Meghan Covert Russell

Associate - Sacramento Office


phone: (916) 245-8677

Areas of Practice

Ms. Covert Russell is an associate attorney in the firm’s Northern California office. She represents school districts and county offices of education on a variety matters, including facilities and finance, student issues and district governance.

Legal Experience

Ms. Covert Russell provides general education support and legal guidance to clients on a variety of matters in the following areas:
• Real property and facilities issues, including school finance and construction, leases and public contract negotiations, and charter school Proposition 39 facilities
• Special education
• Student issues, including discipline and First Amendment rights
• Employee discipline and termination
• General governance issues, including the Brown Act, conflicts of interest and Public Records Act
• School district reorganization

Practice Examples

• Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2015

Professional Activities and Affiliations

Ms. Covert Russell’s professional activities and affiliations include:
• Author, “Public Employee Privacy Rights: When is an Employee’s Workplace his Castle,” SCBA Labor & Employment Law Section Newsletter, Vol. 19, Issue 1, Oct 2012
• Author, “Title IX: Winning the Gold in 2012,” SSDA Newsletter, Sept-Oct 2012
• Former Affiliate Governor, California Women Lawyers
• Co-Vice-Chair of Newsletter, Women Lawyers of Sacramento (vice-chair newsletter, 2014/2015; Co-Chair of Grants and Awards 2013/2014; Vice-Chair of Grants and Awards 2012/2013; Vice Chair of Programs 2011/2012)
• Member, California Council of School Attorneys
• Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
• Member, California State Bar Association
•Member, Advisory Committee, McClatchy High School’s L&PPA (2013-2014)
• Mentor, McClatchy High School’s Law & Public Policy Academy (L&PPA) (2012-present)
• Former Affiliate Governor, California Women Lawyers (2013-2014)

Academic Background

J.D. University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 2010
• Recipient, Outstanding Award in Pro Bono
• Senior Articles Editor, Hastings Race and Poverty Law Journal
• Member, National Moot Court Team, Regional Winner and Regional Best Brief
• Member, Whittier Juvenile Law Moot Court Team, National Semi-finalist
• Member, Moot Court Board
• Teaching Assistant, Appellate Advocacy, Moot Court and Legal Writing/Research classes

B.S. University of California, Davis, 2006
• Graduated with High Honors in Human Development

B.A. University of California, Davis, 2006
• Graduated with Honors in Anthropology; Minor in Psychology
• Education Abroad Program, Leiden University, Netherlands
• University of California, Washington D.C. Center

Speaking Engagements

Regarding facilities, student issues inclduing bullying and Constitutional rights; charter schools; Title IX; document retention

• California School Boards Association (CSBA)
• California Council of School Attorneys (CCSA)
• California Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH)
• UC Davis School of Education