Governor Newsom Appoints Elizabeth Estes to Advisory Commission on Special Education


California Governor, Gavin Newsom, announced the appointment of AALRR attorney Elizabeth A. Estes to the Advisory Commission on Special Education (“ACSE”) this week.  The ACSE provides recommendations and advice to the State Board of Education, the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, the Legislature, and the Governor in new or continuing areas of research, program development and evaluation in California special education.

The ACSE consists of appointed members from the Speaker of the Assembly, Senate Committee on Rules, Governor, and the State Board of Education. The membership consists of parents, persons with disabilities, persons knowledgeable about the administration of special education, teachers, and legislative representatives from the Assembly and Senate.  Each public member serves a four-year term (maximum of 2 terms).

Ms. Estes is Of Counsel in AALRR’s Marin and Pleasanton offices where she represents school districts and county offices of education throughout California. For the past twenty years she has focused her practice in the areas of special education and student matters. She brings extensive experience on legal matters including student discipline, inter-district transfers, open enrollment, First Amendment protections, IEP processes, discrimination, cyber-bullying, technology, media literacy, information sharing, student assessment and achievement, program development, and much more. She has comprehensive experience regarding special education programming and the rights of parents and children and has been integral in training statewide on these issues.

“We are proud to have Elizabeth appointed to this position,” commented Mark Palin, AALRR’s Managing Partner.  “Her combined legal experience, knowledge in the area of special education and interest in ensuring all students have an opportunity to receive a quality education will be a huge asset for ACSE.”   

For more information about ACSE and Ms. Estes’ statewide efforts to support children and those that serve them, click here to visit their website and the Governor’s release.

About Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo
With 40 years of unwavering commitment to client service, AALRR is one of California’s leading law firms. Our diverse team brings a seasoned perspective to California’s complex legal landscape for public and private entities, with particular strength in the areas of educationlabor and employment, construction, complex litigationcorporate, taxation, and water. Our public sector clients include more than 400 K-12 school districts, community college districts and universities, as well as cities, counties and special districts. We also represent diverse business entities, from small, family-run businesses to publicly traded corporations. At 200 lawyers and growing, AALRR has nine offices in Cerritos, Fresno, Irvine, Marin, Pasadena, PleasantonRiversideSacramento and San Diego to serve our clients throughout California. For more information about AALRR, visit our website at



Related Industries

Back to Page

By scrolling this page, clicking a link or continuing to browse our website, you consent to our use of cookies as described in our Cookie and Privacy Policy. If you do not wish to accept cookies from our website, or would like to stop cookies being stored on your device in the future, you can find out more and adjust your preferences here.