Our Firm

YM&C is the leader in Charter School representation.

Our History

YM&C has made an impact in the charter world since the passage of the California Charter School Act of 1992.

1993

YM&C Founders Jim Young and Paul Minney began working in charter school law immediately after the passage of the Charter Schools Act in 1993.

1993

Paul Minney drafted California’s fifth charter petition which is still open to this day.

CHARTER COMMUNITY BUILDING

YM&C helped found the national network of charter school attorneys.

SINGULAR FOCUS

YM&C is the only law firm in the country that focuses exclusively on charter school representation.

 

IMPACTING LAW AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

YM&C successfully argued before the California Supreme Court to protect charter schools against intrusion from labor unions in the charter petitioning process.

 

1994

YM&C argued and won the first case challenging an approval of a charter petition.

 

GROUNDBREAKING DECISIONS

YM&C argued and won the first case challenging the applicability of the Educational Employment Relations Act to charter schools , establishing that charter schools were not subject to collective bargaining until 1998 when the law was changed.

 

WE CARE ABOUT THE CAUSE

YM&C attorneys have been instrumental in crafting and shaping legislation and regulations that protect the rights of charter schools in California, not because it’s our job, but because we believe in and care about the charter movement.

 

1993 – 2017

YM&C grows from 60 clients to over 550 charter school clients.

 

NATIONAL FOCUS

YM&C’s work now extends past California to Washington, Oregon, New York, and Arizona.

 

EXPERTS IN COURT

YM&C attorneys argue before state and federal agencies and every level of California courts, including the California Supreme Court, the federal district courts, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.

1993 – 2017

YM&C started with one office in Sacramento and now has offices throughout the state of California in Walnut Creek, Los Angeles, and San Diego.

1996 – 2017

YM&C has been a primary sponsor and presenter at the CSDC and California Charter School’s Conference for over 20 years and regularly gives presentations on every facet of charter school law for a variety of charter school conferences and events.

CONTINUED LEADERSHIP

YM&C has consulted on charter school issues with the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

QUALITY LITIGATION

YMC has litigated almost every seminal appellate court decision improving equal access to facilities for charter schools under Proposition 39.

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