Here, on the eve of my term as Chair of the State and Local Government Law Section, I am excited about the opprortunities and challenges ahead. Let’s kick off the year together at our Fall CLE and Networking Conference in St. Paul, MN, on October 10–13. The Women in Criminal Justice Task Force will host listening sessions during the first day, and, as always, the Conference will include a wide-range of informative CLE offerings, some particularly appropriate for our location, such the impacts and contributions of refugee communities (using the Minnesota experience with refugee populations dating back to the 1970s as a focal point), and others appropriate for the timing, such as a panel on campaign finance ethics and enforcement (as we approach the 2020 election season). Given the range of natural disasters around the country the past year—everything from fires and droughts to hurricanes, tornadoes, and torrential rain—the panel on post-disaster recovery will provide information valuable to all of us, both in our professional and personal lives. Rounding out our panels for the Fall Conference will be programs on up-zoning and inclusionary zoning, and strategies for funding major infrastructure projects.
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