April 13, 2018

Detroit resurgence, sanctuary cities, Flint water are hot topics at ABA State and Local Government Law meeting

WASHINGTON, April 13, 2018 — Legal experts from across the country will discuss challenging issues such as state opioid litigation, disaster and response planning, renewable energy and the renaissance of Detroit during the American Bar Association Renaissance in Detroit: 2018 State and Local Government Law Spring Conference, April 19-22 in Detroit.

The keynote speaker will be Dennis Archer, former mayor of Detroit and former ABA president, on Friday, April 20 from 12:30-2 p.m. Archer, chairman and CEO of Dennis W. Archer PLLC and chairman emeritus of Dickinson Wright PLLC, will offer insight into the resurgence of the city of Detroit and what cities could do to emulate its success.

What:  
Renaissance in Detroit: 2018 State and Local Government Law Spring Conference
Sponsored by the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law

When: 
Thursday-Sunday, April 19-22

Where
The Westin Book Cadillac Hotel
1114 Washington Blvd.
Detroit, Mich., 48226                                                                         

Program highlights include:

“Flint Water – Ethics in Local Government” — The intersection of the role that local and state entities played in addressing the Flint Water Crisis will be at the center of this discussion. Panelists will examine legal and ethical issues that stemmed from the crisis.

Thursday, 4:15–5:45 p.m., Founders A/B, 3rd floor

“Sanctuary” Cities, and Conflicting Federal and State Immigration Policies: What’s a Contractor to Do?” — While many states disagree with the Trump administration’s policy on immigration, sanctuary cities have been established to protect immigrants, but it has created legal issues for contractors who work across multiple jurisdictions. This panel will help decode state efforts to preserve sanctuary cities while operating under federal policy. Panelists will discuss steps contractors should take during the procurement process to ensure they are compliant with both federal and state laws.

Friday, 8:15–9:15 a.m., Founders A/B, 3rd floor

“Resiliency, Disaster Planning and Response” — This panel is designed to help state and local governments avoid the common pitfalls associated with disaster preparedness. Topics will include post-disaster work contracting, Stafford Act and FEMA regulation compliance.

Thursday, 4:45-6:15 p.m., Founders A, 3rd floor

The complete agenda can be found online.

There is no charge for media covering this event but registration is required. To register, please contact Betsy Adeboyejo at 202-662-1039 or Betsy.Adeboyejo@americanbar.org.

The program is being held in collaboration with the ABA Section of Public Contract Law.

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