December 23, 2019 Columns

Chair’s Message

Martha H. Chumbler

One of the initial tasks assigned to an incoming chair of the Section on State and Local Government Law is to define her or his goals for the chair year. I have to admit that, when I turned my attention to this assignment, my first step was to review the goals of our two past chairs, Rob Thomas and Ron Kramer. After all, why re-invent the wheel if the wagon is rolling smoothly. Consequently, the goals I identified are not a major deviation from the path Rob and Ron—and likely the chairs that preceded them—set us on, but simply reflect some minor tweaking and additions. While my goals can be found on the Section’s website, at, I’m taking the opportunity offered by this column to expand on some of those goals in a bit more detail.

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