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JD, The New York University School of Law

BA, Wesleyan University

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At the age of 16, Laura wrote the legislation that placed the first student on a board of education in the State of Maryland. She successfully lobbied the Maryland State Legislature for its passage, and the Legislature named the day after her for her efforts. She was president of her county-wide student organization MCR (Montgomery County Regional Student Government Association) at the time.

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.

New State Guidance for Small Cohorts of Children from Governor and Department of Public Health
LCW Special Bulletin

On Tuesday, August 25, 2020, the California Department of Public Health (“CDPH”) issued guidance for the use of small “cohorts” and groups of children and youth in order to deliver limited, in-person child supervision and instruction services. This “Cohorting Guidance,” applies to children and...

Chancellor Temporarily Suspends Regulations Limiting Interim Appointments During COVID-19 Declared State of Emergency
LCW Special Bulletin

Current Regulations and the Executive Order
Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations require community college districts to “actively recruit from both within and outside the district work force to attract qualified applicants for all vacancies,” which includes all vacant full-and part-time...

Interaction Between Emergency Paid Sick Leave and Paid Family Leave: What Public Education Institutions Need to Know
LCW Special Bulletin

In public school and community college districts that participate in the State Disability Insurance (“SDI”) program, employees who are eligible for Emergency Paid Sick Leave (“EPSL”) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (“FFCRA”) may also file a claim for Paid Family Leave (“PFL”), a...

State Superintendent Issues “Framework for Labor-Management Collaboration: Serving Local Communities During the COVID-19 Emergency”
LCW Special Bulletin

On April 1, 2020, State Superintendent of Public Instruction (“SPI”), Tony Thurmond, issued a “Framework for Labor-Management Collaboration: Serving Local Communities During the COVID-19 Emergency” (“The Framework”).  The SPI developed this joint document in collaboration with representatives for...

California Legislature Passes SB 117 to Provide Protections for School Districts Closed Due to COVID-19 and Funding for Protective Equipment and Supplies and Labor for Cleaning School Sites
LCW Special Bulletin

On March 17, 2020, Governor Newsom signed SB 117, an education budget trailer bill, that includes protections for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools (hereafter “local educational agencies” or “LEA’s”) that have closed, or will close, due to COVID-19. Most...

Governor Issues Executive Order to Provide Funding for School Districts that close to Address COVID-19
LCW Special Bulletin

On Friday, March 13, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to provide for continuous funding to California public school districts that close in order to address COVID-19.  In order to receive the funding, districts will need to take certain actions, including using the money to...

High Court Guidance on Unemployment Benefits Public School Employees
The Daily Journal

This article discusses a recent decision by the California Supreme Court that establishes a framework for determining when public school employees are eligible for unemployment benefits during “non-traditional” academic terms and during the summer.
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