Danielle M. Houck


J.D., University of California, King Hall School of Law (1998)

B.A., University of California at Davis (1995)

Areas of Expertise:

Title IX/Discrimination; Collective Bargaining; Elections/Board Vacancies; General Education Code and Student Issues; Governance Matters; Litigation and K-12 Personnel Issues


Ms. Houck joined SCLS after serving as both in-house and outside general counsel to school districts. Most recently, Ms. Houck served as general counsel to the San Francisco Unified School District where she was responsible for managing an eight-attorney legal office, the office of labor relations, the employee relations team and for providing direct advice and counsel to the Board of Education and Superintendent. Her practice has included oversight of all legal matters for school districts with a focus on compliance with Title IX and anti-discrimination statutes, labor and employment matters, investigations and governance matters. While in San Francisco, Ms. Houck led the effort to adopt an adult professional boundaries policy, and designed the content and delivery of abuse prevention training for every administrator in the 10,000 employee district.

In addition to serving eight years in San Francisco Unified, Ms. Houck has served as in-house counsel to Oakland and Alameda Unified School Districts. She was also an associate in a boutique education law firm as well as of counsel for a state-wide education law firm. Ms. Houck has supervised risk management functions, including oversight and direction for hundreds of litigation matters before state and federal courts and administrative tribunals.

Ms. Houck has extensive experience providing training to administrators on various legal issues with an emphasis on providing useful tools and an interactive learning experience that incorporates adult learning theory.


Danielle M. Houck
School and College Legal Services of California
5350 Skylane Boulevard
Santa Rosa, California 95403
T: (707) 524-2690
F: (707) 578-0517