Partner James Touchstone Publishes Article in California Police Chief Magazine

Jones & Mayer partner James Touchstone is proud to have his most recent article published in the Winter 2020 issue of California Police Chief Magazine, published by the California Police Chiefs Association (CPCA). The article, titled “Leadership in a time of Legal Uncertainty,” can be found on page 8 of the latest issue, accessible by clicking here

The article offers James’s thoughts on the challenges facing law enforcement agencies in a time of unprecedented strain. State and local directives aimed at limiting the impact of the pandemic have raised numerous legal issues that have rarely come before courts. Without settled guidance on how to balance the state’s emergency orders with Constitutional rights, agencies and officers must navigate a complex patchwork. Mounting political pressure to undermine important protections like qualified immunity further reinforce the need for careful planning, training and management to achieve the law enforcement profession’s goals within its communities.

James is General Counsel of the CPCA and advises numerous law enforcement agencies throughout California. He can be reached at or by calling our office at (714) 446-1400.