Grace Chan

Grace Chan Partner

Grace focuses her practice on education law, employment law, risk management and non-profit governance and represents independent and private schools as well as nonprofit organizations.  Grace serves as a trusted advisor to boards, heads of school, business officers and human resources professionals, and works with clients to mitigate risk and develop best practices, while supporting the advancement of each client’s operational needs and mission.

Grace advises schools and nonprofits in all aspects of employment matters, such as negotiating and drafting employment and executive agreements, preparing employee handbooks and employment policies, addressing claims of harassment, discrimination, and retaliation, and advising on disability accommodation issues, leaves, wage and hour compliance and employee misconduct and discipline. 

Grace also advises schools on all aspects of student and parent issues, including preparing enrollment agreements and student handbooks, managing effective student and parent relationships, addressing concerns of harassment, bullying and student misconduct, as well as advising on student discipline, privacy, disability accommodations, mandated reporting, tuition disputes and breach of contract claims.  Grace regularly advises on legal considerations pertaining to diversity, equity and inclusion, including how to engage in such work while mitigating risk.  

Grace works extensively in the area of non-profit governance, including advising on governance structure, board functions and operations, conflict of interest issues, fiduciary duties and membership termination procedures, as well as preparing governance documents such as articles, bylaws and board and corporate policies.  

A sought-after presenter and trainer, Grace regularly gives presentations, workshops and speaking engagements with expertise and relatability for schools, associations and regional, statewide and national conferences on a variety of employment, student and governance issues, ranging from crisis management, investigations, professional boundaries, diversity, equity and inclusion, wage and hour issues, employment contracts, harassment prevention, disability issues and leaves. 

Education

  • JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC

  • BA, New York University

APPELLATE

Washington v. Contra Costa County Housing Authority et al. (2013) - After LCW obtained summary judgment in Contra Costa County Superior Court in favor of the Housing Authority and an individual defendant, defeating a sexual harassment claim brought by a male maintenance worker against a female manager, the employee appealed. The First Appellate District affirmed the judgment on behalf of both defendants and awarded the Housing Authority and the individual defendants their costs on appeal.

LITIGATION

Hancock v. Plumas County (2012) - Obtained summary judgment in Plumas County Superior Court in favor of County and three individual supervisors who the employee had claimed harassed and discriminated against her based on her disabilities, age, and gender.  The employee also claimed that her layoff was discriminatory.

Education

  • JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC

  • BA, New York University

Jul 20, 2018

Anxious Parents in a Litigious Age

Managing relationships between schools and parents is becoming more, not less, difficult.  Parent anxiety generally reflects concerns about their children: social interactions, academic achievement (at increasingly younger ages), and eventually college enrollment.  The result can be parents behaving badly by making unreasonable demands, refusing to hold their children accountable, engaging in harassing, threatening or bullying behavior, launching unfair criticism online, and even initiating litigation.  The list goes on and on. 

Education

  • JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC

  • BA, New York University

26 January 2021
Consortium Trainings

Student Policies Every California Private School Handbooks Should Contain and Why

Golden State Independent School Consortium Webinar
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28 August 2020
Customized Trainings

Mandated Reporting

Park Century School Webinar
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20 August 2020
Customized Trainings

Pitt Falls of Online Education

Polytechnic School Webinar
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Education

  • JD, The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Washington, DC

  • BA, New York University

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