2013 Fall Council Meeting in Santa Fe

Vol. 36 No. 4

2013 Fall Council Meeting

October 24-27, 2013 Santa Fe, New Mexico

Inn and Spa at Loretto

Hotel Registration deadline: September 23, 2013*

Thursday, October 24, 2013

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.—Tesuque

Ethical “Red-Flags” for Public Lawyers:

Responsibilities, Conflicts and More

Join your colleagues for an entertaining, interactive program that focuses on the unique ethical issues confronted by public lawyers. Expert panelists will engage the audience by dramatizing illustrative hypothetical scenarios followed by a discussion session. Program topics include special conflicts of interest for former and current government officers and employees, duties to former clients, responsibilities of supervisory lawyer, organization as a client, and more.

5:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.—Presidential Suite

Networking Reception with Guest Speaker

7:30p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Group Dinner-Taberna La Boca, 125 Lincoln Ave

A Spanish-style tavern, Taberna La Boca has been acclaimed by the New York Times, the Food Network, Travel + Leisure, and Esquire as Santa Fe’s premier Spanish culinary experience. Chef/Owner James Campbell Caruso is a five-time James Beard Award Nominee and was one of only four chefs nominated to compete in the Sherry Council of America’s “Copa Jerez International Food and Sherry Pairing Competition.”

This is a ticketed event.

Friday, October 25, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.—Zuni

Water Is for Fighting: Land Use and Water in the Time

of the Drought of the Century

There’s an old saying in the West: “Whiskey is for drinking, and water is for fighting.” In the midst of the heaviest drought in memory, who owns what water is left has become a major issue. The panelists will discuss the current system of water allocation, emphasizing continuing Texas/New Mexico litigation over allocation of Rio Grande water between those two states; the Native American perspective on regional water issues; and current water policies and innovative use of both Rio Grande water and underground water in its aquifer to meet the water needs of a large city.

9:45 a.m. to 10:45 a.m.—Zuni

Hot Topics in Smart Growth and Green Building (CLE)

Along with the improving markets for housing and commercial development, smart growth initiatives and green building regulations will now have the opportunity to be more fully implemented. Hear local and national experts discuss the status of the initiatives and regulations and how they will shape future development in the improved economic environment

11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.—Zuni

Financial Challenges to Local Government CLE

Local governments are squeezed between a constricted ability or willingness of constituents and states to provide funds and a heightened demand for public services. Explore creative and resourceful approaches to addressing stresses on financing local government functions.

12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m.—Tesuque

Lunch—with Keynote Speaker New Mexico Governor Martinez

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.—Zuni

Interplay of Tribal Law and Municipal Law

There are still differences of opinion in Western States concerning Native American and “Anglo” issues, particularly involving who owns the water, who can regulate land and prosecute wrongdoers on Native land, and most recently, where do children of a Native parent belong. Our panel will present both sides of these issues.

3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.—Zuni

Updates to Disaster Law from

the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act

This panel will provide updates to the Stafford Act which was amended from the Sandy Recovery Improvement Act (SRIA) to the Public Assistance and Hazard Mitigation federal assistance programs and the disaster declaration process for tribal government. The Public Assistance program is available to state, tribal, and local governments, and private nonprofits that responded to and were impacted by a disaster or an emergency. In addition, SRIA amended the Hazard Mitigation program to allow for an expedited process. Participants will learn about federal disaster assistance available to state, local, and tribal governments and the application process under the Stafford Act.

Saturday, October 26, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Substantive and Administrative Committee Meetings

Afternoon Walking Tour Downtown

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