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Mark Bresee is a partner in our San Diego office, and represents California public school and community college districts and county offices of education. His areas of practice include all aspects of labor and employment law, student issues including attendance and discipline, constitutional issues related to staff and students, the Brown Act, charter schools, statutory writ proceedings, and Public Records Act compliance. He has broad litigation experience in state and federal courts and with the Office of Administrative Hearings and the Public Employment Relations Board. Mr. Bresee is also skilled in arbitrating collective bargaining agreement disputes, and has served as the chief labor negotiator for numerous districts in collective bargaining with certificated and classified employee organizations.
Prior to joining AALRR, Mr. Bresee served as General Counsel for the San Diego Unified School District, where he provided day-to-day advice to the Board of Education and administrative staff in all areas of school and public agency law. Prior to his position with SDUSD, he was counsel at the Orange County Department of Education, where he provided legal services to the county office, school and community college districts, regional occupational programs, and Special Education Local Plan Areas. Before working at the OCDE, Mr. Bresee spent 12 years in private practice representing school districts and county offices of education throughout California. Mr. Bresee began his post-college career as a high school U.S. History and Government teacher and Student Activities Director in the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Mr. Bresee earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in history, California teaching credential in social studies, and a Master’s degree in education from the University of California, Los Angeles. He earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School.
Publications and Speaking Engagements
Mr. Bresee has contributed to many of AALRR’s publications, regularly speaks at AALRR and other conferences, and is the editor of AALRR’s education law blog, EdLawConnect.
"Group Behind Vergara Trains Sights on Teacher Evaluations", Education Week Blog (September 2016)
"Court rejects California teacher evaluation lawsuit" , 89.3 KPCC - Education (September 2016)
Mr. Bresee maintains his connection to high school students by volunteering for the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Orange County, a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization dedicated to empowering youth to become active, responsible citizens through law-related events and competitions. He also volunteers as a judge and scorer for the San Diego County and Orange County High School Mock Trial competitions.