Michelle L. Cannon is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office who works closely with school districts, county offices of education and community colleges in all areas of education law. She is an active member in the Labor & Employment, Students, Community Colleges, Charter Schools and Litigation Practice Groups. Ms. Cannon represents clients in all areas of education law, and has extensive experience in board governance, labor and personnel-related matters, student discipline, and charter school facilities. She was named a Northern California Super Lawyer each year from 2013 to 2017.
Ms. Cannon's practice focuses on representing public entity clients in the following areas:
- General governance
- Brown Act issues
- Conflicts of interest
- Public Records Act
- Labor and personnel-related matters
- Employee discipline and dismissal
- Collective bargaining
- First Amendment issues
- Investigation of discrimination and harassment complaints
- Certificated and classified employee issues
- Student issues
- Student discipline
- First Amendment issues
- Search and seizure related to students
- Charter school issues
- Review of charter petitions
- Revocation of charters
- Charter school facilities
- Sexual discrimination
- Sexual harassment
- Wrongful termination
- First Amendment issues
- 42 U.S.C. section 1983 claims
- Contract disputes
- Writs and appeals in both state and federal courts
Michelle has worked extensively in the collective bargaining arena in various roles. These roles include, but are not limited to, working as a facilitator in Interest Based Bargaining, acting as lead negotiator in the creation of new contracts, and advising clients through impasse proceedings.
Ms. Cannon has also prosecuted numerous successful permanent certificated and classified termination proceedings. Ms. Cannon was recently published in the Daily Journal
as a co-author of an article entitled "The Right to Education in California: It's for the Legislature to Decide Education Policy."
Ms. Cannon is a frequent speaker at workshops and CSBA and ACSA conferences. She regularly presents on topics such as sexual harassment prevention training, board issues, including the Brown Act and conflicts of interest, collective bargaining, discrimination, employee discipline and dismissals, student discipline, certificated employee lay off procedures, First Amendment issues, and charter schools.
- Board Member, Roseville Chamber of Commerce
- Board Member, Roseville City School District Foundation
- Member, California School Boards Association
- Member, California Council of School Attorneys
- Member, Placer County Bar Association
- Member, Sacramento County Bar Association
- Member, California State Bar Association
- Member, Animal Legal Defense Fund
Ms. Cannon received her law degree from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She earned a B.A. from St. Mary's College of California.
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Attorney Michelle L. Cannon presents an overview and summary of school board members’ obligations and immunities under California Law. (13:38)
Watch Individual Sections
Part 1 of 3 - (4:48)
In this part:
Definitions and exceptions to immunities.
Board member obligations, and immunities for a board member if he or she fails to fulfill these obligations.
Overview of the general rules governing immunity.
Principal immunity statute.
Part 2 of 3 - (3:15)
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