Law & Ethics: Understanding the Rules of the Game

Rick Olivarez has been invited to speak in San Antonio, Texas on the topic of “Law & Ethics: Understanding the Rules of the Game” for the Latino Center for Leadership Development on Sunday, March 4th, 2017. Mr. Olivarez will share his expertise in ethics and governance with the audience as they prepare to embark on their political campaigns.

Legal Alert: Supreme Court Rules Independent Contractors Liable Under Section 1090

The California Supreme Court ruled that certain independent contractors are not excluded from Government Code section 1090.  Section 1090 prohibits “public officers and employees from making contracts in which they have a financial interest when they act in their official capacities.  Knowing and willful self-dealing can result in criminal liability.”   Violation of section 1090 is punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars, or by imprisonment in the state prison, and the public official is forever disqualified from holding any office in this state.

The Firm has put together a memo providing background information on the Court’s ruling, as well as addressing potential concerns public agencies may have.  Please click ­here to view the memo.

For a more detailed discussion about this decision and how it may be applicable to you, please do not hesitate to contact our office.

Rick R. Olivarez Joins NALEO in Dallas

OMLO Partner and NALEO Board Member, Rick R. Olivarez, was in attendance at NALEO’s 34th Annual Conference held in Dallas, Texas.  Each year, the conference serves as the largest gathering of Latino policymakers in the country, with nearly 1,000 Latino officials and community leaders from across the nation present at the event.

With the recent passing of Senate Bill 4 in Texas, outlawing “sanctuary cities” throughout the state, and ultimately posing a threat towards immigrants, holding the conference in Dallas came at a critical time, allowing Latino leaders to come together in a single venue to discuss how, as a community, they are able to best support immigrants in Texas and across the United States.

Sessions were held throughout the conference, examining policies and legal tools available to assist immigrants, strategies to ensure community members were aware of their rights, and the effects boycotts and other measures can have on state and local economies.

Mr. Olivarez is honored to be a part of an organization that addresses key issues, such as education and workforce development, that will prepare Latinos for the future.