During the course of any day, Parker & Covert LLP receives numerous e-mails and telephone calls requesting assistance on specific legal issues. For example, there are occasions when a governing board has on its agenda an item that raises legal issues, or perhaps requires additional backup information. We promptly respond to such issues to provide the necessary information to the Board and the Superintendent’s designees.

We also have a wide range of experience with respect to all aspects of student matters, including compliance with state and federal laws, litigation pertaining to student discipline, and special education at all levels from mediation through federal court. We are actively involved in giving ongoing advice to school districts in the area of special education matters, and represent our clients before the California Office of Administrative Hearings and in federal court. Our attorneys also provide in-service and other presentations in these areas at both the school and collegiate level.

We also receive requests for information, or review of documentation, that districts receive from bargaining units concerning changes in contract language or potential reopener negotiations. We then provide an opinion, either formal or informal, in connection with the request for information or proposed change in contract language. In addition, we issue bulletins and newsletters to our clients at no cost to keep them apprised of recent developments in the law.

We are involved extensively in both the transactional and litigation aspects of public works, construction, and real estate. We have also been actively involved in school fee litigation. Our transactional work in this area involves all phases of real property matters.

In addition, ongoing advice is provided with respect to (a) compliance with OSHA and other safety regulations and related matters; (b) resolution of construction contract and various bidding and real estate claims; (c) resolution of disputes that arise involving project architects, inspectors, construction and project managers; and (d) school district and community college districts that are planning and/or have passed general obligation bonds.