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2016 California Public Records & Open Meetings Conference

Thursday, June 2, 2016
Palisades Room at Carnesales Commons
251 Charles E. Young Drive West
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Presented by the Public Law Section, and Co-Sponsored with the Environmental Law Section

Earn 7.0 Hours MCLE Credit

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program.

Audrey CooperLuncheon Keynote: Maintaining Transparency in Government with Audrey Cooper, Editor-in-Chief of the San Francisco Chronicle

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For more information, see 2016 California Public Records & Open Meetings Conference.

21st Century Public Surveillance and Privacy Conference

Presented by the Public Law Section and co-sponsored with the Criminal Law Section

Thursday, June 30, 2016
UC Hastings School of Law
198 McAllister Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Earn 7.25 Hours MCLE Credit

You can now REGISTER ONLINE for this program. Online registration will close on June 23, 2016.

New attorney? We're offering 25% off registration!

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Dean Erwin ChemerinskyFeatured speaker Dean Erwin Chemerinsky, founding Dean of the University of California, Irvine School of Law and renowned constitutional law scholar will discuss the constitutional privacy concerns posed by high-tech surveillance, as well as concerns all individuals should have concerning the proliferation of private information about ourselves.

For more information, see 21st Century Public Surveillance and Privacy Conference.


The State Bar of California and the Public Law Section are approved State Bar of California MCLE providers.

The 2016 Public Law Section Student Writing Competition

Win a $2,000 cash prize, get published in the Public Law Journal, and win a trip to the 2016 State Bar Annual Meeting!

Deadline: May 13, 2016

The California State Bar 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 San Diego in the fall of 2016 where the winner will be recognized at an awards reception; and publication in the Public Law Journal. See 2016 Public Law Section Student Writing Competition for more information.

Public Law JournalCheck out the Winter 2016 Public Law Journal

The Winter 2016 Public Law Journal, Volume 39, Number 1, is available online in the Members Only Area. Section members should have received the Journal via email.

Look for the following key features:

Shayna Van HoftenCatherine GrovesElizabeth PiancaRoy HanleyTeresa HighsmithIrma RodriguezMarilou MirkovichFilomena GehartEugene Park

MCLE Self-Study Article: Why Take 8 Steps When You Can Get There In 4? The FPPC’s New Conflict of Interest Regulations for Public Officials in California
By Shayna van Hoften and Catherine Groves

Message from the Chair
By Elizabeth G. Pianca

Conflict of Interest Advice for the Real Estate Professional Public Official
By Roy Hanley and Teresa L. Highsmith

Invitation for Nominations for the Public Law Section of the State Bar of California Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award

Five “Tripping Points” in Workplace Investigations
By Irma Rodriguez Moisa and Marilou Mirkovich

Domestic Violence Victims a Nuisance We Cannot Ignore
By Filomena Gehart

The Public Law Section 2016 Student Writing Competition

Litigation & Case Law Update
By Eugene Park

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

Thank You for Being a Section Member - Here's 6 Hours MCLE in Legal Ethics!

We're very grateful for your membership in the Section. As a token of that, we're offering six hours of self-study MCLE credit in the area of Legal Ethics. The programs are posted in our Member's Only Area.

Simply watch the programs and read the accompanying materials, and keep track of having done so. You can report this to the State Bar when it's time to demonstrate your compliance with the MCLE requirements.

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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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