By Frank Johnson
Deputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg
The State and Local Government Section Council, in its first remote meeting in July, decided to move the annual Law Institute from fall (usually late October) to the spring. While the Institute had originally been moved to the fall to allow better budget planning for the months thereafter, holding it in the spring should have no budget impact, at least for this year, as there have been limited costs to the Section during the pandemic. That’s because there have been no in-person events, and thus no catering or location-related costs.
Additionally, all MSBA events until the end of the year will need to be virtual. By scheduling in the spring, there is some hope that the event can be in-person, likely at the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission headquarters in Laurel, as in past years.
Whether the Institute is virtual or in-person, a main focus will be on the major changes
to police regulation, training, use of force, and investigations, and other topics are likely to include an overall legislative update as well as a focus on key state and federal court decisions. Watch this space for announcements and updates!