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Record Attendance at New Lawyer and Law Student Reception Held at UCLA School of Law on February 7, 2015

The Public Law Section held another successful reception on February 7th at the UCLA School of Law, thanks to an outstanding panel of distinguished professionals, the support of the law firms of Rutan & Tucker and Richards, Watson & Gershon and the exemplary staff at UCLA School of Law, including Professor Ann Carlson’s participation as moderator of the panel.  The panel spoke on a wide range of issues, from the challenge of balancing family and work life, the anxieties of practicing law as a young professional, and the importance of ethics and passion for the practice of public law.  They truly provided invaluable guidance to the over 150 law students present.

(Pictured Above: Richards, Watson & Gershon Partner Roxanne Diaz, Los Angeles City Attorney Michael Feuer, U.S. Attorney Stephanie Yonekura, Federal Public Defender Hilary Potashner, and Professor Ann Carlson)  

Don’t Miss our Upcoming Webinar on California Sustainability Laws

Webinar: New California Sustainability Laws

Wednesday, March 4, 2015, 12 noon - 1 p.m.

This program offers 1 hours participatory MCLE credit. You must register in advance in order to participate.

Over the past decade, California has enacted a comprehensive set of laws and regulations that are transforming the economy. This informative webinar will provide a comprehensive overview of such sustainability laws and regulations which have generated funding for renewable energy generation, energy efficiency measures in our buildings, and the implementation of clean transportation programs. With speaker Ted Senet and moderator David King.

The Public Law Section Is Seeking Entries for the 2015 Student Writing Competition

The Public Law Section is seeking 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.

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

Public Law Section Executive Committee Seeks Nominations for the 2015 Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year

2014 Public Lawyer of the year award winner Wendy Patrick The Public Law Section Executive Committee is accepting nominations for the 2015 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 2014 award was given to San Diego County Deputy District Attorney Wendy Patrick (pictured).  Other recent Public Lawyer of the Year Award honorees include: San Francisco Deputy City Attorney Burk E. “Buck” Delventhal (2013), 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 13, 2015. For more information on eligibility for the Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year Award or to nominate a colleague or friend, click here.

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 Fall Public Law Journal

The Fall 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:

  • “‘Grandfathering’ of Emergency Medical Services under ‘Section 201’ of the Emergency Medical Services Act” by Derek Cole
  • “Community Choice Aggregation – An Alternative Way to Providing Electricity Service by Local Government” by Greg Stepanicich
  • “Leggo My Home Rule: Charter Cities and State Municipal Interference” by Catherine Ferguson
  • “To Ban or Not to Ban: How California Cities and Counties Can Effectively Regulate Oil and Gas Fracking Activity without the Risk of a Total Ban” by Dr. Robert H. Freilich & Neil M. Popowitz

California Public Records and Open Meetings Conference

UCLA Campus PhotoThe Public Law Section’s popular full-day conference returns on Friday, June 19, 2015 at UCLA in Los Angeles.  The conference will feature leading experts and counsel discussing the California Public Records Act and Open Meeting Laws.  Speakers include Michael Colantuono, Michael Jenkins, Christi Hogin, Ted Prim, Michelle Mitchell, and many others.  More details to come!

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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