Entries by Michael Travis

Demers v. Austin: Ninth U.S. Circuit Court Of Appeals Concludes University Professor’s Public Comments On Department Reorganization Plan Constitute Matters Of Public Interest Requiring First Amendment Analysis

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals recently determined that a university professor’s writings and comments on proposed department reorganization required an analysis under the First Amendment. By so concluding, the appellate court reversed the lower court’s decision that the professor’s speech did not address matters of public concern. Demers v. Austin, 2014 DJDAR 1190 (Jan. […]

New Civic Center Act Fee Regulations Issued

The State Board of Education on January 15, 2014 issued new regulations to implement S.B. 1404 from 2012, authorizing school districts to impose Civic Center Act user fees that include costs of maintenance, repair, restoration, and refurbishment of school facilities or grounds in proportion to their use. These regulations are at Title 5, California Code […]