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.


The FBI and Secret Service Issue New Guidance

The FBI and Secret Service Issue New Guidance on Addressing School Violence and Active Shooters


The Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and the United States Secret Service's National Threat Assessment Center (NTAC) have released two important documents that offer insight into the pre-attack behavior of shooters and advice to help prevent targeted school violence through the use of threat assessments.

Upcoming Events

2018 Special Education Legal Consortium

Special Education Legal Consortium

Fall 2018 Series

Title IX Investigation Workshop - Clovis

Title IX Investigation Workshop - Fresno

September 11th - 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Title IX Investigation Workshop - Mather

Title IX Investigation Workshop - Sacramento

September 18th - 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Legal Framework and History of EERA

Legal Framework and History of EERA

November 17th - 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Announcing #INSIGHT - The Lozano Smith 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 the first three recordings, which are a part of our series on free speech, inclusivity, the Supreme Court’s Janus ruling, and California’s Sustainable Groundwater Management Act.

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:


  • 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



December 12 at 10 am

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


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.


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