Chelsea Olson Murphy is Senior Counsel at Lozano Smith. Her practice focuses on providing counsel to school districts and county offices of education in the areas of governance and labor and employment.
Specifically, Ms. Olson Murphy advises school districts and county offices of education on a variety of legal matters including employee discipline and dismissal, benefits, leaves of absence and the interactive process, contract administration, conflicts of interest, the Brown Act, and the California Public Records Act.
In addition, Ms. Olson Murphy is an experienced workplace investigator and regularly conducts investigations for both public agencies and private companies. She is experienced in investigating complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination and hostile work environment.
Ms. Olson Murphy also provides legal advice in a variety of other areas including student discipline and constitutional issues. She represents clients in grievances, unfair practices and civil writs and appeals. Ms. Olson Murphy previously served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Simeon R. Acoba at the Supreme Court of Hawaii.
Ms. Olson Murphy is a frequent speaker on behalf of leading associations, including the California School Boards Association (CSBA) and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA). Among others, she frequently conducts presentations on employee personnel issues including employee leaves, successfully navigating the interactive and reasonable accommodation process and sexual harassment prevention training for employees, supervisors and boards.
Ms. Olson Murphy earned her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
July 2020Number 53Among the many questions school districts are struggling with as they prepare for the fall semester, is whether, and to what extent, athletics and other extracurricular activities may resume. The California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), the organization that governs high school sports in California, has partially answered that question by issuing its initial "CIF Guidelines for Return to Physical Activity/Training" ("Guidance"). CIF also announced the decision about whet...