Sara Young represents school districts and other educational agencies in all matters, including participating in due process hearings, federal court hearings, and appellate proceedings; overseeing CDE compliance complaints and OCR complaints; handling informal dispute resolutions meetings; preparing settlement agreements; and working with outside counsel to problem solve with District or agency staff and other relevant parties.

Ms. Young’s legal practice is informed by an incredible depth of knowledge of the education sphere. She holds two Master’s degrees, one in Special Education and the other in Education, and a Ph.D. in Education (Educational Policy), and has previously served as a preschool teacher and paraprofessional in a school district in Overland Park, Kansas. Most recently, Ms. Young worked as an Executive Director for Capistrano Unified School District, working on matters pertaining to informal dispute resolution and compliance.

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Community & Professional

  • Junior League of Orange County California, Inc., 2011-present: past president, current active member
  • Rising Leaders Council, Segerstrom Center for the Arts, 2016- May 2018; council member
  • The Child Creativity Lab, Irvine, CA, 2014-May 2018; advisory board member


J.D., Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University
Ph.D., Educational Policy, University of California, Irvine
M.A., Education, University of California, Irvine
M.S., Special Education, University of Kansas
B.S., Vanderbilt University


  • 2009, California
    U.S. District Court, Central District of California

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