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State & Local Government Section Virtual Spring Institute



9:30-9:35AM Welcome
Amanda Stakem Conn, General Counsel, WSSC Water, Section Chair

9:35 – 10:30AM Counseling the Executive
James R. Benjamin, Jr., Baltimore County Attorney
Christopher J. Mincher, former Chief Legal Counsel to Governor Larry Hogan
N. Lynn Board, City Attorney for Gaithersburg, MD

Moderator: Kimberly Hale Carney, Assistant Attorney General, Maryland Department of Labor

(5-minute break)

10:35 – 11:30AM Update on Maryland Legislation
Jerome Spencer, General Counsel, Charles County Sheriff’s Office
Roscoe Leslie, County Attorney, Worcester County, Maryland

11:30-12:00PM Lunch Break (30 minute break)

12:00 – 1:00pm Legalization of Cannabis for Recreational Use
Delegate C.T. Wilson, Maryland House of Delegates
Heather Benson Nelson, Assistant Attorney General, Senior Counsel to the Maryland Cannabis Administration
Jason Steinhardt, Assistant State’s Attorney for Anne Arundel County

Moderator: Thomas Mitchell, Assistant County Attorney, Anne Arundel County

(5-minute break)

1:05 – 2:00pm Appellate Round-Up (Appellate cases of interest in U.S. Supreme Court and Supreme Court and Appellate Courts of Maryland)
The Hon. Daniel A. Friedman, Judge, Appellate Court of Maryland
Dan Schweitzer, Director and Chief Counsel of the National Association of Attorneys General’s Center for Supreme Court Advocacy

Moderator: Patrick Hughes, Chief Counsel for Opinions and Advice, Maryland Attorney General’s Office

2:00PM Conclusion
All panels will include a brief question and answer period, time permitting


$0 Section Members  (price will be reflected in your cart)
$10  Non-Section Members
$20 Non-MSBA Members


*During this program, the section will hold their annual elections for the 2023-2024 slate of the Section Council. If you’re interested in joining the business meeting only, please join this zoom meeting at 9AM (https://msba-org.zoom.us/j/86838724369).

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Jun 2, 2023
9:30 am - 2:00 pm EST


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State & Local Government Section Virtual Spring Institute