Heather Edwards represents school districts, county offices of education, special education local plan areas (SELPAs), charter schools, nonpublic schools/agencies, and private schools in various aspects of education law. She has extensive experience in the areas of special education, student issues, employment, labor relations, charter schools, and issues unique to county offices of education.
In the area of special education, Ms. Edwards has represented educational agencies at IEP meetings, mediations, due process hearings, state and federal court proceedings, and state and federal complaint procedures. She provides in-service training and workshops for her clients to assist them in their efforts to comply with the laws applicable to educating students with disabilities and is a frequent presenter at statewide conferences including the Association of California School Administrators and the California Charter Schools Association.
Ms. Edwards also teaches for the UC Davis Capitol Area North Doctorate in Educational Leadership (CANDEL) Program. Prior to joining Girard, Edwards, Stevens & Tucker LLP, Ms. Edwards served as the Assistant Executive Director of the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) which represents the 58 county superintendents of schools.
Ms. Edwards received her B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo. Ms. Edwards is a graduate of the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.