The Government Law Center is committed to providing all
levels of government with comprehensive, academic research conducted
with the utmost objectivity. Our clients can be assured they will
receive quality information that explores all sides of the issue at
We conduct two types of research:
On a retainer basis, we research a particular area in need of reform; and
We conduct our own research in areas we consider important to improving government.
Our primary research and technical assistance services are as follows:
Customized research projects designed to advance legal reform,
dealing with topics including, but not limited to: charter reform;
zoning and land use; racing and gaming law; administrative law; and
Production of technical memoranda such as: reports on
intermunicipal cooperation in land use planning; ethical considerations
for government lawyers; site ready development sites for high-tech
businesses and affordable housing.
Consulting services such as: reviewing comprehensive plans and
zoning ordinances for compliance and other legal issues; developing
effective policies for community development and writing background
papers on particular issues.
Customized training programs and workshops for state and local governments.
Workshops specifically designed for state agency counsel and
administrative law judges. These programs often focus on aspects of
administrative law, and may include topics such as: technology issues in
administrative proceedings; evidence in the administrative hearings;
caseload management; ethical considerations; mediation; and legal
research and writing.
Assistance with shaping public policy and options for reform to
promote sustainable development, ethics reform, procurement reform and a
host of other challenges facing state governments across the country.
One of the most common yet
difficult challenges municipalities face is investing funds safely with a
good return rate. A 1997 GLC study—one of the most comprehensive
undertaken—reviewed municipal investment policies across the country,
where billions of dollars are at stake every year. The report quickly
gained acclaim and has been used as a model for municipal investment
The GLC has developed on-site training programs for
municipalities struggling with the complexitites of planning and zoning
issues, including the siting of cellular towers.
Recent research projects include studying the creation
of a housing court in the city of Troy; assisting the city of Albany
with code enforcement issues; revising a manual for hearing officers;
and conducting a study on how assessors deal with land protected by