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The Public Law Section seeks entries for 2015 Student Writing Competition

The Public Law Section seeks entries for its annual Student Writing Competition. The competition is open to students at all California-accredited law schools, and the winner receives a $2,000 cash prize; transportation and hotel expenses for two nights at the State Bar Annual Meeting in Anaheim in October where the winner will be recognized at an awards reception; and publication in the Public Law Journal.

Deadline May 12, 2015. For more information, see the 2015 Public Law Section Student Writing Competition.

Public Law Section Hosts Another Successful Law Student Reception at UC Davis School of Law; Two More Exciting Receptions to Follow on October 14th and October 16th at U.C. Hastings and the San Diego Office of Best, Best & Krieger

As part of the Public Law Section's on-going efforts to forge relationships with California's law schools, on September 25, 2014, at U.C. Davis School of Law, Asst. Dean Craig Compton moderated a panel featuring U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner, Sacramento D.A. Jan Scully, Sacramento City Attorney James Sanchez, Best, Best & Krieger Partner Kara Ueda, and Rutan & Tucker Sr. Partner Bill Marticorena. To a packed audience, the panelists discussed their careers, the benefits of public service, as well as guidance in pursuing such careers. Students learned how these top practitioners got their start, the challenges they had to overcome, and the experience they look for when hiring, including pointers on seeking public-service related employment. After the panel discussion, students had the opportunity to meet individually with the panelists. The Public Law Section would like to thank the law firm sponsors, Best, Best & Krieger and Rutan & Tucker. We also want to thank the panel for their continued contribution to the practice of public law and hope they will continue to participate in our receptions. Don't miss the next receptions at Hastings and San Diego (see details below).

Photo of Sacramento City Attorney James Sanchez, U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner, Sacramento D.A. Jan Scully, , Best, Best & Krieger Partner Kara Ueda, Rutan & Tucker Sr. Partner Bill Marticorena, and U.C. Davis Dean Kevin Johnson

Left to Right: Sacramento City Attorney James Sanchez, U.S. Attorney Ben Wagner, Sacramento D.A. Jan Scully, , Best, Best & Krieger Partner Kara Ueda, Rutan & Tucker Sr. Partner Bill Marticorena, and U.C. Davis Dean Kevin Johnson)

Panel Reception at U.C. Hastings on October 14, 2014, from noon to 1:30 p.m:

The panel includes U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag, S.F. District Attorney George Gascon, Alameda County Counsel Donna Ziegler, Petaluma City Attorney Eric Danly, former Berkeley City Attorney and now Burke, Williams & Sorensen partner Manuela Albuquerque, and State Bar Public Law Section Chair and Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai Of Counsel Scott Dickey. The panel will be moderated by UC Hastings General Counsel Elise Traynum. The event is sponsored by Burke, Williams & Sorensen and Renne, Sloan, Holtzman & Sakai. Please RSVP at raven.ogden@calbar.ca.gov by October 10, 2014. Please include your address and telephone number in the email. Make sure to also include "Public Law Section" in the subject line.

Panel Reception in San Diego at Best, Best & Krieger On October 16, 2014, from 5:00-6:30 p.m:

The panel includes U.S. Attorney Laura Duffy, San Diego City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, San Diego County Counsel Tom Montgomery, McDougal, Love, Eckis, Boehmer & Foley Partner Morgan Foley, and former Anaheim and Pasadena City Attorney and current Best, Best & Krieger Of Counsel Cristina Talley. The event is sponsored by Best, Best & Krieger and McDougal, Love, Eckis, Boehmer & Foley. Please RSVP at wendy.connor@bbklaw.com by October 10, 2014. Please include your address and telephone number in the email. Make sure to also include "Public Law Section" in the subject line.

Public Law Section Honors San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick as Public Lawyer of the Year at the State Bar Annual Meeting in San Diego

On September 12th, Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye presented San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick with the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award for her decades-long commitment to public law and to promoting ethical practice across the State. Joined by many supporters and friends, Ms. Patrick happily received her award and thanked those present. The Public Law Section thanks the many sponsors of this event, including the Law Offices of William Seligmann; Richards, Watson & Gershon; Rutan & Tucker LLP; Lozano Smith; Colantuano, Highsmith & Whatley PC; Telecom Law Firm PC; Best, Best & Krieger LLP; the California District Attorneys Association; Burke, Williams & Sorenson LLP; Attorney Heather Riley and; Alvarez-Glasman & Colvin.

photo of Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Deputy D.A. Wendy Patrick

(From Left to Right: Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye and Deputy D.A. Wendy Patrick)

Congratulations to the Winner of the Public Law Section Student Writing Competition Catherine Ferguson of the University of San Diego School of Law, with Honorable Mention to Matthew Collins of U.C. Irvine School of Law

This year, the winner of the Public Law Executive Committee Student Writing Competition is Catherine Ferguson. Ms. Ferguson's article "Leggo My Home Rule: Charter Cities and State Municipal Interference" will be published in the Fall issue of the Public Law Journal. Ms. Ferguson has also been awarded a $2,000 prize for her article. Ms. Ferguson's article analyzes certain charter cities' legal challenge to Senate Bill 7, which gives the State the authority to deny funding to cities that do not comply with state prevailing wage for locally funded construction projects. Ms. Ferguson attends University of San Diego School of Law. The Public Law Section also awarded an honorable mention this year to Matthew Collins, who attends University of California Irvine School of Law. His article is entitled "Why the Court Should Apply Intermediate Scrutiny to Equal Protection Challenges to Election Laws" and will be published in the Winter issue of the Public Law Journal. Both students were honored at the Public Law Section's Public Lawyer of the Year award reception in San Diego.

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

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

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.

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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

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