Public Law Journal: Summer 2014, Vol. 37, No. 3
- Four Members Appointed to the Public Law Section Executive Committee
- Inclusionary Zoning for Affordable Housing Under Attack
- Legislation Update
- Litigation & Case Law Update
- Sold Out Public Records & Open Meetings Conference Offers Survey of Existing Laws, Compliance Issues, and Current Developments.
- The Next Frontier: Transgender Legal Rights
- The Public Law Section Plans Dynamic Annual Meeting Programs
- Through the Looking Glass: Why Making "Reverse Ceqa" the Law in California Would Significantly Expand Ceqa's Scope While Undermining Its Purpose and Procedures
- Two Views: "Reverse Ceqa"
- When Government Cover-ups are a Good Thing: Preventing Exposure of Your Agency's Decisionmaking Via the Deliberative Process Privilege
- Willfully Ignorant: the California Building Industry Association's Attempt to Eliminate Ceqa's Long-Standing Role in Protecting Human Health and Public Safety
- Message from the Chair
Message from the Chair
By David H. Hirsch*
This issue’s Message from the Chair provides an opportunity to share a broader perspective about some State Bar activities. With over 181,000 active members the State Bar of California is a large and diverse organization. While the Sections are committed to providing programs to benefit their members, it is important to keep in mind that the State Bar is a judicial branch regulatory agency whose primary focus is public protection by maintaining the standards of the legal profession and improving the quality of legal services.
"… With over 181,000 active members the State Bar of California is a large and diverse organization."
Last Fall, State Bar President Luis Rodriguez invited the State Bar’s sixteen Section Chairs to participate in his monthly conference calls with local bar association Presidents. He also instituted quarterly conference calls with the Section Chairs. State Bar Chief Executive Officer Joe Dunn also participates on the calls. In the March call, President Rodriguez and CEO Dunn gave updates on a wide range of State Bar programs and initiatives, providing insights into the proverbial "big picture", underscoring the State Bar’s primary purpose of regulating the profession and protecting the public.