Education Law

Educational institutions, like any public agency, are challenged to operate under applicable federal, state and local laws with scarce resources and support. They are set apart, though, from typical government organizations, having the charge to educate and nurture students while complying with strict regulations. From establishment through  day-to-day operations and growth, many of the issues they face require experienced and knowledgeable counsel to resolve.
 
Best Best & Krieger LLP provides comprehensive, cost-effective legal solutions for public and private K-12 schools, school districts, county offices of education, community colleges and universities, special education local plan areas and education foundations. We partner with our educational clients, listening carefully to the issues and working collaboratively to develop practical and legal options and solutions.
 
Whether it be advising on special education, student affairs,  charter schools issues, personnel or construction and facilities matters, BB&K’s Educational Law group is there to help.
 
Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Strategic Counsel
As a full-service firm, our educational clients benefit from our cross-disciplinary approach to service. Our education attorneys work closely with members of our highly regarded real estate, environmental, municipal and telecommunications practices. We regularly provide our clients with a wide variety of services, including:


We assist in drafting policies and procedures, offer customized training programs to help manage risk, and advocate our clients’ interests before governing bodies and in court. We stay current on the latest issues, trends and legal developments, analyzing their implications and strategizing with clients to resolve matters before legal problems ensue.

When litigation proves necessary or is the best course of action, BB&K lawyers vigorously represent clients at the state and federal levels, including in appellate courts. We also represent our school district clients in mediations and settlement conferences.
 
Industry Leaders
BB&K lawyers are active in many education-related professional organizations, including the Coalition of Adequate School Housing, California Association of School Business Officials, California Council of School Attorneys, the California and National school boards associations and the National Organization for Legal Problems in Education. Members of our team regularly present at conferences sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators, the Small School District Association and other education-related organizations.

Priscilla W. Anderson

Priscilla W. Anderson

Paralegal*

(619) 525-1355

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Public Finance
Lauri A. Arrowsmith

Lauri A. Arrowsmith

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6564

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Public Finance | Special Education
John E. Brown

John E. Brown

Partner

(909) 483-6640

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Education Law | Eminent Domain | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Partner

(949) 263-2603

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal | Public Contracts & Construction
Jack B. Clarke

Jack B. Clarke

Partner

(951) 826-8233

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education
Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Partner

(619) 525-1328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Steven C. DeBaun

Steven C. DeBaun

Partner

(951) 826-8201

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Transportation
Warren B. Diven

Warren B. Diven

Partner

(619) 525-1337

Areas of Focus: Fees, Taxes & Assessments | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Public Finance
Tyree K. Dorward

Tyree K. Dorward

Partner

(619) 525-1338

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Education Law | Public Contracts & Construction
James B. Gilpin

James B. Gilpin

Partner

(619) 525-1341

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Maria E. Gless

Maria E. Gless

Partner

(951) 826-8333

Areas of Focus: Education | Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Dina Harris

Dina Harris

Partner

(619) 525-1340

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Special Education | Student Affairs
Cathy S. Holmes

Cathy S. Holmes

Partner

(951) 826-8218

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Special Education | Student Affairs
Kandice L. Kim

Kandice L. Kim

Associate

(949) 263-2613

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Epiphany Owen

Epiphany Owen

Partner

(949) 263-6589

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Education Law | Education Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Special Education | Student Affairs
Victor Ponto

Victor Ponto

Associate

(909) 483-6658

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Arlene Prater

Arlene Prater

Partner

(619) 525-1334

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law
Joseph R. Sanchez

Joseph R. Sanchez

Partner

(619) 525-1372

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation
Mary K. Stracke

Mary K. Stracke

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8334

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation
Dianna Marie Valdez

Dianna Marie Valdez

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8252

Areas of Focus: Education | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Karen L. Van Dijk

Karen L. Van Dijk

Partner

(949) 263-6563

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Eminent Domain | Public Agency Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Christine N. Wood

Christine N. Wood

Associate

(213) 542-3861

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Education Law | Education Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law
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Resiliency Planning

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Creating an Accessible City

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Update on Pension Litigation

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AB 1234 Ethics Training (July 18, 2018)

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Social Media Meets the First Amendment

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Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?

