William Schuetz is a Shareholder in the Sacramento and San Luis Obispo offices. Throughout his legal career, Bill has provided legal advice and counsel to public school districts, county offices of education and community college districts across a broad spectrum of legal areas.
As his primary area of practice, Bill regularly assists school districts and county offices of education clients throughout California with various charter school related legal matters and issues, including new and renewal charter petition reviews, charter denials, revocations, non-renewals and closures, charter appeals through the State level, dependent charter school development and operation, and charter school oversight functions and responsibilities. Bill is also recognized for his expertise in the area of Proposition 39 charter school facilities and assists clients with the entire process including, proposal preparation, negotiations, dispute resolution, and alternative facilities arrangements and agreements.
In addition, Bill provides legal advice and assistance to public education clients in other areas of education law, including labor and employment, business and facilities, student rights and discipline, and governance issues, including the Brown Act, conflicts of interest, and Public Records Act requests. For instance, Bill assists and advises public education clients with collective bargaining and PERB matters, teacher and classified employee discipline and termination, and discrimination and harassment complaint investigation matters. Beyond the area of labor and employment, he assists districts with student related matters, such as discipline and constitutional rights issues.
In the area of facilities and construction, Bill assists clients with preparation and negotiation of various transactional documents, including facilities use agreements, with the resolution of subcontractor claims, contractor termination, public works project administration and close out, and related litigation.
Prior to practicing law, Bill interned at various California administrative agencies, including the California Legislative Counsel Bureau, where he gained valuable skills and insight into the legislative process which helps him represent and effectively advocate for clients in the education law arena. A Southern California native, he currently lives in Placer County where all of his children attend their local neighborhood public schools.