Eric Bates is currently a Special Assistant Inspector General with the California Office of Inspector General, and is responsible for monitoring and review of policies, practices, and procedures of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation as requested by the Governor, the Senate Committee on Rules, or the Assembly. He previously served as a Deputy Attorney General with the California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General for 15 years, on the Complex Litigation Team, defending the state against federal lawsuits. Mr. Bates advised high-level government directors, department staff counsel and agency counsel on a broad range of issues pertaining to governmental policies, state and federal regulations and statutes. He is a subject matter expert regarding the Sexually Violent Predator Act and has been asked to review, interpret and advise, federal and state courts on the constitutionality and applicability of the law. Mr. Bates received a Juris Doctorate Degree from Whittier College, School of Law, where he served as President of the Black Law Students’ Association. Eric served on the Executive Board of the United States Track and Field, Southern California Association and on the Board of the Weingart YMCA. In 2016, he was appointed by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, as a Commissioner of the Los Angeles Area Planning Commission, where he currently serves as President.