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Marijuana Policy Updates

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BB&K Partner Lauren Langer on Daily Journal 40 Under 40 List
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BB&K Partner Lauren Langer on Daily Journal 40 Under 40 List

Annual List Recognizes Newer Attorneys for their Achievements

“Protected Activity” Rejected by California Appellate Court Under Anti-SLAPP Statute
Legal Alerts Jun 21, 2018

“Protected Activity” Rejected by California Appellate Court Under Anti-SLAPP Statute

School District Officials’ and Board Members’ Actions at Issue

When is an Employer Responsible for Accidents on Employees’ Commutes?
Legal Alerts Jun 21, 2018

When is an Employer Responsible for Accidents on Employees’ Commutes?

California Court of Appeal Reverses $14 million Judgment Against Employer Because Employee’s Vehicle was Not Required at Work on the Day of the Accident

BB&K Event Jun 21, 2018

2018 Small Cells Symposium

Maryland Association of Counties

BB&K Event Jun 20, 2018

Short-Term Rental Task Force Meeting

South Bay Cities Council of Governments

BB&K Ranks No. 1 on Law360’s Best Firms for Minority Attorneys List
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BB&K Ranks No. 1 on Law360’s Best Firms for Minority Attorneys List

Firm Takes No. 2 Slot for Best Firms for Minority Equity Partners

Best in Law: Is it Time to Franchise Your Business?
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Best in Law: Is it Time to Franchise Your Business?

BB&K Franchise Law Attorney Thomas O’Connell Writes About Factors to Consider Before Growing

Partner Mark Easter Named IRWA Professional of the Year
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Partner Mark Easter Named IRWA Professional of the Year

Honored by Inland Empire Chapter of the International Right of Way Association

BB&K Event Jun 15, 2018

Behavioral Health Privacy Compliance in a Changing Health Care Environment

Health Care Compliance Association

Event Jun 14, 2018

Mapping and Navigating the Path Forward on Automated and Connected Vehicles

Texas City Attorneys Association

Congratulations to IELLA: Nonprofit of the Year
Press Releases Jun 14, 2018

Congratulations to IELLA: Nonprofit of the Year

BB&K is Proud to Support the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association

[PODCAST] Local Policies and the Transportation Revolution
BB&K In the News Jun 13, 2018

[PODCAST] Local Policies and the Transportation Revolution

BB&K Attorney Interviewed for Infinite Earth Radio's Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series

Event Jun 13, 2018

Water Projects: How to Successfully Navigate a Growing But Complicated Process

American Water Works Association

BB&K Webinar Jun 12, 2018

Preparing for Changes in the “Vested Rights Doctrine” - Understanding Plan Design Options

BB&K Free Webinar

Digital Public Records
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Digital Public Records

BB&K Attorney Christine Wood Discusses Record Retention Policies in PublicCEO

[WEBINAR] Preparing for Changes in the “Vested Rights Doctrine” - Understanding Plan Design Options
Videos Jun 12, 2018

[WEBINAR] Preparing for Changes in the “Vested Rights Doctrine” - Understanding Plan Design Options

BB&K Webinar

How a Court’s Decision that the President Can’t Block Twitter Users Impacts Public Officials
Legal Alerts Jun 12, 2018

How a Court’s Decision that the President Can’t Block Twitter Users Impacts Public Officials

First Amendment Issues and Social Media Accounts as Public Forums

BB&K Receives Top Diversity Recognitions
Press Releases Jun 11, 2018

BB&K Receives Top Diversity Recognitions

Annual ALM and Law360 Rankings Recognize Firm

Event Jun 11-12, 2018

California Water Law & Policy Conference

Argent Communications Group

Event Jun 7, 2018

Social Media Policies

IMLA Webinar

Isabel Safie and Jill Tremblay Return to 2018 So. Cal. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
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Isabel Safie and Jill Tremblay Return to 2018 So. Cal. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

