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Steven A. Merksamer

Steven A. Merksamer
Year Graduated: 1975
Title: Sr. Government Law Partner, Nielsen Merksamer Parrinello Gross & Leoni LLP
Area of Practice: Capital Lawyering

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Richard B. Weisberg

Richard B.  Weisberg

Senior Staff Counsel, California State Auditor
Year Graduated: 1978

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After graduating from U.C. Irvine in 1973, Richard B. Weisberg began his career in the old Assembly Office of Research while he attended Pacific/McGeorge at night. Mr. Weisberg graduated from McGeorge in 1978 as a member of the honor society, and, in 1980, the late Bion Gregory offered him a position in the Legislative Counsel Bureau. Mr. Weisberg worked on a wide variety of legal subjects including agriculture and natural resources, and became a Principal Deputy Legislative Counsel in 1999 when he was made supervisor of the office education group. His real interest area, however, was focused on the workings of state and local government, particularly the intersection of constitutional law and state finance. In 2002, the state and local government unit came under his supervision, and, at that time, the unit was responsible for a wide variety of legal areas including affirmative action, constitutional law, debt issuance and state finance, elections, eminent domain, housing and land use, local government, open meetings and open records, and redevelopment. Given the financial stress of state government during this period, Mr. Weisberg worked with numerous senior legislative staff on major legislation regarding fiscal affairs along with staffers in the Department of Finance. Mr. Weisberg retired from the Legislative Counsel Bureau in 2011 and now works part-time as a Senior Staff Counsel for the California State Auditor in their legal office. 

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