June 20, 2019 Section News

2019 Annual Meeting, August 8–11, 2019: CLE INFORMATION

Hilton San Francisco • Union Square, 333 O’Farrell St.

THURSDAY, August 8, 2019

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

AGDJ Committee Meeting

Foley & Lardner LLP, 555 Californnia Street, Suite 1700

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12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Young Lawyers Committee Conference Call

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1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Executive Committee Meeting

Foley & Lardner LLP, 555 California Street, Suite 1700

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2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Local Land Use Determinations and Federal Courts— Will Williamson County Survive?

Foley & Lardner LLP, 555 California Street, Suite 1700

The Supreme Court’s Williamson County doctrine (1985) has been interpreted to make it almost impossible for local land use determinations to be challenged as regulatory takings in federal court. But, in Knick v. Township of Scott (17-647) the Court is considering whether property owners can bypass state proceedings and immediately contest local zoning and similar constraints in U.S. district court. This might result in injunctions against localities and monetary damages against public officials. More broadly, it might affect the balance between private property rights and government’s police power.

4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m.

Taking a Bite Out of Blight: Effective Legal Tools and Innovative Strategies in the Battle to Reuse Problem Properties

Problem properties, both vacant and occupied, undermine neighborhood vitality and are a source of constant frustration to lawyers working to stabilize and rebuild neighborhoods. In recent years, creative and diverse legal tools and strategies have emerged in many states and municipalities, enabling lawyers to overcome obstacles to successful anti-blight efforts, while managing legitimate legal concerns. This session will introduce several of these tools using best practice examples and help lawyers understand what it will take to replicate these strategies.Foley & Lardner LLP, 555 Californnia Street, Suite 1700


Jessica Bacher, Executive Director, Land Use Law Center and Professor, Pace Law School, White Plains, NY

Amber Knee, Urban Planner, Bicycle and Greenway Program, New York City Department of Transportation

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Networking Reception

(RSVP through Annual Meeting registration)

FRIDAY, August 9, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Council Meeting and Publication Presentations

San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Sierra Suite C

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9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Unintended Consequences: Examining the Disparate Impact of the Administration of Student Discipline on Students of Color and Students with Disabilities

San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 2

On January 8, 2014, the U.S. Department of Education issued guidance designed to assist elementary and secondary institutions in meeting their obligations under Federal law to “administer student discipline without discriminating on the basis of race, color, or national origin.” In essence, the guidance places educational institutions on notice that if they enforced intentionally discriminatory rules or of their policies lead to disproportionately higher rates of discipline for student in one racial group, even if the policies were written without discriminatory intent. On December 18, 2018, the Federal Commission on School Safety, led by U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos, recommended that the discipline guidance issued in 2014 be rescinded by the Department of Education. In a statement regarding the decision, DeVos stated that the decision to rescind “makes it clear that discipline is a matter on which classroom teachers and local school leaders deserve and need autonomy.” Given this turn in the Department of Education’s view on this matter, the question becomes “how do educational institutions work to ensure that their disciplinary processes are administered in such a way that they do not disproportionately impact students of color and students with disabilities? In this panel, the speakers will provide an overview of the rescinded disciplinary guidance issued by the Department of Education in 2014. Speakers will explain, from their unique perspectives as a member of the board of education for a large school district, civil rights attorney, and educational advocate the impact of the decision to roll back the guidance. The panel will also explore how the administration of disciplinary processes in education could serve as another example of implicit bias that works to contribute to the school to prison pipeline.

Proposed Panelists (we are happy to entertain other suggestions):

Erika D. Robinson (moderator)

Alex M. Johnson, Program Director The California Wellness Foundation and member of Los Angeles County Board of Education (personal friend of Erika Robinson, availability has not been confirmed)

Abre Conner, Staff Attorney ACLU of Northern California (ABA YLD Parliamentarian, availability has not been confirmed)

Mary Kay Klimesh, (invited)

Potential Collaborative Event Sponsor:

Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Legal Education Pipeline

Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice

Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice

Reference Materials:

U.S. Department of Education, Dear Colleague Letter on the Nondiscriminatory Administration of Student Discipline, https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague -201401-title-vi.pdf

Federal Commission on School Safety Report, https://www.ed.gov/school-safety/?src=feature

Camera, Lauren “White House Scrap Obama Era School Discipline Guidance, https://www.usnews.com/news/education-news/articles/ 2018-12-18/white-house-scrap-obama-era-school -discipline-guidance

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

SOC Membership Meeting

10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

The Just-Ended Supreme Court Term in Review

San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 2

Court in Transition?

A review of the major decisions of the U. S. Supreme Court’s 2018 term (Oct. 2018–June 2019), with analysis of how (and whether) the two new Justices are changing the Court’s direction.

12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m

Jefferson B. Fordham Awards Luncheon

E & O Kitchen and Bar

In 1998, the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law was inspired to establish the Jefferson B. Fordham Awards to honor the accomplishments of practitioners and institutions active in the varied areas of practice associated with State and Local Government Law.

The 2019 Jefferson Fordham Honorees:

Elisia C. Frazier

Frank Schnidman

Keynote Speaker:


(This is a ticketed event at $75. Please purchase tickets through ABA Annual Meeting registration site.)

12:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

SOC Chairs and Chairs-Elect Meeting

2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

19th Amendment Election Law CLE

San Francisco Marriott Marquis, Yerba Buena Salon 2

The Centennial of the 19th Amendment provides the legal profession the opportunity to celebrate 100 years of women’s constitutional right to vote, educate the public about the Nineteenth Amendment and the battle for women’s suffrage, and promote laws that ensure women’s full and equal exercise of their right to vote and to participate in our democracy. This panel discussion will use the Centennial as point of entry to explore the legacies of the Amendment and engage in provocative conversations about how to ensure full and equal exercise of the right to vote for all.

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

SOC Business Meeting

6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Chair-Elect’s Reception

Jasper’s Corner Tap and Kitchen

(RSVP through the Annual Meeting registration)

SATURDAY, August 10, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Membership Committee / Diversity Committee / OneABA

9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Land Use Committee

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


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11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

All Committees’ Meeting – Conference Planning

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Earth, Wine, and (Wild) Fires CLE with tour

Potential Speakers:

Linda Stanley, YLD Disaster Legal Services

Steven Miller from Idaho

2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Merriam WineryTasting and Tour

Pricing includes bus transportation (TBD)

4:00 p.m. return to SF

SUNDAY, August 11, 2019

8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Council Meeting & Nominating Committee Report

Dial in: Conf: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Awards Luncheon

(Contact Marsha Boone, marsha.boone@americanbar.org, to purchase Section table tickets: $87.50 each)

1:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Section Delegates’ Business Meeting

The ABA directly applies for and ordinarily receives CLE credit for ABA programs in AK, AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, DE, GA, GU, HI, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MN, MS, MO, MT, NH, NM, NV, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, OR, PA, PR, SC, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, VI, WA, WI, and WV. These states sometimes do not approve a program for credit before the program occurs. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.

Certificates of attendance will be available at the program for both attendees and speakers. If you have questions about the number of CLE credit hours granted by each state, you may call 800-285-2221 starting 2 weeks before the program.