03/01/2011: "“The Coordination Process”"
Inter-governmental Coordination is a process that can be used by local governmental bodies, to level the playing field in instances where state or federal regulation threatens communities, their citizens, property or economy. On Tuesday, March 1, Attorney Fred Kelly Grants, a leading educator of individuals and an advocate for local governments and tribes that use the Coordination Process for their benefit, came to San Juan Island to discuss the concept.
Coordination he said is a powerful tool allowing local governments to represent their community as an equal partner at the negotiating table with outside agencies.
At this workshop you can learn how relatively simple getting started with the Coordination Process is, and how this process might be applied to San Juan County’s looming issues with the Ferry schedule and funding, the Growth Management and Shorelines issues as well as the west side NOAA proposed no-go, no-fly zone.
He attended the College of Idaho where, inspired by the constitutional contributions to American history of southerners James Madison, George Washington, and John C. Calhoun, he majored in History with Honors Work in Constitutional History and Law.
After graduating summa cum laude, he attended the University of Chicago School of Law, where, in his Third Year he was awarded a silver cup for the Best Oral Argument in national moot court competition. He graduated with his JD degree in 1961, and then spent one year of graduate study and research, focusing on constitutional limitations on government control of speech and international communications.
While in Chicago, Grant worked at Lord, Bissell and Brooke, American counsel for Lloyds of London. He went to Baltimore, Maryland to clerk for Chief Judge Frederick W. Brune of the Maryland Court of Appeals.
After admission to the Maryland Bar, he served as assistant United States Attorney for the District of Maryland, then assistant State’s Attorney and later Chief of the Organized Crime Division of the State’s Attorney’s office of Baltimore City. Following his prosecution days, he practiced criminal defense law in Maryland.
In Idaho, Grant served as counsel in the administrations of Governors, then, as deputy clerk to the Board of Canyon County Commissioners, he served as chief of research for the Third Judicial District
He consults with Owyhee County, Idaho as its Planning Coordinator, and has helped the County develop a coordination system with federal agencies which has continued to protect the private property rights of ranchers throughout the County. He began consulting with Stewards of the Range in 1997, and currently serves as President of the private property organization.
His writings consist of a Thesis on The Genesis of the Articles of Confederation, a series of law review articles analyzing the need to provide an international process for protecting private property rights of U.S. citizens in foreign naions, a theme in the Deskbook for Prosecuting Attorneys, hundreds of appellate and trial briefs, and articles on private property rights available through Stewards of the Range.