Registered In-House Counsel

KIPP SoCal Public Schools

Cesely Westmoreland currently serves as registered in-house counsel for KIPP LA Public Schools. Prior to joining KIPP LA, Westmoreland served as Senior Attorney/Chief Public Defender for the Clark County Public Defender’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada for almost nine years. Westmoreland has years of experience with Education Law, Criminal Law, Juvenile Law, Family Law, Contract Law, negotiations, mediation, litigation, and many other areas of law.

Among Westmoreland’s recent accomplishments has been successfully leading the merger of KIPP schools on the West Coast. The merger expanded the presence of KIPP SoCal, in providing public education to inner city youth. Westmoreland holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, and a Juris Doctor degree from Arizona State University.

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