County Attorneys Build Relationships with State Agencies at Annual Conference

State and local government collaborations continue at the 2023 Maryland Association of County Civil Attorneys Conference with presentations, discussions, and camaraderie.

The Maryland Association of County Civil Attorneys, a MACo affiliate, got back in-person this year for their annual conference. The theme this year was built around establishing consistent lines of communication with state entities where challenges can tend to arise. These relationships with external parties, such as the courts, state agencies, and community stakeholders can be vital to providing quality services to county residents.

The schedule included:

    • Recreational Cannabis Implementation Discussion – Heather Benson Nelson, Assistant Attorney General to the Maryland Cannabis Administration
    • Updates and Insights from the Governor’s Legal Office – Amanda La Forge, Chief Legal Counsel to Gov. Wes Moore
    • Maryland Department of the Environment Update from Local Tours – Deputy Secretary, Suzanne Dorsey and Government Relations Director, Les Knapp

These collaborations can prove useful but also challenging at times, particularly around evolving or innately complicated circumstances. Staying updated on legal trends, stakeholder perspectives, as well as mutual and competing interests of those entities will help county attorneys take a proactive approach to keeping local governments effective and protected. Starting these conversations when things are calm and there are no major issues, makes it easier to work together with them and understand the opposing perspective when there is strain. The affiliate looks forward to staying in touch and keeping the conversation open.