Job change at SF Unified spurs scrutiny 

The former top lawyer at the San Francisco Unified School District has taken a job at a Los Angeles law firm with which the district contracted for hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal work in recent years, according to an announcement by the firm, Meyers Nave.

Former general counsel Maribel Medina selected the firm, which has an office in The City, to represent the district in a case involving a construction bond program. She is now a partner and chairwoman of its education law practice group.

Medina did not return a message seeking comment, but school board member Jill Wynns said she moved to L.A. to be closer to her fiance. Wynns said she did not believe the job represented a conflict of interest.

“I personally think a greater concern would be whether we give them any work going forward,” she said.

School board President Norman Yee said the firm had done good work in the past, but the district’s future relationship with the firm would warrant more scrutiny.

“We’ll have to be a little more diligent,” he said.

acrawford@sfexaminer.com

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