38 St. & Loc. L. News 1 (2014-2015)

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Section of State and Local Government Law


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state, and localgovernment law andpolicy.


             Editor's Message
Service is a molar component of our lives: to our communities, the See-
ton, the ABA, and related national and international organizations. Much
of t1his issue of SLLN is devoted to service, and particularly the recipients
of the Secfion's Jefferson B. Fordham Awards, who were honored at a
luncheon at the ABA meetings in Boston.
   Once again, we thank Sophia Stadnyk, our U.S. Supreme Court c-
urnnist, far a varely of free speech cases, in Speech Supreme.
   Member news includes a tibute to Charles Grubb, recently retired Par-
ish Allamney, Caddo Porish Louisiana and a devoted member of our Secan,
by Donna Y. Frazier, his successor and our Chair-Elect
   On Ihe cover, we welcome the new Section Law Students Committee,
co-chaired by Michael Dumas (Law Students) and Miriam VanHeukeiem
(Young Lawyers). Potentially their commiltee will have the largest num-
ber of members in our Section (6,600) and we look forward to their
presence and partiipation.
   Heartfeit thanks ro Andy Gowder, outgoing Section Chair, for a great
year, and Jim Hanks, our new Section Chair, for invigorating goals and
exciting programming in Denver and throughout Section activities. See
ihe Chair's Message' for details. And we thank all of the Leadership,
including those who are new and those whose terms have expired. And
once again, because it is not possible to say this enough, we Ihank our
Director, IOmara Edmonds Askew.
   We look forward to seeing you in Denver. Following Jim's lead, in the
spirit of nor-taking-oneself-too-seriously, i am preparing for Natonal Talk
Like a Pirate Day on September 19. Pieces of Eight!



 Cha ir 1  Me ssage, page 3

  -Focus on Professionalism: Charles Grubb, page 2
 Mayor Menino and the Law as an Instrument of
  Change, page 4
 17th Annual Jefferson Fordhar Award Winners, page 5
  -Being an Advocate, by Thormas M. Menino, page 6
  -Refictions, by Larry C . Ethridge, page 7
  -Recollections, by Edw ard J. Sulivan, page 9
  -Distressed Properties and a City's Response,
     byjessica A. Batcher, page 10
* Supreme Court Wlitch Speech Supreme, page 12


          Law Students Committee

                      Sets Goals
During our Spring Meeting in Asheville, North Carolina,
the Section's leadership voted to create a new Law Students
Committee. The committee's focus will be on recruiting law
students into the Section, serving tie needs and interests of
the Section's law students, and exposing students to the many
practice areas and career paths in the- area of state and local
government. The committee will be co--chaired by a law stu-
dent atid a practicing attorney,
   the law student co--chair is Michael Dumas. A rising
2L at the University of Maine School of Law in Portland,
Maine, Michael also is our Section's liaison to the ABA Law
otudents Division. Before enroilirg in law school, Michael
worked in a number of fields, including finance, IT, and
health care. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in
criminal prosecution. Michael also will serve as editor of the
Section's Law Student eNews, a publication ained solely
at law students, which will launch in the coming weeks.
   'The attorney co-chair is Miriam Van Heukelem of Ahlers
& Cooney P.C. in Des Moines, Iowa. A graduate of Drake
University Law School, Miriam is an associate in the firm's
K-12 Education practice group, which provides public
schools in Iowa with coinprehensive legal representation.
Miriam has worked on clairos involving numerous kinds of
discrimination ard harassment under state and federal law,
   The committee has adopted a mission statement that
it will use as a guide in setting the committee's goals and
driving its activities. The mission statement is as follows:

   'The mission of the Law Students Commrttee is to connect
   law students with the uniqie practice areas and career paths
   of the members of rhe State &Local Government Section.
   We wril strive to educate and recruit new law student me-
   bers by speaking to law students about topics that are relevant
   to them,. Ve will provide a forum for user-driven content
   through our State & Loca- Government for Students eNews,
   programming, panels, and forums at ABA meetings, and
   other electronic content that is delivered in cutting-edge wirys.
   ,e seek to assist law students in pursing therr professiona
   goals by engalging them in a two-way dialogue and treating
   their voices with respect and consideration,

   'Ihe co-chairs can be reached via email at Michael.
Dumasl@maine.edu and MVanI ieukelem@ahlerslaw.com.


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