Title: Deputy Chief Counsel (Retired)
Company: California School Employees Association
Location: Jacksonville, Oregon, United States
Arnie Rolf Braafladt, Retired Deputy Chief Counsel at the California School Employees Association, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal industry.
Mr. Braafladt is a retired deputy chief counsel of the California School Employees Association, a labor union he served from 1993 until his retirement in 2017. Starting his tenure at the association as a staff attorney in 1993, a role he held for eight years, he then became a senior staff counsel from 2001 to 2006 and deputy chief counsel beginning in 2007. Prior to these illustrious appointments, he was a lawyer and labor relations manager for the Oregon Executive Department in 1992 and a deputy legislative counsel for the Oregon Legislature in 1991. A former associate of Howser & Munsell in Ashland, OR, from 1989 to 1990, he was also a partner of Shields & Braafladt in Eureka, CA, from 1982 to 1988. He commenced his career as a law clerk to the presiding judge of the Washington Supreme Court from 1979 to 1980 and deputy legislative counsel for the Oregon Legislature from 1980 to 1982.
Alongside his primary endeavors, Mr. Braafladt was a lecturer in media law at Humboldt State University in 1983, having also served as legal counsel for The Lumberjack school newspaper for several years. Civically involved as well, he was chair and vice chair of the Humboldt County Democratic Central Committee in California and was active in various political campaigns between 1972 and 1978. He also sat on the board of directors of the Redwood Community Action Agency between 1985 and 1986.
A contributor of myriad articles to professional journals, Mr. Braafladt was the past associate editor of The Willamette Law Journal in the late 1970s. He is notable for many of his litigated cases, including Bostean v. Los Angeles Unified School District (1998) 63 Cal.App.4th 95 and California School Employees Association v. Lucia Mar Unified School District PERB Decision Nos. 1440 (2001) and 1640 (2004). He was an executive committee member of the labor and employment law section of the State Bar of California, and he maintained affiliation with the California Bar Association, Oregon Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now known as the American Association for Justice), and the Humboldt State University Alumni Association, where he sat as president from 1987 to 1988.
As a testament to his success, Mr. Braafladt was the recipient of the Bill Farr Freedom of Press Award from the California Society of Newspaper Editors and Freedom Information Committee, as well as the Freedom of Information Award from the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, both in 1987. From 1974 to 1975, he was a fellow of Coro, an American non-profit organization best known for its fellowship program dedicated to teaching leadership skills in public affairs to young adults.
The proud father of two children and grandfather of three grandchildren, Mr. Braafladt is a native of Moorhead, MN, and currently resides in Jacksonville, OR. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and journalist, magna cum laude, from Humboldt State University, a Master of Arts in urban studies from Occidental College and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Willamette University. Looking toward the future, he intends to continue traveling and attending conferences regarding immigration law across the country.
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