Amanda Stakem Conn is an Assistant Attorney General in the Maryland Department of Planning . Over the past twenty years, Ms. Conn has held a number of positions in the legislative and executive branches of state government and in local government. On the legislative side, she was a legislative assistant in Governor Schaefer’s Legislative Office, committee counsel to the House Environmental Matters Committee, and Deputy Legislative Liaison for Baltimore County. On the legal side, she was an Assistant County Attorney in the Baltimore County Office of Law where she was responsible for providing legal opinions and advice to all agencies of county government. She was also Of Counsel at Funk & Bolton where she represented local governments across the state. She is the co-author of The Court of Appeals at the Cocktail Party: The Use and Misuse of Legislative History, 54 Maryland Law Review 432 (1995) and the author of Battling the Voices of Unreason; HUD Plays Foul in its Fight to Uphold the Fair Housing Act, 26.3 University of Baltimore Law Forum 3 (1996). Ms. Conn is a graduate of the University of Maryland (B.S. 1989) and the University of Baltimore School Of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1995). She is admitted to the Maryland Bar and the Bar of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.