Speaking Engagements

You are invited to attend the Conference of California Public Utility Counsel's 2015 Annual Meeting October 18 through October 20 in Monterey. Britt Strottman, Principal and Chair of Meyers Nave’s Crisis Management: Public Policy, Ethics and Investigations Practice Group, will participate on a panel discussing the topic of “To Disclose or Not to Disclose?

This session, during the Emerging Technology & Privacy Conference, will explore the expanding use of police body cameras, including recommendations for policies governing its use and oversight. Panelists will also discuss public’s interest and related privacy concerns over whether this footage should be made public. Panelists will also discuss new technology related to facial recognition software which may be integrated into the use of any kind of surveillance, including police body cameras.

Large amounts of data are collected using various technologies including global positioning systems (GPS), stingray phone trackers, police body cameras and license plate trackers. This session, during the Emerging Technology & Privacy Conference, will discuss the impacts of this data collection on the Public Records Act, including the importance of maintaining privacy under the Act and the competing public interest in government transparency.

This panel, during the Emerging Technology & Privacy Conference, will examine developments in and use of drone technology. The panel will discuss the safety and privacy concerns raised by private-party drone use and the existing and proposed laws regulating its use. The session will also address existing and proposed laws governing drones use by law enforcement, as well as the constitutional concerns uniquely raised by its use in law enforcement. The discussion will include the issues which remain unaddressed by the Legislature and the courts as this technology evolves.

Experts believe that November 2016 will be a favorable election for local agencies in California seeking to pass new revenue measures or renew existing ones. December 2015 is the time to start preparing. Be provided with the information you need to begin planning for the polling, communications, and the procedural steps that are necessary to inform your residents, get a measure on the ballot, and maximize the odds of a successful outcome.

This topic is designed to provide persons working in public works construction with a review of new developments in procurement, a review and refresher on common bid protest issues, and a discussion of new developments and major claim and risk issues that arise on many public projects.

State and local governments construct millions of dollars a year in improvements ranging from airports, freeways and roads, public buildings, flood control and other public improvements.  These projects are fraught with claims leading to expensive litigation.  This program will focus on the most effective way to handle public works construction claims.

Timely topics and quality content specifically designed for and by City Attorneys during the City Attorneys' session at the LOCC Annual Conference and Expo. Join Meyers Nave's Sky Woodruff for his informative session covering the basics of municipal finance, including revenue sources, debt financing, and spending and debt limitations.

You’ve got an employee who is constantly out because of a work-related or non-work-related condition...what do you do? What is required of you under the FMLA, CFRA, and other leave laws that provide job protections for employees? Can you do anything, or do you just have to continue to allow an employee to be out on leave? Your agency’s response to these questions and handling of the affected employee may lead to significant litigation exposure. Come learn from the expert about what you can do.

No shortage of significant CEQA practice issues arose in 2015. The Legislature continued to seek ways to refine the statute. The Supreme Court has several important CEQA cases under review. Four years of drought and an extended time-horizon for greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction call for new innovations in CEQA practice. The annual CEQA Conference will again focus on the timeliest topics with high-caliber sessions. This session, with Meyers Nave's Tim Cremin, will cover practice tips and case law regarding deferred mitigation.

Please join us for this informative session, which will provide an overview on Public Contracts as well as updates regarding recent legislation.