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General Counsel

The general counsel team is guided by our core values of equity, character, excellence, team, and joy. We exist to prevent problems, find solutions, and guide district policy in service to our students, teachers, families, staff, and constituents.


 

Tulsa Public Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, age or any other classification protected by applicable law with respect to employment, programs and activities.

The district also prohibits retaliation, intimidation, threats, or coercion against any individual who complains about discrimination or participate in the district's discrimination complaint process.

Discrimination, harassment and whistleblowing

The general counsel's office regularly works to uphold the district's policies regarding:

  • Nondiscrimination (4901/4901R)
  • Whistleblowing (4412/4412R)
  • Note that bullying of students is addressed separately at bullying (2119/2119-R)

All district policies

Non-discrimination/Civil Rights

How to report concerns

If you have a concern related to student issues including bullying, academics, or special education, please contact the student and family support services team.

If you have a concern related to discrimination, harassment, intimidation, retaliation, or serious misconduct, submit the district's Complaint Incident Report form. 

How to submit/request legal documents

Any subpoenas, summons, or legal documents addressed to Tulsa Public Schools or its related entities requesting action, attendance, or official records for court proceedings or must be scanned and emailed to the general counsel's office at coplebr@tulsaschools.org. Please note if the request is time-sensitive.

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Contact Us

Jana Burk
General Counsel
918-746-6551
burkja@tulsaschools.org

Rob Gallant
Staff Attorney
918-746-6126
gallaro@tulsaschools.org

Michelle Siegfried
District Lead of School & Workplace Investigations
918-746-6985
siegfmi1@tulsaschools.org

Catharine Bashaw
Workers' Compensation Attorney
918-746-6433
bashaca@tulsaschools.org

Pauline Harris
Human Rights & Title IX Coordinator
918-746-6517
harripa2@tulsaschools.org

Brenda Copley
Executive Administrative Assistant for General Counsel
918-746-6988
coplebr@tulsaschools.org

Lisa Rowe
Paralegal
918-746-6136
roweli2@tulsaschools.org