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Webinar: Marijuana Legal Update and Municipal Regulation

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.

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

As California law regarding recreational and medical marijuana evolves, cities and counties face the challenge of whether to and how to regulate it. This webinar provides information from two municipal attorneys that have been involved with medical marijuana regulation at the local government level and provides an update to California initiatives, legislation and case law.


  • Thomas Brown, Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP
  • Arthur Wylene, Tehama County Counsel

Moderator: Nina F. Dong

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.

2015 Public Lawyer of the Year: Barbara J. Parker

Barbara J. ParkerOakland City Attorney Barbara J. Parker has been named the 2015 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year by the California State Bar’s Public Law Section.

The Public Lawyer of the Year Award Recognizes Barbara J. Parker as an exceptional lawyer, who has dedicated her career to serving the public by working to improve public safety, to secure equal opportunity and justice for all Oakland residents and to assure that City Hall operates in a  transparent, honest and fair manner.

The award was presented at a reception in October at the State Bar’s Annual Meeting in Anaheim.

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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