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.
- Webinar: Suing and Defending State and Local Public Entities: Dangerious Conditions of Public Property, Thursday, October 16, 2014, 12 noon - 1:30 p.m.
- Register Now for The 2014 Open Meetings & Public Records Conference, Friday, May 30, 2014 at U.C. Hastings School of Law, San Francsico
- Public Law Section Executive Committee Seeks Nominations for the 2014 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year
- 2014 Student Writing Competition
- Public Law Section and California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) Mentoring Program Coming Soon!
- Public Law Journal – Available Online
- Join Us on Facebook and Twitter
- Online CLE & Podcasts Available for Public Law Section Programs
- Save Money with CEB
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
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.
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.
- Kevin Reager
- William R. Seligmann
Register Now the 2014 Open Meetings & Public Records Conference to be held on May 30, 2014 at U.C. Hastings School of Law
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
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.
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.
Public Law Journal – Available Online
The Winter 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.
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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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