Amicus Committee


The APA California Amicus Curiae Committee reviews significant court cases, and when deemed appropriate, files or joins in friend of the court briefs on issues important to planning in California.

The Committee is a standing committee consisting of land use attorneys and planners from around the State. The Committee is chaired by Vivian Kahn and includes the current Vice President for Policy and Legislation for the APA California Board. The Committee always includes the Director of the applicable APA California Section in deliberations regarding involvement in cases from that region.

If you have questions regarding the Amicus Committee, or have a case that may be of interest to the Committee, please contact Eric Phillips, Vice President of Policy and Legislation at policy@apacalifornia.org and Vivian Kahn at vivian@dyettandbhatia.com.

Members of the Amicus Committee:

Vivian Kahn, Chair
Bill Abbott
Al Herson
Tom Jacobson
Barb Kautz
Steve Preston
David Snow
John Terell
Eric Phillips

Amicus Committee Brief