Board Governance & Administration

School systems today are under more scrutiny than ever before to provide educational results in a manner that ensures public transparency and accountability. Best Best & Krieger LLP lawyers serve as trusted advisors to our educational clients, guiding them through the full-range of issues governing boards and administration face, from day-to-day operational issues, personnel decisions and student-related challenges to budget and management concerns, as well as those of the public.
 
With decades of experience working with public and private educational institutions, school districts, colleges and universities, BB&K attorneys provide timely, comprehensive and strategic counsel, training and solutions to the problems our school leaders confront in their schools and communities. We help optimize client performance, overcome governance and administrative challenges, assure legal and regulatory compliance, and instill public confidence.
 
Proactive Guidance
BB&K attorneys use a proactive approach to identify risks and establish best practices that help our clients avoid problems, whenever possible. We also help our clients establish, implement and enforce compliance policies, procedures and programs, and provide training to assure transparency, accountability and efficiency.
 
Comprehensive Service
We advise educational institutions and school district clients on all board governance, public policy, ethics and administration-related matters, including:

  • The appropriate roles and responsibilities of governing board members, superintendents and district administration
  • Ralph M. Brown Act (open meeting laws) requirements
  • Political Reform Act and other conflicts of interest laws
  • Financial conflict of interests under Government Code section 1090
  • California Public Records Act
  • California Voting Rights Act
  • Board policy and administrative regulation development and revision
  • Campaign and election requirements and procedures
  • Legislative updates, presentations, trainings and advocacy
  • Parliamentary procedures
  • State Board of Education waiver requests
  • School safety and law enforcement issues
  • Government Relations
  • Audit proceedings
  • Teacher and school accreditation, certification, qualification, licensing
  • Hiring, firing and disciplinary issues
  • Codes of conduct and ethical considerations
  • Complaint investigations and grievance handling
  • Workplace harassment and discrimination matters
  • Board/employee/union relations
  • Public relations 


BB&K lawyers also assist with internal reviews, compliance audits and provide crisis management services, as well as represent clients before courts, government agencies and regulatory bodies, asserting and defending their practices and resolving disputes when they arise.

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
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
Tyree K. Dorward

Tyree K. Dorward

Partner

(619) 525-1338

Areas of Focus: Business Services & School Facilities | Education Law | Public Contracts & Construction
Dina O. Harris

Dina O. 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
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