Public Law Executive Committee

The Public Law Section's mission 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:

  • focused on public sector practice, which encompasses many areas of law: administrative law, municipal law, open meeting laws, political law, education law, state and federal legislation, environmental and natural resources law, public safety and law enforcement, 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. 

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 2016-17 vacancies: 8
  • Approximate number of meetings per year: 4
  • 2015-16 Chair: Elizabeth G. Pianca, San Jose
  • Staff contact: Stephanie Carman 415-538-2468

Deadline for 2016 applications:  Jan. 29, 2016

2016-17 terms begin: Conclusion of 2016 State Bar Annual Meeting (Oct. 2, 2016)