Bradshaw Retires as General Counsel
coming August, Janice Bradshaw retires from the Maricopa County Community
College District after 25 years as its General Counsel.
Women were a conspicuous minority in American law schools when Janice
entered the University of Arizona College of Law. They were a conspicuous
minority in the legal profession as well. Nevertheless, in 1972, Janice
joined the civil division of the office of the Maricopa County attorney;
there she represented local school districts. That experience made her
a logical candidate two years later to become the first in-house attorney
for the Maricopa Community Colleges.
The issues facing attorneys in higher education have changed significantly
since Janice started at Maricopa. Few lawyers in the 1970s could foresee
the legal challenges that information technology would ultimately present.
The concepts of gender equity in educational programs and disability rights
were reserved mainly for scholarly discussion in law reviews.
Over the course of Janice's service, Maricopa's evolution has been dramatic
as well. Its number of community colleges doubled, and enrollment has
grown astronomically. The scope and diversity of its educational offerings,
both traditional and non-traditional, bear little resemblance to what
existed when Janice began her Maricopa career.
Through all the changes, Janice addressed the myriad legal issues with
unfailing skill and finesse. The office whose operations she supervised
has been cited repeatedly as a model for other community college districts
nationwide as they have sought to establish their own legal departments.
The expertise she contributed, along with her deceptively easy command
of the institutional culture, has made Janice one of Maricopa's most valuable
in the Summer 1999 Edition of In Brief