Chad J. Graff serves the firm in an Of Counsel position from the Oakland Office. With over twenty years of professional public education experience, he represents school districts and community colleges in a wide array of charter school and student issues, business and property matters. Mr. Graff's practice also touches upon myriad governance and general policy issues.
A popular speaker, Mr. Graff presents regularly at the ACSA Student Services and CSBA Conferences, and at other statewide conferences. Mr. Graff received his Juris Doctor from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2000.
Mr. Graff has served on the Advisory Board to the School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, since 2006.
Prior to practicing law, Mr. Graff worked for Senator Bob Kerrey of Nebraska, drafting legislative proposals and floor speeches on education issues. Before working in politics, Mr. Graff served as a high school teacher and was English Department Chair at the Monument Valley High School on the Navajo Reservation. In this capacity he coordinated, designed, and implemented the school’s Advanced Placement English program.
Mr. Graff holds a master’s degree in Education from the University of California, Berkeley, a master’s degree in English from Middlebury College, and a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University. He is a passionate supporter of Oakland Leaf and Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, as well as the Edible Schoolyard Project and the Telluride Film Festival.