2485 Natomas Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95833
Jessica Gasbarro has represented school districts, county offices of education, and community college districts in all aspects of education law for over a decade, including student issues, labor and employment, and workplace investigations. Her breadth of experience in the field includes reviewing and drafting Board policies, ensuring compliance with federal and state laws, drafting settlement agreements, legal research, and all aspects of litigation. In addition, Ms. Gasbarro has prepared and presented staff legal compliance trainings and has published a number of articles on workplace investigations.
Ms. Gasbarro began her law career serving as a law clerk for the Orange County Juvenile Public Defender. While attending Whittier Law School, she served as an advocate for the school’s Special Education Clinic. In addition to her attorney work, she served as program director for a martial arts and fitness business in Sacramento.
Ms. Gasbarro received her Bachelor of Arts in English at the University of California, Davis, where she graduated on the Dean’s List. She received her Juris Doctor from Whittier Law School, where she graduated summa cum laude and was ranked third in her class of 175. During her time in law school, Ms. Gasbarro was awarded a Dean’s Citation for Outstanding Service and was named an Outstanding Graduate in Legal Writing and an Outstanding Fellow by the Center for Children’s Rights. She served as a legal writing teaching assistant and a research editor for the Whittier Law Review.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
“Best Practices for Conducting Workplace Investigations,” Association of California School Administrators Summer 2016 Newsletter
“Defective Internal Employment Investigations Can Create Liability,” Small School Districts Association Fall 2015 Newsletter
“Teach Me To Act: California’s Use of Title 1D Funds for Delinquent Students,” Whittier Law Review, Vol. 30, No. 2 (2008)