April 23, 2024

Pacifica Attorneys Present at WSAMA on Race and Equity Programs, Election Laws

Pacifica Law Group attorneys Nick Brown, Deanna Gregory, Shweta Jayawardhan, Jamie Lisagor, and Faith Pettis will speak at the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys (WSAMA) Spring 2024 Conference this week in Vancouver, Washington.

The twice-yearly WSAMA conferences brings together city attorneys, county prosecutors, and other municipal attorneys from across the state to learn about and discuss legal issues and other challenges facing municipalities.

Deanna’s presentation, “An Election-Year Primer on Municipal Ballot Measures,” will delve into the Public Disclosure Commission’s (PDC) guidelines for the form and requirements of ballot measures, and for the activities of local governments, staff, and elected officials during election campaigns.

In their presentation, “Race and Equity Considerations for Local Governments,” Faith, Jamie, Nick, and Shweta will discuss how municipal lawyers and their clients can design Race, Equity, and Social Justice (RESJ) initiatives while mitigating risk in a constitutional and statutory environment that often appears at odds with municipalities’ RESJ goals. They will also share their thoughts on pending cases concerning race-conscious programs. This talk will draw on Pacifica’s experience working with public clients to draft RESJ state legislation and local ordinances, and to design RESJ programs and policies related to public contracting, grant making, and other topics.

For questions regarding PDC guidelines, RESJ initiatives, or other municipal law matters, please reach out to Deanna, Faith, Jamie, Nick, Shweta, or any member of Pacifica’s municipal law team.

Pacifica Attorney Presentations at WSAMA Spring 2024 Conference

Deanna Gregory
An Election-Year Primer on Municipal Ballot Measures
Thursday, April 25, 3:30-4:15pm

Nick Brown, Shweta Jayawardhan, Jamie Lisagor, and Faith Pettis
Race and Equity Considerations for Local Governments
Friday, April 26, 9:00-11:00am

More information: wsama.org