Message from the Chair

By Amanda ConnGeneral counsel, Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission The Section Council is excited to announce our virtual State and Local Government Institute tomorrow (Friday, June 17th). We considered an in-person event, but faced challenges in finding a space that is large enough for members to spread out while trying to provide a hybrid option forContinue reading “Message from the Chair”

“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”

Virtual Law Institute to Address Police Reform, PIA

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg The Section will be holding the annual Law Institute in late May. The Section Council has decided this event will be virtual, and topics are expected to include a summary of the General Assembly police reform efforts from last year, as well as Public Information Act changes, asContinue reading “Virtual Law Institute to Address Police Reform, PIA”

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”

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”

Law Institute moves to May 2022

By Frank JohnsonDeputy 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 monthsContinue reading “Law Institute moves to May 2022”

Takings Clause reach expands to limit land use and zoning regulation

By Frank JohnsonDeputy City Attorney, City of Gaithersburg The ability to control land use and zoning is a critical authority of state and local government, in Maryland and otherwise. The MSBA State and Local Government Law section, prior to its May 26 annual business meeting, hosted a presentation about the impact of the Fifth Amendment’sContinue reading “Takings Clause reach expands to limit land use and zoning regulation”

The Section’s Fall Institute 2020 had something for everyone

By Robert McFarlandAssistant attorney general, Maryland Department of Natural Resources Needless to say, what goes on in government agencies affects the private realm in one way or another. Many in our MSBA membership who practice in the private sector often interface with government agencies on behalf of their clients. We who advise government agencies workContinue reading “The Section’s Fall Institute 2020 had something for everyone”