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Joseph Byrne

Joseph Byrne

Lecturer in Law

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

699 Exposition Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90089-0074 USA




Joseph Byrne is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Best Best & Krieger and is a member of the firm’s Environmental Law & Natural Resources, Special Districts and Business practice groups. He provides general counsel services and advises both public and private sector clients on water law and government strategies, and has additional experience in general business law.

Byrne serves as general counsel to the Castaic Lake Water Agency, Municipal Water District of Orange County and the Rowland Water District, and he works closely with a number of other public entities, including the Lake Arrowhead Community Services District, City of Santa Maria and other cities and special districts. In his general counsel capacity he advises clients on a broad range of issues, including; contracts, opening meeting laws, the Public Records Act, the California Environmental Quality Act, conflicts of interest, personnel, public works bidding and contracts, and general compliance with state and federal laws. He regularly attends public agency meetings and works closely with elected board members.
 

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ABA Journal
July 18, 2018
Re: Orin Kerr

Orin Kerr was cited for his recent editorial on his experience taking the California bar exam much later in life in order to practice law in another state. "It’s not like you can test lawyerly competence among 20 topics any better than with 10 topics," Kerr commented. "It just requires more time memorizing, and it’s not obvious what that has to do with lawyerly ability.”

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"The Great Patent Grab", The Hoover Institution, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

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"Parental Control Rights." In Philosophical Foundations of Children's and Family Law, edited by Elizabeth Brake & Lucinda Ferguson. New York: Oxford Univerity Press, 2018.