M. Alejandra León is the managing associate in the firm's Oakland office. Ms. León's practice focuses primarily on student and special education matters, and she advises school districts, county offices of education and special education local plan areas with regard to student issues across all facets of special education law, including duties under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and related California laws and regulations.
Additionally, Ms. León counsels districts statewide on charter school related legal matters, including petition reviews, denials, appeals, revocations, closures and dependent charter school development. An active member of the firm's eMatters Practice Group, Ms. León is especially interested in issues related to technology, equity, access and cyber citizenship, and her practice is informed by the advantages and challenges presented by technology in the 21st century education environment.
Ms. León earned her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 2012, where she received the Witkin Award for Excellence in her Special Education Law Seminar. Moreover, she served on staff for two years the Hastings Women's Law Journal. During law school, Ms. León externed for the Honorable Evelio M. Grillo in the Alameda County Superior Court. She also held clerkships with the City of Vallejo Attorney's Office and the Law Foundation of Silicon Valley Mental Health Advocacy Project.
A Bay Area native, Ms. León holds a bachelor's degree with distinction in general scholarship in Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley. She is a member of the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators.