One of the pillars of the Government Law Center is our commitment to provide education and promote dialogue on important and timely issues affecting state and local governments. Of all our lectures, seminars and workshops, our two most prominent and well-attended are the annual Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast Seminar Series and the Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law.
The Warren M. Anderson Legislative Breakfast Seminar Series, a non-partisan program presented once a month during the legislative session in Albany, provides legislators, agency and legislative staff, and other key policymakers with the most current information on a wide variety of policy issues. Recent topics have included: judicial reform; the state of racing in New York; protecting children from predators on the Internet; the future of public defense in New York; eminent domain in the aftermath of
Kelo; civil confinement; energy law and policy; charter schools; and lobbying law reform. Law professors, legislators, agency administrators, association representatives and advocates all play a part in the series.
The Edwin L. Crawford Memorial Lecture on Municipal Law, established in 1996, examines issues crucial to local governments. Presenters have included the state comptroller, the state budget director, a city mayor, law professors and leading practitioners from across the country. Topics have included local government fiscal integrity, federalism, smart growth, eminent domain, disaster preparedness and regulatory takings.
Staying Informed The GLC continually hosts conferences and leads workshops on a variety of prevailing topics. Our reputation as an objective "think tank" often has a direct impact on legislative affairs. For example, our conference on real property tax reform, which explored the feasibility of a two-rate property tax system and other policy alternatives, led to the enactment of a law allowing a city in upstate New York to experiment with the method. A conference on future care planning for the mentally ill led to the enactment of reform legislation, and symposia on public authorities, procurement and ethics also led to reforms at the state level.
The Center has provided direct assistance to legislative commissions, state agencies and other governmental entities that have produced studies and reports on a variety of topics including land use, shared municipal services and administrative law reform.