California Lawyers Association

Public Law

Updates and events from the Public Law Section

This course will navigate you through a successful receivership process and discuss the pros and cons of receiverships. Read more
SB 54 (California Values Act), effective January 1, 2018, makes California a “sanctuary state” by prohibiting local and state law enforcement agencies from assisting federal immigration authorities (i.e., U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) to enforce Federal immigration laws. Read more
When Governor Gavin Newsom issued the nation’s first stay-at-home order in response to the coronavirus pandemic, he relaxed some Brown Act provisions, but remained silent as to the Public Records Act. Read more
Find out more about online portals from state and local agencies that are using these services every day. Read more
We’ll be hosting a roundtable discussion on pain points within the PRA, strategies for addressing these pain points, and whether there is a path to legislative fixes. Read more
Let’s take a look at how public agencies are faring in response to requests for public records in the possession of law enforcement agencies. Read more
Participants in this session will hear from records professionals from across the country who work in public agencies and are willing to share their best practices and innovations. Read more
Discussion will include such issues as invoking the critical incident protocol; issuing press releases and responding to media inquiries; dealing with elected officials; preparing for community protests and other actions; investigations by the District Attorney and the importance of coordination amongst involved agencies. Read more
Participants will learn how to comply with requests and produce records, including edited or deleted posts and comments, and how best to archive these records in accordance with current laws. Read more
After the Fowler case earlier this year, there are new rules and expectations about how to provide adequate notice for closed sessions. In this session, participants will learn the practical application to Fowler, while also getting a general update on The Brown Act and The Bagley-Keene Act. Read more

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