Education Law

Educational institutions, like any public agency, are challenged to operate under applicable federal, state and local laws with scarce resources and support. They are set apart, though, from typical government organizations, having the charge to educate and nurture students while complying with strict regulations. From establishment through  day-to-day operations and growth, many of the issues they face require experienced and knowledgeable counsel to resolve.
 
Best Best & Krieger LLP provides comprehensive, cost-effective legal solutions for public and private K-12 schools, school districts, county offices of education, community colleges and universities, special education local plan areas and education foundations. We partner with our educational clients, listening carefully to the issues and working collaboratively to develop practical and legal options and solutions.
 
Whether it be advising on special education, student affairs,  charter schools issues, personnel or construction and facilities matters, BB&K’s Educational Law group is there to help.
 
Comprehensive, Cost-Effective Strategic Counsel
As a full-service firm, our educational clients benefit from our cross-disciplinary approach to service. Our education attorneys work closely with members of our highly regarded real estate, environmental, municipal and telecommunications practices. We regularly provide our clients with a wide variety of services, including:


We assist in drafting policies and procedures, offer customized training programs to help manage risk, and advocate our clients’ interests before governing bodies and in court. We stay current on the latest issues, trends and legal developments, analyzing their implications and strategizing with clients to resolve matters before legal problems ensue.

When litigation proves necessary or is the best course of action, BB&K lawyers vigorously represent clients at the state and federal levels, including in appellate courts. We also represent our school district clients in mediations and settlement conferences.
 
Industry Leaders
BB&K lawyers are active in many education-related professional organizations, including the Coalition of Adequate School Housing, California Association of School Business Officials, California Council of School Attorneys, the California and National school boards associations and the National Organization for Legal Problems in Education. Members of our team regularly present at conferences sponsored by the Association of California School Administrators, the Small School District Association and other education-related organizations.

Priscilla W. Anderson

Priscilla W. Anderson

Paralegal*

(619) 525-1355

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Public Finance
Lauri A. Arrowsmith

Lauri A. Arrowsmith

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6564

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Public Finance | Special Education
John E. Brown

John E. Brown

Partner

(909) 483-6640

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Education Law | Eminent Domain | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Partner

(949) 263-2603

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal | Public Contracts & Construction
Jack B. Clarke

Jack B. Clarke

Partner

(951) 826-8233

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education
Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Paula C. P. de Sousa Mills

Partner

(619) 525-1328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | General & Special Counsel | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Special Districts
Steven C. DeBaun

Steven C. DeBaun

Partner

(951) 826-8201

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Transportation
Warren B. Diven

Warren B. Diven

Partner

(619) 525-1337

Areas of Focus: Fees, Taxes & Assessments | General & Special Counsel | Municipal Law | Public Finance
Tyree K. Dorward

Tyree K. Dorward

Partner

(619) 525-1338

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | California Public Records Act | Education Law | Public Contracts & Construction
James B. Gilpin

James B. Gilpin

Partner

(619) 525-1341

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Maria E. Gless

Maria E. Gless

Partner

(951) 826-8333

Areas of Focus: Education | Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Dina Harris

Dina Harris

Partner

(619) 525-1340

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Special Education | Student Affairs
Cathy S. Holmes

Cathy S. Holmes

Partner

(951) 826-8218

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Special Education | Student Affairs
Kandice L. Kim

Kandice L. Kim

Associate

(949) 263-2613

Areas of Focus: Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts

Paul Nordlund

Paralegal*

(949) 263-2617

Areas of Focus: Bankruptcy | Education Law
Epiphany Owen

Epiphany Owen

Partner

(949) 263-6589

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Education Law | Education Litigation | Public Agency Labor & Employment | Special Education | Student Affairs
Victor Ponto

Victor Ponto

Associate

(909) 483-6658

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Arlene Prater

Arlene Prater

Partner

(619) 525-1334

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation | Municipal Law
Joseph R. Sanchez

Joseph R. Sanchez

Partner

(619) 525-1372

Areas of Focus: California Public Records Act | Education Law | Labor & Employment | Labor & Employment Litigation
Mary K. Stracke

Mary K. Stracke

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8334

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation
Andrea Swinhart

Andrea Swinhart

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8463

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Charter Schools | Education Law | Education Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Dianna Marie Valdez

Dianna Marie Valdez

Paralegal*

(951) 826-8252

Areas of Focus: Education | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Karen L. Van Dijk

Karen L. Van Dijk

Partner

(949) 263-6563

Areas of Focus: Education Law | Education Litigation | Eminent Domain | Public Agency Litigation | Special Education | Student Affairs
Christine N. Wood

Christine N. Wood

Director of PRA Services and E-Discovery Counsel

(213) 542-3861

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | California Public Records Act | Education Law | Education Litigation | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law
Event Sep 21, 2018

So the Judge Says You Need to Fix Your EIR...

