Talking Politics: California Goes to Washington

The ballots have been counted and are now final. In just a matter of weeks, on January 20, 2021, the new Biden-Harris administration will take office. As the administration’s priorities and appointments are announced, many have noticed a strong California presence on the national stage.

Join us for a one-hour nonpartisan panel discussion with an experienced group of Manatt government and regulatory professionals and Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA. Our team of speakers will discuss how California’s policies and officials are gaining more attention on the national stage and how the new administration’s policies will affect how business is done in the state.

Featured topics will include:

  • Familiar Faces – A look at Californians appointed to key positions in the new administration.
  • Federal Issues – Will California’s progressive policies—in regard to immigration, environmental and social issues—begin to appear at the federal level?
  • State and Local Issues – What will 2021 hold for the governor after a challenging year facing a pandemic and social justice and environmental crises? What will it mean for Los Angeles and other Southern California governing bodies?


Kathleen L. Brown, Partner, Manatt Government and Regulatory (Moderator)
George David Kieffer, Partner, Manatt Government and Regulatory
Dr. Raphael Sonenshein, Executive Director, Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs, Cal State LA
Delilah Clay, Legislative & Regulatory Advisor, Manatt Government and Regulatory
Alfredo Medina, Advisor, Manatt Government and Regulatory
Jacob Itzkowitz, Associate, Manatt Government and Regulatory

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Date and Time

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

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