Education Legal Services Team

  • The Education Legal Services (ELS) team is dedicated to providing focused and expert legal advice to school sites, Local District offices, and District Divisions and units who are directly involved with schools. Our services are directed to keeping our clients abreast of all legal developments in various areas of education law. Since new laws affecting the education of students are often confusing and many have conflicting requirements, our team of experienced education law professionals provides advice and tools to assist our clients in interpreting and understanding school law issues.

     Broadly, the ELS team handles General/Special Education and Student Issues, Certificated and Classified employment issues, Charter Petition review and assessment, and Instruction Reform Models. Specifically, ELS provides preventive legal advice on a wide range of issues surrounding child abuse reporting, child custody, student discipline process, student records and privacy rights, student enrollment, students health and safety, threat assessment; students with disabilities, Individualized Education Program (IEP) meetings and Due Process hearings, Section 504 and Title IX guidance, California Department of Education (CDE), Office of Civil Rights (OCR) & Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP) complaints, and more.

Mission Statement

  • The Education Legal Services team is committed to providing the highest quality legal service to our clients in order to support quality and innovative instruction, access for all students, and ensure the equitable treatment of all students and staff.


  • Our clients include:

    • Adult and Career Education Division
    • Beyond the Bell
    • Charter Schools Division
    • Chief Operating Officer
    • Crisis Counseling & Intervention Services
    • Division of Special Education
    • Early Childhood Education Division
    • Educational Service Centers
    • iDesign Schools
    • Instructional Support Services
    • Interscholastic Athletics
    • Organizational Excellence
    • Planning Assessment & Research
    • Pupil Services
    • School Fiscal Services Division
    • Staff Relations
    • Student Health & Human Services
    • Student Integration Services