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January 2013 - Volume 2013, No. 4 Serving California's County Counsel Offices

CLE News

Civil Law and Litigation

Spring 2013 Conference

April 17-19, 2013

Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa

Monterey, California 


This activity has been approved for MCLE credit by the

State Bar of California in the amount of 8.75 Hours MCLE Credit

(This includes 1.25 Hours of Elimination of Bias and

2.75 Hours Legal Ethics Credit)



The Civil Law and Litigation 2013 Conference will be held April 17-19, 2013 at the Monterey Plaza Hotel & Spa in Monterey.  The conference begins on Wednesday morning with Board and Committee meetings.  The early registration and the Welcoming Reception begin at 6:00 p.m. that evening.  The conference concludes on Friday at 11:45 a.m.


Be sure to make your hotel room reservations by March 18, 2013, and specify that you are attending our meeting. 


Featured Presentations


Emergency Preparedness – Serving as the EOC Legal Officer

Catherine P. Bernstein, Esq., Senior Counsel, California Emergency Management Agency, Sacramento

William L. Adams, Deputy County Counsel, Sonoma

Nina F. Dong, Deputy County Counsel, Tulare


Cybersleuthing, Predatory Friending and the New “Face” of Legal Practice

Andrew A. Servais, Esq., Partner, Wingert Grebing Brubaker & Juskie LLP, San Diego


County Counsel Office Performance Metrics

Fred Brousseau, Principal, Harvey M. Rose Associates, LLC, San Francisco

Lori E. Pegg, Acting County Counsel, Santa Clara


Increasing Diversity and Eliminating Bias in a Public Law Office Proposition 209 – 16 Years Later

Carra L. Rhamy, Senior Deputy County Counsel, San Diego


County Payroll Tax Risk Issues

Robert A. Blum, Esq., Attorney at Law, Hanson Bridgett LLP, San Francisco


(Former) County Counsels’ View from the Appellate Bench

Honorable Miguel Márquez, Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District, San Jose

Honorable Adrienne M. Grover, Associate Justice, Court of Appeal, Sixth Appellate District,

San Jose


Implementing the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013 (PEPRA): Hot Issues and Litigation Update

Leslie J. Girard, Chief Assistant County Counsel, Monterey

Rachel H. Witt, Senior Deputy County Counsel, San Diego

Barbara B. Grunwald, Deputy County Counsel, Tulare


ICE DETAINERS – Voluntary Requests or Mandatory Requirements?

Bill O. Hing, Esq., Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law, San Francisco

Timothy Aitken, Field Director, ICE, San Francisco (Invited)


Ethical Pitfalls and New FPPC Regulator Developments

Zackery P. Morazzini, General Counsel, Fair Political Practices Commission, Sacramento


This program information is tentative and subject to change.  To view the most up-to-date program information, visit, and click on the link to the “Conference Program”. 




Registration Fee.  The registration fee is $305.00 and includes all conference materials; Wednesday’s Welcoming reception; Thursday's breakfast, lunch, Run-Walk-Crawl-A-Thon, and reception; and Friday's breakfast.


Guest Fee.  The guest fee is $72.00 and includes Thursday’s reception only.  No other events or meals are included.  Each registrant bringing a guest must pay the full guest fee. 


Help us keep registration costs down!  The Association pays penalties to the hotel when a specified number of sleeping rooms are not booked by our attendees.  So please make your hotel reservations by the hotel cut-off date, March 18, 2013, and specify that you are attending our meeting.




For More Information. . . . 


Civil Law Program Chair 

Bruce D. Goldstein, County Counsel, Sonoma

Phone: (707) 565-2421 



Litigation Program Chair

Deborah A. McCarthy, Assistant County Counsel, San Diego

Phone: (619) 531-4847 


Administrative Assistant
Mary Penney 
Phone:  (916) 327-7558 
Executive Director
Jennifer Henning 
Phone:  (916) 327-7535 

The County Counsels’ Association of California, a State Bar of California Approved MCLE provider, certifies that this activity conforms to the standards set forth in Section 7.1 for approved activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing MCLE.