Kaitlyn A. Schwendeman


B.Mus, University of Hartford, Hartt School of Music, summa cum laude (2010)

J.D., Fordham University School of Law (2015)

Areas of Expertise:

Special Education; Collective Bargaining; Personnel and Student Issues


Ms. Schwendeman’s practice is concentrated in special education and Section 504 law, collective bargaining negotiations, and student and personnel matters. She regularly counsels school districts and county offices of education on a wide range of day-to-day legal issues. Ms. Schwendeman has appeared before the California Department of Labor Standards and Enforcement and the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, as well as other administrative agencies tasked with investigating and enforcing civil rights and labor laws.

Prior to joining SCLS, Ms. Schwendeman practiced special and general education law in New York State for three years at a law firm in Albany, New York. She then joined a boutique law firm in San Francisco, practicing private-sector labor and employment law. During law school, Ms. Schwendeman served as a law clerk to former Justice Melvin P. Schweitzer, New York State Supreme Court, Commercial Division, in New York County. Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Schwendeman taught music in the New York City public schools.

Ms. Schwendeman is a member of the State Bar of California and the State Bar of New York.


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