Jennifer McQuarrie engages with CSDC as an advisor and guest instructor on charter school policy and legal matters. Jennifer leads the development and delivery of several legal workshops at our Summer Leadership Intensive, Spring CBO Training Program, and Fall Leadership Update Conference. She also conducts regular updates to CSDC’s Sample Charter School Operating Policies, a critical resource to our CSDC members. Jennifer specializes in charter school representation and employment litigation and has been practicing law for over 17 years.
Prior to opening her own practice where she represents charter schools throughout the state, she was the Legal Counsel and Legislative Advocate for CSDC. She focused primarily on providing a wide range of advice on school policies, personnel and student issues, including those relating to governing board policies, conflicts of interest, student discipline, employment related matters, Brown Act compliance and other related matters. Jennifer also spent a year as General Counsel for St. HOPE Public Schools and St. HOPE Corporation, which opened Sacramento High School as a charter school in 2003. Before joining the charter movement, Jennifer practiced law in several international law firms as a corporate litigator focusing on employment disputes, lender liability, unfair competition, securities fraud and other business disputes.