Teri Shugart

In addition to her transactional practice, Teri Shugart is also an adjunct professor at University of Santa Clara School of Law, teaching Advanced Corporations and Business Planning. Teri currently serves on the Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of California, and is the Editor of the Corporation Committee’s Handbook for Incorporating a Business in California.

Teri is also a frequent speaker and educator on the issues of gender and sexual orientation harassment and discrimination in schools and in the workplace. Teri served as Co-Chair and Legislative chair of GLSEN Peninsula/South Bay (a two-county chapter of the nation’s largest organization working to combat sexual orientation and harassment in K-12 schools), and frequently conducts classes on gender issues for attorneys and educators in the San Francisco Bay Area. Teri has also testified before the California State Board of Education and the California Senate Select Committee on School Safety on harassment issues in California schools.

Teri is the author of “Honoring Gender Differences in Children” (Open Hands, Volume 13, No. 1, 1997) and co-author of “Sexual Orientation, Our Children and the Law” (GLSEN, 2000), a manual distributed throughout California to educators and school district superintendents. People having a difficult time sleeping can read Teri’s article “Legal Opinions in Sale-Leaseback Transactions” in the California Business Law Practitioner, Volume IV, No. 3 (1989).

Professional Experience

Private practice, 2002 – present

Santa Clara University School of Law; Santa Clara, CA
Courses taught: Business Planning, Advanced Corporations
2002 – present

General Counsel
Al Shugart International; San Carlos, CA
Attorney for start-up resource and venture capital company.
1998 – 2006

Campaign Manager
Managed the Proposition 23 (“None of the Above” Ballot Option) campaign for the California March 2000 primary. 1998 – 2000

Stay-at-home mom
1989 – 1998

Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich & Rosati; Palo Alto, CA
Corporate and securities practice, primarily for start-up technology companies. 1984 – 1989

Director of Human Resources
Seagate Technology; Scotts Valley, CA 1979 – 1981

Flight Attendant, Human Resources Administrator
Pacific Southwest Airlines, American Airlines, Trans International Airlines 1975 - 1979

Academic History

Golden Gate University School of Law; San Francisco, CA
LL.M., Taxation 2013

Hastings College of the Law; San Francisco, CA
J.D. 1984
Chief Managing Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Review, 1983-84

University of California, Santa Cruz; Santa Cruz, CA
B.S. Sociology 1981

Representative Speaking Engagements

Law & Business Society, University of Santa Clara, School of Law, March 2014. Women in Corporate Law (panel)

San Mateo County Bar Association, Women Lawyers Section, March 14, 2012.Girlie Men and Manly Girls – Gender and Language for Attorneys.

Thomson West, Online Seminar (webcast), June 29, 2011. Elimination of Bias in the Profession: Girlie Men and Manly Girls: Gender and Language for Attorneys.

California Continuing Education of the Bar (CEB), February 25, 2011.Girly Men and Manly Girls: Gender and Language for Attorneys.

Women's Interchange at SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, September 23, 2009 WIS Seminar: Girlie Men and Manly Girls - Language that Reveals Linguistic Sexism.

San Mateo County Bar Association, Women Lawyer’s Section, June 2009, Work Life Balance

San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office, September 2008, Language and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace

California State Bar Annual Meeting, September 2003 and September 2005. How to Incorporate a Business in California.

California State Bar Teaching Institute, January 2005. Girly Men and Manly Women – What a Corporate Lawyer Should Never Say.

Santa Clara Bar Association, January 2006.  Girly Men and Manly Women – What a Lawyer Should Never Say.

Law Day Lecture Series, Diablo Valley College, May 2005. The Power of Language in Law & Culture.

Speaker’s Bureau, The Marriage Project, PFLAG, 1999 – 2000. Same Gender Marriage and the Law.

Educator, GLSEN Peninsula/South Bay, 1999 – 2002. Conducted training sessions for educators in San Mateo County on gender issues.

California State Board of Education and the California Senate Select Committee on School Safety, 2001 and 2002. Invited speaker on harassment issues in California schools.

Activities - Legal

Opinions Committee (for Opinions Report for Partnerships), Business Law Section, State Bar of California, 2012 to present.

Partnerships and Limited Liability Companies Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California 2011 to present.

Chair, Subcommittee on Private Companies Corporate Practice Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association, (2008 to present).

Society of American Law Teachers, member. (2007 – present).

Corporations Committee, Business Law Section, State Bar of California (2000 – 2005). Served as Education Co-Chair of that committee during 2004 - 2005.

Activities - Community

President, San Mateo County Foster Parents Association (2014 to present)

Sponsorship Chair, San Carlos AYSO (2014 to present)

Chair, Parent Education, Brittan Acres Elementary School PTA (2013 to present)

School Site Council President (2013-14) and member (2012-14), Brittan Acres Elementary School San Carlos

Planning Commissioner, City of San Carlos (March 2008 to June 2010).

Co-Chair (1999-2002) and Legislative Chair (2001-03) GLSEN Peninsula/South Bay