Local and State Government Law Section

  • Municipal Law for Law Students
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  • Local & State Gov Spring Forum 2017
    Government Law Forum May 5, 2017 | New York State Bar Association, 1 Elk Street, Albany
  • Section Events
    • May 5, 2017: Government Law Spring Forum


      Friday, May 5, 2017

      2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. 
      Cinco de Mayo Reception to Follow 

      New York State Bar Association | 1 Elk Street |  Albany NY 12207

      3.0 MCLE Credits (2.0 credits in Professional Practice and 1.0 in Ethics)

      Cost: Free to NYSBA Members | $25 for Non-Members 


      Topics Include: 

      Everything you wanted to know about FOIL….but were afraid to ask! 
      Speaker: Robert FreemanEsq., Executive Director of the New York State Committee on Open Government

      Who is the Client of a Government Attorney?
      Speaker: Richard Rifkin, Esq.,
       Special Counsel, New York State Bar Association 

      Judicial Review of Agency Decisions 
      Speaker: Hon. Bernard J. Malone Jr., Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP  
      Prof. Andrew Ayers, Director of the GLC and Visiting Assistant Professor, Albany Law School

      For questions contact Beth Gould 

      To register over the phone please contact the Member Resource Center at 1-800-582-2452 

  • Ethics for Municipal Lawyers

    The Local and State Government Law Section of the New York State Bar Association is proud to offer its members and members of the general public this complete resource center on Municipal Ethics. Below please find links to PDF versions of articles, statutes, and NYS Attorney General's Opinion letters.

    Attorney General Opinions 

    Ethics For Municipal Lawyers

    Ethics Litigation Papers

    Ethics Presentations

    Municipal Lawyer Ethics Columns

    Sample Ethics Laws

    Sample Financial Disclosure Forms

  • Legal Resources for Municipal Lawyers

    Welcome to the Local and State Government Law Section's Legal Resource Center!

    To assist you with resources the Section has prepared accessible lists of resources available in New York State. Click below on the links to help guide you to our resources:

    Ethics for Municipal Lawyers 

    General Municipal Law Legal Links (for a variety of legal resources)

    Municipal Laws 

    Sample Local Laws and Ordinances  

    New York Municipal Guide

  • Section Publications


    The Municipal Lawyer features peer-written, substantive articles relating to the practice of municipal law on various topics including land use, zoning, ethics, and environmental issues. The Municipal Lawyer is published quarterly by the Local and State Government Law Section and distributed to Section members free of charge.

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    Each Government, Law and Policy Journal features peer-written substantive articles with a theme on a current issue of interest to government attorneys. Past themes have included Aging and Longevity, Renewable Energy, Civil Rights and Disabilities, Firearms, Public Safety and the Law; The Oversight Function: Guarding the Public Interest; New York State's Budget; Beverage Alcohol Law: Regulation and Policy; Public Authority Reform; Freedom of Information Law; and Climate Change. 

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