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School Districts

For over the last two decades, AALRR has earned a strong reputation as one of California’s most experienced and widely respected law firms representing school districts. Our clients include 450 K-12 school districts throughout the state and many of our attorneys serve as lecturers and guest speakers on education law topics before professional organizations including:

  • Association of California School Administrators
  • California Association of School Business Officials
  • California School Boards Association

We have built decades-long relationships with our clients by becoming a valuable and trusted partner with the leadership teams of school districts. 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 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 our school district clients. 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.

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

Charter Schools & Joint Powers Authorities

AALRR represents public school districts in all aspects of charter school operations. We regularly assist districts in responding to Proposition 39 facility requests by charter schools. In addition, AALRR assists districts with: 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

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. more

Special Education & Due Process

AALRR’s special education and disability law services include representing school districts, SELPAs and county offices of education with the following: 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

Student Investigations & Discipline

AALRR has extensive experience working with schools, school districts, SELPAs and county offices of education regarding student investigations and disciplinary procedures. 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