Sarah L.W. Sutherland is a Shareholder in the San Diego office and a member of the firm’s Students and Special Education and Charter Practice Groups. Sarah’s entire legal career has been dedicated to public education. As a passionate advocate for her educational agency clients, she continuously strives to achieve positive and practical, student-oriented results.
Sarah represents school districts, county offices of education, and special education local plan areas in all issues involving students and charter schools. This includes student enrollment and attendance rights, student discipline, foster and homeless youth, administrative hearings and associated litigation, special education, charter petition review, charter school oversight, compliance with federal and state accountability systems, anti-discrimination laws and entitlements, and training at all levels. She is well experienced in representing LEAs in due process hearings and those administrative procedures involving charter schools, students and special education.
Sarah’s cross-over expertise and experience in issues involving students, special education and charter schools, as well as her understanding of the myriad of agencies who serve children and young adults, uniquely qualifies her to handle increasingly complex and novel situations that public educators face. She is a collaborative and thoughtful attorney who emphasizes her role as “counselor” to accomplish excellent results for those she advises.