RPLG Partners Amy Ackerman and Jenica Maldonado are set to speak at the 2022 League of California Cities (Cal Cities) Annual Conference in September at the Long Beach Convention Center.
This year’s conference, from September 7-9, offers an opportunity for hundreds of leaders from all sections of local government to connect and learn from the innovative educational sessions throughout the week.
With their combined nearly four decades of experience serving public entities, including roles as city attorneys, both Amy and Jenica will discuss the roles of council members and how to avoid allegations of misconduct. Their session, “Councils Creating Chaos: How to Stay Out of Trouble,” will use real-life examples to ensure council members understand their duties of trust and loyalty to their cities, their roles, and the standards governing their conduct. The duo will also discuss who holds the attorney-client privilege, how to handle confidential material, and how to ensure fair hearings.
“We are honored to have been selected to share our extensive experience at this year’s League of California Cities’ Annual Conference,” Amy said. “We look forward to helping both experienced and newly elected city council members understand how they can protect themselves and their communities from ethics violations and litigation.”
Amy worked as a Senior Deputy City Attorney with the City and County of San Francisco for 16 years. At RPLG, she works as the Town Attorney for the Town of Corte Madera and the City Attorney for Belvedere. She also serves on the Brown Act Committee of the League of California Cities.
Jenica also served a Deputy City Attorney in San Francisco for seven years before joining RPLG, serving as General Counsel to the San Francisco Ethics Commission She now serves as special counsel to several Northern California cities and special districts, often working on complex government and employment law matters.
RPLG’s attorneys have extensive experience in guiding public officials through the labyrinth of sunshine and ethics laws governing their conduct. The government practice group offers proactive ethics advice and training on state and local sunshine and ethics laws, including the Brown Act, Public Records Act, conflicts of interest rules, gift restrictions, restrictions on use of public resources and mass mailings. They also advise and represent public officials on specific allegations or charges before the California Fair Political Practices Commission.
RPLG practices throughout California, advising and advocating for public agencies, nonprofit entities, individuals and private entities in need of effective, responsive and creative legal solutions.