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Sarah J. Kollman



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Professional Summary

A dedicated and fierce advocate for charter schools throughout the last decade, Sarah Kollman has devoted her primary practice areas to protection of charter school facility rights, primarily focused on defense and litigation of rights arising out of Proposition 39, but also including facility lease and use agreements, zoning and building code compliance, public works requirements, and real property transactions. Sarah has also managed the firm’s collaborative efforts with CCSA regarding its pro bono Proposition 39 project, which is designed to assist charter schools in realizing the promise of their rights under the law. Sarah is also a featured speaker, regularly providing statewide trainings to administrations and school boards, as well as presentations on facilities and risk management matters across the state.  She has successfully represented charter schools in numerous venues, including before administrative agencies, the courts, school districts, county boards of education and the State Board of Education. In addition to her primary facilities focus, Sarah advises clients on SB740 charter facilities reimbursement matters, contract negotiations, STRS/PERS compliance, audit appeals, constitutional law issues, independent study and board governance matters.


Sarah Kollman graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Government from Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut. She also received a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Wesleyan University. Sarah founded and served as the Executive Director for the Learning Bridge Richmond program, a member of the Breakthrough Collaborative (formerly Summerbridge), an educational non-profit that works to prepare economically disadvantaged, public middle school students to enter and succeed in college preparatory high schools. Sarah obtained her Juris Doctor, with Honors,  from the University of Iowa College of Law in 2006. During law school, she worked for the California Charter Schools Association and Mackall, Crounse and Moore LLP (Minneapolis, Minnesota) and volunteered at Iowa Legal Aid