Continuing Legal Education

League of California Cities
2021 City Attorneys Spring Conference

April 29-30, May 7, 14, and 21

Mark your calendars for the City Attorneys Spring Conference, which is virtual for 2021. Scheduled over five days beginning April 29 and ending May 21 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The virtual conference provides training on cutting-edge issues in municipal law**. 

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Friday, April 30, 2021

(MCLE Specialty Credit for Competency Issues)

Competency and Mindful Lawyering
Speaker:                Mark Fingerman, Esq., LL.M, ADR Services, Functional Mindfulness
Paper                ​PowerPoint

Labor and Employment Litigation Update
Speaker:               Suzanne Solomon, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore
Paper              PowerPoint

Elected Officials and Employment Law: When the Rules Don't Apply
Speakers:             Rebecca Green, Senior Attorney, Richards, Watson & Gershon 
                                 Jennifer Petrusis, Shareholder, Richards, Watson & Gershon
Paper              PowerPoint
I Hear That Train A'comin': Municipal Legal Issues Involving Railroads
Speaker:               Michael Conneran, Partner, Hanson Bridgett LLP
Paper                PowerPoint

Friday, May 7, 2021

General Municipal Litigation Update
Speaker:               Holly O. Whatley, Assistant City Attorney, South Pasadena, Ojai, Sierra Madre, Shareholder, Colantuono Highsmith Whatley, PC

Paper                     PowerPoint

Emerging Trends in Class Action Challenges to Revenue Measures

Speaker:             Ryan Dunn, Senior Counsel, Colantuono, Highsmith & Whatley, PC
Paper                 ​  PowerPoint

TNC-User Tax: Getting Rideshare Companies to Pay Their ‘Fare’ Share

Speaker:               Benjamin P. Fay, Partner, Jarvis Fay & Gibson, LLP
Paper                    PowerPoint

City Attorney Escape Room: Packaging Legal Advice for Non-Attorney Clients

Speakers:               Attorney Development and Sucession Committee
Paper                      Powerpoint


Friday, May 14, 2021

Municipal Tort and Civil Rights Litigation Update
Speaker:               Timothy T. Coates, Partner, Greines, Martin, Stein & Richland 

Paper                     PowerPoint

A Rising Tide against Qualified Immunity?

Speakers:             Scott Wm. Davenport, General Counsel, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester
                                Eugene P. Ramirez, Senior Partner, Manning & Kass, Ellrod, Ramirez, Trester
Paper                 ​     PowerPoint

How Cities Are Addressing Police Reform

Speakers:               Jamal Anderson, Senior Associate, Renne Public Law Group
                                   Farimah Brown, City Attorney, City of Berkeley
                                   Jonathan V. Holtzman, Founding Partner, Renne Public Law Group

Paper                    PowerPoint

Black Lives Matter as Government Speech

Speaker:               Catherine Engberg, City Attorney, City of Half Moon Bay
Paper                      Powerpoint

Friday, May 21, 2021

Land Use and CEQA Litigation Update
Speaker:               William Ihrke, City Attorney, La Quinta, Partner, Rutan & Tucker

Paper                     PowerPoint

How Cities Can Abate Nuisance Properties at No Cost

Speakers:             Dylan Brady, Assistant Attorney, Petaluma Attorney's Office
                                 Ryan Griffith, Attorney & Associate Receiver, Bay Area Receivership Group
                                  Amanda Pope, Attorney & Director of City Receiverships, Jones & Mayer

Paper                 ​    PowerPoint

New Housing Legislation: Lessons Learned from Recent Litigation

Speakers:               Kevin Siegel, Partner, Burke, Williams, & Sorensen LLP
                                   Barbara Kautz, Partner, Goldfarb & Lipman LLP

Paper                    PowerPoint

Public-Private Partnerships (P3s): How to Deliver Innovative, Local-Serving Projects  

Speakers:               John Finke, President, Public Facilities Group
                                   Korin Crawford, Executive Vice President, Griffin I Swinerton
                                   Seth Merewitz, Partner; Chair P3 Working Group, Best Best & Krieger LLP
                                   Vanessa Legbandt, Esq., Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Paper                      Powerpoint

*Session titles/speakers subject to change

**The League of California Cities (Provider No. 1985) is a Multiple Activity Provider for California State Bar approved minimum continuing legal education (MCLE) and certifies that this activity meets the standards for MCLE credit by the State Bar of California. Attendees may receive up to 14 hours of MCLE credit, including one hour of Competency Issues sub-field credit provided they are registered for the corresponding day of the specialty credit session.