James E. Young
Jim Young, Firm Principal, began his career in education
as a high school teacher. Since becoming an attorney in 1992,
he has exclusively represented public schools.
Jim is known statewide for his expertise
in charter school board governance, employment law and labor
negotiations. He is a frequent speaker on such topics for
charter school governing boards and charter agencies statewide. Jim is also a Guest Lecturer in the CSU Dominguez Hills Charter and Autonomous Public Leadership Academy (CASLA Program on Employment and Labor Law).
In Board governance, Jim frequently advises governing boards
as to compliance with open meeting and conflict of interest
laws and best practices for highly effective boards. In employment
law, Jim has successfully represented charter schools in
virtually all venues, including state and federal agencies
and in the courts. Jim has also served as a chief negotiator
representing charter schools throughout California in developing
many of their first labor agreements in the state, and he
recently assisted a charter school management organization
in negotiating one of the first charter school labor agreements
in the State of New York.
Jim graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Government
from the California State University at Sacramento, and a
Juris Doctorate from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge
School of Law.