legal counsel


department description

The Legal Counsel functions as a full-time law office supporting the School Committee, Superintendent, administrators, department heads, and other staff on a wide range of school-related legal matters.

The Legal Counsel, who is also a special assistant city solicitor, is responsible for the prosecution and defense of suits in which the Cambridge Public Schools and/or Cambridge School Committee is a party, in state and federal courts and in administrative agencies. The Legal Counsel also leads collective bargaining for the district, and provides advice and training on a wide range of school matters and school-related legal issues.

Strategic Goals

  • Strengthen training on school-related legal issues for school administrators, school department heads and other school staff.
  • Draft, review and update, as necessary, administrative procedures, forms, and legal instruments that are used to support CPS’ operations.