Public Law Section

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The State Bar of California Honors Wendy Patrick as 2014 Public Lawyer of the Year

San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick has been named the 2014 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar’s Public Law Section.

The award was presented at a reception in September at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in San Diego. The Public Lawyer of the Year Award recognizes Patrick as an exceptional lawyer who has dedicated her career to serving the public by prosecuting the most horrible types of crimes and to promoting legal ethics and improving the legal community.

“Wendy Patrick has spent her entire legal career serving the public, first as a Deputy Public Defender and then for the last 17 years as a Deputy District Attorney,” said David Hirsch, chair of the Public Law Section. “We received nominations of many truly exceptional public law attorneys this year. We are pleased and honored to name Wendy Patrick as California’s Public Lawyer of the Year.”

For more information, see Public Lawyer of the Year.

Public Law Section Receptions for New Lawyers and Students

Don’t miss these opportunities o meet influential public officials and private attorneys specializing in public law. Attendees who qualify will also receive:

  • Free membership to the Public Law Section
  • 10% discount on CEB programs co-sponsored by the Public Law Section, as well as discounts on select CEB publications
  • Free subscription to the quarterly Public Law Journal, with free MCLE credit available in each issue
  • Access to the Public Law Section’s Members Only pages of the State Bar website, including an archive of past issues of the Public Law Journal
  • E-news Public Law Section updates
  • MCLE programs offered at the State Bar Annual Meeting
  • Webinars and a self-study online catalog offering MCLE credits throughout the year
  • Discounted admission to the annual California Public Records & Open Meetings Conference

Reception at U.C. Davis School of Law, Thursday, September 25, 2014

The Public Law Section’s Executive Committee is hosting a lunch reception in Davis for new lawyers and students which will include complimentary refreshments. Introductory remarks provided by Dean Kevin Johnson and it will be moderated by Asst. Dean Craig Compton. The panel will be discussing their careers dedicated to public service and the qualities they look for when hiring.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 12 - 1:30 pm
U.C. Davis School of Law, King Hall | 400 Mrak Hall Dr., Davis, CA | Classroom 1001

Please RSVP by 9/22/14 to Raven.Ogden@calbar.ca.gov with the subject as “RSVP for Public Law Section (please include your address and phone number).

We've posted a printable flyer for the program.

  • James Sanchez, City of Sacramento City Attorney
  • Jan Scully, Sacramento County District Attorney
  • Ben Wagner, United States Attorney
  • Kara Ueda, Partner, Best Best & Krieger
  • Bill Marticorena, Partner, Rutan & Tucker

Reception at U.C. Hastings, Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Public Law Section’s Executive Committee is hosting a lunch reception in San Francisco for new lawyers and students which will include complimentary refreshments. The reception will be moderated by Chancellor and Dean Frank Wu. The panel will be discussing their careers dedicated to public service and the experience and qualities they look for when hiring.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 12 - 1:30 pm
U.C. Hastings College of the Law | Alumni Reception Center |200 McAllister St., San Francisco
Please RSVP by 10/10/14 to Raven.Ogden@calbar.ca.gov with the subject as “RSVP for Public Law Section” (please include your address and phone number).

We've posted a printable flyer for the program.

Featured Panelists:

  • Manuela Albuquerque former Berkeley City Attorney and Partner at Burke, Williams & Sorensen
  • George Gascon, San Francisco District Attorney
  • Melinda Haag, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California
  • Eric Danly, City of Petaluma City Attorney
  • Donna Ziegler, County of Alameda County Counsel
  • Scott Dickey, Of Counsel, Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai and Chair, State Bar Public Law Section

Reception in San Diego: Best Best & Krieger, LLP, Thursday, October 16

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 5-7 pm
Best Best & Krieger LLP’s San Diego Office
655 West Broadway, 15th Floor | San Diego, CA (hosted parking)

Please RSVP by 10/10/14 to Wendy.Connor@bbklaw.com with the subject as “RSVP for Public Law Section" (please include your address and phone number).

We've posted a printable flyer for the program.

Featured Panelists:

  • Tom Montgomery, San Diego County Counsel
  • Jan Goldsmith, San Diego City Attorney
  • Laura Duffy, United States Attorney
  • Cristina Talley, Best Best & Krieger, former Anaheim and Pasadena City Attorney
  • Morgan Foley, City Attorney for El Cajon, Coronado and Poway

Panelists in San Diego

Webinar: Keep Calm and Update Your Status: Emerging Trends in Social Media

WebinarTuesday, October 7, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

This session will focus on employment law issues related to social media, including employee privacy, cybervetting and hiring practices, employee discipline, free speech and use of social medial evidence in litigation. With speakers Traci I. Park and Kelly Trainer.

Webinar: Suing and Defending State and Local Public Entities: Dangerious Conditions of Public Property

Presented by the Public Law Section and the Litigation Section

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m. Webinar

This program offers 1.5 participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

The Government Claims Act sets forth the unique elements that apply to suits against State and Local public entities for dangerous conditions of their property. These elements differ in important ways from premises liability suits brought against private property owners. This webinar will introduce the participants to legal and practical issues involved in suing and defending public entities under these highly specialized rules of law.

Speakers:

  • Kevin Reager
  • William R. Seligmann

2014 Student Writing Competition

The Public Law Section 2014 Student Writing Competition is accepting submissions.  The Competition is open to all students at California-accredited law schools.  The winner will receive a $2,000 cash prize, transportation and hotel expenses for two nights at the State Bar Annual meeting in September where the winner will be recognized at an awards reception, and publication in the Public Law Journal.  More information is available at Student Writing Competition. The deadline for submissions is May 12, 2014.

Congratulations again to Jennifer Lai, winner of last year’s Student Writing Competition for her paper “California Environmental Quality Act (“CEQA”) Reform: Standing As A Tool To Limit Cases Unrelated To CEQA’s Purpose.” Lai is a student at USC Gould School of Law. Ms. Lai has previously interned with the San Francisco City Planning Department and the San Diego Chapter of the Sierra Club. She is interested in pursuing environmental/land use law after graduation.

Public Law Section and California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Mentoring Program Coming Soon!

The Public Law Section is in the process of instituting a new Mentoring Program in Conjunction with CYLA.  If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact Public Law Section Executive Committee Chair David Hirsch at dhhirsch@hotmail.com or Public Law Section Coordinator Kristina Robledo at kristina.robledo@calbar.ca.gov.

Public Law Journal – Available Online

The Winter Public Law Journal is available online in the Members Only Area. Section members should have received the Journal via email. If not, you can click here.

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Online CLE & Podcasts Available for Public Law Section Programs

A growing catalog of courses from the Public Law Section is available for purchase online. The programs offer participatory CLE credits. To view current offerings, see the Public Law Online Catalog.

Save Money with CEB

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersContinuing Education of the Bar, California (CEB) is extending some special discount offers to our section. As a member of the Public Law Section, you're eligible for:

  • 10% off selected CEB print or online books
  • A rebate on your section dues that can be applied to the cost of a CEB Gold CLE Passport or a CLE program ticket

A complete list of the products eligible for a discount is available on a CEB web page accessible through our Members Only Area. Information about the section dues rebate program can be found on the CEB Web site.

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