Mary Dowell seeks to
silence questions at
MiraCosta College about
investigation into $300
worth of palm tress that
cost $3 million

"Speaker Mary Dowell, a lawyer
with 30 years of experience
representing community
colleges in California, briefed
trustees on details of the Brown
Act."

North County Times
January 23, 2008

MCC trustees discuss ways to
ease conflicts

By: PHILIP K. IRELAND
Board hopes to iron out years
of differences

CARLSBAD -- MiraCosta
College trustees received
primers in state open meeting
laws, their duties as elected
policymakers and how to work
together effectively in a
workshop Tuesday in Carlsbad.

The goal of the six-hour retreat,
said board President Carolyn
Batiste, was to "begin the work
that will help us focus on quality
government."

The seven-member board has
been at odds for more than two
years over former President
Victoria Munoz Richart's
handling of an investigation into
the illegal sale of palm trees
from the campus's horticulture
department. Disputes arising
from the investigation led to the
departure of five college
employees and several lawsuits,
including a suit by attorney
Leon Page. That suit claims the
college violated the Ralph M.
Brown Act, a collection of state
laws requiring public agencies
to conduct business in public.


Speaker Mary Dowell, a lawyer
with 30 years of experience
representing community
colleges in California, briefed
trustees on details of the Brown
Act.

David Viar, president of
American River College in
Sacramento, talked to trustees
about the tenets of effective
governance.

Bill McGinnis, a trustee of
Butte-Glenn Community College
District and a past president of
the Community College League
of California, presented the
characteristics of a
"high-performing board." He
then led trustees in a discussion
of the continuing conflicts that
divide the board.

Trustee Judy Strattan said she
would not be able to move
forward until the board majority
agrees to talk about the causes
and effects of the investigation.

McGinnis urged Trustees
Strattan and Gloria Carranza to
leave their conflicts over the
horticulture investigation behind
and focus on educating
students.

After the meeting, Batiste said
she thought the day yielded
good results. She said she
hopes the college will host at
least one more retreat before
May, when trustees are slated
to hire a new college president.
Earlier in the meeting, trustees
discussed the possibility of
raising the pay package for the
president as a way to attract the
most qualified candidates.

The retreat, attended by the
seven trustees, five
administrators, three presenters
and two members of the press,
cost $6,800, according to
MiraCosta Director of Human
Resources Sheri Wright.
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California Council of School Attorneys | San Diego | Mary Dowell
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STATE OF CALIFORNIA
DECISION OF THE
PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT
RELATIONS

Mary L. Dowell, Attorney
for Los Angeles
Community College.
District. Before Jaeger,
Morgenstern and Burt,
Members. DECISION ...

www.perb.ca.gov/decisionbank/pdfs/0417E.pdf
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STATE OF CALIFORNIA
DECISION OF THE
PUBLIC EMPLOYMENT
RELATIONS ...

LOS ANGELES
COMMUNITY. DISTRICT,
Respondent.
Appearances: Mary L.
Dowell COLLEGE. Case.
PERB.  No. LA-PN-34 ...

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"Faculty Discipline:
Break the Taboo"
This is the precise issue
that led to problems at
MiraCosta.  Obviously,
MiraCosta needs a new
trainer on this issue.  
Way too many taboos
were broken by Victoria
Richart.
ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES
OFFICERS/ EQUAL EMPLOYMENT OFFICERS

ANNUAL FALL TRAINING INSTITUTE
WORKSHOP 2 –

FACULTY DISCIPLINE:
BREAK THE TABOO

Presenters:

Mary Dowell, Partner, Liebert Cassidy
Whitmore, and Sandra Lindoerfer, Chief
Human Resources Officer, Citrus College

Mary and Sandy have worked together
on numerous cases of faculty discipline,
including cases that settled and cases
that went to hearing. Come hear how
they have developed practical
strategies for successfully
implementing this most difficult of all
employee issues.


