Joshua  Whiteside

Associate | Fresno

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Joshua Whiteside is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s Fresno Office. Mr. Whiteside provide a wide array of services to school district clients, with a focus on Labor and Employment, Special Education, and Student issues, such as employee and student free speech, IDEA and Section 504 compliance, immigration matters, social media use, and transgender student rights.


Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Mr. Whiteside was a full-time legal aid attorney, where he counseled and represented low-income and homeless clients in civil disputes involving landlord-tenant, consumer debt, domestic violence, immigration, public benefits, special education, and workplace discrimination matters. During law school, he interned for a prominent immigration firm in Orange County, assisting with family and employment-based immigration applications and visas.


Mr. Whiteside earned his J.D. degree from Chapman University School of Law. He received a B.A. in History from the University of California, San Diego.

School Wellness Policies Must be Revised for the 2017-18 School Year

By: Desiree SerranoJoshua Whiteside-

July 2017 Number 35 Local educational agencies (LEAs) that participate in the national school lunch and school breakfast programs must update their school wellness policies to include new requirements for the 2017-18 school year. The requirements were included in regulations finalized by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service in 2016. LEAs that participate in federal breakfast and lunch programs are required to create school wellness policies that describe...

Attorney General Sessions Defines Federal Funding Subject to Withholding Due to Sanctuary Policies

By: William Curley IIIJoshua Whiteside-

June 2017 Number 27 U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions provided clarity on which federal funding would be subject to a withholding for implementing "sanctuary" policies that direct employees to refuse to communicate with, or frustrate communication of immigration status information to, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as required by federal law. On May 22, 2017, the Attorney General issued a memorandum regarding one of President Donald J. Trump's executive orders that would w...

U.S. Department of Education Issues Guidance on Implementing ESSA's New Provisions Regarding Homeless Students

By: Sloan SimmonsJoshua Whiteside-

October 2016 Number 72 On July 27, 2016, the United States Department of Education (DOE) issued non-regulatory guidance to the nation's schools addressing changes to the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 as implemented by the Every Student Succeeds Act of 2015 (ESSA) to the definition of homeless students under the McKinney-Vento Act (42 U.S.C. § 11301 et seq.). The guidance addresses state and local requirements for educating homeless youth, including local educational ...

Legislative Update: Governor Signs Two Attendance-Related Bills

By: Harold FreimanJoshua Whiteside-

August 2016 Number 48 On July 25, 2016, Governor Jerry Brown signed two Assembly bills related to K-12 school district student attendance. Assembly Bill (AB) 2537 indefinitely extends Education Code section 48204 subdivision (b), which permits a student to attend school near where their parent works. Assembly Bill (AB) 1593 makes a student's attendance at a naturalization ceremony an excused absence. AB 2537: Interdistrict Transfers Because of Parent Employment to Continue Indefinitely...