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Since its inception at the 2011 Midyear Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, the Section’s “Hot Topics in Diversity Law” panel has been a highly anticipated event at Midyear Meetings. The “Hot Topics” panel focuses on current legal issues confronting diverse communities and on diversity in the legal profession. At the 2014 Midyear Meeting, six panelists discussed subjects ranging from immigration law to the school-to-prison pipeline
In New York, former Mayor Michael Bloomberg spearheaded an administrative “soda ban.” In Chicago, the City Council has moved to limit distribution or sale of alternative nicotine products to minors. Some of the legal issues arising from such actions are still to be decided, but as a panel at the opening of the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting on Thursday, February 6, showed, the spirited debate about the extent of the government power over personal choices might only be beginning.
Privacy and data security must be strategic considerations for every business, experts said at an American Bar Association Midyear Meeting panel on February 6. The panel, “Privacy in the Digital Age─Is There Even a Barn Door Left to Close?,” addressed consumer and industry points of view about privacy.
Hurricane Sandy marked the most significant natural disaster in living memory in the northeast with a direct hit to Long Island—home to 3 million people in Nassau and Suffolk Counties—and Touro Law Center. Immediately following the storm, Touro Law launched a significant community service and pro bono outreach effort—providing free legal assistance and referrals to anyone in need in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, which grew to become the only comprehensive disaster law program of its kind in the country.
Superstorm Sandy has revealed deep systemic breakdowns in the process for how flood insurance claims are supposed to be handled, and complex challenges remain for thousands of homeowners. The guarantee of federal flood insurance, in return for communities adopting and enforcing floodplain management measures, has fallen short.
A word of encouragement: though you may think this winter may never end, our upcoming Spring Meeting in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, at the Historic Grove Park Inn, April 24–27, is just around the corner.
The Section’s Young Lawyers Committee is putting together a series of bi-monthly teleconferences for our young lawyer members called “Masters’ Roundtables,” in which we feature our Section’s leaders, who speak on various topics of their choosing and offer practical advice and insights about how to be a successful state or local government law lawyer.
The Section of State and Local Government Law believes it is the home for lawyers committed to the idea that public law produces public benefit. The Section has been growing at a significant pace during the recent past.