DeVos Calls For Revising Title IX Regulations, Announces Public Comment Period

DeVos Calls For Revising Title IX Regulations, Announces Public Comment Period

On September 7, 2017, United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School to discuss problems with the current Title IX enforcement system and identified the need to establish a regulatory framework that better serves all students.

Sep 19, 2017 Tips from the Table
Negotiating Modifications and Coalition Bargaining

Negotiating Modifications and Coalition Bargaining

Sep 7, 2017 Blog Posts
Accommodating the Religious Practices of a Diverse Workforce

Accommodating the Religious Practices of a Diverse Workforce

Sep 6, 2017 Special Bulletins
Trump Administration Ends Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”)

Trump Administration Ends Deferred Action For Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”)

Aug 31, 2017 Briefing Room

No Disclosure of "Brady List" to Prosecutors Absent Compliance with Pitchess Statutes, but Agency May Transfer Officers or Change Officer Duties for Non-Punitive Purposes

In a case handled by Geoffrey Sheldon and Alex Wong of our Los Angeles office, a California Court of Appeal held, among other things, that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (“LASD”) was prohibited from sharing with prosecutors the names of deputies on its “Brady list”, absent a court order after a Pitchess motion.  A Brady list contains the names of officers whose personnel file likely contains evidence of dishonesty or bias that could be used to impeach the officer.  The Court also found, however, that a law enforcement agency may transfer or change the duties of an officer on a Brady list to compensate for the officer’s reduced credibility if allegations of the officer’s misconduct are disclosed.  

Aug 31, 2017 Briefing Room

Evidentiary Hearing Prior to Punitive Action Does Not Satisfy POBR Requirement for Administrative Appeal

In Morgado v. City and County of San Francisco, a California Court of Appeal found that the City and County of San Francisco’s disciplinary procedures for police officers did not comply with the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (“POBR”).  

Aug 31, 2017 Briefing Room

Police Officer Subject to Interrogation in Investigation is Entitled to Investigator's Notes and Reports Prior to Further Interrogation

Government Code section 3303(g) of the Public Safety Officers Procedural Bill of Rights Act (“POBR”) provides that if the interrogation of a public safety officer is recorded, the officer “shall have access to the tape if any further proceedings are contemplated or prior to any further interrogation at a subsequent time.”  It also entitles the officer to a “transcribed copy of any notes made by a stenographer or to any reports or complaints made by investigators or other persons, except those which are deemed by the investigating agency to be confidential.”