December 5th and 6th, 2013

Santa Fe Community Convention Center

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Conference Agenda:

December 5, 2013

8:00 a.m. –      Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. –      Opening Remarks: Santa Fe Councilor and Parliamentarian Peter Ives, Esq.

8:35 a.m.      Program Overview: Peter A. Dwyer, Esq., Program Chair

8:45 a.m. –      Annual Legal Update: City and County Highlights for Neighborhoods

Kelley A. Brennan, Esq., Santa Fe Interim City Attorney; Stephen Ross, Esq., Santa Fe County Attorney

     Dialogue: Daniel Yohalem, Esq; Frank D. Katz, Esq., Past City Attorney

9:45 a.m. –       Charter Review Commission: City Election and Policy Changes

Nancy R. Long, Esq., Vice Chair; Commissioners Jack Hiatt, Esq., Carol Romero-Wirth, Esq., Brian P. Gutierrez

10:45 a.m. –    Morning Break

11:00 a.m  –    Proposed Governance Changes: Mayor, Council and City Manager Powers

Councilor Peter Ives, Esq.; Councilor Chris Rivera; Former Councilor Karen Heldmeyer; Past City Manager Robert Romero

                               Comments: Former Mayors Debbie Jaramillo and Sam Pick

12:15 p.m. –   Lunch Break (Box Lunch)

12:45 p.m. –   Speaker- Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Daniels: Recent New Mexico Decisions Affecting Consumers and Communities

1:45 p.m. --     Resisting Foreclosures Update: Preserving Home Ownership

Angelica Anaya Allen, Esq., Litigation Director, United South Broadway; Kenneth C. Owens, Esq., Manager, Attorney General’s Home Ownership Preservation Program; Prof. Nathalie Martin, Esq., UNM Law School; Don Walcott, Esq.

2:45 p.m. –     Afternoon Break

3:00 p.m. –     Health Care Competition: Averting Patient Neglect

State Representative Brian Egolf, Esq.; Bruce Throne, Esq;, Judith K. Williams, Chair, County Health Policy & Planning Commission; Bruce Wetherbee, Former President, Northern New Mexico Central Labor Council

4:00 p.m. –     Neighborhood Safety: Crime, Roads, Disasters

Frank Herdman, Esq; Councilor Bill Dimas; Municipal Judge Ann Yalman, Esq.; Charleen Tomlin, President, ACSyL Neighborhood Association


5:00 p.m. –     Adjournment

December 6th, 2013

8:00 a.m. –      Continental Breakfast

8:25 a.m. –      Opening Remarks: Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wurzburger

8:30 a.m. –      Neighborhood Design: Neighborhood Upgrades, Neighborhood & Business Coexistence, Preservation Incentives

Chris Graeser, Esq.; Councilor Carmichael Dominguez; Planning Commissioner Signe Lindell; Jennifer Jenkins, Jenkins Gavin Consultants

9:30 a.m. –     Facilitation and Mediation: Early Resolution of Development and Neighborhood Conflicts

Facilitators and Mediators Jessie Lawrence, Esq. and Philip Crump; Land Use Director Matt O’Reilly, PE; Jim Strozier, President, Consensus Planning, Inc.

10:30 a.m. –    Morning Break

10:45 a.m. –    Sustainable Climate Adaptation: Managing Diverse Resources

Virginia Vigil, Esq., Past County Commissioner; Mayor Pro Tem Rebecca Wurzburger; County Commissioner Kathy Holian; Jason Marks, Esq., Former Public Utility Regulation Commissioner

12:00 noon –  Lunch Break (Box Lunch)

12:30 p.m. –   Speaker- State Senator Peter Wirth, Esq.: Drought, Climate Change and New Mexico’s Economy

1:30 p.m. –     Santa Fe Water Strategies: Growth, Limits and Controls

Denise D. Fort, Esq., Research Professor, UNM Law School; Councilor Patti Bushee; Conci Bokum, Past Director,  Water Project, 1000 Friends of New Mexico; Claudia Borchert, County Public Utilities Division Director

2:30 p.m. –     Afternoon Break

2:45 p.m. –     Legal Ethics: Conflict and Interest Disclosures

Peter Dwyer, Esq., Former City Attorney; Prof. Paul Biderman, Ethicist and Former Research Professor of Law and Director, Institute of Public Law; Jamison Barkley, Esq., Past Assistant City Attorney

3:45 p.m. –     Legal Professionalism: Lawyers as Government Integrity Watchdogs: Class and Qui Tam Actions

Daniel Yohalem, Esq.; Philip Davis, Esq.; Duff Westbrook, Esq.


4:45 p.m. –     Evaluations and Adjournment