Oakland school district hires San Francisco attorney for top legal post

Jacqueline Minor, a former deputy city attorney from across the bay, will soon take charge of the Oakland school district’s legal department. Minor will fill the void left by Deborah Cooksey’s departure in January (shortly after the district filed a lawsuit in federal court against an Oakland law firm, alleging racketeering). 

In 2001, SF Weekly reported that Minor tried to put a stop to an illegal meeting of — get this — San Francisco’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force, which was formed to increase public access to government.

Here’s what the district put out about Minor’s appointment and her legal background:

Oakland Unified School District Press Advisory

For Immediate Release

OUSD Names Jacqueline Minor General Counsel

Former San Francisco Deputy City Attorney now top lawyer for Oakland Public Schools

Oakland – June 3, 2009 – The Board of Education of the Oakland Unified School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Jacqueline Minor as its General Counsel, effective June 4, 2009. Ms. Minor comes to OUSD with a strong and diverse legal background that includes experience in labor and employment law, education law, energy and environmental law, public works, contracts and advising public school systems.

Most recently, Ms. Minor served as Deputy City Attorney in the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office where she advised the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the San Francisco Unified School District, the Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and the Human Rights Commission.

Prior to joining the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, Ms. Minor was employed by the law firm of Arnold & Porter (Washington, DC) and by Pacific Bell as Senior Counsel and Assistant Vice President for Business Conduct and Standards. In this role, she served as the lead Ethics Officer for Pacific Bell. Earlier in her legal career, she worked for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Ms. Minor graduated magna cum laude from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, PA, earned her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University Law School in Washington, DC and received a certificate from the Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. She is admitted to practice law in California, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Ms. Minor has been active in many professional and civic organizations. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Macassar, Capetown, South Africa Community Center and Fellowship, a former Member of the Board of Directors of the San Francisco YMCA, former Vice President of the Board of Directors of Presidio Hill School and Chair of the New Building Committee for Presidio Hill School, and has served as a Director of the American Red Cross, Bay Area and San Diego Chapters, the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and the Ethics Officers Association.

Ms. Minor served as PTA President for the International Studies Academy in San Francisco where she sponsored a State Department-licensed trip to Cuba for twenty high school students and is also the recipient of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund Woman of Achievement Award.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • harlemmoon

    Ms. Minor was also an attorney for SFUSD. She worked there during part of the tenure of Arlene Ackerman.