Spencer E. Covert


e-mail:  scovert@parkercovert.com
phone:  (714) 573-0900

Areas of Practice

Mr. Covert has over 35 years of legal experience in advising public agencies and their governing boards on both day-to-day as well as long-term policy matters and related trial and appellate litigation.

 Representative Experience

  • Admitted to all courts, state and federal, in California; admitted Supreme Court of the United States, 1980
  • Partner, Parker & Covert LLP
  • “A.V.” rating, Martindale-Hubbell – Peer Review Rated for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability

Selected Reported Decisions

Fullerton Joint Union High School District v. State Board of Education
(1982) 32 Cal.3d 779, 187 Cal.Rptr. 398
California Supreme Court reversed school district unification plan on various grounds.

AFSCME, Local 3112 v. Anaheim Union High School District
(2016) 41 PERC 80
PERB affirmed dismissal of unfair practice complaint alleging bad faith bargaining during negotiations and affirmed credibility determinations for District.

California School Employees Association v. Torrance Unified School District
(2010) 182 Cal.App.4th 1040
Court of Appeal determined that Education Code section 45203 does not entitle classified employees to compensation for days that are set aside for certificated staff development and affirmed denial of petition for writ of mandate.

Sappington v. Orange Unified School District
(2004) 119 Cal.App.4th 949, 14 Cal.Rptr.3d 764
Judgment that school district could reduce health insurance coverage for management retirees affirmed on appeal.

Thorpe v. Long Beach Community College District
(2000) 83 Cal.App.4th 655, 99 Cal.Rptr.2d 897
Employee’s ineligibility for supervisor position affirmed on appeal.

Orange Unified School District, et al. v. Rancho Santiago Community College District, et al.
(1997) 54 Cal.App.4th 750, 62 Cal.Rptr.2d 778
Community colleges’ right to offer adult education programs affirmed on appeal.

El Camino Community College District v. Superior Court
(1985) 173 Cal.App.3d 606, 219 Cal.Rptr. 236
Original writ proceeding reversing court over compelling arbitration.

Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • Member, Board of Directors, Council of School Attorneys, National School Boards Association, 1985-89
  • Member, Statewide Association Community Colleges (“SWACC”) Defense Counsel, Attorney Panel
  • Member, California School Boards Association, Legal Advisory Committee to the CSBA Education Legal Alliance, 1992 to present

Publications and Presentations

  • Author: “Invocations at School Board Meetings: Still Constitutional After All These Years,” NSBA Monograph on Religion and the Schools Issues, April 1994; Revised and Updated in “Religion and Public Schools: Striking a Constitutional Balance,” 2008.
  • 10th Annual Labor and Employment Public Sector Program, “Presenting Your Case to PERB,” 2004.
  • Frequent presenter at conferences and in-service training for trustees and administrators.

Academic Background

  • Graduate of UCLA, A.B. Degree in Political Science, 1967
  • J.D. Degree, School of Law, University of Southern California, 1970