Public Law

Public Law Journal: Winter 2017, Vol. 40, No. 1


The Public Law Section of the State Bar is pleased to announce two upcoming conferences:

Open Meeting & Public Records Act Conference at UC Berkeley on Friday, May 19, 2017

The Public Law Section continues its tradition of offering California’s leading conference on the Brown Act and the Public Records Act. The conference will take place on May 19, 2017 at the UC Berkeley School of Law and will feature pivotal updates on open meeting and Public Records Act requirements. The keynote speaker will be David Greene, the Civil Liberties Director and Senior Staff Attorney for the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The first sessions will discuss timely and practical components of practicing under open meeting laws, including handling prickly situations under the Brown Act, effectively navigating difficult public meetings and closed sessions, and fixing prior erroneous legal advice. The later sessions will discuss a broad array of updates and lessons regarding the Public Records Act, including best practices in light of the California Supreme Court’s recent San Jose decision regarding public information held on private devices and accounts. Experienced panelists will also explore best practices and policies regarding digital record retention, ethical issues in open government law, and open meeting remedies, including how to avoid costly mistakes and minimizing legal exposure. The conference will include a networking lunch and post-conference reception.

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