Public Law Section

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Public Law Section

Mission Statement

The mission of the Public Law Section is to ensure that laws relating to the function and operation of public agencies are clear, effective and serve the public interest; to advance public service through public law practice; and to enhance the effectiveness of public law practitioners. The Section focuses on addressing issues related to administrative law, constitutional law, municipal law, open meeting laws, political and/or election law, education law, state and federal legislation, public employment, government contracts, tort liability and regulations, land use/environment issues, and public lawyer ethics.

The Section provides topical educational programs, seminars and resource materials; works to enhance the recognition of, and participation by, public law practitioners in the State Bar; presents its annual Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year award to public law practitioners who have made significant and continuous contributions to the profession; and publishes the quarterly Public Law Journal.

Executive Committee Roster

CHAIR
K. Scott Dickey
Oakland

TREASURER
John M. Appelbaum
Sacramento

SECRETARY
Elizabeth G. Pianca
San Jose

IMMEDIATE PAST CHAIR
David H. Hirsch
San Luis Obispo

MEMBERS
Ryan M. Baron
Santa Ana

Nelson H. Chan
Elk Grove

Melissa M. Crosthwaite
Hawthorne

Bernadette S. Curry
Fairfield

Christopher J. Diaz
Walnut Creek

Nina F. Dong
Martinez

Michelle Marchetta Kenyon
Oakland

David H. King
Torrance

Kenneth J. Price
Fresno

Randy E. Riddle
San Francisco

Tiffani L. Shin
Los Angeles

Scott C. Smith
Irvine

Rachel H. Sommovilla
Richmond

Advisors & Staff

Saul Bercovitch
Sections Legislative Representative
San Francisco

Jodi L. Cleesattle
San Diego

Justine R. Block
Los Angeles

Glenda Corcoran
Board Liaison
Sacramento

Caroline Fowler
Santa Rosa

Bonnie C. Maly
CEB Liaison
Oakland

Donna R. Mooney
Vallejo

Michael Mullen
Web Coordinator
San Francisco

Bryan M. Otake
Los Angeles

Kristina Robledo
Section Coordinator
San Francisco

Luis J. Rodriguez
Board Liaison
Los Angeles

Brian E. Washington
Oakland

Tricia Horan
Director Office of Education
San Francisco

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