The BB&K Attorneys Acknowledged Again for Practice Achievements

Event Jun 6, 2018

How to Do a Proper Investigation

HR Pro Conference

BB&K Event Jun 4, 2018

Fundamentals of Local Government

California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

Public-Private Partnership Paves Way to Hotel and Convention Center Development
Client Successes Jun 4, 2018

Public-Private Partnership Paves Way to Hotel and Convention Center Development

BB&K Team Led by Partner Seth Merewitz Represents Port of San Diego in P3 Deal

Op-Ed: Informed Consent vs. Informed Risk
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 4, 2018

Op-Ed: Informed Consent vs. Informed Risk

Automated Vehicle Terms of Use Issues Explored by BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez in Eno Transportation Weekly

Brent Collinson Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar
BB&K In the News Jun 1, 2018

Brent Collinson Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar

Attorney Recently Merged Firm with BB&K, Sierra Sun Reports

Governor Signs Historic Water Use Efficiency Bills
Legal Alerts May 31, 2018

Governor Signs Historic Water Use Efficiency Bills

AB 1668 and SB 606 Impose New or Expanded Requirements on California Water Agencies and Suppliers

Event May 31, 2018

Recognizing and Overcoming Race-Based Implicit Bias in the Workplace

Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Event May 30, 2018

Proposition 26, Proposition 218 and Rate Setting (Orange County)

California Special Districts Association

Cannabis Regulation Patchwork in California
Authored Articles & Publications May 25, 2018

Cannabis Regulation Patchwork in California

BB&K Attorney Victor Ponto Examines Differences in PublicCEO

Harassment and Transgender Regulations: Workplace Impact
Authored Articles & Publications May 23, 2018

Harassment and Transgender Regulations: Workplace Impact

BB&K Partner Joseph Ortiz Writes on Recent Regulations in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

BB&K Event May 23, 2018

Special Districts Revenue Legislation

CSDA Legislative Days

[WEBINAR] Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger
Videos May 23, 2018

[WEBINAR] Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger

BB&K Webinar

Event May 23, 2018

Occupational and Physical Therapy: Legal Issues and Best Practices

Orange County Department of Education - Special Education Services

CEQA – Today and Tomorrow
Authored Articles & Publications May 23, 2018

CEQA – Today and Tomorrow

Legal Decisions and Pending Guideline Updates Have Effect on the CEQA Review Process Write BB&K Attorneys Charity Schiller and Amanda Daams in PublicCEO

Sexual Harassment Civil Judgments in Bankruptcy
Authored Articles & Publications May 23, 2018

Sexual Harassment Civil Judgments in Bankruptcy

BB&K Attorneys Cathy Ta and Alexander Brand Write in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

BB&K Webinar May 23, 2018

Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger

BB&K Free Webinar

Best in Law: Starting a Business?
Authored Articles & Publications May 22, 2018

Best in Law: Starting a Business?

Partner Glen Price Gives Tips on Compliance and How to Spend Your Cash Wisely

Event May 18, 2018

Time for a New Trail: Confronting the Blaze of Sexual Harassment, Abuse and Assault in Our Society

California Bankruptcy Forum

Best in Law: Who Absorbs Cost of New Tariffs on Stuff We're Buying, Selling?
Authored Articles & Publications May 18, 2018

Best in Law: Who Absorbs Cost of New Tariffs on Stuff We're Buying, Selling?

Partner Glen Price Explains in the Press-Enterprise Who is Legally Responsible for the Tariffs

BB&K Again a Top San Diego Law Firm
Press Releases May 17, 2018

BB&K Again a Top San Diego Law Firm

Firm Ranks No. 24 on San Diego Business Journal Annual List

Analysis: Calif. Attorney-Officials Must Heed AG's Ethics Warning
Authored Articles & Publications May 17, 2018

Analysis: Calif. Attorney-Officials Must Heed AG's Ethics Warning

BB&K's Gary Schons Writes in Law360 About Opinion on Ethics and Legal Conflicts for Attorneys as Elected Public Officials

Victoria Hester Earns Spot on Top 40 Under 40 List
Press Releases May 17, 2018

Victoria Hester Earns Spot on Top 40 Under 40 List

San Diego Daily Transcript Recognizes the Area’s Young Professionals

City’s Electric Utility Fund Transfer to General Fund Upheld by Court
Legal Alerts May 17, 2018

