Public Law Section
News from the Section
Webinar: Suing and Defending State and Local Public Entities: The Claims Process
Thursday, May 22, 2014, 12 noon - 1 p.m.
Presented by the Public Law Section and the Litigation Section
This program offers 1 hour participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.
The Government Claims Act sets forth the prerequisites for maintaining a suit for damages against State and Local public entities in California. The claims process is fraught with technical and sometimes confusing requirements that can impede or even terminate a lawsuit before it ever gets to court. This webinar will take the participants through the claims process, and point out traps for the unwary, as well as the mechanisms for obtaining relief from late or deficient claims.
Speakers: Kevin Reager and William R. Seligmann
Public Law Section Executive Committee Seeks Nominations for the 2014 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year
The Public Law Section Executive Committee is accepting nominations for the 2014 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year. The annual award recognizes an exceptional lawyer who has dedicated a significant portion of his or her career to public service. Award recipients are lawyers who represent the highest level of professional and ethical standards and who are inspirational advocates for the public interest. The Public Law Section recognizes the award recipient at a reception held at the State Bar’s annual conference in the fall.
The 2013 award was given to San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Burk E. “Buck” Delventhal. Other recent Public Lawyer of the Year Award honorees include: Phyllis Cheng (2012), Richard Winnie (2011), Michael Colantuono (2010), Patricia Sturdevant (2009), Jeff Thom (2008), Ann Miller Ravel (2007), Clara Slifkin (2006), Manuela Albuquerque (2005), Roderick Walston (2004), Ariel Pierre Calonne (2003), Herschel Elkins (2002), and Jayne W. Williams (2001).
Nominations are due March 17, 2014. For more information on eligibility for the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award or to nominate a colleague or friend, visit Public Lawyer of the Year
“Save the Date” for the 2014 Open Meetings & Public Records Conference to be held on May 30, 2014 at U.C. Hastings School of Law
This year’s Open Meetings & Public Records Conference will take place on May 30, 2014 and be hosted by the U.C. Hastings School of Law. The keynote speaker will be Jeffrey Gottlieb, the L.A. Times reporter who broke the City of Bell scandal. More information will follow in the coming months. Don’t miss this exciting conference!
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.
Join us for a Reception for New Lawyers and Students at UC Irvine School of Law Regarding Public Service Careers
The Public Law Section's Executive Committee is hosting a reception at the UC Irvine School of Law for new lawyers and students on April 2, 2014 from 12 Noon to 1 p.m. Sponsored by Best, Best & Krieger and Rutan & Tucker, the reception will include a panel moderated byDean Erwin Chemerinsky. The Panel includes Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckus, Orange County Public Defender Frank Ospino, Chief Assistant U.S. Attorney Dennise Willett, Rutan and Tucker Senior Partner William Marticorena and Best, Best & Krieger Of Counsel Attorney Cristina Talley. Space is extremely limited. Please email Raven Ogden at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.
Congratulations to Leslie Gallagher for Appointment as Chief Counsel to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board
Leslie Gallagher, Public Law Executive Committee Advisor and former Chair, was recently appointed Chief Counsel to the Central Valley Flood Protection Board, an independent state agency headquartered in Sacramento. The mission of the Flood Protection Board is to reduce the risk of catastrophic flooding to people and property within the California Central Valley. The Board works in cooperation with the California Department of Water Resources and the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Congratulations to Leslie Gallagher!
Public Law Executive Committee Member Jill Burkhardt Selected to Serve as a Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California
The Public Law Executive Committee wishes to congratulate Jill Burkhardt for her selection as a Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of California. We wish to acknowledge Ms. Burkhardt for her hard work and commitment to the Public Law Executive Committee. We wish her the best in her new endeavor.
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 email@example.com or Public Law Section Coordinator Kristina Robledo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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, go to www.calbar.org/online-cle and click on Public Law.
Save Money with CEB
Continuing 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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