Stephanie M. White

Senior Counsel | Walnut Creek

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Stephanie White is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek Office and co-chair of the firm's Community College 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 extensive experience advising and representing clients with regard to certificated and classified discipline and dismissal proceedings. She also has experience in advising clients on FERPA and student confidentiality issues, student discipline and expulsion proceedings, the Public Records Act, and the Americans with Disability Act. Ms. White's practice includes investigating and responding to unlawful discrimination complaints filed against employers with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Department of Fair Employment and Housing. She also routinely conducts complex, internal investigations on behalf of school districts and community colleges relating to claims of sexual harassment, discrimination and retaliation.

Ms. White has additional experience defending school districts against unfair practice charges brought before the Public Employment Relations Board. She also provides training to school district employees in the areas of sexual harassment (AB 1825), Title IX and employee leaves.


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. Ms. White has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.

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.