News & Events

News & Events

News

September 28,2017

Burke, Williams & Sorensen and its Employees Raise More Than $40,000 to Support Hurricane Relief Efforts

Traci I. Park, John J. Welsh

Burke attorneys and employees rallied together to raise funds for over 20 different charities to aid in the effort to provide relief to those affected by recent hurricanes.

January 11, 2017

Burke, Williams & Sorensen Names Three New Owners

Gregory R. Aker, Susan E. Bloch, Anna C. Shimko, John J. Welsh

Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP, announced that it has named 3 new owners from its partnership ranks, effective January 1, 2017.  The new owners are Gregory R. Aker (Oakland), Susan E. Bloch (Oakland), and Anna C. Shimko (San Francisco). 

June 9, 2016

Burke Included in "BTI Most Recommended Law Firms 2016"

The BTI Most Recommended Law Firms 2016 report is out. Burke, Williams & Sorensen, LLP is one of only 55 law firms recommended by top legal decision makers to their peers for its client service for 2 years in a row.

June 2, 2016

IN MEMORIAM

Burke, Williams & Sorensen is saddened to share that James T. Bradshaw, Jr. passed away on Thursday, June 2, 2016.

Events

November 14, 2017

Think Before You Tweet: Social Media Basics for Local Government Officials

Traci I. Park, Kelly A. Trainer

Social media presents elected officials with a tempting but sometimes risky platform for communicating with constituents. This educational and entertaining webinar focuses on the First Amendment, the Public Records Act, and the Brown Act. Traci I. Park and Kelly A. Trainer frequently advise public agencies on social media use, and will help officials navigate the ever-changing social media landscape without putting themselves or their agency at risk.

October 25, 2017

Not Your Average Harassment Training

Kelly A. Trainer, Traci I. Park

Presented by Kelly A. Trainer and Traci I. Park, two dynamic employment attorneys, this fun, informational, and interactive online workplace harassment prevention training will teach local agency officials and supervisors how to identify, prevent, and properly respond to workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation and abusive conduct in order to avoid personal and agency liability in compliance with AB 1825/2053/1661.

October 11, 2017

Abstentions and Disqualifications – Conflicts of Interest and When One Must or Should Step-Aside

Christina M. Burrows, Nira F. Doherty

It can be difficult for public officials to determine when to abstain from the decision-making process. This webinar will discuss:

  • What financial interests and other conflicts of interest disqualify an official from participating in, or influencing, the decision-making process;
  • Guidelines for deciding when to abstain; and
  • What to do if you abstain or disqualify yourself from the process.
June 6, 2017

Required Harassment Prevention for Staff/Board

Kelly A. Trainer, Traci I. Park

Receive your harassment prevention compliance training for special districts with this webinar.

April 22, 2017

Ideas and Challenges Related to the Cannabis Industry and Real Property - Financing, Leasing, Selling, Buying, and Permit Compliance

Nira F. Doherty

This panel will explore some challenges and creative solutions surrounding the implementation of the California laws related to cannabis for real property, including ensuring compliance with the law, federal concerns, security, and financing property with a largely cash-only business. Join for an interactive discussion on approaches to resolving sometimes diverging interests to help everyone achieve their business goals.

January 19, 2017

Communications and the New Media

Traci I. Park

With so many advancements in social media over the last several years, it can be hard to keep up with the do’s and don’ts of every platform. There is a wide variety of almost immediate online informational sources, and elected officials need to be quick on their feet with the necessary skills to proactively manage public perceptions about local governmental affairs. Discover what cities should be doing to communicate with their constituents in the 21st Century, and the new forms of media that must be embraced.
 

January 18, 2017

Your Legal Powers and Obligations

Thomas B. Brown

You were elected to make things happen in your city. Learn the breadth, as well as the limitations, of your powers as a city official. Acquire a basic understanding of the legal authorities and restrictions under which cities and city officials operate with a focus on the Brown Act.