ABOUT AMY ACKERMAN
Amy Ackerman brings extensive municipal legal experience to Renne Public Law Group. Ms. Ackerman’s experience includes general government agency law, open government law, and appellate law as well as policy and legal analysis.
Ms. Ackerman was a deputy city attorney for 16 years with the City and County of San Francisco. She served as the first Director of Training for the City Attorney’s Office and developed a comprehensive training program for deputy city attorneys, paralegals, and legal interns. Training topics included: open government laws, including public records and public meeting laws; the process, drafting and negotiation of contracts; the legislative process and drafting legislation; municipal finance; state preemption; and litigation skills, including appellate advocacy. She drafted legislative, contract, and open government handbooks for use by attorneys, officials, and employees. She also served as the coordinator for legal advice on open government issues for the City Attorney’s Office and delivered the annual open government training for all city officials.
Ms. Ackerman served as legal counsel to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. Her duties to the Authority included attending the monthly meetings, reviewing agendas, contracts, legislative documents, assisting in the federal and grant process when requested, and coordinating legal assistance with employment issues and litigation.
Ms. Ackerman also provided a range of legal services, including serving as general counsel, litigating at both the trial and appellate level and drafting legislation, to a wide variety of City departments and agencies, including the Arts Commission, Department of Children, Youth and Their Families, Department of Human Services, Film Commission, Juvenile Probation, Office of Labor Standards Enforcement, Mayor’s Office of Criminal Justice, Rent Board, San Francisco Unified School District, and Youth Commission. In addition, she drafted amicus briefs on behalf of the League of Cities and the California State Association of Counties.
After leaving the City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Ackerman was a consultant to the National Policy and Legal Analysis Network to Prevent Childhood Obesity founded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She worked with communities around the country to enact policy solutions to address chronic health issues, including drafting and providing legal advice regarding land use and zoning policies, complete streets legislation, healthy housing and code enforcement ordinances, joint powers and joint use of resources agreements, healthy food policies, and school board policies. In addition, she represents the counties of Napa and Sonoma in the California Court of Appeal on human services matters.
- Reducing the Density and Number of Tobacco Retailers: Policy Solutions and Legal Issues, co-author. Nicotine & Tobacco Research. July 2016.
- Buy Healthy, Buy Local: An Analysis of Potential Legal Challenges to State and Local Government Local Purchase Preferences, The Urban Lawyer, The National Journal on State and Local Government Law. Fall 2011.
- The Good Government Guide, An Overview of the Laws Governing Public Officials,” Part One: Serving on a Board or Commission and Part Three: Overview of Public Records and Public Meetings Laws; an annual City-wide guide to sunshine laws for San Francisco officials, attorneys, and employees,
- Ms. Ackerman served on the San Francisco Commission on the Status of Women.
AWARDS AND HONORS
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Ms. Ackerman received the California County Counsels’ Litigation Award for preparing an amicus brief on behalf of the California State Association of Counties in Elisa B. v. Superior Court (2005) 37 Cal.4th 108.
- Stanford University, School of Law, JD
- Brown University, AB, magna cum laude
- United States Supreme Court