Shayna assists local government agencies with a variety of legal issues, and non-governmental entities with government-related challenges and opportunities.
On behalf of public-sector clients, Shayna advises clients on government ethics and governance laws, public procurements, contracting including negotiating intergovernmental agreements, ADA and other civil rights compliance, implementation of public grant programs, regulatory compliance, administrative procedures, incident/risk management and constitutional matters. She also assists local public agencies by drafting all forms of legislation and regulation.
Shayna works with public, private and individual clients in their efforts to support or oppose state and local initiatives, and in efforts to influence other agencies' rule-making proceedings, primarily by penning written and oral public comment.
Shayna's local government clients include transit districts, cities, water districts, regional planning agencies, joint powers agencies, and hospital and health care districts. Shayna frequently advises clients on compliance with the Brown Act, Public Records Act, election laws and conflict of interest laws. She has developed and presented numerous trainings covering such laws and regulations, and she serves as the firm's primary AB-1234-compliant government ethics trainer.
During law school, Shayna clerked for the city attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and Disability Rights Advocates. Shayna has been licensed to practice law in the State of California since 2004. Prior to attending graduate and law school, Shayna worked in state and federal government affairs in Washington, D.C.
Regularly assists public transit providers in complying with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act, including working together to analyze fare and service changes with potentially discriminatory effects on minority and low-income populations, and to develop Limited English Proficiency Language Implementation Plans.
Worked with public transit clients to develop context-specific policies for accommodation of electric personal assistive mobility devices for passengers with disabilities.
Co-drafted Proposition 86, which sought to fund health insurance coverage for approximately 800,000 uninsured children in California by raising the State tax on tobacco products.
"New Gift Rules Effective January 1, 2012," co-author, Public Agency Alert (December 2011)
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"Disparate Impact, Disproportionate Burden, and Major Service Change Policies," "Public Engagement and Policy Development," "California Government Code Section 11135 and Title VI," "How to Complete a Fare Equity Analysis" and "How to Complete a Service Equity Analysis," moderator; and "Submitting a Title VI Program," presenter, Title VI Working Group Workshop (May 2013)
"An On-the-Ground Look at Transit Agency Title VI Compliance," American Public Transit Association Legal Affairs Seminar (February 2013)
"FPPC Compliance," Hanson Bridgett Public Agency Roundtable Series (February 2013)
AB-1234-compliant Local Government Ethics Law Trainings, approximately 50 sessions (2006-2013)
"Current Issues in Public Agency Law," County Counsels' Association (September 2012)
"Campaign Financing, Election Law and FPPC Matters," Northern California County Counsels (March 2012)
"Surviving Title VI: Compliance, Audits, and Litigation," co-presenter, California Transit Association (November 2011)
"Learning to Share: Identifying the Benefits and Managing the Risks of Resource Sharing and Outsourcing in the Public Sector," co-presenter, MMANC Annual Conference (October 2011)
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MMANC Service Award (2011-2012)
MMANC Booster Award (2010)