State and Local Legal Center Newsletter
August 2013
In This Issue
Preview Webinar
Briefs Recently Filed
Briefs in the Works
Preview Articles
SLLC in the News
Meet Sasha and Simone!

Supreme Court PREVIEW Webinar   


The U.S. Supreme Court is hearing numerous cases of interest to state and local government during its October Term 2013 involving issues such as prayer at a town board meeting, banning affirmative action at public universities, and buffer-zones surrounding reproductive health clinics.  


Join Tom Hungar, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, who will argue the prayer case, Kannon Shanmugam, leader of Williams & Connolly's Supreme Court and appellate litigation practice, and David Savage, Los Angeles Times Supreme Court correspondent, in a discussion of the significant Supreme Court cases affecting state and local government hosted by the State and Local Legal Center. Register here.   


October 22, 2013

1:00-2:30 PM Eastern time 




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About the SLLC

Since 1983 the SLLC has filed over 300 amicus briefs in the Supreme Court on behalf of the "Big Seven" national organizations (listed above)representing the interests of state and local government.

The State and Local Legal Center (SLLC) filed eight Supreme Court amicus curiae briefs during the October Term 2012. Register for the SLLC's FREE Supreme Court Preview webinar to be held October 22. 

Supreme Court Amicus Briefs Recently Filed

Koontz v. St. Johns River Water Management District

There must be a "nexus" and "rough proportionality" between the government's conditions for issuing a land-use permit and the effects of the proposed development even when the government denies the permit and even when the demand is for money.

American Trucking Association v. City of Los Angeles, California
The Federal Aviation Administration Authorization Act preempts a requirement that drayage trucks using the Port of Los Angeles bear placards and submit off-street parking plans.

Maryland v. King
When police make an arrest supported by probable cause for a serious offense, taking and analyzing a cheek swab of the arrestee's DNA is reasonable under the Fourth Amendment. 

City of Arlington, Texas v. FCC
Courts must apply Chevron deference to an agency's interpretation of a statutory ambiguity concerning the scope of an agency's jurisdiction.  

McBurney v. Young
Virginia's Freedom of Information Act, which grants only Virginians access to public records, violates neither the Constitution's Privileges and Immunities Clause nor the dormant Commerce Clause.

Wos v. EMA
Medicaid preempts a North Carolina statute designating one-third of a tort recovery as medical expenses.

Decker v. Northwest Environmental Defense Center
Clean Water Act regulations do not require obtaining National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permits for discharging stormwater runoff from logging roads into navigable waters. 

Los Angeles County Flood Control District v. Natural Resources Defense Council
The flow of water from an improved portion of a navigable waterway into an unimproved portion of the same waterway does not qualify as a discharge of pollutants under the Clean Water Act. 

Supreme Court Amicus Briefs in the Works
Whether federal courts should abstain from deciding a case when there is a related state proceeding that is "remedial" not "coercive."
Whether a state law providing a thirty-five foot buffer zone where speakers cannot enter around reproductive health care facilities violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments.
Supreme Court Preview Articles
To prepare for the SLLC Supreme Court Preview webinar read the SLLC articles highlighting the cases the Court has accepted so far to decide next term affecting state and local government. By the date of the webinar, it is likely the Court will have accepted a few more relevant cases.
SLLC in the News

SLLC Executive Director Lisa Soronen is quoted discussing the implications of Perry v. Hollingsworth in the following article in Governing, What the Supreme Court's Prop. 8 Ruling Means for Voter-Approved Laws.

SLLC Executive Director has Returned from Maternity Leave

SLLC Executive Director
Lisa Soronen
 has returned from maternity leave after having twin girls, Sasha and Simone, on January 27.