Laura Schulkind

Laura Schulkind Partner

With over 20 years of experience in school and public sector law, Laura Schulkind has developed an extensive background in the successful resolution of many employment and education-related issues and is experienced in all phases of school and employment law. Her areas of expertise include board governance and the Brown Act, student rights and discipline, certificated and classified evaluation and discipline, employee leave rights and the interactive process, contract grievance arbitration, harassment, employee investigations, education services for non-English speakers, employment and educational testing and accountability, school safety planning and hate crime prevention, OCR investigations, special education, desegregation, and designing lawful strategies to promote employment diversity. She is currently on the Board of Governors Title 5 Task Force, where she is assisting with revising the EEO and hiring regulations for community colleges.

Laura leads the firm wide practice regarding students with special needs--including the IDEA and state special education law, Section 504, and the proper use of general education services and "Response to Intervention" strategies to serve students within the general education program. Laura's expertise includes the proper designation of Section 504 eligibility and accommodations, serving students with diabetes, developing IEPs for students with autism, and the administration of medication at school. Under Laura's leadership, the Firm takes a highly collaborative approach to special education issues, looking for creative and cost-effective solutions that help forge lasting, positive relationships between educators and parents. Laura has successfully negotiated numerous resolutions that keep special education students in public schools.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Laura was a partner at a Bay Area law firm that specializes in education and employment law. While there, she represented school districts and other public entities on a wide range of school law and employment issues. Among other things, she twice represented coalitions of school districts challenging aspects of the STAR testing program and has a particular interest in psychometrics and legal issues relating to testing.

A sought after presenter, Laura regularly conducts workshops for school districts, community college districts and professional organizations across the State in areas such as the Brown Act, conflicts of interest, harassment, best practices in management, certificated evaluation and discipline, school safety, employee leaves, student discipline, special education and EEO hiring. She is an Instructor at the University of California at Berkeley, School of Education, where she teaches education law in the Principal Leadership Institute and School Psychology Program. She also served as the legal member of the State Department of Education's hate crime prevention training team.

Education

  • JD, The New York University School of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

Jan 10, 2017 Webinars on Demand
Post-Election Issues for Community College Districts and other Public Educational Institutions

LITIGATION

Plaintiff v. Private University (2012) - Negotiated a favorable settlement of under $10,000 on behalf of a private university in a lawsuit brought by a former student asserting race discrimination and breach of contract claims.

Mosley v. West Contra Costa Unified School District (2011) - Petitioner was a vice principal.  The school district (District) served a timely notice pursuant to Ed. Code § 44951 on March 11 advising Petitioner she may be reassigned to a non-administrator position for the following year.  In May, the District sent Petitioner a letter in error stating that her assignment for the upcoming year would be as a vice principal.  The Superintendent wrote to Petitioner in June informing her that the May assignment letter had been sent in error and the Board had not approved her assignment as an administrator.  The Board subsequently assigned Petitioner to a counseling position.  Petitioner filed a writ challenging the District's action. The court held that the May assignment letter did not rescind the March notice, that Mosley remained on notice of potential reassignment, and the district properly exercised its authority to assign Mosley to a counseling position.

Education

  • JD, The New York University School of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

Jan 10, 2017 Webinars on Demand
Post-Election Issues for Community College Districts and other Public Educational Institutions

President, California Council of School Attorneys

Education

  • JD, The New York University School of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

Jan 10, 2017 Webinars on Demand
Post-Election Issues for Community College Districts and other Public Educational Institutions
Jan 26, 2017

President Trump Issues Executive Order Entitled: “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States”

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order titled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States.”  

Feb 26, 2014 Press Release

Revisions to the Title 5 Regulations

Laura Schulkind, in collaboration with community college HR professionals, sp...

Education

  • JD, The New York University School of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

Jan 10, 2017 Webinars on Demand
Post-Election Issues for Community College Districts and other Public Educational Institutions
1 December 2017
Speaking Engagements

Executive Assistants Program

California School Boards Association (CSBA) Annual Conference San Diego
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19 October 2017
Speaking Engagements

Town Hall - Legal Eagles

Association of Chief Human Resources Officers/Equal Employment Opportunity Officers (ACHRO) Fall Institute Garden Grove
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18 October 2017
Speaking Engagements

Mock Trial: How to Litigate an Employment Case- Do’s and Don’ts from the Trenches

Association of Chief Human Resources Officers/Equal Employment Opportunity Officers (ACHRO) Fall Institute Garden Grove
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Education

  • JD, The New York University School of Law

  • BA, Wesleyan University

Jan 10, 2017 Webinars on Demand
Post-Election Issues for Community College Districts and other Public Educational Institutions
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