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News November 30, 2021

Denise L. Rocawich – From Uncertain to Impassioned Advocate

Although she didn’t always intend to pursue a career in law, now, Jones Mayer Partner Denise Rocawich can’t imagine doing anything other than law enforcement legal advocacy. We sat down with Ms. Rocawich to discuss how she discovered that she wanted to devote her career to “her guys” and what it means to practice this…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement November 23, 2021

GOVERNOR SIGNS ASSEMBLY BILL 481 ESTABLISHING NEW REQUIREMENTS ON THE WAY AGENCIES FUND, ACQUIRE, AND USE MILITARY EQUIPMENT

On September 30, 2021, Governor Newsom signed Assembly Bill 481 (“AB 481”), which will become effective on January 1, 2022. AB 481 stated goals are to provide legally enforceable safeguards to protect the public’s welfare, safety, civil rights, and civil liberties before military equipment is funded, acquired, or used. Background Existing law designates the Department…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement November 10, 2021

VOL. 36 NO. 21 CALIFORNIA ASSEMBLY BILL 32 IMPEDES FEDERAL IMMIGRATION POLICY

In October 2021, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in GEO Grp., Inc. v. Newsom, reversed a District Court’s order denying the United States’ motion for a preliminary injunction against a California law that phases out private detention facilities within the state.  The Court concluded that, because California Assembly Bill 32 (“AB 32”) conflicts with…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement November 8, 2021

SUPREME COURT CONCLUDES THAT POLICE OFFICERS DID NOT VIOLATE ANY CLEARLY ESTABLISHED LAW, AND WERE THUS ENTITLED TO QUALIFIED IMMUNITY

In October 2021, the United States Supreme Court, in its per curiam decision City of Tahlequah v. Bond, concluded that a Circuit Court of Appeals erred in denying police officers qualified immunity.  In reaching its conclusion, the Supreme Court found that there was no clearly established law with the appropriate level of specificity to align…

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News November 6, 2021

Jones Mayer’s Jamaar Boyd-Weatherby featured in the Daily Journal

Jones Mayer partner, Jamaar M. Boyd-Weatherby, is pleased to have been published in The Daily Journal. Through his article, “Proceed with caution handling religious exemption requests,” we weigh vaccine exemption requests and scrutiny over their validity. Can employers accommodate these requests? What is the weightiest “good” for the most people involved? Consideration of these questions,…

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News November 2, 2021

Jones Mayer Senior Litigator Harold W. Potter Elected to American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Jones Mayer is proud to announce Senior Litigator Harold W. Potter has been nominated and elected to the prestigious national organization of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Orange County Chapter. “It is an honor to be selected to join such a distinguished group of professionals,” Mr. Potter said. “Throughout my career, I have…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement November 1, 2021

Vol. 36 No. 20 A POLICE CHIEF WAS NOT ENTITLED TO QUALIFIED IMMUNITY WHEN AN OFFICER ASSERTED THAT SHE HAD BEEN RETALIATED AGAINST FOR FILING SEX-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUITS

In the case of Ballou v. McElvain, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed the denial of qualified immunity to a police chief on an officer’s First Amendment retaliation claim, holding that the officer’s speech opposing workplace sex discrimination was inherently speech on a matter of public concern and was clearly protected by the First…

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Client Alerts — Law Enforcement October 22, 2021

Vol. 36 No. 19 SUPREME COURT REVERSES NINTH CIRCUIT’S DECISION TO DENY OFFICER QUALIFIED IMMUNITY

In the case Rivas-Villegas v. Cortesluna, the United States Supreme Court reversed the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal’s decision denying qualified immunity to a police officer who placed his knee on the back of an armed suspect lying face-down on the ground for eight seconds during the handcuffing process.  The Supreme Court determined that Ninth…

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