8:30-10:00 a.m. WORKSHOP – MESQUITE
ABCMOCK TRIAL: SEXUAL HARASSMENT VS.
ACADEMIC FREEDON

Presenters: Mary Dowell and Shelline Bennett,
both Partners, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore You’ve
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Harassment vs. Academic Freedom. Learn what
your district can be expected to know and how to
avoid those unwanted situations






10:15-11:45 a.m. WORKSHOP – MESQUITE ABC
TOWN HALL MEETING-PART 2 –

ABSENTEEISM/DISABILITY ISSUES

Presenter: Mary Dowell, Shelline Bennett, and
Laura Schulkind, all partners, and Pilar Marin,
Associate, all from Liebert Cassidy Whitmore Do
you have questions? Well, we've got answers.
Come get your questions answered while
learning how you can protect your agency (and
yourself) from absenteeism and disability issues.
Community college employees are protected by
broad and far-reaching state and federal laws.
Share your questions with others who probably
have the same problems, concerns, and issues.


2:00-3:15 p.m.WORKSHOP 3 – OLEANDER B

WHAT EVERY CHRO NEEDS TO KNOW ABOUT
THE ED CODE BUT SOMETIMES FORGETS

Presenters: Mary Dowell, Partner and Pilar
Morin, Associate, both from Liebert Cassidy
Whitmore This workshop will focus on advanced
issues that experienced human resources staff
face. Participants are encouraged to bring their
tough human resources questions to the
workshop. This workshop covers topics
including: Hiring and Retaining Employees with
Criminal Records, Temporary Faculty Members,
Leaves for Academic Employees, Termination of
Academic Employees, Personal Service
Contracts, Administrator Contracts, Disability
Allowance and Disability Retirement.

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20Program%202007%20Final%209.30.pdf.
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Undergraduate School
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Law School UC Davis
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Labor & Employment

12/28/1977 Admitted to
The State Bar of
California
SAN DIEGO
EDUCATION REPORT
Attorney Mary Dowell


BOARD OF EDUCATION SANTA BARBARA ELEMENTARY AND HIGH
SCHOOL DISTRICTS REGULAR MEETING
August 22, 2001
CALL TO ORDER/CLOSED SESSION

The Santa Barbara Elementary and High School Districts' Board of Education
met today in the Board Room of the Santa Barbara School Districts'
Administration Center, 720 Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, California.

Claire Van Blaricum called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m., and adjourned to
Closed Session. The public session was called to order at 7:00 p.m. Robert
Gonzalez, Director of Facilities and Operations, led the Pledge of Allegiance

B.1 MEMO OF UNDERSTANDING – SANTA BARBARA BIG PICTURE HIGH
SCHOOL
Deborah Flores introduced the item and stated that she was recommending
that the item be pulled from the agenda. She stated that the Board had
directed staff to forward concerns to the District’s attorney,
Mary Dowell,
who developed the Memo of Understanding (MOU) that was
included in the Board Agenda packet for this meeting. After the last Board
Meeting, the Big Picture Company invited the top candidate for the dean
position to attend their two-week training session at their expense. After the
training, the superintendent met with the dean candidate to receive feedback.
As a result of that feedback and subsequent telephone conversations with the
Big Picture representatives, it has been determined that the Big Picture may
not be a good fit for the District. The superintendent stated that she would
come back to the Board at the September 12 Board Meeting with a proposal
for pursuing an alternative high school program.

http://www.sbsdk12.org/board/minutes/2001/board_minutes_08-22-01.pdf.
She teaches colleges like MiraCosta how to "break taboos" when
disciplining faculty

Mary Dowell is a lawyer who trains college administrators to "break the
taboos" regarding faculty discipline.

MiraCosta College president Victoria Richart and her attorney Daniel
Shinoff certainly broke a lot of taboos as they spent $3 million dollars to
investigate $305 worth of un-reimbursed palm trees.

It's bizarre that she claims to know how to successfully discipline faculty
members, when all she has to offer MiraCosta is strategies for
pretending there never was a problem.

Here is how Mary Dowell advertises herself:

"FACULTY DISCIPLINE: BREAK THE TABOO

"Presenters: Mary Dowell, Partner, Liebert Cassidy Whitmore, and
Sandra Lindoerfer, Chief Human Resources Officer, Citrus College

"Mary and Sandy have worked together on numerous cases of faculty
discipline, including cases that settled and cases that went to hearing.
Come hear how they have developed practical strategies for
successfully implementing this most difficult of all employee issues."

from:

ASSOCIATION OF CHIEF HUMAN RESOURCES OFFICERS/ EQUAL
EMPLOYMENT OFFICERS
ANNUAL FALL TRAINING INSTITUTE WORKSHOP

http://achroeeo.com/Documents/ACHRO%20Program%202007%20Final%209.30.pdf.