Legal Affairs

50 Frida Kahlo Way, B619, San Francisco CA 94112 Tel (415) 239-3556

Office of the General Counsel

The Office of the General Counsel operates as a full service law firm that represents only one client, San Francisco Community College District. The District, as a client, is embodied in the Board of Trustees and the Chancellor. In representing the District, the General Counsel represents the Board of Trustees, the District as an independent entity, and, where appropriate, individual District employees.

The General Counsel is a strong believer in preventative law, and taking steps to avoid litigation before it occurs. If you have legal questions or are facing a legal situation, consult your supervisor, who will either clear your question through the relevant Vice Chancellor that is authorized to contact the General Counsel’s office, or have you do it directly. If it is an emergency (i.e. police officers with a search warrant), call the office of the General Counsel immediately, and then inform your Vice Chancellor. Issues identified early are often resolved quickly.

Almost all litigation is assigned to an outside law firm specializing in the subject area. If you are acting within the course and scope of your employment (i.e. doing your job) and acting in good faith, the District has the obligation to defend and indemnify you. That means the District will provide you with a lawyer and pay any judgment or settlement from the case. If, on the other hand, you are acting outside the scope of your employment, or you are engaging in bad faith, fraud, or criminal misconduct, the District is likely not to represent you in the matter.

Tasks include:

Drafting, revising, and updating District Policies and Regulations. Although the General Counsel takes the lead in this process, it is a collaborative effort involving affected employees and relevant constituent groups.

Drafting and reviewing contractual documents. Responsible for developing forms and contracts to speed the processing of routine transactions.

Most community college districts do not have an in-house general counsel. Consulting the Office of the General Counsel can help you to avoid adverse legal situations, allowing you to be more productive in your job. You are encouraged to take advantage of this source of legal advice.

The Department is in charge of the Office of Title 5/EEO/ADA Compliance which handles investigation of unlawful discrimination and harassment complaints against the District.  It also provides reasonable accommodations to employees and applicants in compliance with disability laws.

      Steve Bruckman
      General Counsel


Students with Disabilities


Employees with Disabilities

If you are a prospective or current student seeking ADA information or accommodations, please contact the Disabled Students Programs and Services (DSPS) at 415 452-5481 or 415-452-5451 (TDD). For general information about the DSPS, please visit the DSPS web site.

If you are an employee of City College of San Francisco seeking Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information or accommodations, please contact Dr. Leilani Battiste of the Office of Title 5/EEO/ADA Compliance at 415 452-5053, or visit the website 5/EEO/ADA Compliance.

If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual harassment or sexual violence, email All messages will be regarded as confidential. If you or someone you know has experienced any form of sexual violence, including sexual assault or rape, please report the incident to the Campus Police at (415) 239-3200.
If you have any questions or require additional clarification, please contact the Title IX Coordinator, Lani Battiste at (415) 452-5053.