Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 361 (Rivas, D-San Benito County) September 16, 2021 to establish exceptions to teleconference requirements of the Brown Act during states of emergency. AB 361 took effect immediately on the Governor’s signature. It provides a means to continue to respect public health advice during the pandemic as to the conduct of
Abigail is an associate in the litigation practice group of CHW’s Pasadena Office. Her current assignments include California Public Records Act disputes and CEQA litigation.
Before joining CHW, Abigail analyzed a variety of legal and real estate matters and drafted litigation document in trust and estate, real estate, and family law contexts.
Abigail received her law degree from Boston University School of Law. While at law school, she interned in the Airport Division of the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office. Abigail also externed at a Boston-based municipal and environmental law firm. There, she assisted with a variety of local government legal matters, including brownfield issues, real estate, land use, public records requests, and drafting and interpretation of local ordinances. She was a staff member of the Public Interest Law Journal and received the Albert P. Pettoruto Memorial Award for excellence in family or trust and estate law. Abigail participated in the Civil Litigation Clinic as provisionally licensed student-attorney, representing low-income clients in employment, divorce, and tenant dispute matters.
Abigail earned her Bachelor of Arts magna cum laude at Tufts University, majoring in International Relations with a focus on national and international security. She spent her junior year on the Middlebury Abroad program in Kunming, China, engaging in immersive language programming and study of urban female immigrant employment as well as the impacts of the 2014 Kunming attack in which eight knife-wielding assailants killed 31 civilians and injured more than 140.
The future of banking with the California cannabis industry
Although cannabis is legal in California, it remains illegal under federal law. This controversy hamstrings cannabis businesses, as they are unable to use the services of federally regulated banking institutions and must do business in cash, creating risks for them and everyone they do business with — including local governments. Most banks avoid doing business…
It’s in my water? Wildfires and water toxicity
As California battles wildfires that seem fiercer, larger, and longer each year, cities around the state are tackling fire prevention and recovery. The main injuries from fires are obvious: loss of life and property, poor air quality, and damaged environments. Yet there are less obvious, more insidious consequences of wildfires that can be just as…