Gregory J. Dannis, President of Education Law Firm, Miller Brown & Dannis, is Elected Unopposed to Hillsborough, California, School Board

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Miller Brown & Dannis, established in 1978 as one of California's first full-service education law firms, today announced the election of Gregory Dannis, its president and a leader of the firm's labor, employment and personnel practice area, to the Hillsborough, CA, Unified School District (USD) School Board.

As president and shareholder of leading California Education Law firm, Miller Brown & Dannis, Gregory (Greg) Dannis regularly advises school governing boards on their rights, duties and responsibilities under the law. As a parent, he has experienced first-hand the effects of policy decisions made by those governing boards on the district in which his children attend school. And now, Dannis will have the opportunity to broaden his perspective by occupying a seat on the Hillsborough School Board in San Mateo County, CA, where he will have a role in actually making policy decisions for this elementary (K-8) district.

With more than 25 years experience in all aspects of public sector law, Dannis is recognized throughout California for his expertise as one of the foremost authorities on the Brown Act, the state's legislative statute enacted to safeguard the public's right to access and participate in government meetings. Though he has extensive experience counseling individual boards on how to meet the ever-changing requirements of the Brown Act, Dannis maintains that he is not the district's attorney. "I am an education law attorney serving on the Board but I am not the Board's attorney. I cannot presume that I come onto the Board with a higher level of expertise than the other members. This is an extremely competent board whose members are very involved in the community. I plan to spend a great deal of time at the outset of my tenure just listening and learning."

Prior to his election unopposed to the Hillsborough school board, Dannis was appointed by the current board to the district's Citizen's Oversight Committee. Miller Brown & Dannis is a recognized leader in advising California school districts on how to properly and productively work with Citizen's Oversight Committees and other voter accountability mechanisms. The Oversight Committee post gave Dannis the opportunity to apply "theory to practice" and see for himself how the guidelines his firm espouses can be translated into action so successfully.

Dannis has had to step down from his committee position to assume his new role on the Board. "I am very excited about my future role as a board member and hope that this experience will enrich not only my own practice but also enhance the firm's overall ability to provide our clients with even better advice based on a broader perspective that encompasses all parties' points of view."

Greg Dannis is a regular and prominent speaker on all issues of California Education law. He will deliver a presentation on "How to Negotiate Using Core Values" at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) 2007 Leadership Summit this November in Santa Clara, California. The Core Values approach improves the overall quality of negotiations, and impacts every other aspect of negotiations including team development, team preparation, closed session communication with the governing board, proposal and counterproposal development and external communication. For more information, please visit the firm's website at: http://www.mbdlaw.com.

About Miller Brown & Dannis
Founded in 1978, Miller Brown & Dannis is a full-service education law firm, exclusively serving California. Representing numerous school districts, community college districts and county offices of education, MBD is recognized throughout California as a firm that applies creative, proactive, in-depth advice and strategies to achieve cost-effective results on behalf of its clients.

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