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Kelley Owens Joins SDCOE as General Counsel

Kelley Owens has joined the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) as general counsel, leading the legal team and supporting our mission of inspiring and leading innovation in public education.

Kelley comes to SDCOE after serving as a partner and practice group leader in the education law firm of Fagen Friedman & Fulfrost LLP. In that role, she advised superintendents, cabinets, and governing boards in the areas of business, real estate, labor and employment, contracts, and litigation. She also successfully led a team of associates and paralegals, creating a supportive learning environment for growth where employees regularly collaborated on challenging or complex issues.

In addition to her extensive experience in education law, Kelley also possesses great familiarity with SDCOE due to her service on the Classroom of the Future Foundation Board of Directors. As board chair last year, Kelley was able to see first-hand the incredible passion and energy of the SDCOE team in serving public education in new and innovative ways.

The SDCOE Office of General Counsel was established in July 2018 to build a legal infrastructure so SDCOE can deliver services to districts and students in a cohesive fashion. The team also supports districts with guidance and resources on topics that impact them such as new legislation, charter school issues, and uniform complaint procedures.

"The legal team’s work is ultimately about helping students and ensuring our valuable resources are being used to further equity and excellence in education across San Diego County," said San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold. "I expect that Kelley, with her unique range of experience and expertise, will become an integral part of our team, striving to expand opportunities for all our students."

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