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News Posted on August 4, 2017

King Hall Students Contribute to California Real Property Bill Reform

On July 10, California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law AB 534, legislation that was made possible in part through the contributions of Meredith Hankins ’16, Elisa Shieh ’17, and Greg Gonzalez ’18, who participated as students in a unique partnership between UC Davis School of Law and the California Law Review Commission (CLRC).

The California Law Revision Commission is a non-partisan state entity that studies state laws in order to discover defects and anachronisms and make detailed proposals for statutory reforms. It is the body the state Legislature turns to for in-depth, substantive analysis of complex legal problems, and more than 90 percent of the CLRC's recommendations ultimately become law. As part of an ongoing program, King Hall students work with the CLRC to review existing statues to determine whether they need to be revised and to recommend possible revisions.

AB 534, sponsored by Assemblymember James M. Gallagher (R-Yuba City), amends sections of the California Civil Code to address technical problems in real property law. The bill was based on a study prepared in part by Hankins, and was staffed this year by Shieh and Gonazalez.