Upcoming Webinars

Supreme Court Midterm Webinar 

The Supreme Court’s 2021 docket is set for the 2020-2021 term. Many new cases of interest to states and local governments have been added, ranging from a takings case to a case involving college athlete pay. Join us for a discussion of the most interesting cases for states and local governments to be decided this term, featuring Dan Geyser, Alexander Dubose & Jefferson’s Supreme Court chair, who will argue a case about appellate costs for the City of San Antonio; Matthew Littleton, Donahue, Goldberg, Weaver & Littleton, who wrote the SLLC’s amicus brief in the takings case; and Sarah Harris, a partner in Williams & Connolly’s Supreme Court and Appellate practice, who represents a school district in a case involving student off-campus speech and the First Amendment.    


Date:  March 18

Time:  1PM Eastern


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Past Webinars

Supreme Court Amicus Briefs

Supreme Court amicus brief can and do make a difference! The Justices regularly cite to them in opinions and ask about them at oral argument. Three former SCOTUS clerks will discuss how to write an effective Supreme Court amicus brief from a state and local government perspective: John Neiman, Maynard Cooper, who clerked for Justice Kennedy and was Alabama’s Solicitor General; Allon Kedem, Arnold & Porter, who clerked for Justices Kagan and Kennedy, and was an Assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General; and Usha Vance, Munger, Tolles & Olson, who recently clerked for Chief Justice Roberts.


Date: January 26, 2021

Time: 2-3:30 Eastern


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Supreme Court Preview Webinar for States and Local Governments

While the Supreme Court has agreed to hear lots of interesting cases relevant to states and local governments in its new term beginning on October 5, 2020, many are holdovers from last term! The Court has also accepted numerous new cases of interest including another challenge to the Affordable Care Act and a challenge to Philadelphia’s refusal to work with Catholic Social Service regarding placing foster children because it won’t place them with same-sex couples. Join Deepak Gupta of Gupta Wessler (who is counsel for Philadelphia, and who will also argue a pair of major personal-jurisdiction cases from Montana and Minnesota), Andrew Pinson, Georgia's Solicitor General (who will argue a case about whether plaintiffs can prevent a case from being dismissed as moot by seeking “nominal damages” after a government changes the challenged policy), and Kevin Daley of the Washington Free Beacon, in a discussion of the cases most interesting to states and local governments that the Court has agreed to hear so far. 

Date:  October 27

Time:  1PM Eastern

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Supreme Court Review Webinar for States and Local Governments

Even though the Supreme Court decided less cases than usual the 2019-20 term didn’t disappoint. Join Elbert Lin, Hunton Andrews Kurth, who argued the most significant water case in over a decade, Tyler Green, Consovoy McCarthy, and Adam Liptak, New York Times, in a discussion of the term’s most interesting and relevant cases to states and local governments. Topics of some of the other cases covered in the webinar include DACA, abortion, and “faithless electors.”  

Date:  July 29

Time:  1PM Eastern

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Supreme Court Midterm Webinar for States and Local Governments

From First Amendment to Faithless Electors, states and local governments have a lot to look forward to in June 2020 as the Supreme Court issues most of its opinion of the term. Join Elizabeth Prelogar, Cooley, who has written the State and Local Legal Center's amicus brief in an excessive force case, Grant Sullivan, Office of the Colorado Attorney General, who has worked on three Supreme Court cases this term, and Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson, Bloomberg Law, in a discussion of the most interesting cases which the Supreme Court has agreed to hear since October 2019 for states and local governments.  Additional topics include:  abortion, governor authority to appoint judges, municipalities impounding vehicles, and much more!   


Date:   March 26

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Legal Obligations to the Homeless After City of Boise v. Martin

City of Boise v. Martin, holding that if a homeless person has no option of sleeping indoors a local government cannot cite him or her for violating an ordinance disallowing sleeping outside in a public space, is now the law of the land in the Ninth Circuit. In this webinar speakers will discuss what this case means for local governments big and small, inside and outside of the Ninth Circuit. 



