Sara Young represents school districts and other educational agencies as general counsel. Her focus is primarily in ensuring practices and procedures comply with legal guidance, and in investigating allegations of non-compliance. Dr. Young frequently conducts impartial and thorough investigations following student or staff complaints. She has experience in all aspects of school district operations including, but not limited to, instruction programs (e.g., independent study, special education programming), employment matters, and general governance. 

Dr. Young’s legal practice is informed by an incredible depth of knowledge of the education sphere. She holds Master's degrees in Education and Special Education, as well as a Ph.D. in Education (Educational Policy). Prior to joining AALRR, Dr. 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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News & Publications

Community Involvement

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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