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Legal & Legislative

Recognizing that the federal court system is responsible for much of the law affecting cities and their scope of authority, NLC established its Legal Advocacy Program to complement existing legislative outreach on behalf of its membership. Through the Program, NLC serves as a more effective and aggressive advocate for legal issues of national importance to local governments.

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  • CitiesSpeak

One case in particular gives cities a reason to be excited about this nomination.

The authors of Searching for Scalia evaluated who on President Donald Trump’s list of potential nominees to replace Justice…

photo - What Might Justice Gorsuch Mean for State and Local Governments?
photo - What Might Justice Gorsuch Mean for State and Local Governments?
  • CitiesSpeak

President Donald Trump’s refugee executive order has resulted in confusion and lawsuits which will continue to be resolved in the upcoming months. On Monday night, acting Attorney General Sally Yates directed Justice Department attorneys not to…

photo - Refugee Executive Order Faces Legal Challenges
photo - Refugee Executive Order Faces Legal Challenges
  • CitiesSpeak

The State and Local Legal Center's Lisa Soronen discusses a few possible legal theories cities may rely on if they sue the federal government in the wake of President Trump's most recent executive order.

On the…

photo - Legal Steps Sanctuary Cities Can Take If They Lose Federal Funding
photo - Legal Steps Sanctuary Cities Can Take If They Lose Federal Funding
  • CitiesSpeak

Can President Trump cancel President Obama’s “unconstitutional” executive orders?

Former President Barack Obama, like most of the presidents that recently preceded him, issued about 300 executive orders. While on…

photo - President Obama signs an executive order
photo - President Obama signs an executive order
  • CitiesSpeak

Managing public comments at city council meetings isn’t easy. Review this framework to be prepared for

This is a guest post by Ann G. Macfarlane.

In this country today, the First Amendment to the U.S.…

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City hall
  • CitiesSpeak

President-elect Trump should have little trouble getting a conservative nominee through the majority-Republican Senate. What does this mean for state and local governments?

While still a candidate, President-elect…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Recently, the national conversation about mass incarceration has turned local, focusing on county and city-run jails that act as incarceration’s front door. A missing element to that discussion, however, is the fastest…

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prison

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  • CitiesSpeak

NLC’s Lisa Soronen provides a complete review of the 2015-2016 cases that affect local governments, and offers a glimpse at three new cases of interest to be decided in the Court’s 2016-2017 term.

The Big Cases

In Friedrichs v.…

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Supreme Court
  • CitiesSpeak

Is the North Carolina legislature caught in a "Catch-22," or are its problems entirely of its own making? The Supreme Court might weigh in on McCrory v. Harris.
 
McCrory v. Harris is a typical redistricting case in at least two…

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Supreme Court