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AdvocacyPublic, legislative and legal advocacy

Building a better legacy, together.

The Education Legal Alliance helps California’s school board members build toward a bright and sustainable future for their schools and students through legal advocacy across the state. The ELA has proven to be a powerful force in the courts since 1992 by saving and gaining schools millions of dollars, protecting the governance role of the board, and bettering the landscape of California’s public education for current and future generations.

We’re called an “alliance” for a reason – we can’t do this alone. The ELA is strengthened by each and every member. When you join the ELA, you’ll not only have access to expert education legal support, but you’ll be a part of the effort to leave California’s public education system better than we found it

 
Become a member.

The ELA is a highly-respected consortium with one common goal – to better the future of public education in California. Over 700 invested school districts, county offices of education and ROC/Ps have voluntarily joined, now it’s your turn. 

Contact us to become a member of the ELA:

Email: legal@csba.org
Phone Call: (800) 266-3382

What you get.

When you join the ELA, you directly support and benefit from the ELA’s work in these areas:

  • Giving access to powerful insights that create the conditions to improve student outcomes all over the state
  • Setting the stage for historic cases that will shape the landscape of statewide education for students both today and in future generations
  • Statewide legal advocacy like filing amicus briefs and letters (legal documents that add relevant information or arguments to a case)
  • Initiating legal action on behalf of members
  • Drafting, reviewing, and analyzing legislation of regulations
  • Providing legal information to and weighing in on legislation that impacts members
What we've done.

Every year the ELA publishes an Annual Report of each years' activities. Please click on the links below to view..

When you join the ELA, you directly support and benefit from the ELA’s work in these areas:

  • Giving access to powerful insights that create the conditions to improve student outcomes all over the state
  • Setting the stage for historic cases that will shape the landscape of statewide education for students both today and in future generations
  • Statewide legal advocacy like filing amicus briefs and letters (legal documents that add relevant information or arguments to a case)
  • Initiating legal action on behalf of members
  • Drafting, reviewing, and analyzing legislation of regulations
  • Providing legal information to and weighing in on legislation that impacts members
Who we are.

The ELA is overseen by a Steering Committee composed of board members, superintendents, and education experts and is advised by the ELA Attorney Advisory Committee composed of prominent education attorneys in California.

The ELA Staff:

 
Elaine Yama-Garcia
Elaine Yama-Garcia

Keith Bray
General Counsel/Chief of Staff

Elaine Yama-Garcia
Deputy General Counsel
Mike Ambrose Bode Owoyele Anita Ceballos
Mike Ambrose
Associate General Counsel
Bode Owoyele
Associate General Counsel

Anita Ceballos
Paralegal