Aria Link is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek office. Ms. Link specializes in the Labor and Employment, Student and Community College aspects of educational law. Ms. Link regularly advises clients regarding personnel matters and labor law compliance, as well as student matters, and assists the firm's community college clients in a wide-variety of legal issues. Ms. Link has experience handling certificated and classified discipline and terminations. In addition, she frequently responds to DFEH and EEOC discrimination complaints, including preparing position statements responding to complaints.
Ms. Link earned her J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law (cum laude) and received the CALI and Witkin Awards for highest grade in Community Property and Contract Writing & Analysis. As a law student, she served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Edward M. Chen in the Northern District Court of California. Ms. Link also received a B.A. in Political Science and a B.A. in International Development Studies from University of California, Los Angeles (magna cum laude) where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
In Ellins v. City of Sierra Madre (Mar. 22, 2013) __ F.3d__ (2013 WL 1180299), the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered whether John Ellins, a police officer for the City of Sierra Madre (City), had sufficiently alleged a First Amendment retaliation claim, where Ellins claimed that that the delay in his salary increase constituted retaliation for his exercise of free speech rights by way of leading an employee union no-confidence vote against the Chief of Police....