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Robert Levan, informal “dean” of municipal attorneys, passes away

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg Robert Levan — father of Section Council member Elissa Levan — passed away yesterday, April 28, 2022. I know all of us in the Section join in offering condolences to Elissa. Bob Levan was known as the informal “dean” of municipal attorneys, and served as a mentor (with incredibleContinue reading “Robert Levan, informal “dean” of municipal attorneys, passes away”

Courts have discretion to consider moot issues on appeal

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg The Court of Appeals, in In re S.F., ____ Md. ____, 2022 WL 324890 (February 3, 2022), recently confirmed that, even when an issue is moot, courts still have discretion to consider it. The decision involved a “no suspension from school” probation condition imposed on a minor, whoContinue reading “Courts have discretion to consider moot issues on appeal”

“Lunch and Learn” Discusses Religious Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg At the Section’s latest “lunch and learn” session on February 25, Michael Foreman, Law Professor and Director of the Civil Rights Appellate Clinic at Pennsylvania State University School of Law, spoke about religious exemptions from vaccine mandates. He pointed out that, while vaccinations can be required, an employerContinue reading ““Lunch and Learn” Discusses Religious Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates”

Message from the Chair

By Amanda ConnGeneral counsel, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission The Section Council committees have continued working on upcoming programs for our members, reviewing bills during the Maryland General Assembly session identified by the MSBA as having particular impact on local and state government, and, importantly, exploring ways to have more of our members involved in theContinue reading “Message from the Chair”

Md. High Court: Local Governments Limited to Authority Granted By State

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg The Maryland Constitution specifies that all local governments – including municipalities, charter counties, code counties, and commissioner counties – are subject to any limitations imposed by the State. Article 11-A, Section 3, specifies that state law prevails in any conflict with local law, and Section 6 furtherContinue reading “Md. High Court: Local Governments Limited to Authority Granted By State”

Religious Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates Topic of “Lunch and Learn”

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg Put a hold on your calendar: The Section will sponsor a program on February 25 at 12 p.m. concerning religious exemptions from mandatory vaccine requirements. This is a topic that, with the pandemic, many of us are now having to address, so we are pleased to present MichaelContinue reading “Religious Exemptions from Vaccine Mandates Topic of “Lunch and Learn””

State and Local Government Law Institute planned for May 2022

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg The annual Law Institute will be this spring, in late May.  Whether it is in-person or, as last year, virtual, the State and Local Government Section is planning to focus on the major recent changes to police regulation, training, use-of-force, and investigations. There will also be a reviewContinue reading “State and Local Government Law Institute planned for May 2022”

Message from the Chair

By Amanda ConnGeneral counsel, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission Happy new year to all of the members of the State and Local Government Law Section. I hope each of you had a safe and relaxing holiday season. The Section Council hopes to continue to provide you with useful and timely programs that will help you inContinue reading “Message from the Chair”

State and Local Government Section Council Members Set for 2021 – 2022

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg Council members serve the Section primarily through their work on committees, including the Programs, Communications, Legislative, and Membership/Nominations Committees. Their work includes creating the annual State and Local Government Law Institute and other networking programs during the year, helping to establish this blog, and continuing to provideContinue reading “State and Local Government Section Council Members Set for 2021 – 2022”

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