Public Law Executive Committee

The mission of the Public Law Section is to ensure that the laws relating to the function and operation of public agencies are clear, effective and serve the public interest; to advance public service through public law practice; and to enhance the effectiveness of public law practitioners.

The section:

  • focuses on administrative law, municipal law, open meeting laws, political law, education law, state and federal legislation, public employment, government contracts, tort liability and regulations, land use/environment issues, and public lawyer ethics;
  • provides topical educational programs, seminars and resource materials;
  • works to enhance the recognition of, and participation by, public sector lawyers in the State Bar;
  • presents its annual "Ronald M. George Public Lawyer of the Year" award to public lawyers who have made significant and continuous contributions to the profession; and publishes the quarterly Public Law Journal;
  • sponsors an annual Student Writing Competition, awarding the winning student a cash prize and publishing his or her article in the Public Law Journal.

Committee communications are conducted electronically, and each member must have an email address to receive committee meeting notices, agendas, reports, etc. Section participation, prior volunter service, and leadership skills are factors considered in the appointment review.

Lawyers throughout California who can meet these requirements and who can make the time commitment are encouraged to apply. For questions regarding section requirements or how to become more involved in section activities, please contact the section's staff administrator or chair.

  • Expected 2015-16 vacancies: 6
  • Approximate number of meetings per year: 4
  • 2014-15 Chair: K. Scott Dickey, San Francisco
  • Staff contact: Kristina Robledo 415-538-2467

Deadline for 2015 applications:  Feb. 2, 2015

2015-16 terms begin: Conclusion of 2015 State Bar Annual Meeting (Oct. 11, 2015)