So the Judge Says You Need to Fix Your EIR...

Event Sep 15, 2018

Sexual Harassment Law After #MeToo

California Lawyers Association

Event Sep 12-14, 2018

LCC 2018 Annual Conference

League of California Cities

Event Sep 6, 2018

Land-Secured Financing: Legislative and Legal Updates

California Debt and Investment Advisory Commission

BB&K Webinar Aug 30, 2018

Sexual Harassment Avoidance Training (Aug. 30, 2018)

BB&K Webinar

Event Aug 27-29, 2018

2018 NATOA Annual Conference

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Aug 25, 2018

State & Federal Laws Affecting Special Education

ACSA Academy

Event Aug 24, 2018

How to Build and Maintain the Public’s Trust: Practical Ethics and the Law

myLawCLE

Event Aug 23, 2018

Resiliency Planning

IMLA Webinar

John C. Cotti Video Bio
Videos Aug 21, 2018

John C. Cotti Video Bio

Partner

Best Lawyers in America Lists 27 BB&K Attorneys for 2019
Press Releases Aug 21, 2018

Best Lawyers in America Lists 27 BB&K Attorneys for 2019

Representing a Variety of Practice Areas

City of San Bernardino Retains BB&K
BB&K In the News Aug 21, 2018

City of San Bernardino Retains BB&K

California City News Reports

On-Call Settlement
BB&K In the News Aug 20, 2018

On-Call Settlement

Partner Roger Crawford Interviewed by the Northern California Record on Abercrombie & Fitch Case

Best in Law: Estate Planning Essential for Business Owners, Too
Authored Articles & Publications Aug 20, 2018

Best in Law: Estate Planning Essential for Business Owners, Too

Damian Northcutt Explains in the Riverside Press-Enterprise How an Estate Plan Can Provide for How a Business Will be Run After Death or Retirement

General Tax Measure with Related Advisory Measure on Same Ballot Does Not Turn It Into a Special Tax
Legal Alerts Aug 16, 2018

General Tax Measure with Related Advisory Measure on Same Ballot Does Not Turn It Into a Special Tax

Issue Related to Number of Votes Needed to Pass a General Versus Special Tax Under Proposition 218

70 Years of Pension Precedent Could Soon Be Weakened by the California Supreme Court
Authored Articles & Publications Aug 16, 2018

70 Years of Pension Precedent Could Soon Be Weakened by the California Supreme Court

Isabel Safie Provides Insight Into Lawsuits That May Have Significant Implications for Public Agencies Facing High Pension Costs in PublicCEO

[WEBINAR]
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[WEBINAR] "Walking the Line" - Public Agencies', Officials' and Employees' Roles in Local Elections

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Aug 15, 2018

"Walking the Line" - Public Agencies', Officials' and Employees' Roles in Local Elections

BB&K Free Webinar

Christi Hogin Video Bio
Videos Aug 14, 2018

Christi Hogin Video Bio

Of Counsel

Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)
Legal Alerts Aug 14, 2018

Coming to Your Town Soon: Cannabis (Maybe)

State’s Proposed Permanent Marijuana Regulations Limit Local Authority

Midsize Firms and Government Work
BB&K In the News Aug 14, 2018

Midsize Firms and Government Work

Managing Partner Eric Garner Interviewed on BB&K’s Success by ALM’s Mid-Market Report

Michael Jenkins Video Bio
Videos Aug 14, 2018

Michael Jenkins Video Bio

Of Counsel

Lauren Langer Video Bio
Videos Aug 14, 2018

Lauren Langer Video Bio

Partner

Trevor Rusin Video Bio
Videos Aug 14, 2018

Trevor Rusin Video Bio

Partner

Public Agencies and GDPR Compliance
Legal Alerts Aug 13, 2018

Public Agencies and GDPR Compliance

Government Entities Should Evaluate Data Collection and Use Practices

Gregg Kettles Video Bio
Videos Aug 10, 2018

Gregg Kettles Video Bio

Partner

Down to the Minute: Starbucks Wage-and-Hour Decision
Legal Alerts Aug 8, 2018

Down to the Minute: Starbucks Wage-and-Hour Decision

California Supreme Court Rejects Employer-Friendly Defense in Class Action

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment
Legal Alerts Aug 8, 2018

