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Girard Edwards Educational Law

Agency Governance and Administration

  • Advising governing boards on Brown Act and other open meeting laws
  • Reviewing and providing legal opinions in connection with transactions presenting potential conflicts of interest
  • Guiding agencies through election law and other political activity issues


Special Education Law

  • Representing educational agencies in due process hearings and Section 504 disputes before the Office of Administrative Hearings and Office of Civil Rights
  • Reviewing and negotiating the terms of individualized education programs
  • Helping to structure shared services and offerings among SELPA members


Labor Law

  • Representing clients at hearings before arbitrators and in unfair labor practice claims before the Public Employment Relations Board
  • Advising our clients on employee discipline and dismissal matters and preparing settlement and release agreements
  • Executing reductions in force in compliance with relevant legal requirements
  • Responding to requests from Office of Civil Rights and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Defending our clients and their employees against discrimination and harassment claims
  • Counseling on benefits matters, including leaves and wage and hour laws


Commercial Transactions

  • Structuring real property transactions, including compliance with municipal and state zoning and environmental requirements
  • Advising on public contract bidding requirements
  • Accessing public and private financing sources, including general obligation and Mello-Roos bonds and certificates of participation


Americans with Disability Act Compliance

  • Investigating claims of violations
  • Developing Reasonable Accommodation of Disability proposals


Other Services

  • Collective bargaining, including assisting clients negotiate and operate under collective bargaining agreements
  • Pupil personnel, including guiding clients through student discipline and expulsion processes
  • Constitutional law, including advising and providing legal opinions on civil rights and freedom of speech issues
  • Legal compliance services, including providing training sessions on topics such as sexual harassment, Brown Act requirements and collective bargaining techniques
  • Charter schools, including preparing and reviewing charter petitions and other formation and compliance documentation
  • Curriculum and instruction, including reviewing for compliance with relevant legal requirements

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