St. Louis Public Schools
Jayme Major is a magna cum laude graduate of Saint Louis University School of Law. Prior to entering law school, Jayme worked in management and marketing for several years. Jayme received a B.S. degree in Marketing from Southern Illinois University of Carbondale. After law school, Jayme worked as an Associate Attorney in the Litigation Department of the law firm Lewis Rice LLC. For eight years, Jayme maintained a broad practice range, representing clients in contract disputes, medical malpractice defense, labor and employment law, and more. Jayme gained a wide range of first and second chair trial experience in federal and state courts of Missouri and Illinois. Jayme also served as a the firm liaison and advocate for volunteer cases, providing pro bono representation for legal services clients in orders of protection, domestic matters, adult and minor guardianships, and housing and tenant matters.
It was at Lewis Rice that Jayme started representing St. Louis Public Schools. Coming from a family full of educators, Jayme found her true calling in school law. In representing SLPS, Jayme gained expert knowledge of state and federal compliance issues, served as lead counsel over approximately 100 administrative employment termination hearings, and defended multiple federal and state discrimination lawsuits. In 2017, Jayme transitioned to an in-house role for SLPS as its Assistant General Counsel. In this position, Jayme provides legal guidance for 70 locations and its 4,000 employees and 20,000 students. Jayme acts as the Compliance Officer for Titles IX and VI, and is responsible for guidance and training on policy compliance, sexual harassment, transgender student support, bullying, and other student and employee issues and concerns. Jayme coordinates cases with outside counsel on personal injury, education litigation, Worker’s Compensation, and other cases, and continues in her role representing the District in all administrative hearings provided as due process to certificated and non-certificated personnel receiving disciplinary actions.
Throughout the pandemic, Jayme has taken the lead with creating a COVID Response Team, including a Contact Tracing Department with six team members, including three dedicated contact tracers. Jayme stays ahead of CDC and Department of Health guidance, implementing protocol and conducting training with the Contact Tracing Department and all SLPS school leaders. SLPS has an in-person learning option at every one of its sites, and has successfully managed to keep in-person learning going consistently without any shut-downs, by adhering to strict safety protocol, and maintaining the robust in-house contact tracing with dedicated individuals ensuring that close contacts are identified and assessed and quarantines immediately imposed any time there is a positive case. Jayme oversees all aspects of COVID response, including on-site antigen tests, partnership with the Department of Health on upcoming vaccine distribution, COVID exposure policy drafting and implementation, and more, becoming the foremost authority on COVID-related school issues and initiatives in the St. Louis area.