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State Bar of California Annual Meeting

My Annual MeetingThe State Bar of California 88th Annual Meeting
October 8-11, 2015
Anaheim, California

The State Bar of California returns to sunny Anaheim for the 2015 Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting is a multiday showcase of continuing legal education courses, celebrity speakers, and noted legal scholars. Each day gives you several choices of courses and special events.

The Annual Meeting registration fee is structured to make it more affordable to attend. You can select either a Full Meeting Pass or a 2-Day Pass. Special fees are available for Young Lawyers and New Admittees. September 14 is the deadline for the lowest fee.

More than 100 programs are planned for the Annual Meeting, including these from the Public Law Section:

Program 12

Local Public Entity Employee Discipline, Discharge and Procedure: Avoiding Costly Mistakes

Program 53

Public Law: Protecting Your Agency's Employees from Threats and Harassment

Program 68

Public Law: Handling Contractor Claims on Public Works Construction Projects

Program 98

Overview and Current Developments to Open Meetings Law

Program 110

Developments in Public Law and State Bar Ethics

Program 124

Recent Developments in Constitutional Law

For more information, see The State Bar of California Annual Meeting.

Emerging Technology and Privacy Conference

Friday, October 30, 2015

Beckman Center of the Natural Academies
      of Science & Engineering
100 Academy Drive
Irvine, CA 92617

Earn 7.25 hours MCLE credit of which 1.25 hours apply to Legal Ethics

We'll be offering online registration in the near future. Please check back!

Schedule of Events  | Essential Information  
Printable Brochure  | Mail / Fax Reg. Form

Featuring a keynote luncheon on The Need to Bring Privacy Law into the 21st Century: The Supreme Court and Privacy with Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, U.C. Irvine School of Law

Panels on:

  • Drone Technology, Existing Law, and Privacy Concerns
  • Policing Technologies: GPS, Mobile Phones and License Plate Readers
  • Surveillance and Data Collection and the Public Records Act
  • The Use of Police Cameras and Facial Recognition Software
  • The Dangers and Ethics Clouding High-Technology Surveillance and Data Collection

For the full program brochure, see Emerging Technology and Privacy Conference.

Need MCLE? Check out the Public Law Section’s Catalog of Courses

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.

Public Law JournalCheck out the Spring Public Law Journal

The Spring 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.  Check out the following articles:

  • The Wild West of Commercial Drones -- Why 2015 Could Be a Pivotal Year in California
    By Steven Miller and Nicole Witt
  • Message from the Chair
    By K. Scott Dickey
  • Harassing Speech in a Limited Public Forum: A Double-Edged Liability Sword
    By Rachel H. Sommovilla
  • AB 52: CEQA’s New Perspective on the Environment and Tribal Cultural Resources
    By Sarah E. Owsowitz
  • Shifting Landscapes: Regulatory Challenges Stemming from Energing Technologies
    By Jordan Ferguson
  • Litigation and Case Law Update
    By K. Scott Dickey
  • Legislative Update
    By Kenneth J. Price
  • The Public Law Section Kicks Off Two Unique and Exciting Conferences
    By John M. Appelbaum

Public Law Section and California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Mentoring Program is Recruiting

The Public Law Section and CYLA have implemented a new Mentoring Program.  If you are interested in volunteering as a mentor to a young lawyer, please contact Public Law Section Executive Committee Chair Scott Dickey at or Section Administrator Kristina Robledo at

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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.

CEB Offers Discounts for Young Lawyers

CEB Discount Program for Section MembersGetting started in your career is exciting and challenging. CEB can help! You are eligible for all these offers if you were admitted to the State Bar of California within the last five years: (1) OnLAW® online library FREE for one year; (2) Discounts on practice books and forms; (3) Discounts on CLE programs and passports; and, (4) How-to-Guides FREE. To take advantage of these exciting offers, go to:

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