Public Law

Open Meetings and Open Records Conference 2019

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Friday, May 31, 2019

University of San Francisco
Fromm Institute
2130 Fulton St
San Francisco, CA

Earn 6 hours of MCLE Credits

Onsite Registration Available (limited space)

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  • Veritone
  • Best Best & Krieger LLP
  • ZyLAB
  • Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC


8 a.m. – 5 p.m. | Registration

Registration is open

8 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. | Breakfast

Sponsored by Best Best & Krieger LLP

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. | Welcome Remarks

Bernadette Curry, Chair, Public Law Section

Susan Freiwald, Interim Dean of School of Law, University of San Francisco

Conference Introduction
Christine Wood, Conference Chair

8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. | Session 1: Open Meetings Behind Closed Doors

An interactive session exploring the intersection of the Brown Act and the management of difficult situations arising in public agency meetings.

Christi Hogin, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger
Michael Jenkins, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger

10:25 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. | Session 2: Avoiding the Accidental Meeting

This session will address the prohibition on serial meetings — meetings that effectively take place when a quorum of the public body communicate through a series of contacts or through a third party to share information or reach a decision on an issue.

Roy Hanley, Principal, Hanley & Fleishman
Steve Quintanilla, Principal, Law Offices of Quintanilla & Associates
James Sanchez, Senior Counsel, Lozano Smith

11:20 – 12:05 p.m. | Session 3: Social Media and Open Government

Agencies have to govern and communicate with the public in meaningful and relevant ways. This session will explore various social media platforms and the risks that public agencies and their officials face utilizing these forms of media to interact with reach their constituents.

Jill N. Jaffe, Partner, Nossaman
Holly O. Whatley, Shareholder, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley

12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. | Lunch and Keynote Address

Speaker: Dan Walters, Editorial Commentator

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Session 4: Concurrent Sessions:
An Update on the State of the PRA and Police Personnel Records

In 2018, California made wide-sweeping changes to laws that govern police agency records — both personnel records and body camera footage. This this session, attorneys will unpack these changes and look at what impact the new laws have had on law enforcement agencies.

Christine Wood, Director of PRA Services & e-Discovery Counsel Best Best & Krieger

Kelly Aviles, Principal, Law Offices of Kelly Aviles
James Chadwick, Partner, Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton
David E. Mastagni, Partner, Mastagni Holstedt

1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. | Session 5: Concurrent Sessions: Public Records Act and Educational Records: Balancing the PRA, the Ed Code, and FERPA

Both California and federal law provide strict protections for student information which must be taken into account when responding to a CPRA request involving student records. This session will review those protections, how they interact with the CPRA when a request seeks student records, and highlight some of the unanswered questions in this area.

William Tunick, Shareholder, Dannis Woliver Kelly
Komey Vishakan, General Counsel, Palo Alto Unified School District

2:50 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Session 6: Concurrent Sessions: A Primer on Producing Body Camera Footage Under the PRA

Now that body camera footage has to be released in response to public records request, this session will focus on body camera programs and the technology necessary to efficiently and effectively produce body camera footage to the public.


Eugene Ramirez, Partner, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester LLP
Julie Raffish, Supervising Assistant City Attorney, City of Los Angeles
William Russell, Sergeant, Ontario Police Department

2:50– 3:50 p.m. | Session 7: Concurrent Sessions: CEQA: Handling the PRA and Administrative Record

In CEQA litigation, the administrative record is the key document that memorializes the evidence and proceedings which lead to project approval. When the petitioners in a CEQA lawsuit choose to prepare the administrative record themselves, they are increasingly using the Public Records Act as a tool in such work, and doing so imposes costs and burdens on the public agency. This session will discuss the intersection of the CEQA administrative record and the Public Records Act, including tips for how public agencies can effectively prepare for and handle such requests.

Tammy Ingram, Paralegal, Best Best & Krieger
Sarah Owsowitz, Of Counsel, Best Best & Krieger
Beverly Grossman Palmer, Partner, Strumwasser & Woocher

3:50 p.m. – 4 p.m. | Break


4 p.m. – 5 p.m. | Session 8: Public Records Act and Attorney-Client Privilege: The Sanctity of the Attorney Client Privilege and Issues Relating to Confidential Investigations

This panel will begin with a brief overview of attorney client privilege and attorney work product issues under the Public Records Act. Panelists will then dive into employee discipline and confidential workplace issues and discuss attorney-client privilege in that context, such as when the privilege attaches or is waived by the public agency.

Eric Danly, City Attorney, City of Petaluma
Jolie Houston, Partner, Berliner Cohen
Samantha Zutler, Partner, Burke Williams & Sorensen LLP

5 p.m. – 6 p.m. | Networking Reception

Sponsored by Veritone

Essential Information

How to Register

Register by Friday, May 24, 2019

Onsite Registration Available (limited space)

Or register by mail by filling out the registration form and sending to:

Program Registrations
California Lawyers Association
400 Capitol Mall, Suite 650
Sacramento, CA 95814

Or by email at In order to email your registration, credit card information is MANDATORY. (Photocopies of checks will NOT be accepted.) Visa and Mastercard accepted only.

In order to pre-register, your form and check, payable to California Lawyers Association, or credit card information, must be received by May 27, 2019. For a full refund, cancellation must be made before May 24, 2019 and is subject to a $50 service fee.

Registration Fees

  • $195 for Public Law Section members
  • $245 for Non-Section members (includes membership in the Public Law Section for 2019)
  • $170 for Paralegals/Non attorneys
  • $120 for Full-time Law Students


For registration information call 916-516-1757. Telephone registrations will not be accepted. For program content and/or Section information call 916-516-1753.

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