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Public & Private Universities

The legal challenges facing universities, public and private, can touch almost every corner of the law. In fact, many higher education institutions are the largest employer and business in their communities. As such, they are often subject to the typical business issues faced by any large organization.

AALRR draws on the expertise of our other practices in both the public and private sectors—particularly in labor and employment, real estate, construction, corporate governance, estate and tax planning—to meet the varied needs and issues confronting postsecondary institutions. Our clients include California State University and the University of California systems, as well as many private universities and colleges throughout the state.

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

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