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

FCC Bans Moratoria on Communications Facilities Deployment

Ontario Students Received Backpacks on 1st Day of School
Press Releases Aug 8, 2018

Ontario Students Received Backpacks on 1st Day of School

BB&K’s Annual Operation Backpack Comes to Vista Grande Elementary

Ninth Circuit: No “Amen” to School Board Invocation
Legal Alerts Aug 7, 2018

Ninth Circuit: No “Amen” to School Board Invocation

Prayers Violated First Amendment

Groundwater Extraction Permits Not Subject to CEQA in San Luis Obispo County
Legal Alerts Aug 6, 2018

Groundwater Extraction Permits Not Subject to CEQA in San Luis Obispo County

Approval is a Ministerial Action, not subject to CEQA, Appellate Court Finds

Sacramento-Area BB&K Attorneys Named to Top Lawyers List
Press Releases Aug 1, 2018

Sacramento-Area BB&K Attorneys Named to Top Lawyers List

Sacramento Magazine Recognizes Eight Attorneys Selected by Peers

Public Agency Spared Attorneys’ Fees Award in Reverse PRA Action
Legal Alerts Jul 30, 2018

Public Agency Spared Attorneys’ Fees Award in Reverse PRA Action

California Appellate Court Decision National Conference of Black Mayors, et al. v. Chico Community Publishing Company

Bankruptcy Attorneys and Free Speech
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 27, 2018

Bankruptcy Attorneys and Free Speech

Cathy Ta and Alexander Brand Explore the Lines in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

Rise in CCAs in Cities Reshaping California Electric Business
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 27, 2018

Rise in CCAs in Cities Reshaping California Electric Business

Ryan Baron Weighs the Community Choice Aggregation Question for Cities in PublicCEO

Event Jul 26-27, 2018

Sustainable Groundwater Planning in California

Law Seminars International

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released
Legal Alerts Jul 26, 2018

Federal Draft Infrastructure Bill Released

Aims to Provide Revenue to Repair Failing Infrastructure

Cathy Ta Profiled in Riverside Lawyer Magazine
BB&K In the News Jul 25, 2018

Cathy Ta Profiled in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

Learn More About the BB&K Bankruptcy Attorney

[WEBINAR] Creating an Accessible City
Videos Jul 24, 2018

[WEBINAR] Creating an Accessible City

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Jul 24, 2018

Creating an Accessible City

Free BB&K Webinar

Short-Term Rentals and Regulations
BB&K In the News Jul 24, 2018

Short-Term Rentals and Regulations

Christi Hogin Discusses Cities’ Options with the San Diego Union-Tribune

Event Jul 23, 2018

Industry’s Recent Assault of Cable Franchises and Next Steps for Locals

National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors

Event Jul 23, 2018

Are Drones and Flying Cars Coming to Your City?

The P3 Airport Summit

Best in Law: Mechanics Liens and Arbitration Rights
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 23, 2018

Best in Law: Mechanics Liens and Arbitration Rights

Partner Victor L. Wolf Writes for the Press-Enterprise

Kavanaugh and the Clean Water Act
BB&K In the News Jul 20, 2018

Kavanaugh and the Clean Water Act

Partner Andre Monette Interviewed by Bloomberg Environment on SCOTUS Nominee

Emails and E-Discovery: California Public Records Act
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 20, 2018

Emails and E-Discovery: California Public Records Act

BB&K's Christine Woods Explores San Jose Ruling Repercussions in PublicCEO

Event Jul 19, 2018

Lethal Weapons - Is Arming the Teachers the Right Response?

Safe Schools Conference

Partners Roger Crawford and Isabel Safie Named Top Labor & Employment Lawyers
Press Releases Jul 19, 2018

Partners Roger Crawford and Isabel Safie Named Top Labor & Employment Lawyers

Daily Journal Releases Annual List of 75

BB&K Webinar Jul 19, 2018

Update on Pension Litigation

Free BB&K Webinar

[WEBINAR] Update on Pension Litigation
Videos Jul 19, 2018

[WEBINAR] Update on Pension Litigation

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Jul 18, 2018

AB 1234 Ethics Training (July 18, 2018)

BB&K Webinar

Event Jul 17, 2018

Mitigating Data Breach Risks In a "Smarter" World

Transportation Research Board

10 BB&K Attorneys Honored on 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers List
Press Releases Jul 16, 2018

10 BB&K Attorneys Honored on 2018 Northern California Super Lawyers List

One Recognized as a Northern California Super Lawyer Rising Star

BB&K Attorney Thomas O’Connell Appointed Chair of Hesperia Chamber of Commerce
Press Releases Jul 12, 2018

