Join the RNLA's California Chapter for a Continuing Legal Education seminar on September 7th, 2019!
RNLA has applied for 1 hour of general MCLE credit with the California State Bar (pending approval).
Topics to include:
State and Local Redistricting in California
Shawn Steel, an attorney seasoned in the Citizens Redistricting Commission and the impact on Congressional and State legislative districts.
Steel earned a B.A. from California State University, Northridge and an M.A. in history from the University of Southern California. He went on to earn a J.D. as well. He is a lawyer in California and his professional biography credits him with "creating a new field of law" in the time he has been practicing since 1978. Steel defends doctors who practice alternative medicine as well as their patients in personal injury cases.
He writes articles about personal injury and alternative medicine law and has taught a class at Cleveland Chiropractic College since 1991. Former Governor of California Pete Wilson (R) appointed Steel to the California Acupuncture Board. Steel served on the board for seven years.
Steel worked as the founding director of the California chapter of the Club for Growth, a 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization that supports free-enterprise and limited government.
Additionally, he has served on the Republican National Committee's Resolutions Committee, and Committee on Arrangements (California) and serves as National Committeeman from California, in addition to other roles, including Past Chairman of the California Republican Party.
Fred Whitaker, presenting on State and Local Redistricting in California.
Mr. Whitaker joined Cummins & White, LLP as an associate in 1990. His practice focused on environmental insurance coverage and real estate matters. In 1993, Mr. Whitaker left Cummins & White and joined SC Fuels of Orange, California as Vice President/General Counsel, and later became Chief Operating Officer of their Northwest Division.
In 2000, Mr. Whitaker returned to Cummins & White as the partner in charge of its transactional practice and continues in this role today. As outside general counsel, his practice focuses on the needs of private business for entity formation and governance, mergers & acquisitions, tax, finance, commercial real estate, and estate/succession planning. Mr. Whitaker serves as Cummins & White’s managing partner.
Whitaker serves at Mayor Pro Tem and Councilmember for the City of Orange, as well as Chairman of the Orange County GOP.
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As demonstrated by the legislative history and Governor Newsom’s public comments, the Act is a naked political attack against the sitting President of the United States. The Act subverts the franchise for cheap political gain, creates an extra-constitutional qualification for the office of President, and effectively disenfranchises voters by denying their right to associate for the advancement of political beliefs and effectively cast a vote for the otherwise qualified candidate of their choosing.Read more
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Boom! Deeply honored to have been selected as the lead plaintiffs’ counsel in this landmark 1st Am. lawsuit, which today resulted in a settlement allowing free or nominal access to campus facilities at UC Berkeley, and no security fees for the types of events our client hold. 🙌🏽 https://t.co/3n2kez7YBD— Harmeet K. Dhillon (@pnjaban) December 3, 2018
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