Public Law

Public Law Journal: Summer/Fall 2019, Vol. 42, Nos. 3 & 4

Three New Members and Liaison Appointed to the Public Law Section Executive Committee

The Public Law Section Executive Committee is pleased to announce that three new members and one liaison for the California Young Lawyers Association (CYLA) began their terms after the California Lawyers Association Annual Meeting on October 11, 2019. The new members are Ryan Harrison, Nicholaus Norvell, and Clarisa Sudarma. The new CYLA liaison is Anais Aquino. Additionally, Christopher Whitman was re-appointed for another term as a member.

Executive Committee members serve three-year terms, and oversee the Public Law Section’s ongoing efforts to provide valuable conferences, webinars, and other resources and opportunities for Section members. Applications for terms beginning in the Fall of 2020 will be due in March 1, 2020. If you are interested in applying, please visit for the online application form and for additional information.

Ryan Harrison is an Associate at Lozano Smith LLP, a public agency law firm with eight offices located statewide. Ryan’s practice includes certificated and classified employee dismissal matters for school districts, defending public agency employers against PERB-related unfair labor practice charges, Brown Act and Public Records Act litigation and compliance, and conducting neutral investigations into FPPC ethics issues and complaints of unlawful discrimination. Ryan is a former law enforcement officer and holds special investigators’ academy P.O.S.T. certification. He earned his law degree from UC Hastings College of the Law, where he participated in the LEOP program. Ryan also serves on the State Bar’s Council on Access and Fairness.

Nicholaus Norvell is an Associate in Best Best & Krieger’s Special District and Municipal Law practice groups, and is based in the firm’s San Diego office. Nick serves as general counsel and assistant general counsel to a number of water and wastewater agencies, as well as a community choice energy JPA. He counsels cities, special districts, and JPAs on the full range of issues they encounter, including the Brown Act, Public Records Act, Political Reform Act, public contracting, governance policies, real estate, and other matters. Nick attended the University of San Diego School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the San Diego Law Review. Prior to law school, Nick worked for a member of the U.S. House of Representatives and earned his undergraduate degree in Government from Wesleyan University.

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