Meeting Date: June 18, 2002

Board Members Present: Shelley Smith (President), Mary Dennis (Vice President), Liz Greenwood (Vice President), Jule Bishop (Treasurer), Judith Reel (Secretary), Renee Laurents (Civil Director), Eskel Solomon (Proprietary Director).

I. New Business

A. Formation of Union Committee:

The Association formed a Committee to investigate affiliating with a larger union. The Committee consists of Shelley Smith, Jule Bishop, Mary Dennis, Elise Rudin, and Judith Reel. The Committee will interview representatives of unions desiring to affiliate with the Los Angeles City Attorneys Association, and will report to the Board with recommendations.

B. Office Library

Concern was expressed about a proposed significant reduction to the Office Library budget, and the deleterious effect such reduction would have on attorneys’ ability to perform their duties. Shelley Smith responded that Board members raised this issue during the Board’s informal monthly meeting with management. Specifically, Board members informed management that the Board expected that if management were forced to reduce its administrative budget, we expected that the Library would bear a proportionate share of the cut, but should not bear the brunt of the reduction. Board members also stated that non-lawyers might not appreciate the crucial importance to attorneys of meaningful access to a full spectrum of available authorities, and so expected that Office lawyers would have input in the decision regarding the amount of budget reduction. Lastly, the members stated that a reduction in resources available to attorneys would trigger the meet and confer requirements of the Myers-Milias-Brown Act, and so demanded to meet and confer on the issue prior to the Office’s implementing any budget cut.

C. Evaluation Standards

A general discussion was held with respect to attorney performance and evaluation standards, and whether management believes it is appropriate to evaluate persons on the basis of whether they are perceived to be supportive of management, rather than on their job performance. All present agreed that if management desires to implement a system of attorney performance review, the Association will assert its right to meet and confer regarding the standards of review and applicable procedures.


The PAC met to consider a pending request.



As you know, our new MOU includes annual reimbursement for MCLE-related expenses. To ensure that you receive complete and timely reimbursement, we encourage you to follow the instructions contained in the MCLE protocol provided by City Attorney Management. You must complete and submit a reimbursement form in order to receive reimbursement.

You can reimburse expenses related to attending MCLE programs that are accepted by the California State Bar, even if the program takes place in another state. Eligible expenses include the cost of the program, travel, and per diems.

Please be judicious when choosing lodging and which food/drink expenses you submit for reimbursement.

The Board is pleased to announce that LACAA has retained the law firm of MASTAGNI, HOLSTEDT, AMICK, MILLER & JOHNSEN as General Counsel.

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