Lozano Smith Attorneys At Law

For over 30 years, Lozano Smith has been recognized as a preeminent leader serving hundreds of K-12 school districts and county offices of education throughout California. The firm’s unmatched culture continues to foster innovative, tailored legal services in every area of education law, including: charter schools, labor and employment, facilities and business, litigation, public finance, special education, student services and technology. Lozano Smith’s eight offices throughout the state provide clients with local, yet statewide expertise – giving clients the accessibility they deserve.

RECENT NEWS

Lay Opinions May Trigger The Need For An Environmental Impact Report


Lay Opinions May Trigger The Need For An Environmental Impact Report

2/22/2019

A California appellate court has ruled that lay public opinions on nontechnical issues concerning a project's size and general appearance can provide substantial evidence of environmental impact, triggering the need to prepare an environmental impact report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)....

Upcoming Events

Brown Act and Beyond: Top 10 Ways a School Administrator Can Make the Board of Trustees Effective and Successful

Brown Act and Beyond: Top 10 Ways a School Administrator Can Make the Board of Trustees Effective and Successful

April 1st - 10:45 am - 11:40 am

Brown Act: Principles, Traps and Avoiding Unintentional Violations

Brown Act: Principles, Traps and Avoiding Unintentional Violations

April 2nd - 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Intricacies of Running a Public Meeting: Deep Dive into the Brown Act

The Intricacies of Running a Public Meeting: Deep Dive into the Brown Act

April 8th - 8:30 am - 10:00 am

Laws As They Apply to Superintendency

Laws As They Apply to Superintendency

April 12th - 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Let’s Talk – Lozano Smith’s Public Agency Podcast

Your News in New Ways. All the Time.

Time is of the essence, but we don’t always have it. That’s why our team has introduced a new medium for you to receive your legal updates. Lozano Smith’s podcast features trend-ing news in bite-size, conversational ways. Access these recordings in your car, in the of-fice or anywhere in between.

Episodes Available Now

We invite you to check out all released episodes, including: police in schools, equity and equality in school finance, Charter Schools Act, employee leave and accommodations requirements, students discipline for off-campus conduct, the California Public Records Act, and more.

Feature: Janus Decision


Recorded Live Webinar

29th June 2018

A live webinar, presented by several experienced Lozano Smith labor attorneys, will break down key information about the Janusdecision and major legislative developments (SB 866).

Public Employer/Employee Relations Toolkit


Public Employer/Employee Relations Toolkit

28th June 2018

Includes answers to frequently asked questions, an implementation checklist, templates for communication, and more.

Next Steps and Considerations for Employers

Next Steps and Considerations for Employers

27th June 2018

Lozano Smith's Client News Brief includes background details and considerations for public agency employers in light of the Supreme Court Decision.

ACSA and Lozano Smith’s Title IX Toolkit

The all-important topic of sexual harassment has taken center stage on a national level, and school districts are faced with exceedingly high obligations for addressing claims of sexual misconduct under Title IX. To help school district leaders address Title IX requirements and obligations, ACSA has partnered with Lozano Smith to develop a suite of related resources.

This phased series will consist of legal updates, checklists, webinars, videos and a statewide workshop series. Here’s a glimpse into the toolkit and overall Title IX series:

Checklists

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  • Title IX At-A-Glance
  • Significant New Title IX Guidance on Handling Sexual Misconduct: What Schools Need to Know
  • Administrator’s Guide to Processing and Investigating Sexual Harassment Complaints of Sex and Gender-Based Discrimination and Sexual Harassment Under Title IX

Webinars

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December 12 at 10 am

Sexual Misconduct Toward Students: An Employee’s Obligation to Identify and Respond to Title IX Issues

Videos

Title IX Compliance: What should I do if I learn of a Title IX issue?

Michelle L. Cannon


Lozano Smith’s Title IX Impact Team

Title IX has taken center stage on a number of fronts. Long before the national attention, Lozano Smith’s Title IX Impact Team was formed as a specialized group dedicated to the pressing issues faced by school districts. From athletics to sexual violence, this team advises, trains, and educates clients on the various components of Title IX – from prevention and mitigation to investigation and response.

Areas of Practice

The Title IX Impact Team draws from multiple practice groups and focuses to streamline advice and counsel. Areas in which the group provides advice and training include:

  • Audit of athletic programs
  • Audit of grievance procedures and policies
  • Discipline of employees and students
  • Sexual misconduct and harassment
  • Student and employee protections
  • Investigations
  • Title IX Coordinator roles and responsibilities
  • District and employee liability
  • Interaction with law enforcement agencies
  • Litigation

Key Contributors

Trevin Sims, Michelle Cannon, and Stephanie White.

VIDEOS

Title IX Compliance: What are the duties of Responsible Employees?

Title IX Compliance: Are schools required to offer support services to the parties involved in a Title IX complaint?


Title IX Compliance: If a criminal investigation is pending, do schools still need to conduct their own investigation?

Stephanie M. White

Lozano Smith Attorneys at Law