Anna Joyce, Markowitz Herbold, Portland, Oregon
Harry Wilson, Markowitz Herbold, Portland, Oregon
Valerie Flores, City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
Steve Berg, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington D.C. 


Date:  February 25

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WOTUS and Clean Water Act Update For State and Local Government Officials

Keeping track which Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule applies where and for how long is a fulltime job. Samuel Brown, a former EPA attorney and currently a partner at Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP, will provide an overview of how we got to the recent repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule, what WOTUS rule applies throughout the United States right now, what final rules replacing the repeal of the 2015 WOTUS rule might look like, and how the upcoming presidential election may affect the definition of WOTUS and all the litigation surrounding it.

Date:  December 11 

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ADA Compliant Websites

Local governments and many other entities across the country have been sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because their websites are not accessible to persons with disabilities. Minh Vu, Seyfarth Shaw, will discuss the laws that require accessible websites, why government entities have been targeted for lawsuits, and what state and local government officials can do to avoid being sued.    

Date:  December 9 

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Net Neutrality for State and Local Government Officials

The D.C. Circuit has recently ruled (mostly) in favor of the Federal Communication Commission’s order retreating from net neutrality. This webinar will provide a non-technical explanation of the court’s ruling. Speakers will also explain how this ruling will impact state and local governments and what authority states and localities have to enact net neutrality laws and policies in their own jurisdictions.


Negheen Sanjar, Director of Legal Research, International Municipal Lawyers Association

Chris Lewis, President and CEO, Public Knowledge

Date:  December 6

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May Statutory Annotations by Copyrighted?

In Georgia v. Public.Resource.Org Inc. the Supreme Court will decide the deceptively simple question of whether statutory annotations may be copyrighted. Numerous state legislatures, like Georgia, work with an outside publisher that updates statutory annotations each year. Webinar speakers will cover the implications of this case for state and local governments more generally, the policy and legal arguments each side is making before the Supreme Court, and how this case may impact the legal publishing industry.


Max Etchemendy, Vinson & Elkins

Josh Johnson, Vinson & Elkins

Othni Lathram, Alabama Legislative Service Agency

Andy Pincus, Mayer Brown

Evan Powell, Office of the Revisor of Statutes, Minnesota Legislature

Date:  November 13 

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Supreme Court Preview

It is rare for the Supreme Court’s docket to be so interesting before the term has even started! Join Michael Dreeben, former Deputy Solicitor General and currently visiting lecturer at Georgetown Law; Joe Palmore, Morrison Foerster, who will argue a case this term on the interplay between state tort law and the Superfund statute; and Todd Ruger, legal affairs staff writer at CQ Roll Call, in a discussion of the most interesting and important cases of the term for states and local governments on topics including:  guns, DACA, Bridgegate, copyrighting statutory annotations, school choice, and many other topics.

Date:  September 24

Time: 1PM Eastern

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Supreme Court Review

The census citizenship question case and the Maryland and North Carolina partisan gerrymandering cases are expected to be the blockbusters of the current Supreme Court term for states and local governments. Join Judith Vale, Senior Assistant Solicitor General at the Office of the New York State Attorney General, who co-wrote the State of New York’s brief in the census case and Paul Hughes, Mayer Brown, who argued an agency deference case and co-wrote the challengers' brief in one of the partisan gerrymandering cases, in a discussion of these cases and other cases of interest to states and local governments on topics including: religious displays on public property, takings, alcohol regulation, and employment.  


Date:  July 23


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Supreme Court Police Cases


The Supreme Court decided no shortage of police cases this term. Topics covered range from forfeitures to fabrication of evidence to First Amendment retaliatory arrest. Join Lauren Kuley, Squire Patton Boggs, who wrote the SLLC/IMLA amicus brief in a Fourth Amendment impaired driving case and Spencer Driscoll, Sidley Austin, who wrote the SLLC/IMLA amicus brief in a case involving the double jeopardy’s “separate sovereigns” exception in a discussion of the impact of all the police cases on states and local governments.


Date: July 10

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