October 26, 2021 - Preemption
Preemption Webinar: Preempting to Thwart Racial Justice
*FREE LIVE FOR IMLA MEMBERS! CLE available to Kitchen Sink Subscribers and in some cases to others but fees may apply.
1:00pm to 2:00pm
Description: This session builds on our spring webinar documenting the 2021 legislative session as a session like no other. To recap, state legislatures continued to target local authority, but the disturbing trend that this webinar will focus on was the use of preemption to prevent or limit local jurisdictions from taking steps to pursue racial justice initiatives. In direct reaction to the racial justice conversations of summer 2020, states passed laws that force higher penalties for protesters, prevent cities from reducing their law enforcement budgets, and ban the teaching of critical race theory. This legislative session marked an escalation of preemption to engage in racially targeted culture wars.
Kim Haddow is a strategic advisor to the Local Solutions Support Center (LSSC), an organization formed to connect, coordinate and create opportunities to counter the misuse of preemption, affirm local authority and independence and promote equity. At present, LSSC is helping local governments define and expand their powers to respond and recover from the pandemic. For the past two decades as president of Haddow Communications, Inc., Haddow has worked with a broad range of nonprofit organizations on messaging and branding, strategic campaign planning, and opposition management. Haddow also worked as the National Communications Director for the Sierra Club and at Greer, Margolis, Mitchell, Burns (GMMB), a Washington, DC- based media consulting firm, advising political, initiative, cause-related marketing, and nonprofits campaigns. Haddow began her career at WWL-AM in New Orleans where she worked as a reporter, assignment editor and managed the news department.
Rick Su is a Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law, where he teaches and writes in the areas of local government law, immigration, and federalism. His research focuses on the intersection between cities and immigration. His work has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the William & Mary Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, and the North Carolina Law Review.
Su received his B.A. from Dartmouth College in 2001 and his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2004. After graduating from law school, he clerked for The Honorable Stephen Reinhardt on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and worked in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Prior to joining the Carolina Law faculty in 2019, Su taught at the University at Buffalo School of Law, where he won the faculty teaching award in 2009 and 2015. He was a Visiting Professor at Harvard Law School in 2015 and Washington University in St. Louis School of Law in 2018.
Marissa Roy has spent her career working with local governments to engage in high-impact litigation. As a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles, Marissa helped bring one of the Office's first large-scale workers' rights lawsuits to hold accountable port trucking companies that were classifying truck drivers as independent contractors rather than employees and deducting thousands of dollars from their wages. In addition to protecting workers' rights, Marissa worked with the City of Los Angeles and later the County of Los Angeles to challenge the Trump Administration's hostile immigration agenda, from the federal district court all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Marissa earned her J.D. from Yale Law School as well as her Master in Public Diplomacy and B.A. in Philosophy, Politics, and Law from the University of Southern California.