Big Seven Announces New Legal Center Leadership

Next year promises to be a very active year for states in the U.S. Supreme Court. The court will not only hear highly controversial challenges to the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s signature legislation, and widely publicized state immigration enforcement laws, but also will hear several other cases that will shape the relationship between the federal government and states for years to come.

In light of what is sure to be a busy year, Lisa Soronen has been named the new executive director of the State and Local Legal Center. Soronen will file amicus curiae briefs to the Supreme Court on behalf of members of the Big Seven in cases involving federalism. Members of the Big Seven are the International City/County management Association, The Council of State Governments, National Association of Counties, National Conference of State Legislatures, National Governors Association, the National League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Prior to joining the State and Local Legal Center, Soronen worked for the National School Boards Association, the Wisconsin Association of School Boards and clerked for the Wisconsin Court of Appeals. She earned her law degree at the University of Wisconsin Law School and is a graduate of Central Michigan University.

Soronen and the State and Local Legal Center are a resource to Big Seven members on legal issues affecting state and local government, particularly at the Supreme Court level. Contact Soronen at or (202) 434-4845.