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Margaret Merchat

General Counsel
School and College Legal Services

Phone: (707) 524-2690

Fax: (707) 578-0517

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Monterey Bay Legal Consortium (MBLC)

The Monterey Bay Legal Consortium (MBLC) is a collaboration of local public education agencies in Santa Cruz County, which enables the members to obtain high-quality legal services at a cost-effective rate from School and College Legal Services of California (SCLS). MBLC members include small and mid-sized school districts, both urban and rural, and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education. By working in partnership with SCLS attorneys, members of the MBLC have the benefit of experienced attorneys who provide up to date information regarding key legal issues, staff training and informational workshops, as well as policy, employer-employee relations, governance and contract review services. MBLC members and SLCS attorneys are working together to address legal issues with a proactive approach. This helps to reduce the amount of time and money MBLC members spend on legal matters and allows them to focus more on educating students.

School and College Legal Services of California (SCLS) is a Joint Powers Authority serving school and college districts throughout the state of California. Our goal is to provide high-quality legal services to public education agencies at the lowest possible cost. To ensure cost-effectiveness and breadth of service, the agency operates on a regional scale and employs staff with expertise in education law, collective bargaining, and litigation. SCLS provides legal consultation and representation to K-12 school districts, county offices, community colleges, boards of education and other education related organizations throughout California. We have staffed offices in the counties of Sonoma, Alameda, Humboldt, Marin and Santa Cruz.

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Santa Cruz County Office of Education  |  400 Encinal Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060  |  831.466.5600  |  Fax: 831.466.5607
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education provides quality educational programs and services to a diverse community.