General Counsel

The General Counsel's office provides legal services to the Los Rios Community College District by advising employees on matters of legal significance. We are dedicated to serving the district with integrity, knowledge of the law, and reason in support of the valuable and dynamic educational mission of our colleges. Specific areas of responsibility include:

  • Drafting policies and regulations
  • Reviewing and preparing contracts
  • Representing the district in court and administrative hearings
  • Providing training and seminars on legal topics
  • Advocating for the district before the state and federal governments
  • Serving as the liaison with federal, state, and local elected officials

Topics of Interest

Government Relations and Representation

Our office communicates directly with government officials about important legislation. When we have the opportunity, we also invite them to visit our colleges and see firsthand the important work we are doing.

Our Statement of Legislative Principles provides guidelines for addressing matters before the California Legislature and Congress, and constitutes the core principles guiding the development of the district’s position on legislation.

Legislative Representatives

Find contact information for political representatives covering the district's service area.



All of California's community colleges belong to the Community College League of California, an organization that advocates at the local and national level for the interests of California community colleges and their students.

The documents below may be helpful for those wanting to engage representatives on political issues.

There are strict rules that prohibit Los Rios from using any public resources – including the time of our staff while at work – to advocate for the passage of any ballot measure and/or the election of any candidate. For more information on what is and is not allowable, see The Dos and Don’ts of Political Involvement.


Phone: (916) 568-3042

Fax: (916) 561-0574

JP Sherry
General Counsel

Kaitlyn Sherer
Confidential Administrative Assistant


8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.


We are located inside the Office of the Chancellor at the District Office.

1919 Spanos Court
Sacramento, CA 95825