BB&K Attorney Thomas O’Connell Appointed Chair of Hesperia Chamber of Commerce

Business Associate Also Heading Up High Desert Regional Chambers Coalition

BB&K Webinar Jul 11, 2018

Social Media Meets the First Amendment

Free BB&K Webinar

[WEBINAR] Social Media Meets the First Amendment
Videos Jul 11, 2018

[WEBINAR] Social Media Meets the First Amendment

BB&K Webinar

The Anticipated Demise of the Vested-Rights Doctrine
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 11, 2018

The Anticipated Demise of the Vested-Rights Doctrine

Cases Before State’s High Court Could Mean Big Changes for Retirement Benefits Writes Jeffrey Chang in PublicCEO

DOL Exempts Franchise Business Owners from Joint-Employer Liability
Legal Alerts Jul 10, 2018

DOL Exempts Franchise Business Owners from Joint-Employer Liability

New Rule a Welcome Change to Franchise Owners and Small Businesses

Colorado Cake Bias Case Holds Lessons for Public Agencies
Legal Alerts Jun 29, 2018

Colorado Cake Bias Case Holds Lessons for Public Agencies

U.S. Supreme Court Opinion Shows Importance of Eliminating Bias from Administrative Claim Process

Ballot Initiative Withdrawn, Leaving Intact Local Authority to Impose Taxes, Fees and Charges
Legal Alerts Jun 29, 2018

Ballot Initiative Withdrawn, Leaving Intact Local Authority to Impose Taxes, Fees and Charges

Last-Minute Deal to Withdraw Includes Moratorium on Certain New Taxes in California

What Public Employers Need to Know Now in Wake of Janus Decision
Legal Alerts Jun 28, 2018

What Public Employers Need to Know Now in Wake of Janus Decision

SCOTUS Changes How Public Sector Union Fees are Collected; Governor Also Signs SB 866

Event Jun 28, 2018

Gender Empowerment in the #MeToo World

League of California Cities

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?
Videos Jun 26, 2018

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Jun 26, 2018

Do You Know the Way [After] San Jose?

BB&K Free Webinar

Event Jun 26, 2018

Marijuana Policy Updates

IMLA Webinar

BB&K Partner Lauren Langer on Daily Journal 40 Under 40 List
Press Releases Jun 22, 2018

BB&K Partner Lauren Langer on Daily Journal 40 Under 40 List

Annual List Recognizes Attorneys for their Achievements

“Protected Activity” Rejected by California Appellate Court Under Anti-SLAPP Statute
Legal Alerts Jun 21, 2018

“Protected Activity” Rejected by California Appellate Court Under Anti-SLAPP Statute

School District Officials’ and Board Members’ Actions at Issue

When is an Employer Responsible for Accidents on Employees’ Commutes?
Legal Alerts Jun 21, 2018

When is an Employer Responsible for Accidents on Employees’ Commutes?

California Court of Appeal Reverses $14 million Judgment Against Employer Because Employee’s Vehicle was Not Required at Work on the Day of the Accident

Event Jun 21, 2018

2018 Small Cells Symposium

Maryland Association of Counties

Event Jun 20, 2018

Short-Term Rental Task Force Meeting

South Bay Cities Council of Governments

BB&K Ranks No. 1 on Law360’s Best Firms for Minority Attorneys List
Press Releases Jun 19, 2018

BB&K Ranks No. 1 on Law360’s Best Firms for Minority Attorneys List

Firm Takes No. 2 Slot for Best Firms for Minority Equity Partners

Best in Law: Is it Time to Franchise Your Business?
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 18, 2018

Best in Law: Is it Time to Franchise Your Business?

