Laura Schulkind

Laura Schulkind Partner

Partner Laura Schulkind leads the firm’s Public Education Practice Group. With over 30 years of experience, Laura is a sought-after education-law expert in a wide range of areas that confront California’s public school and community college districts. Her areas of expertise include district governance and board efficacy; ethics and conflicts of interest; government transparency under the Brown Act and Public Records Act; student rights and discipline, including FERPA, Title IX,  DACA, and serving students with disabilities under Section 504 and the IDEA; academic, certificated and classified evaluation and discipline; administrator contracts and evaluation; employee leave rights and the interactive process; contract grievance arbitration; unfair labor practices charges before PERB; labor negotiations with academic employees; harassment; employee misconduct investigations; and discrimination complaints made to outside bodies including OCR, EEOC and DFEH. Laura also taught education law in UC Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute for ten years.

Laura is particularly recognized statewide for her expertise in designing lawful strategies to promote employment diversity in the community colleges. She was a primary writer of the updated Title 5 Regulations relating to diversity hiring, and was instrumental in their adoption. She has since trained thousands of community college administrators, faculty and staff across the State on designing and implementing strategies to improve workforce diversity, and processes for unbiased decision making. She has also developed strategies and practices for improving the diversity of vendor pools in district RFP and RFQ processes.

Prior to joining Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, Laura was a partner at a Bay Area law firm that specializes in education 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 equity in 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 diversity hiring, Title IX/CLERY, board effectiveness, the Brown Act, conflicts of interest, harassment, best practices in management, certificated evaluation and discipline, school safety, employee leaves, student discipline, and serving students with special needs.

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
Nov 15, 2018

Questions and Answers Regarding Responding Quickly to Disasters

Many of you are facing tremendous challenges with the current fires in both ends of the state.  We wish we could stand next to you and be of practical help.  Since we can’t do that, we offer these legal answers to the immediate questions you are facing, so you have ready answers at your fingertips.  While these are by no means complete answers to every issue that can, will, and has come up, they address the most pressing questions that we have already started to hear.  We hope that having this information easily accessible will allow you more time to focus on the needs and safety of your students, employees, and facilities.  We are available to help in any way we can.  We will keep you all in our thoughts, and look forward to hearing from you soon, in happier times.

Oct 13, 2017

Questions and Answers Regarding Responding Quickly to Disasters

Many of you are facing tremendous challenges with the current fires in both ends of the state.  We wish we could stand next to you and be of practical help.  Since we can’t do that, we offer these legal answers to the immediate questions you are facing, so you have ready answers at your fingertips.  While these are by no means complete answers to every issue that can, will, and has come up, they address the most pressing questions that we have already started to hear.  

Sep 7, 2017

DeVos Calls For Revising Title IX Regulations, Announces Public Comment Period

On September 7, 2017, United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos spoke at George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School to discuss problems with the current Title IX enforcement system and identified the need to establish a regulatory framework that better serves all students.

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
5 September 2018
Speaking Engagements

Using Data to Reduce District Liability

Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative & California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) Irvine
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5 September 2018
Speaking Engagements

Using Data to Reduce District Liability

Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative & California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office (CCCCO) San Jose
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28 August 2018
Customized Trainings

The Brown Act

San Jose-Evergreen Community College District San Jose
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22 August 2018
Customized Trainings

Faculty Engagement in the Disabled Student Accommodations Process

El Camino College Torrance
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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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