About

Gail Cornwall writes about education, parenting, and all manner of things impacting current and former children. Most pieces these days take the reported form, though she has written essays and op-eds in the past.

Her qualifications are cobbled together from a series of past roles, including PTA-member, stay-at-home mother, higher education lawyer (at the firm formerly known as Edwards, Angell, Palmer & Dodge), ninth-grade English teacher (Crossland High School), federal law clerk (U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit), special education intern (Stanford’s Youth & Education Law Project), teacher’s assistant (NYU School of Law), elementary and secondary education intern (U.S. Department of Education), and history major (University of California, Berkeley).

Born in St. Louis and raised in the Bay Area, she’s a serial monogamist of urbanity who resided in New York City, D.C., Boston, and Seattle before committing to San Francisco. (Which helps explain why three states and six courts admitted her to practice law.)

Gail’s work has been published online by the Atlantic, the Washington Post, the New York Times, Salon, and U.S. News & World Report, among others – as well as in print by national glossies (including Parents and Good Housekeeping) and newspapers (the San Francisco Chronicle, Boston Globe, and more).

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