Three ways to earn continuing education credits at the Cal Cities Annual Conference and Expo

Jun 8, 2022

Registration for the League of California Cities Annual Conference and Expo is now available. Taking place Sept. 7-9 in Long Beach, the conference offers a range of educational activities, including opportunities to earn professional education credits and meet state ethics requirements.

Legal education credits

Most attorneys who are actively practicing law in California must complete ongoing legal training, referred to as Minimum Continuing Legal Education. During the annual conference, city attorneys can earn up to 10.75 hours of continuing education credits. Although the topics are geared towards legal professionals, the sessions are open to all conference attendees.

The sessions will feature updates in key litigation areas, including labor and employment; land use and CEQA; and municipal tort and civil rights. Additional topics include attorney-client investigations, tips for responding to government claims, the California Public Records Act, and a general municipal litigation update.  

All credit-earning sessions will be marked on the Annual Conference and Expo program and website. Legal training at the annual conference is supported by and coordinated with the Cal Cities City Attorneys Department.

State-mandated training

The conference also allows local officials to meet certain state-mandated ethics and workplace harassment training requirements. Under state law, elected and appointed officials must receive two hours of training in specified ethics laws and principles every two years. Of particular importance for newly elected and appointed officials is Understanding Public Service Ethics Laws and Principles (AB 1234 training), which must be taken within one year of becoming a public servant.

Local officials can also take Sexual Harassment Prevention Training for City Officials (AB 1661 and AB 1825 training), which will focus on how to identify, prevent, and properly respond to workplace harassment, discrimination, retaliation, and abusive conduct in order to avoid personal and agency liability. Local officials will also learn how to comply with state ethics laws AB 1825, AB 2053, AB 1661, and SB 396.

Both trainings will be conducted by the Institute for Local Government, a State Bar of California Minimum Continuing Legal Education approved provider (#13881). This designation certifies that the sessions meet the standards for legal education credits by the State Bar for the total amount of two hours (general credits) per training.

Sign-in will begin 30 minutes prior to each session. Attendees are strongly encouraged to arrive well before the session starts; entry will be prohibited once the session begins. Participants must be present for the full two hours to receive a certification of attendance.

Certified Municipal Clerk/Master Municipal Clerk credits

The annual conference also offers opportunities for city clerks to expand their knowledge through a Certified Municipal Clerk/Master Municipal Clerk accredited workshop. Scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 7, the workshop begins with a 30-minute Cal Cities City Clerks’ Department Meeting and will be followed by approximately four hours of education. Registration for the workshop is $175 for member city officials.

Registration and hotels

Conference registration is required to attend all conference activities, including department and division meetings and the General Assembly. Officials that register for the annual conference by Monday, July 27, will get an early bird discount. Full conference registration includes access to educational sessions, most receptions, Thursday lunch with exhibitors, and Friday’s closing luncheon.

Registration for all three days starts at $650 for city officials from a member city. The sharing of registration is prohibited.

There are several hotels surrounding the convention center and a limited number of hotel rooms are available at reduced rates for registered attendees. After registering for the conference, attendees will receive a link to the discounted hotel rooms in a confirmation email. The deadline to reserve a discounted hotel room is Tuesday, Aug. 9. 

If you have special needs, please contact Conference Registrar Megan Dunn before Friday, Aug. 5. For additional questions, please email

Individuals falsely claiming to be the housing bureau/service for the 2022 Annual Conference and Expo may attempt to contact you. Cal Cities has contracted with LiveCon as the official housing service for the annual conference. Official emails regarding the conference will come from a or email account and the actual hotel.