March 20, 2019 Section News

2019 Spring CLE Conference

April 11–14, 2019, Royal Sonesta Hotel • Baltimore, MD

Thursday, April 11, 2019

9:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. @ UBalt, 109

Commission on Domestic and Sexual Violence Meeting

Dial-in: 866.646.6488; enter code: 866.702.8928#

11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. @ Hotel, Brightons, Level 2

SLG Executive Committee Meeting

Dial-in: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

12:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m. @ Hotel, Prefunction Area, Level 2


12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. @ Hotel, Ravenhurst, Level 2

AGDJ Committee Meeting

Dial-in: 866.646.6488; enter code: 606.576.8852#

12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m. @ Hotel, Caucus, Level 2

Young Lawyers Committee Meeting

Dial-in: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

1:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m. @ Hotel, Whitehall, Level 2

Fighting the Epidemic: How States and Cities Are Confronting the Opioid Drug Crisis (CLE)

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.

1:45 p.m.–3:15 p.m. @ UBalt, 407

Survivor Reentry Project: Human Trafficking & Criminal Records Relief (CLE)

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.

3:30 p.m.–5:30 p.m. @ UBalt, 202

Joint Ethics CLE with LUI

Considerations for the Land Use Practitioners and Government Lawyers (CLE)

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

3:30 p.m.–5:00 p.m. @ UBalt, 407

Uneven Bars: Reporting Sexual Assault in College Sports (CLE)

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, and law enforcement to student-survivors, student-athletes, and the university community. The role of media in covering these cases will also be discussed.

5:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m. @ UBalt, 407

Your Money’s No Good Here: Source of Income Discrimination in Maryland Housing (CLE)

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 statewide 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 antidiscrimination laws in Maryland.

6:30 p.m.–8:00 p.m. @ UBalt

Joint Welcome Reception with LUI

Friday, April 12, 2019

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. @ Hotel, Prefunction Area, Level 2

Section Registration and Hospitality

7:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. @ Hotel, Brightons, Level 2


8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. @ Hotel, Westminster, Level 2

CRSJ Council Meeting

Dial-in: 712.451.0739; enter code: 819881#

8:15 a.m.–9:45 a.m. @ Hotel, Whitehall, Level 2

DBE/MBE Preferences: Timeless, Timely, or Out of Time? (CLE)

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 DBEs/MBEs 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, and where they may be going, and offer ideas for representing governmental clients and contractors.

8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m. @ Hotel, Guilford, Level 1

Restorative Justice & Sexual Assault Prevention (non-CLE)

CDSV Chief Counsel Vivian Huelgo will discuss the Erin Levitas Initiative for Sexual Assault Prevention at Maryland Carey Law with its founding director Quince Hopkins. This exciting new initiative is implementing restorative justice education and intervention practices to address sexual violence in the Baltimore City middle schools.

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. @ Hotel, Guilford, Level 1

Decriminalizing Domestic Violence (non-CLE)

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.

10:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. @ Hotel, Whitehall, Level 2

Equity in the Budget Planning Process (CLE)

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.

11:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. @ Hotel, Brightons, Level 2

Joint Lunch with Keynote Speaker

1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. @ Hotel, Whitehall, Level 2

Black and Blue: The Persistent Problem of Police and People of Color (CLE)

Many high-profile incidents between law enforcement and persons of color in the past few years—Freddie Gray, Michael Brown Jr., and 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.

2:45 p.m.–4:15 p.m. @ Hotel, Whitehall, Level 2

The Injustice of the Justice System: Disproportionate and Mass Incarceration of African Americans (CLE)

The United States 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. Of those, 34% are African Americans, though the African American population in the United States is 13%. Black Americans are incarcerated at five times the rate of whites (and receive sentences 19% longer). One in five black children have a parent behind bars, compared with one 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.

4:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m. @ Hotel, Whitehall, Level 2

Building Regional Approaches to Housing and Revitalization in Baltimore (CLE)

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 multidimensional 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?

6:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. @ Museum, 830 E. Pratt St.

Reception at Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture

8:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m.

Joint Dinner with Keynote Speaker

(This is a ticketed event at $75 per person, which includes museum admission.)

Saturday, April 13, 2019

7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. @ Hotel, Prefunction Area, Level 2

Section Registration and Hospitality

7:00 a.m.–8:30 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet

8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m. @ Hotel, Ravenhurst, Level 2

Publications Oversight Board

Dial-in: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

8:30 a.m.–9:00 a.m. @ Hotel, Seton, Level 2

Electronic Communications Committee

9:00 a.m.–10:00 a.m. @ Hotel, Brightons, Level 2


9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. @ Hotel, Whitehall, S. Boardroom, Level 2

CRSJ Council Meeting

Dial-in: 712.451.0739; enter code: 819881#

10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. @ Hotel, Whitehall, N. Boardroom, Level 2

Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity Council Meeting

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. @ Hotel, Ravenhurst, Level 2

Land Use Committee Meeting

Dial-in: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. @ Hotel, Brightons, Level 2

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

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. @ Hotel, Brightons, Level 2

Hot Topics Seminar (non-CLE)

11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. @ Hotel, Ravenhurst, Level 2

CRSJ Committee Meetings

1:00 p.m.–1:45 p.m. @ Hotel, Caucus, Level 2

Content Advisory Board

2:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.

Civil Rights Tour

(This is a ticketed event at $45 per person.)

Sunday, April 14, 2019

7:45 a.m.–10:00 a.m. @ Hotel, Whitehall, Level 2

SLG Council Breakfast Meeting

Dial-in: 866.646.6488; enter code: 476.263.2730#

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