Legal Advocacy Program
The League engages in advocacy on behalf of cities before the appellate courts through the Legal Advocacy Program, because laws affecting cities are made in the courts as well as in the Legislature. The League receives counsel on its amicus or "friend-of-the-court" efforts from a Legal Advocacy Committee, which is comprised of city attorneys from throughout the state.
The Legal Advocacy Committee meets approximately four times annually. View meeting dates.
The Legal Advocacy Report is provided to keep Department members informed of the Committee's activities relating to the League's amicus participation in appellate cases.
The League weighs in on legal issues when its participation is likely to affirmatively advance cities' collective legal interests by establishing legal precedent that will help cities more effectively serve their communities. Generally, for the League to become involved in the resolution of a legal issue, cities should agree on the preferred outcome of the dispute and no city should be adversely affected by the League's efforts. In rare cases, the League will get involved in litigation or Attorney General opinions where cities do not have a common interest in the same outcome; the League will become involved in such issues only after full League board consideration and approval.
Whenever possible, and to maximize the effective use of limited resources, the League will collaborate and join with other local agency associations and organizations to achieve mutually desired legal outcomes through the Legal Advocacy Program.
For additional information about the Program, please contact Koreen Kelleher, assistant general counsel, or Janet Leonard, legal assistant.
Legal Advocacy Committee