Sarah Levitan Kaatz

Partner | Monterey

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skaatz@lozanosmith.com
Tel: 831.646.1501
Fax: 831.646.1801
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Overview

Sarah Levitan Kaatz is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Monterey office. She specializes in labor and employment law and student issues for school districts. Ms. Kaatz spent two years with the U.S. Department of Labor in its Office of Administrative Hearings before joining Lozano Smith.

Since joining Lozano Smith in 1999, Ms. Kaatz has advised K-12 school districts and community college districts with regard to classified and certificated employment issues, labor relations and student related concerns.

Experience

Ms. Kaatz has represented clients in numerous administrative proceedings, discipline hearings and appeals, and grievance arbitrations. She negotiates collective bargaining agreements on behalf of school district clients using both traditional and interest based bargaining approaches. She regularly advises clients regarding discrimination complaints, personnel investigations, labor law compliance and related personnel issues.

Presenter Experience

Ms. Kaatz is a frequent presenter to school audiences, including the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and the California School Boards Association (CSBA), on issues such as sexual harassment prevention, employment discrimination, employee and student discipline, and cyber-bullying. She is also a regular presenter of student and employment topics at Lozano Smith's Central Coast Education Law Consortium.

For four years, Ms. Kaatz was the attorney coach for Seaside High School's Mock Trial Team and took the team to State for two of those years.

Articles

Ms. Kaatz's published work includes "Avoiding Settlement Conference Traps," published in the San Francisco Daily Journal, and "Settling the Score" published in the ABA Journal.

Education

Ms. Kaatz earned her J.D. from Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco, and was a member of the Moot Court Board. She established roots on the Central Coast while an undergraduate student at the University of California at Santa Cruz, where she earned her B.A. with honors.

Best Practices for Conducting Investigations

By: Sarah Kaatz-

There are many situations in which school districts are tasked with investigating complaints. These complaints may involve employee misconduct, uniform complaint procedures (“UCP”) and sexual harassment, or student matters, to name a few. While different types of investigations will have their own nuances, there are many practices that are essential for all investigations. Since an effective investigation can prevent costly litigation and liability, following the best practices descri...

School Districts that Rescind Certificated Employee Disciplinary Charges After the Hearing is Scheduled May be Liable for the Employee's Attorneys Fees and Costs

By: Sarah KaatzJennifer Ulbrich-

July 2012 Number 35 On June 25, 2012, the California Third District Court of Appeal issued a decision which likely will influence the way school districts proceed with disciplinary charges against certificated employees. In Boliou v. Stockton Unified School District (June 25, 2012) __Cal.App.4th__ (2012 WL 2371061), the court held that once a district's governing board elects to schedule a hearing in a dismissal against a certificated employee, the Commission on Professional Competence (C...

Legislation Creates New Reporting Requirements Regarding Firearms And Explosives

By: Sarah Kaatz-

January 2010 Number 1 CLIENT NEWS BRIEF LEGISLATION CREATES NEW REPORTING REQUIREMENTS REGARDING FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES Effective January 1, 2010, Assembly Bill ("AB”) 1390 amends Education Code section 48902 and places new requirements on principals or their designees when reporting firearm or explosives violations to local law enforcement agencies. Under the previous version of section 48902, principals or their designees were, and still are, required to report to local law enfo...