Joanne J. Kim

Associate | Los Angeles

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Joanne J. Kim is an associate Lozano Smith’s Los Angeles office. Ms. Kim represents school districts and county offices of education in a wide-variety of special education, students, and labor and employment matters. Ms. Kim is experienced in all pre-hearing procedures, where she routinely prepares responses to complaints, drafts motions, identifies witnesses and evidence, conducts witness preparation and drafts settlement agreements. She often facilitates investigations and responds to complaints made to the California Department of Education.


Ms. Kim served the Los Angeles Unified School District Office of the General Counsel as a Certified Law Clerk where she provided support for all practice groups within the District’s legal department. While in law school, Ms. Kim served as a Judicial Intern for the Honorable Michael Nash, Edelman Children’s Court of the Los Angeles County Superior Court where she conducted research and prepared memoranda on juvenile delinquency and dependency issues. As a Law Fellow at the USC Center on Communication Leadership & Policy, she assisted with the Center’s Trafficking in Persons project by researching statutes and case law related to the trafficking and exploitation of minors.


Ms. Kim received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington School of Law, where she concentrated in the area of intellectual property. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southern California, where she graduated with a degree in Communication.

Supreme Court Returns Transgender Student Rights Case to Lower Court

By: Thomas MannielloJoanne Kim-

March 2017 On March 6, 2017, the United States Supreme Court sent the case of Virginia transgender high school student Gavin Grimm back to an appellate court, which must now consider the case and the parties' arguments "in light of the guidance document issued by the Department of Education and Department of Justice on February 22, 2017" that rescinded the Obama administration's May 2016 guidance on transgender student rights and facilities access. (Gloucester County School Board v. G.G. (...

Court of Appeal Weighs In On Non-Educational State Agency's Role in Providing Related Services

By: Marcy GutierrezJoanne Kim-

January 2017 Number 2 In its recent decision in Department of Health Care Services v. Office of Administrative Hearings(Nov. 29, 2016, F071023) __ Cal.App.4th __ <>, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal held that during a dispute between a local education agency (LEA) and a non-educational state agency over the provision of services included in an Individualized Education Program (IEP), the department or agency that provided the se...

New State Guidance Pending on English Learners in Special Education

By: Sarah GarciaJoanne Kim-

September 2016 Number 66 Assembly Bill (AB) 2785 was signed by the Governor on September 24, 2016. AB 2785 requires the California Department of Education (CDE) to develop a manual providing guidance to local educational agencies (LEA) on identifying, assessing, supporting and reclassifying English learners who may qualify for special education services, and also, pupils with disabilities who may be classified as English learners. Other states offer similar guidance. Last year, the U.S...

Proposed Amendments to FEHA Regulations Regarding Transgender Identity and Expression

By: Darren KameyaJoanne Kim-

June 2016 Number 38 California's Fair Employment and Housing Council (Council) is set to consider amendments to the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA or Act) that the Council says will more explicitly spell out existing protections for transgender workers and bring those protections in line with federal guidance and state law. The Council will discuss the proposed amendments at its June 27 meeting and is now accepting public comment. A date to consider approval of the proposed amen...