Meghan Covert Russell

Meghan Covert Russell

Associate

Practice Areas

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

Bar Admissions

State Bar of California

Professional Affiliations and Activities

Member, California Council of School Attorneys

Member, Sacramento County Bar Association

Member, California State Bar Association

Mentor, McClatchy High School’s Law & Public Policy Academy (L&PPA) (2012-present)

Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2015

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, Advisory Committee, McClatchy High School’s L&PPA (2013-2014)

Former Affiliate Governor, California Women Lawyers (2013-2014)

Publications

  • 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

Speaking Engagements regarding facilities, student issues including bullying and Constitutional rights; charter schools; Title IX; and 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

Education

Juris Doctor, University of California, Hastings College of 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

Bachelor of Science, Human Development, University of California Davis, 2006

  • Graduated with High Honors

Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology Major, Psychology Minor, University of California, Davis, 2006

  • Education Abroad Program, Leiden University, Netherlands
  • University of California, Washington D.C. Center