Federal Advocacy

Federal Advocacy

Why Is Qualified Immunity Important for Peace Officers?

In order to fulfill their oaths to protect and serve in accordance with the expectations, we place on officers to run towards and not away from dangerous situations, qualified immunity grants legal protection for officers who, despite acting in accordance with the law and following their training, are constantly opening themselves up to legal liability. This protection allows officers to make critical split-second decisions without having to stop and think about the possible legal ramifications. Read More »

PORAC Responds to Incendiary Protest Comments by Representative Maxine Waters

On the heels of a week-long protest in Minnesota following the tragic death of Daunte Wright and as the trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin for the death of George Floyd continues, California Congresswoman Maxine Waters’ comments urging protesters “to get more confrontational” risk inciting violence and increasing the already deep divide between peace officers and those they serve. Read More »

Federal Legislation – Unprecedented Action in an Unprecedented Time

The United States is facing an unprecedented crisis, and first responders are on the front lines. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc across the country, Congress and the Trump administration have taken drastic action to provide relief. On March 27, President Trump signed into law the bipartisan Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, a massive $2 trillion package designed to both combat the virus and stimulate the economy by providing immediate assistance to hospitals, states, municipalities, small businesses and individuals. Read More »

Federal Legislation – Amid Uncertainty, PORAC Goes to Washington

Darryl Nirenberg Partner Eva Rigamonti Associate Patrick Northrup Legislative Assistant Steptoe & Johnson LLP As fears over the coronavirus grew, and only hours before congressional offices largely closed their doors to outside visitors, the PORAC Executive Committee spent two days in Washington, D.C., speaking to lawmakers and policymakers about the needs of law enforcement officers […] Read More »

Federal Legislation – A Return to Normalcy?

After a tumultuous and controversial start to the new decade, things in Washington have quieted down and taken a turn back toward the routine — if anything in President Donald Trump’s Washington can be considered routine. The impeachment trial in the Senate concluded with a whimper rather than a bang, and President Trump carried out two of the longest-standing traditions of the presidency: delivering a State of the Union address and releasing his budget recommendations. Each of these have potential ramifications for law enforcement agencies in California and across the nation. Read More »