ABOUT AMY ACKERMAN
Amy Ackerman brings extensive municipal legal experience to Renne Public Law Group. Ms. Ackerman’s experience includes general public agency law, open government law, public health, juvenile dependency, and appellate law. She currently serves as Town Counsel for the Town of Corte Madera and General Counsel for the San Francisco Downtown Community Benefits District.
Ms. Ackerman was a Senior 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 and paralegals. Training topics included: open government laws, including public records and public meeting laws; 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 and officials. 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. Representative cases include Gillespie v. San Francisco Public Library Commission (1998) 67 Cal.App.4th 1165, holding that the Library could properly hold a closed session to nominate candidates for City Librarian and serving as amicus on behalf of fifty cities in City of San Jose v. Superior Court (1999) 74 Cal.App.4th 1008, holding that the City of San Jose could protect the identity of citizens making complaints regarding municipal airport noise.
Ms. Ackerman served as legal counsel to the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, whose governing body is the Board of Supervisors. Ms. Ackerman also served 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, First Five, Film Commission, Juvenile Probation, Office of Citizens’ Complaints of the San Francisco Police Department, 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 model legislation, 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 policies. In addition, she represented the counties of Del Norte, Napa, San Francisco, and Sonoma in the California Court of Appeal on human services matters.
REPRESENTATIVE SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Fair Process Hearings, League of Cities, Annual City Attorney Conference, October 23, 2020.
- “Policy Approaches to Support Healthy Communities,” National League of Cities Conference, November 5, 2015.
- “Turning the U.N. Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) into a City Law,” United Nations Commission on the Status of Women Non-Governmental Organization Forum. March 12, 2014.
- “Drafting Land Use Regulations for Healthy Food Access,” American Planning Association Annual Conference. Minneapolis, MN. April 28, 2009.
- 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.
- Public Agency Law
- Appellate Law
- United States Supreme Court
- United States District Court, Northern District of California
- Stanford University, School of Law, JD
- Brown University, AB, magna cum laude