City’s Electric Utility Fund Transfer to General Fund Upheld by Court

California Appellate Court Interprets Term “Increase” and Statute of Limitations

Profile: BB&K CEQA Attorney Amanda Daams
BB&K In the News May 16, 2018

Profile: BB&K CEQA Attorney Amanda Daams

Riverside Lawyer Magazine Features the RCBA Barristers' Past President

[WEBINAR] Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure
Videos May 15, 2018

[WEBINAR] Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar May 15, 2018

Automated Vehicle Pilot Project Risks and Smart Infrastructure

BB&K Free Webinar

Administrative Hearing Office Proposed for State Water Resources Control Board
Legal Alerts May 14, 2018

Administrative Hearing Office Proposed for State Water Resources Control Board

Proposed Legislation Would Provide for Efficient Hearings by Qualified Officers

Recent and Upcoming Changes to CEQA
Authored Articles & Publications May 10, 2018

Recent and Upcoming Changes to CEQA

BB&K Attorney Amanda Daams Discusses the California Environmental Quality Act in a Riverside Lawyer Article

Event May 9, 2018

The ABCs of the CJP Webinar

California Judge’s Association

A Bankruptcy Trustee's Power to Abandon Property of the Estate: The Public Health or Safety Exception
Authored Articles & Publications May 9, 2018

A Bankruptcy Trustee's Power to Abandon Property of the Estate: The Public Health or Safety Exception

BB&K Attorneys Cathy Ta and Holland Stewart Featured in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

BB&K Partner Michelle Ouellette Named to Top Women Lawyers List
Press Releases May 8, 2018

BB&K Partner Michelle Ouellette Named to Top Women Lawyers List

Daily Journal Again Recognizes the CEQA Law Veteran

BB&K Event May 8, 2018

Impact of Cannabis Business to State and Local Governments

Impact of Cannabis Business to State and Local Governments

BB&K Event May 8-11, 2018

ACWA CLE Workshop & Spring Conference

Association of California Water Agencies

BB&K Team Handles Plastic Company Sale
Client Successes May 8, 2018

BB&K Team Handles Plastic Company Sale

Riverside-based AMA Now Owned by Westfall Technik

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist
Legal Alerts May 7, 2018

Cell Tower Landlord’s Checklist

Know Your Rights Amid Mobile Carrier Mega Mergers

Ninth Circuit Gives Cities Boost in Regulating Rent Increases
Legal Alerts May 7, 2018

Ninth Circuit Gives Cities Boost in Regulating Rent Increases

Limitations on Rent Increases Imposed by Cities Not Considered a “Taking”

The Dynamex Fallout: Independent Contractor Classifications Endangered
Legal Alerts May 4, 2018

The Dynamex Fallout: Independent Contractor Classifications Endangered

California Employers Should Heed Recent State Supreme Court Ruling

Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to Residential Development in Montebello
Client Successes May 2, 2018

Appellate Court Rejects Challenges to Residential Development in Montebello

BB&K Defends City from CEQA, Brown Act and Planning and Zoning Law Claims

Joseph Ortiz Takes Helm of Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce
BB&K In the News May 2, 2018

Joseph Ortiz Takes Helm of Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce

The BB&K Partner was Recently Sworn In as Chairman of the Board

Event May 2-3, 2018

LCC City Attorneys' Spring Conference

League of California Cities

BB&K Partner Joseph Van Eaton Recognized by Super Lawyers D.C.
Press Releases May 1, 2018

BB&K Partner Joseph Van Eaton Recognized by Super Lawyers D.C.

