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:


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 | California Public Records Act | Education Law | Public Contracts & Construction
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
Rikesha S. Lane

Rikesha S. Lane

Of Counsel

(951) 826-8356

Areas of Focus: Board Governance & Administration | Education Law | Investigations | Labor & Employment | Special Education | Student Affairs
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
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
Public Comment Time Limit OK'd by Court
Authored Articles & Publications Dec 4, 2018

Public Comment Time Limit OK'd by Court

Alexander Brand Discusses California Appellate Court Ruling in PublicCEO

Speech is Speech and It’s Protected
Authored Articles & Publications Nov 30, 2018

Speech is Speech and It’s Protected

Tori Hester Analyzes Ninth Circuit First Amendment Ruling for Public Agencies in PublicCEO

[WEBINAR] ESI Primer for PRA Requests
Videos Oct 24, 2018

[WEBINAR] ESI Primer for PRA Requests

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar Oct 24, 2018

ESI Primer for PRA Requests

BB&K Free Webinar

Public Bus Ad Gets a Free Ride
Legal Alerts Oct 10, 2018

Public Bus Ad Gets a Free Ride

County Cannot Prohibit Ad Content Solely Because it’s Disparaging or Potentially Disruptive, Ninth Circuit Holds

Public Entities Can Limit Public Comment Speaking Time at Meetings
Legal Alerts Sep 20, 2018

Public Entities Can Limit Public Comment Speaking Time at Meetings

California Appellate Court Finds Limit Did Not Violate Brown Act or First Amendment

Public Agencies Do Not Have to Create Records for PRA Requesters
Legal Alerts Aug 30, 2018

Public Agencies Do Not Have to Create Records for PRA Requesters

California Appellate Court Reinforces Principle

Event Aug 24, 2018

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

myLawCLE

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

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

Event Jul 19, 2018

Lethal Weapons - Is Arming the Teachers the Right Response?

Safe Schools Conference

[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

“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

Digital Public Records
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 12, 2018

Digital Public Records

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

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

[WEBINAR] Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger

BB&K Webinar

BB&K Webinar May 23, 2018

Public Records Act - Taming the Email Tiger

BB&K Free Webinar

Event Apr 27, 2018

2018 California Public Records and Open Meetings Conference

Public Law Section of the California Lawyer’s Association

Private Attorney General Statute to Award Fees Used in a Reverse-PRA Dispute
Legal Alerts Apr 20, 2018

Private Attorney General Statute to Award Fees Used in a Reverse-PRA Dispute

Part III: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

An Appellate Court’s Observation May Have Effect on Reverse-PRA Actions
Legal Alerts Apr 19, 2018

An Appellate Court’s Observation May Have Effect on Reverse-PRA Actions

Part II: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

PRA Fee Award Narrowed to Cover the Issue of Scope of Redactions
Legal Alerts Apr 17, 2018

PRA Fee Award Narrowed to Cover the Issue of Scope of Redactions

Part I: Pasadena Police Officers Association v. City of Pasadena

Top 5 Tips for Responding to a PRA Request (Hint: Communication is Key)
Authored Articles & Publications Mar 23, 2018

Top 5 Tips for Responding to a PRA Request (Hint: Communication is Key)

BB&K Attorney Jessica Lomakin Writes on Public Records Act Requests for PublicCEO

Event Feb 15, 2018

What are Student Records and What are Public Records

ACSA Every Child Counts Symposium

[WEBINAR] Who Does What? Defining Proper Roles for Staff and Elected Officials
Videos Feb 13, 2018

[WEBINAR] Who Does What? Defining Proper Roles for Staff and Elected Officials

BB&K Municipal, Environmental and Special Districts Law Webinar Series

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part I
Legal Alerts Jan 9, 2018

2018 California Public Agency Laws – Part I

Elections, Public Records Act, Revenue and Conflicts of Interest

Event Oct 3, 2017

P3 Preparedness for Higher Education Projects

Public-Private Partnership Higher Education Summit

PRA Request Compliance May Not Shield from Attorney's Fees
Legal Alerts Aug 21, 2017

PRA Request Compliance May Not Shield from Attorney's Fees

California Appellate Court Orders City to Pay

AB 119: What Public Employers Need to Know about their Obligations to Give Unions Access to New Employees
Legal Alerts Aug 1, 2017

AB 119: What Public Employers Need to Know about their Obligations to Give Unions Access to New Employees

Information, Access and Notice Requirements for Public Employers

Event Jul 20, 2017

Public Records Practices After the San Jose Decision

League of California Cities Webinar

Calif. AG Says SB 415 Applies to Charter Cities and Local School Districts Governed by Charter Cities
Legal Alerts Jul 18, 2017

Calif. AG Says SB 415 Applies to Charter Cities and Local School Districts Governed by Charter Cities

California Voter Participation Rights Act

Event May 19, 2017

The Public Records Act and Private Emails

The State Bar of California Public Law Section

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes
Legal Alerts Mar 9, 2017

Civil Discovery Act Applies to Public Records Act Proceedings, California Appellate Court Concludes

May Impose Increased Burdens on Public Agencies

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way from San Jose: The Public Records Act and Private Emails
Videos Mar 8, 2017

[WEBINAR] Do You Know the Way from San Jose: The Public Records Act and Private Emails

BB&K Webinar on California Supreme Court Decision

BB&K Event Mar 8, 2017

Do You Know the Way from San Jose: The Public Records Act and Private Emails

BB&K Webinar on California Supreme Court Decision

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act
Legal Alerts Mar 2, 2017

E-Communications on Private Accounts May Be Subject to Disclosure Under the California Public Records Act

State Supreme Court Opinion Impacts Public Agencies

Legal Invoices to Public Agencies in California May Be Exempt from Disclosure
Legal Alerts Dec 29, 2016

Legal Invoices to Public Agencies in California May Be Exempt from Disclosure

The California Supreme Court Tackles Public Records vs. Attorney-Client Privilege

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”
Legal Alerts Dec 9, 2016

Are Private E-mails & Text Messages “Public Records?”

Decision Expected Soon from California Supreme Court

John Brown Video Bio
Videos Nov 18, 2016

John Brown Video Bio

Partner

California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions
Legal Alerts Aug 10, 2016

California Supreme Court Curbs Responses to Anti-SLAPP Motions

Elected Officials’ Free Speech Rights Analyzed

Client Successes Jun 2, 2016

CEQA, Brown Act and Planning and Zoning Law Challenges Overcome in Development Project

On Behalf of the City of Montebello, BB&K Attorneys Successful in Lawsuit

Event May 2, 2016

Who Does What? Best Practices in Board/Staff Relations

California Special Districts Association

Inconsistencies Between Practices, Brown Act Guidelines Highlighted During LBCCD Training
BB&K In the News Jun 24, 2015

Inconsistencies Between Practices, Brown Act Guidelines Highlighted During LBCCD Training

BB&K Partner Ruben Duran Gives Long Beach Community College District Board of Trustees Refresher Course on Open Meeting Laws, as Reported by the Long Beach Post

It Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest
Legal Alerts Nov 20, 2014

It Is Now a Crime to Help a Public Official Make a Contract that Holds Personal Financial Interest

California Legislature Expands Government Code Section 1090 Liability to Those Who Aid and Abet

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