Deputy General Counsel
As a Deputy General Counsel for Oakland Unified School District, Andrea provides advice and counsel to the District on special education matters, Section 504 related matters, student discipline, regulatory matters, advice to the District Office of Charter Schools and Programs for Exceptional Children as well as central office staff on a range of legal issues.
Andrea received her J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2006, where she was active with the Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal and the Civil Justice Clinic. During law school she was a law clerk with the Peralta Community College District. Andrea holds an M.A. in Education from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A. in Literature from the University of California, Santa Cruz.
The majority of Andrea’s legal experience has consisted of serving public educational institutions. She was an associate attorney at Lozano Smith and Fagen Friedman and Fulfrost where she served as outside counsel for educational institutions and oversaw the defense for alleged violations of uniform complaint procedures, non-discrimination policies, Section 504, Title II of the ADA, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). She advised school district human resource departments regarding certificated and classified issues, including discipline, dismissals, leaves of absence, accommodations, and grievances. Andrea managed aspects of school districts' charter review processes, including petition evaluation and renewal and preparation of findings of facts for charter approval, denial, and revocation. As a special education attorney, Andrea was responsible for both proactive and reactive approaches to managing school districts’ special education caseloads.
Andrea is a former educator having taught in both the Los Angeles Unified and Inglewood Unified School Districts. During pursuit of her Masters Degree in Education, Andrea was a long-term substitute teacher in special day classes and studied educational policy and educational equity under a former director of the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Language Affairs, U.S. Department of Education.