Telecommunications Law Veteran Again Earns Spot on Prestigious List

BB&K Partner Paula de Sousa Mills a San Diego Best Attorney
Press Releases May 1, 2018

BB&K Partner Paula de Sousa Mills a San Diego Best Attorney

San Diego Metro Magazine Annual List

Event Apr 27, 2018

2018 California Public Records and Open Meetings Conference

Public Law Section of the California Lawyer’s Association

Staff & Board: Defining Roles, Staying Inside the Lines
Authored Articles & Publications Apr 26, 2018

Staff & Board: Defining Roles, Staying Inside the Lines

Partners Ruben Duran and Christopher Pisano Write for PublicCEO

Event Apr 26, 2018

HIPAA, the Brown Act and the Public Records Act

California Fire Chiefs Association

Lessons Learned from San Jose and other Attempted Solutions
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Lessons Learned from San Jose and other Attempted Solutions

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment – The Complex Puzzle of Funding Our Future
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment – The Complex Puzzle of Funding Our Future

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Pension Liability by the Numbers
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Pension Liability by the Numbers

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Is the Road Forward Even a Road? Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Is the Road Forward Even a Road? Transportation, Infrastructure and Innovation

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

A Glimpse at the Future
Videos Apr 24, 2018

A Glimpse at the Future

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

The Price of an Aging Infrastructure on the Environment
Videos Apr 24, 2018

The Price of an Aging Infrastructure on the Environment

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

BB&K Event Apr 24, 2018

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

A BB&K Premier Event

Closing Remarks
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Closing Remarks

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Perspectives: The Practical Effects of Today's Pension Programs
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Perspectives: The Practical Effects of Today's Pension Programs

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Federal Legislative Discussion – Where Do We Invest?
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Federal Legislative Discussion – Where Do We Invest?

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Welcome and Opening Remarks
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Welcome and Opening Remarks

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Legal Update: Is the California Rule in Flux?
Videos Apr 24, 2018

Legal Update: Is the California Rule in Flux?

The Bill is Due: Now What? Infrastructure, Pensions and the Environment

Event Apr 22, 2018

Disaster Resilience: Housing and Economic Development

American Planning Association

Event Apr 21-22, 2018

Telecommunications, Disaster Planning and Clean Water Act Updates

IMLA Mid-Year Seminar

BB&K Climbs Higher on Law360 Top U.S. Law Firms List
Press Releases Apr 20, 2018

BB&K Climbs Higher on Law360 Top U.S. Law Firms List

The Annual Rankings Reflect a Year of Growth for the Firm

Event Apr 20, 2018

2018 Financial Elder Abuse Symposium

Trust and Estates Section of the California Lawyers Association

Private Attorney General Statute to Award Fees Used in a Reverse-PRA Dispute
Legal Alerts Apr 20, 2018

Private Attorney General Statute to Award Fees Used in a Reverse-PRA Dispute

Part III: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

Event Apr 19, 2018

2018 Housing Conference

Fair Housing Council of Riverside County

An Appellate Court’s Observation May Have Effect on Reverse-PRA Actions
Legal Alerts Apr 19, 2018

An Appellate Court’s Observation May Have Effect on Reverse-PRA Actions

Part II: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

Event Apr 19, 2018

Cell Tower Zoning & Placement: Navigating Recent FCC Changes

MyLawCLE

Event Apr 18, 2018

Closing the Deal: Understanding Key Contract Terms to Finalize Your Purchases

California Association of Public Procurement Officials

Event Apr 18, 2018

2018 Federal Civil Practice Seminar

Federal Bar Association Inland Empire Chapter

Event Apr 18, 2018

Understanding the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017

American Association of Port Authorities

PRA Fee Award Narrowed to Cover the Issue of Scope of Redactions
Legal Alerts Apr 17, 2018

PRA Fee Award Narrowed to Cover the Issue of Scope of Redactions

Part I: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

Event Apr 17, 2018

Now Comes the Hard Part… Implementing Groundwater Management Under SGMA

UCLA IoES Water Resources Group and UCLA School of Law's Emmett Institute on Climate Change and the Environment

Event Apr 17, 2018

Does a Federal Reserved Right to Surface Water Extend to Groundwater?

ABA Water Law Conference

District Attorneys Can Deputize City Attorneys to Prosecute Misdemeanors
Legal Alerts Apr 16, 2018

District Attorneys Can Deputize City Attorneys to Prosecute Misdemeanors

Appeals Court Decision Good for California Cities and Counties

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