Our Firm

YM&C is the leader in school representation.

Our History

YM&C has made a profound impact in education law since 1992.

1992

YM&C Founders Jim Young and Paul Minney began working in education law since 1992.

1993

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

EDUCATION LAW COMMUNITY BUILDING

YM&C helped found a national network of education law attorneys. 

SINGULAR FOCUS

YM&C is the only law firm in the country that focuses exclusively on education law.

 

IMPACTING LAW AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL

YM&C has successfully argued before the California Supreme Court, appellate courts, and trial courts to protect the right of access to education in California.

 

1994

YM&C argued and won its first case challenging the establishment of a public school.

 

GROUNDBREAKING DECISIONS

YM&C argued and won the first case challenging the applicability of the Educational Employment Relations Act to public 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 schools in California, not because it’s our job, but because we believe in and care about access to high-quality educational options.

 

1993 – 2021

YM&C grows from 60 clients to over 600 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 – 2015

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 – 2021

YM&C has been a primary sponsor and presenter at the Charter Schools Development Center (CSDC) and California Charter Schools Association (CCSA) conferences for 25 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 partner Paul Minney was formerly on the education law advisory team for the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

QUALITY LITIGATION

YM&C has litigated almost every seminal appellate court decision improving equal access to school choice.

Champions of Outstanding Choices in Education