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5075 Hopyard Road
Suite 210
Pleasanton, CA 94588

925-227-9202 fax


  • J.D., University of San Francisco
  • B.A., San Francisco State University

Bar Admissions

  • 1980, California
  • 1989, Oregon

Memberships and Affiliations

  • State Bar of California

Lawrence M. Schoenke

Of Counsel

Practice Areas

Lawrence M. Schoenke is a member of the firm’s Northern California Public Sector Practice Group and works in the Pleasanton office. With more than 25 years of experience in education law, Mr. Schoenke has represented over 200 school districts, community college districts, and county offices of education. Mr. Schoenke focuses his practice on certificated and classified employment matters and related mandate litigation. 

Mr. Schoenke recently retired from the San Diego Unified School District, where he served as General Counsel. He is also a Past President of the California Council of School Attorneys (1997).

Mr. Schoenke earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in American Studies from San Francisco State University (1975) and his Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco (1979). 

Reported Cases

  • Hildebrandt v. St. Helena Unified Sch. Dist., (2009) 172 Cal. App. 4th 334
    Mr. Schoenke represented the school district in a certificated layoff case from the first administrative proceeding to the final appellate ruling.  The Court of Appeal’s holding established in case law what had long been advised in the school law field: a part-time certificated employee did not have the right to displace (or “bump”) a junior full-time certificated employee if the Governing Board determined that the position needed to be occupied by a full-time person.  Here, a senior part-time psychologist could not require the District to lay off a full-time psychologist who had been hired specifically for the full-time position.
  • Summerfield v. Windsor Unified Sch. Dist., (2002) 95 Cal.App.4th 1026, 116 Cal.Rptr.2d 233
    Mr. Schoenke represented the school district in Superior Court and the Court of Appeal in an attempt by a provisionally credentialed teacher to obtain permanent status prematurely. The teacher in this matter had an emergency credential for a number of years prior to obtaining her preliminary credential. She was non-reelected prior to March 15 of the first year of service under a provisional credential. She maintained the two-year probationary period had been served, due to her employment under an emergency credential for two years before that. The courts ruled otherwise and upheld the release under Education Code sections 44911 and 44929.21(b).

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