2007 Joint Professional Development Seminar

  • Legal Services Staff Section
  • Research & Committee Staff Section
  • Legislative Research Librarians

Santa Fe, New Mexico
September 10-12, 2007

Agenda, Presentations and Handouts

Monday, Sept. 10, 2007

Opening Plenary: Conveying Your Message Effectively

  • John Daly, University of Texas   Handout

Legal Writing

  • Vince DeLiberato, Legislative Reference Bureau, Pennsylvania   Handout

The ABCs of Free Trade Agreements

  • Jeremy Meadows, NCSL, Washington, DC  Handout

Overview of U.S. Supreme Court Action: Federalism in the U.S. Supreme Court

  • Richard Ruda, State and Local Legal Center, Washington, D.C.  Handout

Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2007

Pros and Cons of Legislative Oversight of Administrative Rules

  • Debbie Haskins, Office of Legislative Legal Services, Colorado
    • Rule Review FAQ Handout
    • Colorado Revised Statute on Legislative Rule Review Handout

Unintended Consequences of Drafting: The Colorado Smoking Ban Bill

  • Duane H. Gall, Legislative Legal Services, Colorado
    • Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act Speech Text  Handout
    • The Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act  Handout
    • House Bill 06-1175 Rerevised  Link
    • House Bill 07-1108 Reengrossed  Link
    • House Bill 07-1269  Link
    • House Bill 05-207 Reengrossed  Link
    • Colorado Smoking Ban Upheld in Federal Court  Link

Sources for Statutory Construction and Managing Big Drafting Projects  Statutory Interpretation

  • John Fellows, Legislature, Utah PowerPoint Slides
  • Becky Lennahan (retired), Office of Legislative Legal Services, Colorado
    • Drafting Criminal Provisions :Elements and Penalties  PowerPoint Slides
    • Creating Entities PowerPoint Slides
    • Drafting Appropriations: Key Elements PowerPoint Slides

Legislative Ethics  Ethical Considerations

  • Becky Lennahan (retired), Office of Legislative Legal Services, Colorado and John Fellows, Legislature, Utah Handout

Sources for Native American/Tribal Law  Basic Indian Law Research Tips

  • David Selden, National Indian Law Library, Colorado
    • Part I: Federal Indian Law   Handout
    • Basic Indian Law Research Tips Part 2: Tribal Law   Handout

Pros and Cons of Legislative Oversight of Administrative Rules

  • John Martinez, Director, Administrative Law Division, State Records Center and Archives, New Mexico  Handout
  • E.M. Miller, Jr., Division of Legislative Services, Virginia  Handout

Preparing Balanced Research and Avoiding Bias

  • John Rappa, Office of Legislative Research, Connecticut  Handout

Developing Underperformers

  • Marti Harkness, Criminal Justice Unit, OPPAGA, Florida  Handout

Understanding Indigenous Rights in the United States

  • Walter R. Echo-Hawk, Jr., Senior Staff Attorney, Native American Rights Fund
    • Understanding Indigenous Rights Handout
    • Draft United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Handout

Innovative Services

  • Three Innovative Services Available for Members and the Public, Molly Otto, Legislative Council Library, Colorado  Handout
  • Legislative History Simple Search, Teresa Wilt, Legislative Council Bureau, Nevada Link

Beyond the States: Legislative Services in Canada and Puerto Rico

  • Legislative Services in Canada, Valerie Footz, Alberta Legislature Library, Alberta, Canada PowerPoint Slides
  • Offices of Legislative Services of Puerto Rico: Who We Are and How We Can Serve You, Juan Carlos Ortega, Office of Legislative Services, Puerto Rico  Handout

Archival Preservation

  • Al Regensberg, State Records Center and Archives, New Mexico  Handout