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California Lawyers Association Attorneys Convene for Law Enforcement Practices and Liability Conference May 25-26

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (April 10, 2023): The Public Law Section of California Lawyers Association (CLA) is hosting the annual Law Enforcement Practices and Liability Conference in San Diego, California, on May 25-26, 2023. The conference will welcome hundreds of attorneys, officials representing local government entities, law enforcement professionals and non-profit partners to discuss the public policy of law enforcement practices, and barriers that assist in limiting the use of force in public safety interactions.   

“Over the last six years, California has been successful in reducing the incidences of fatal deaths resulting from law enforcement practices,” said Jeremy Evans, President of CLA.  According to a recent article by the San Francisco Chronicle, law enforcement interactions resulted in nearly 1,000 deaths over six years, over a one year period, and the past year in particular, 80 less deaths were caused by law enforcement. “These trends are due in part to the continuous conversation held by stakeholders, specifically, California’s attorneys, local law enforcement, local agencies, and coalition partners that are collectively invested in designing model behaviors that drive standards throughout the nation.  The Law Enforcement Practices and Liabilities Conference reflects the commitment of stakeholders to invest in discussions that mitigate violence and death in police interactions.” 

The Law Enforcement Practices and Liability Conference has confirmed a variety of speakers who have personally influenced the manner in which policing standards are set and executed.  Speakers will address topics such as the use of body cameras, public records requests, race and policing, mental health, free speech of law enforcement, and privacy.  Furthermore, the conference will also feature Pulitzer Prize Winner Robert Greene, known for his commentary on police issues covered for the Los Angeles Times.  

“The Public Law Section of California Lawyers Association is devoted to providing the highest quality educational programs featuring the leading practitioners and experts in their fields on the most pressing concerns facing public lawyers and the communities we serve,” said John Appelbaum, Event Chair. “The Public Law Section has found the perfect balance to discuss the most sensitive topics with the numerous stakeholders focused on one goal – identify policies that reduce the need for force in California.”  

The Public Law Section (Section) promotes the practice of public law by attorneys employed by public agencies and attorneys in private practice who represent public agencies or those who have dealings with public agencies. The Section seeks to ensure that laws affecting the public sector are clear, effective and serve the public interest. With more than 1,300 members, including law students, the Public Law Section focuses on addressing issues related to all areas of public law – including administrative law, constitutional law, municipal and county law, open meetings/open records laws, political/election law, education law, water law, state and federal legislation, public employment, government contracts, government tort liability, agency regulations, land use/environmental issues, public lawyer ethics, and public finance.

To learn more about the Section, or the Law Enforcement Practices and Liability Conference, visit

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Established in 2018 and headquartered in Sacramento, California Lawyers Association is the statewide voluntary bar association for all California attorneys. CLA’s mission is to promote excellence, diversity, and inclusion in the legal profession and fairness in the administration of justice and the rule of law. Visit us at to learn more about CLA or follow us on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, or Twitter.

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