Legal Services

Legal Services provides objective, timely legal advice to the Board of Education, the Superintendent, District administration, including central office and site administrators, committees, and other District staff.

The areas of advice, counsel and assistance we provide include, but are not limited to, the following:

General Public Agency Issues

  • Conflict of interest laws and the Fair Political Practices Act
  • Preparation, review and revision of District policies and Administrative Procedures
  • Election issues and filling of governing board vacancies
  • The Ralph M. Brown Act
  • The California Public Records Act
  • The California Tort Claims Act
  • Charter Schools and all issues arising out of charter school petitions, operations, renewals and appeals
  • Implementation of the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB
  • Implementation of the settlement agreements in Williams v. California and Valenzuela v. California
  • Drafting board agendas and resolutions
  • Compliance with court-ordered desegregation plan

Labor and Employment

  • Transactional personnel matters arising from the Education Code and other statutory provisions
  • Constitutional issues related to public employees – due process, free speech rights, free exercise of religion, freedom of association, establishment clause issues
  • Representation of the governing board in certificated and classified employee suspension and termination proceedings
  • Preparation and/or revision of letters and contracts governing or pertaining to employment status or termination
  • Review and/or preparation of responses to complaints filed with administrative agencies
  • Planning, strategy and compliance in the collective bargaining arena, including agreement interpretation and administration
  • Employee and retiree benefits

Student Issues

  • Pupil records privacy and access
  • Child custody conflicts and abuse reporting responsibilities
  • Interdistrict and intradistrict attendance issues
  • Suspension, expulsion and transfer of students
  • Civil rights issues related to student speech, searches of students, student dress standards, and other related constitutional and statutory issues
  • Coordination of Investigations of student issues by state and federal agencies such as California Department of Education and Office for Civil Rights
  • Immigration and residency issues
  • Review and update required notices to students

Special Education

  • Compliance issues regarding the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973
  • Representation of the District at special education mediations and due process hearings
  • Representation of the District in all stages of administrative, state and federal special education litigation

Business Issues: Contracts, Construction, Facilities, Purchasing

  • Contract review and analysis
  • Resolution of vendor payment issues
  • Construction, facilities, purchasing issues
  • Bond/Certificates Of Participation
  • Financing Documents
  • Application and impact of building and zoning codes, Division of State Architect regulations, and county and city ordinances
  • Compliance with competitive bidding requirements
  • Developer fee issues


  • Periodic written summaries of legal developments on issues important to educational agencies
  • Training of District staff in all areas of education law as requested
  • Presentations and updates to administrative groups