success CLE

The discussion will follow this basic framework: (1) GOVERNMENT identifies a critical social issue with historically poor outcomes, such as recidivism, chronic homelessness, or early childhood education. (2) PRIVATE FUNDERS, such as foundations, banks, and businesses, provide upfront capital to a high-performing social service provider that is helping a specific at-risk target population. (3) SERVICE PROVIDERS deliver services to key at-risk communities, to reach or exceed predetermined outcomes for success. (4) EVALUATORS rigorously measure outcomes to ensure providers achieve impact. (5) GOVERNMENT repays private funder’s initial investments only if project is successful in achieving positive outcomes.

Moderator: Pamela Parrish, Chief Legal Counsel, Transactional and Economic Development, City of Detroit

Speakers: Wendy Jackson, Kresge Foundation, Detroit, MI

Fraser Nelson, Managing Director, Sorenson Impact Center

Wells Parker, Dorsey & Whitney, Salt Lake City, UT

Jack Robinson, Ph.D., Chief Research Officer, Sorenson Impact Center, Salt Lake City, UT

4:15 p.m.–5:45 p.m., Founders A/B, 3rd Floor

Flint Water—Ethics in Local Government CLE

This panel will examine the various legal ethical issues that arose throughout the Flint Water Crisis, which highlight issues relevant to public works contracting and state and local government attorneys generally. In particular, this panel will focus on the issues that arose as a result of the interplay of local and state entities in trying to address the crisis.

Moderator: Michael P. Donaldson, Carlton Fields, Tallahassee, FL

Speakers: Nikkiya T. Branch, Esq., Associate General Counsel, Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, Detroit, MI

Peter D. Jacobson, J.D., MPH, Professor Emeritus of Health Law and Policy Director, Center for Law, Ethics, and Health, University of Michigan School of Public Health, Ann Arbor, MI

Patrick Rose, Patrick Levine Rose PLC, East Lansing, MI

7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Dinner at Texas de Brazil, 1000 Woodward Avenue

(This is a ticketed event at $65 per person)

Saturday, April 21, 2018

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Section Registration & Hospitality

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m., 3rd floor pre-function area Breakfast

7:30 a.m.–8:30 a.m., Esquire, 3rd Floor Urban Lawyer Advisory Board

8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m., Founders A, 3rd Floor

Committee Training

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m., Founders B, 3rd Floor

Membership, Diversity Outreach Committee

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Esquire, 3rd Floor Publications Oversight Board

Conf: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Founders B, 3rd Floor Land Use Committee

Conf: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

11:30 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Esquire, 3rd Floor

Content Advisory Board

12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., Boulevard A, 2nd Floor

Substantive Committee Meetings: Eminent Domain, Public Finance, Government Operations, Environmental and Energy, Ethics, Public Education, Emergency Management, Diversity Law, International, Native American Tribal Law, Public Contract, Sharing

1:00 p.m.–2:00 p.m., Washington Boardroom, 3rd Floor Electronic Communications Committee

Sunday, April 22, 2018

8:30 a.m.–11:00 a.m., Crystal Ballroom, 4th Floor

State and Local Government Law Council Breakfast Meeting

Conf: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

To register for the Spring Conference, visit