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Community College Districts

Community colleges are becoming more important to our system of higher education with each passing year. AALRR is one of the few law firms in the country with attorneys who specialize only in community college districts, with deep experience and knowledge of the legal and educational issues affecting clients in this sector.

In addition to serving both the legal and operational needs of community colleges, many of our attorneys serve as lecturers and guest speakers before professional organizations such as the Association of California Community College Administrators and the Association of California Community College Chief Human Resources Officers.

We have built decades-long relationships with our clients by becoming a valuable and trusted partner with the leadership teams of community colleges. For example:

  • We act as spokesperson or advisor in negotiations, drafting and reviewing proposed contractual language, consulting with and advising the administration and governing board regarding negotiations, and representing community college districts through mediation and fact-finding.
  • Our attorneys regularly provide legal advice concerning board-relations issues, including advising and in-servicing boards on the Brown Act. We were heavily involved in drafting and reviewing the 1994 amendments to the Brown Act, and we provide numerous workshops and training sessions regarding the implementation of those provisions.

  • We litigate issues related to whether a party with pending litigation against a district may still attempt to obtain documents by way of the Public Records Act.

Legislative changes and budgets are always a challenge for community colleges. AALRR is at the forefront of legislative developments and we alert our clients constantly about any changes or issues that impact them. Our approach as a partner is proactive and we’ve dedicated ourselves to staying on top of—and ahead of—the issues that are most important to our clients.

Auxiliary Organizations & Foundations

Over the last several decades, AALRR has represented numerous agencies with their nonprofit foundations. more

Brown Act & Local Governance

AALRR attorneys are well versed in all aspects of the Brown Act and other laws pertaining to school district governance. We regularly provide legal interpretations and advice concerning board relations issues, including advising and in-servicing boards on the Brown Act. more

CDE Compliance Complaints

The number and variety of Compliance Complaint forms published and administered by the California Department of Education (CDE) is broad and complex. more

Collective Bargaining

AALRR has been involved in public sector labor relations since the inception of the Educational Employment Relations Act in 1979. Our attorneys have negotiated thousands of collective bargaining agreements and memoranda of understanding since 1979, and have worked extensively with the California State Mediation and Conciliation Service in mediation and fact-finding. more

Contract Administration & Enforcement

AALRR has extensive experience advising and representing public agencies on a wide range of contract and personnel matters. more

Facilities & Construction

For over 30 years, AALRR has been extensively involved in all aspects of public and private construction matters throughout California. more

Investigations & Audits

In the public sector, investigating internal employee complaints often involves complicated personnel and legal issues. more

Labor & Employment Law

AALRR’s extensive experience representing school districts and county offices in the context of certificated and classified employee layoffs has been regularly called upon. We are the only education law firm able to bring decades of Labor Code and wage and hour experience to public sector clients. more

Performance Evaluation & Documentation

AALRR is at the forefront of this field, serving school districts, county offices of education, community colleges, universities and other public agencies with the premier training program and methodology for evaluating employee performance. more

Section 504 & ADA

Similar to the Americans With Disabilities Act, Section 504 prohibits discrimination against persons with disabilities in programs receiving federal financial assistance for students with disabilities. Because the Office for Civil Rights does not endorse any single formula for how Section 405 is to be applied, it is often open to interpretation. more

State & Federal Leave Statutes

There are numerous leave statutes within both the Federal and California laws. For employers, the combination of these laws can often become confusing. Our attorneys routinely guide clients through the intricacies and restrictions of the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the California Family Rights Act (CFRA). more

Wage & Hour - Public Sector

Wage and hour lawsuits are a concern for all employers, but they can have particularly catastrophic effects on school districts and education agencies already burdened by budget cuts. AALRR helps school districts, county offices of education, community colleges, universities and other public agencies navigate the complex laws governing hours of work and payment of wages. more