Shawn Olson Brown

Shawn Olson Brown is a partner in the Oakland office and co-chairs the firm's Special Education Symposium (SES), which provides training to approximately 1,000 educators twice per year. Her practice focuses on student, special education and charter school matters.  Ms. Olson Brown is recognized for her intricate knowledge of special education and IEP implementation across all public education settings, including charter and non-traditional school sites.  Working in partnership with leading educational associations, Ms. Olson Brown designs and delivers special education training to charter school leaders throughout Northern California.  She is a popular trainer and frequently presents to parent groups and education professionals on special education compliance.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Olson Brown was employed at two other education law firms. In addition, Ms. Olson Brown taught the law module for the University of Washington's Danforth Educational Leadership Program, which provides training for school administrators. As a graduate student, she was a research assistant with Project PRAISE and the Center for Educational Renewal.  Ms. Olson Brown was also a bargaining team member with the Graduate Student Employee Action Coalition, a legal intern with the Northwest Justice Project, and research analyst with the Washington State Commission on Student Learning.

Ms. Olson Brown is a member of the California and Washington State Bars. In 2001, she received her Juris Doctor from the University of Washington. Ms. Olson Brown holds a master's degree in Education, also from the University of Washington, and her bachelor's degree from the University of California, Berkeley.  She has authored education articles including "A Statewide Review of the Use of Accommodations in Large Scale, High Stakes Assessments," published Exceptional Children and "Investigating American Sign Language as an Accommodation during Standards-Based Assessments," published in Assessment for Effective Intervention.

Ms. Olson Brown is the proud mother of two children, both of whom attend public schools in the Bay Area.

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