BB&K Franchise Law Attorney Thomas O’Connell Writes About Factors to Consider Before Growing

Partner Mark Easter Named IRWA Professional of the Year
Press Releases Jun 18, 2018

Partner Mark Easter Named IRWA Professional of the Year

Honored by Inland Empire Chapter of the International Right of Way Association

Event Jun 15, 2018

Behavioral Health Privacy Compliance in a Changing Health Care Environment

Health Care Compliance Association

Event Jun 14, 2018

Mapping and Navigating the Path Forward on Automated and Connected Vehicles

Texas City Attorneys Association

Congratulations to IELLA: Nonprofit of the Year
Press Releases Jun 14, 2018

Congratulations to IELLA: Nonprofit of the Year

BB&K is Proud to Support the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association

[PODCAST] Local Policies and the Transportation Revolution
BB&K In the News Jun 13, 2018

[PODCAST] Local Policies and the Transportation Revolution

BB&K Attorney Interviewed for Infinite Earth Radio's Smart Growth and Livable Communities Series

Event Jun 13, 2018

Water Projects: How to Successfully Navigate a Growing But Complicated Process

American Water Works Association

BB&K Webinar Jun 12, 2018

Preparing for Changes in the “Vested Rights Doctrine” - Understanding Plan Design Options

BB&K Free Webinar

Digital Public Records
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 12, 2018

Digital Public Records

BB&K Attorney Christine Wood Discusses Record Retention Policies in PublicCEO

[WEBINAR] Preparing for Changes in the “Vested Rights Doctrine” - Understanding Plan Design Options
Videos Jun 12, 2018

[WEBINAR] Preparing for Changes in the “Vested Rights Doctrine” - Understanding Plan Design Options

BB&K Webinar

How a Court’s Decision that the President Can’t Block Twitter Users Impacts Public Officials
Legal Alerts Jun 12, 2018

How a Court’s Decision that the President Can’t Block Twitter Users Impacts Public Officials

First Amendment Issues and Social Media Accounts as Public Forums

BB&K Receives Top Diversity Recognitions
Press Releases Jun 11, 2018

BB&K Receives Top Diversity Recognitions

Annual ALM and Law360 Rankings Recognize Firm

Event Jun 11-12, 2018

California Water Law & Policy Conference

Argent Communications Group

Event Jun 7, 2018

Social Media Policies

IMLA Webinar

Isabel Safie and Jill Tremblay Return to 2018 So. Cal. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List
Press Releases Jun 7, 2018

Isabel Safie and Jill Tremblay Return to 2018 So. Cal. Super Lawyers Rising Stars List

The BB&K Attorneys Acknowledged Again for Practice Achievements

Event Jun 6, 2018

How to Do a Proper Investigation

HR Pro Conference

Event Jun 4, 2018

Fundamentals of Local Government

California Joint Powers Insurance Authority

Public-Private Partnership Paves Way to Hotel and Convention Center Development
Client Successes Jun 4, 2018

Public-Private Partnership Paves Way to Hotel and Convention Center Development

BB&K Team Led by Partner Seth Merewitz Represents Port of San Diego in P3 Deal

Op-Ed: Informed Consent vs. Informed Risk
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 4, 2018

Op-Ed: Informed Consent vs. Informed Risk

Automated Vehicle Terms of Use Issues Explored by BB&K Attorney Gregory Rodriguez in Eno Transportation Weekly

Brent Collinson Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar
BB&K In the News Jun 1, 2018

Brent Collinson Admitted to U.S. Supreme Court Bar

Attorney Recently Merged Firm with BB&K, Sierra Sun Reports

Governor Signs Historic Water Use Efficiency Bills
Legal Alerts May 31, 2018

Governor Signs Historic Water Use Efficiency Bills

AB 1668 and SB 606 Impose New or Expanded Requirements on California Water Agencies and Suppliers

Event May 31, 2018

Recognizing and Overcoming Race-Based Implicit Bias in the Workplace

Asian Pacific American Bar Association

Event May 30, 2018

Proposition 26, Proposition 218 and Rate Setting (Orange County)

California Special Districts Association

Cannabis Regulation Patchwork in California
Authored Articles & Publications May 25, 2018

Cannabis Regulation Patchwork in California

BB&K Attorney Victor Ponto Examines Differences in PublicCEO

Harassment and Transgender Regulations: Workplace Impact
Authored Articles & Publications May 23, 2018

Harassment and Transgender Regulations: Workplace Impact

BB&K Partner Joseph Ortiz Writes on Recent Regulations in Riverside Lawyer Magazine

Event May 23, 2018

Special Districts Revenue Legislation

CSDA Legislative Days

[WEBINAR] Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger
Videos May 23, 2018

[WEBINAR] Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger

BB&K Webinar

Event May 23, 2018

Occupational and Physical Therapy: Legal Issues and Best Practices

Orange County Department of Education - Special Education Services

CEQA – Today and Tomorrow
Authored Articles & Publications May 23, 2018

CEQA – Today and Tomorrow

Legal Decisions and Pending Guideline Updates Have Effect on the CEQA Review Process Write BB&K Attorneys Charity Schiller and Amanda Daams in PublicCEO

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