Local and State Government Law Section

  • Municipal Law for Law Students
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    Local and State Government Law Section Fall Meeting October 27-28, 2017 | Embassy Suites by Hilton, Saratoga Springs, NY
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    Local and State Government Law Section Program at the Annual Meeting January 25, 2018
  • Section Events
    • October 27-28, 2017: Fall Meeting


      October 27-28, 2017
      Embassy Suites by Hilton | Saratoga Springs, NY

      Mark your calendars and join your fellow colleagues of New York State Bar Association’s Local and State Government Law Section for networking and educational panels October 27-28, 2017 in historic Saratoga Springs, NY. Explore all the city has to offer like great dining and entertainment.

      A terrific MCLE program is being planned with topics that will include: 
      • Use of search warrants and other possible investigative tools
      • Immigration issues and sanctuary cities/churches
      • Affordable housing/fair housing/community land trusts for local governments
      • Legislative Update
      • Developments at the new PERB board and recent cases
      • New York Paid Family Leave Law
      • Ethics 

      New This Year! 1.5 hours of transitional credits for Newly Admitted Attorneys! 

      • Intros to Board Meetings and Executive Sessions
      • Zoning Board of Appeals and Planning Boards, Practice and Pitfalls
      • Intro to the Taylor Law 

      Registration will be open soon so check back often! For more info: Beth Gould

    • January 25, 2018: Local and State Government Law Section Annual Meeting Program

      Mark Your Calendar!

      Local and State Government Law Section Annual Meeting MCLE Program 

      Thursday, January 25, 2018

      New York Hilton Midtown, NYC

      More details coming soon!

  • 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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