Former FEMA General Counsel to Address Community Disaster Preparedness & Response

Former FEMA General Counsel to Address Community Disaster Preparedness & Response

10/27/2006 | Facebook|Twitter|Email

Date: 10/27/2006

One of the nation's leading authorities on the legal aspects of homeland security and emergency management will address municipal disaster preparedness and response at Albany Law School.

Ernest Abbott will present the Government Law Center's 10 th Annual Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law on Friday, November 10 at 3 p.m.

Abbott is the founder and principal of FEMA Law Associates, PLLC, a firm that provides legal services to the emergency management community, with a particular emphasis on the laws and regulations governing preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation programs of the Department of Homeland Security.

Abbott served as General Counsel of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) during the Clinton Administration and also has held senior legal and policy positions in both the private and public sectors. He is currently the head of the American Bar Association's Multisection Homeland Security Task Force and is on its Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness. Abbott is also a member of the Governing Council of the ABA's Section of State and Local Government Law and chairs its Committee on Homeland Security and Emergency Management.  He earned a B.A. from Swarthmore College, a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a M.P.P. from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.  

The Crawford Lecture was established in 1996 to honor the memory of Edwin L. Crawford, former executive director of the New York State Association of Counties. The program promotes dialogue on current issues affecting local governments. Some of the previous lecturers include: former New York State Comptroller H. Carl McCall; former New York State Budget Director Patricia Woodworth and Mayor William A. Johnson Jr. of the City of Rochester.

The Edwin L. Crawford Lecture on Municipal Law is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Jennifer Schermerhorn at (518) 445-3287 or