Local Governments Navigating the California Constitution: Rough Waters and Shifting Sands
February 8, 2013 ~ Berkeley Law, Room 110
The symposium will be on the California Constitution and will include a panel on individual rights, focusing on the California Constitution’s unique provisions on religion and privacy; a panel on water rights under the California Constitution; and two panels on the relationship between the state and local governments under the California Constitution, with one panel focusing on revenue and finance issues, in general, and post-redevelopment issues, in particular, and with one panel looking at the general powers of cities and focusing on the difference between general law and charter cities and on the current trend to limit the powers of both general law and charter cities.
The California Supreme Court Conference
Berkeley Law held the first conference on the California Supreme Court in September 2008. At the inaugural conference, a majority of the Supreme Court of California justices participated: Chief Justice Ronald M. George, and Associate Justices Marvin R. Baxter, Kathryn M. Werdegar, Ming W. Chin, and Carol A. Corrigan. The Court’s justices moderated a series of panel discussions, examining issues involving the Court’s 2007-08 term, the death penalty, private judging, and access to justice in family court.
Building on this success, the center will continue to present this conference at the Berkeley campus on a regular basis. The next conference is scheduled for fall 2013. For future conferences, as with the first one, the center will invite the court, prominent scholars from Berkeley Law and other institutions, as well as distinguished practitioners and court observers, to participate on the panels.
The conference provides a forum for judges, government officials, scholars, and practitioners to discuss the work of the court and issues affecting the state judicial system. It raises public awareness and understanding of the court’s work, provides a venue for discussing important legal and constitutional developments, and identifies further areas for study.
Traditionally, a salon was a reception event in an elegant setting for a gathering of literary, artistic and political figures. The center presents an occasional series of modern salon events where an assembly of notable leaders in law, politics, and public policy gather for discussion. The next salon is scheduled for spring 2013.