Stephanie M. White

Senior Counsel | Walnut Creek

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Stephanie White is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek Office. She is chair of the firm's Community College practice area and co-chair of the Title IX practice area. Ms. White represents California public school districts, county offices of education and community college districts in all aspects of education law. She specializes in Labor and Employment and student issues.


Ms. White has experience handling a wide variety of employment matters, from investigating and overseeing investigations into discrimination and workplace harassment complaints, to providing advice and counsel to Human Resources managers on various employee relations matters. She also serve as the lead negotiator at both certificated and classified bargaining tables.

Ms. White is well-versed in responding to administrative charges from DFEH and EEOC, as well as OCR and CDE for student-related complaints. She routinely drafts, reviews and revises employee and student policies on workplace conduct and provides sexual harassment trainings to employees. She is certified as a Civil Rights Investigator through ATIXA, and is also certified in Interest-Based Bargaining.


Ms. White received her Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. While in law school, Ms. White taught practical legal classes to inner-city high school students in San Francisco.

Student Newspaper Sues University After All Print Media Is Defunded Following The Publication Of A Satirical Article

By: Steve NgoStephanie WhiteBrittaney Contreras-

January 2020Number 4A University of California San Diego (UCSD) student newspaper, The Koala, brought suit against UCSD officials alleging that they defunded all print media in violation of the First Amendment. In The Koala v. Khosla (9th Cir. 2019) 931 F.3d 887, the Ninth Circuit sided with the student newspaper, reversing in part and vacating in part a district court's dismissal of the complaint, holding that the Eleventh Amendment did not bar The Koala's claims, and allowing the case to pr...

New State Laws Aimed At Protecting LGBTQ Students And Students Who Are Pregnant Or Parenting

By: Marisa LincolnStephanie WhiteLauren Lyman-

January 2020Number 1Assembly Bills (AB) 493 outlines new requirements for school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools to train certificated employees, serving in grades 7 to 12, to support Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning (LGBTQ) youth. AB 809 outlines new requirements for public colleges and universities to increase awareness of the Title IX rights provided to pregnant and parenting students. Additionally, AB 34 requires that specific informa...

Governor Signs A Suite Of Bills Aimed At Supporting Students In Higher Education

By: Trevin SimsStephanie WhiteTilman Heyer-

December 2019Number 87Governor Newsom signed a host of Assembly Bills (AB) and Senate Bills (SB) in support of higher education, which expand existing student aid programs and eligibility criteria, among other things.California College PromiseThe existing California College Promise program waives enrollment fees for eligible students. The program generally targets students from low-income families or who are receiving government assistance, such as Supplemental Security Income or Temporary As...

Formerly Homeless Youth To Be Granted Priority Enrollment And Additional Resources At The Community College Level

By: Darren KameyaStephanie WhitePeter Sumulong-

November 2019Number 72Assembly Bill (AB) 806 was signed into law by Governor Newsom on July 31, 2019, extending the following postsecondary educational resources to formerly homeless youth:Priority enrollment for community college districts and California State University. The services of a Community College Homeless and Foster Student Liaison. Access to the Community College Student Financial Aid Outreach Program and the Student Opportunity and Access Programs. Eligibility for a community...

Adult Education Students Pursuing High School Diploma Or Equivalency Certificate Allowed To Enroll As Special Part Time Students At Community Colleges

By: Darren KameyaStephanie WhitePeter Sumulong-

November 2019Number 73Senate Bill (SB) 554 was signed into law on by Governor Newsom on October 4, 2019. The law authorizes the governing board of a school district overseeing an adult education program, or the governing board of a community college district overseeing a noncredit program, to authorize an adult student pursuing a high school diploma or equivalency certificate to enroll as a special part-time student at a community college. Through the bill, the community college would be cred...

New Laws Streamline Process For Participation In College And Career Access Pathways Partnership

By: Darren KameyaStephanie WhitePeter Sumulong-

November 2019Number 74Assembly Bill (AB 30) and Senate Bill (SB) 586 were signed into law by Governor Gavin Newsom on October 4, 2019. The two bills jointly revised Education Code section 76004 to simplify the requirements for high school pupil participation under a College and Career Access Pathways (CCAP) partnership. AB 30 and SB 586 require the board of a community college to consult with, and consider the input of, the appropriate local workforce development board in adopting a CCAP part...

Significant New Title IX Guidance on Handling Sexual Misconduct: What Schools Need to Know

By: Michelle CannonTrevin SimsStephanie White-

October 2017 Number 56 New guidance on schools' responsibilities for addressing claims of sexual misconduct under Title IX places greater emphasis on the rights of those accused of sexual misconduct. The new guidance marks a significant departure from prior guidance but lacks details, creating the potential for many issues requiring legal consultation. On September 22, the United States Department of Education issued interim guidance on schools' responsibilities in addressing sexual mi...

California Travel Ban Does Not Apply to Local Agencies

By: Thomas GauthierStephanie White-

July 2017 Number 41 A California law that bars state agencies from funding travel, and from requiring employees to travel, to states that permit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression - and Attorney General Xavier Becerra's recent expansion of the list of states covered by the ban - have raised questions regarding whether the law applies to cities, counties, school districts and community college districts. While there is no definitive l...

DFEH Releases Guidelines on Anti-Harassment Policies, Training and Notice Regulations

By: Marisa LincolnStephanie White-

June 2017 Number 33 The Department of Fair Employment and Housing (DFEH) recently released a Workplace Harassment Guide that includes recommended practices to enable employers to comply with California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) regulations aimed at preventing, investigating and addressing workplace harassment. DFEH also issued guidance and a poster related to identifying and addressing sexual harassment in the workplace. Effective April 1, 2016, California employers becam...

The Evolving Landscape of Title IX Compliance

By: Michelle CannonStephanie White-

Title IX impacts more than just college athletics. Host Sloan Simmons talks with Michelle Cannon and Stephanie White of Lozano Smith’s Title IX Impact Team about the current status of the law, including the proposed regulations which contain sweeping revisions to existing practices. This conversation explores the depth and breadth of Title IX and provides important insights for all public school administrators in K-12 through college.