March 20, 2019

Chair’s Message

By Ronald J. Kramer

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a good holiday season. Make any resolutions regarding work? Looking to network? Credential yourself? Get that dreaded CLE? Have some fun? You have come to the right place!

Did you commit to becoming more active in a bar association? We are always looking for people to become active committee members. Join one or more of our many committees, or reach out to the committee chairs and offer your services. Not ready to volunteer? Then at least make sure that you have joined those committees that you are interested in and given the ABA permission to let you know when those committees are having calls and programs, and when we are holding CLE webinars, so you can take full advantage of your membership. Information on our committees, how to contact the chairs, and how to sign up can be found at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/state_local_government/committees/. Information about changing your permissions can be found at https://www.americanbar.org/groups/state_local_government/committees/details/. Does the Internet hate you like it hates me? Feel free to drop us a line at statelocal@americanbar.org, and we can help you get set up.

Did you resolve to get published? Consider submitting an article to the State & Local Law News (SLLN) or a law review article to The Urban Lawyer. Want to speak instead to credential yourself? Consider suggesting a program idea for a CLE webinar, a committee call, or conference. Interested? Please visit https://www.americanbar.org/groups/state_local_government/resource/announcements/ for submission forms, reach out to our SLLN editor or The Urban Lawyer editor, or send an e-mail to statelocal@americanbar.org.

Interested in attending a program? Our program schedules for our Spring Conference and Land Use Institute in Baltimore, April 11–14, are set forth in this newsletter and also are available online on our ABA Section web page. And our programming at the Annual Meeting in San Francisco, August 8–11—more details to come—will include an Earth, Wine, and Wildfire CLE field trip that will end up at a winery for a tour and wine tasting. Whether you are closer to the West Coast or East Coast, we have live programs for you.

Do you want to go to a live conference but need an excuse for your employer to let you go (and/or pay for you to go)? In Baltimore, on Saturday, April 13, we will be holding a hot topics luncheon. All Section members in attendance are invited to present a paper on a hot topic or new development in their area, and speak for a few minutes (as in five to seven minutes tops depending upon the number of takers) about their paper. Papers will be considered for publication in the State & Local Law News, The Urban Lawyer, and/or online.

Questions?

Drop us a line at statelocal@americanbar.org, reach out to a committee chair listed on our web page, or reach out to any of our officers or me (rkramer@seyfarth.com, 312/460-5560).

See you in Baltimore!

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Ronald J. Kramer

Ronald J. Kramer is a partner with Seyfarth Shaw LLP and the Chair of the Section.