The ABA Section of State and Local Government Law is the premier association for lawyers involved in urban, state, and local government law and policy. Our membership includes lawyers in private practice who represent countless government agencies across the country, in academia, the judiciary and government lawyers who turn to the ABA Section of State and Local Government Law to access the latest expert information on issues that relate to their practice and share ideas and best practices with colleagues. We like to refer to our Section as “small, but mighty,” boasting almost 12,000 combined lawyer and student members and a 1.8 person staff.
We offer programs focusing on topics such as municipal finance, diversity law, tax increment financing, land use, public education and bullying, election law, land use, ethics and procurement. In addition to producing a quarterly newsletter, monthly enews and a quarterly scholarly journal, The Urban Lawyer, the Section leaders produce between 4 and 8 publications each year.
The Section recently answered the call to draft an amicus brief for the Supreme Court on behalf of the . Later, that information was submitted to the House of Delegates as a report with recommendation which the adopted. Resolution 302 [s]upports the principle that “private” lawyers representing governmental entities are entitled to claim the same qualified immunity provided “government” lawyers from 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 claims when they are acting “under color of state law.” The day before we left for the 2012 spring meeting, the Supreme Court ruled in favor of our position in this matter, which paralleled the ethics CLE on this topic during the meeting.
While our Section content is impressive, even more impressive is the Section’s steadily growing membership and commitment to diversity, specifically, inclusion efforts in substantive programs and publications, and in leadership succession planning. Many entities have written policies, but the Section’s commitment in practice is admirable.