Erin M. Hamor is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office, and co-chair of the firm’s Charter Schools Practice Group. Ms. Hamor represents clients in all aspects of public education and public agency law. Her areas of expertise include labor and employment, charter schools, board governance, and litigation.
Ms. Hamor regularly advises clients on a variety of matters including certificated and classified discipline and terminations, grievance processing, contract interpretation, and employee leaves. She is experienced at navigating complex personnel matters and guiding clients through labor law compliance issues. Ms. Hamor defends school districts against unfair practice charges brought before the Public Employment Relations Board, and responds to claims of discrimination filed with the DFEH and EEOC.
Ms. Hamor also advises clients regarding all aspects of the Charter Schools Act, including charter oversight, location, petition review and revocation. She supports administrators and boards with general governance matters including conflicts of interest, the Brown Act and the Public Records Act.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Hamor worked for a county counsel’s office, where she advised county agencies on matters including labor and employment, litigation, county governance, and public health and safety. She regularly collaborated with key stakeholders to draft ordinances, policy, and legal advice guiding county operations and governance.
Ms. Hamor served as a Judicial Extern to the Supreme Court of California and its Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions, and previously worked as a law clerk for the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney. Serving on the Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team, Ms. Hamor assisted the City Attorney in bringing affirmative public interest litigation to remedy unlawful, fraudulent and unfair business practices throughout the state.
Ms. Hamor earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with double minors in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University, where she was named a University Regents’ Scholar. Ms. Hamor has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.
October 2019Number 49In the largest overhaul of California's Charter Schools Act ("Act") since it was enacted in 1992, Governor Gavin Newsom signed AB 1505 and AB 1507 on October 3, 2019. The Act authorizes the establishment and operation of charter schools in California. The closely watched and hotly debated reforms impact most aspects of charter school authorization, including oversight, appeals, and renewals. Enactment of AB 1505 and AB 1507 follows months of negotiations and compromises f...
September 2018Number 52Governor Jerry Brown has signed new legislation banning for-profit corporations, for-profit educational management organizations, and for-profit charter management organizations from operating charter schools in California. Assembly Bill (AB) 406 takes effect July 1, 2019.BackgroundAmidst a growing nationwide movement to privatize public schools, for-profit corporations known as educational management organizations (EMOs) and charter management organizations (CMOs) are ...
This news brief is intended for public school districts, including community colleges. For the Janus news brief intended for municipalities and special districts, click here.June 2018Number 27Overturning a longstanding precedent, the United States Supreme Court has held in Janus v. AFSCME that public employees may not be compelled to pay mandatory agency fees, or "fair share" fees, to public-sector unions, because such fees violate the First Amendment.The Janus decision will have a sweeping, ...
Governor Jerry Brown has signed three bills that significantly impact local agency obligations to the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and impose penalties on employers running afoul of the law. Each of these bills will take effect on January 1, 2018.
Assembly Bill 1309: CalPERS May Fine Employers for Failing to Report Hiring and Payroll Data when Employing Retired Annuitants
Under Assembly Bill (AB) 1309, CalPERS may now fine employer...
Lozano Smith attorneys Megan Macy and Erin Hamor publish article "Flexible and personalized, nonclassroom-based education is on the rise" in ACSA's Leadership magazine.
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The State Board of Education (State Board) recently approved Policy No. 17-01 (Policy), which permits the board to issue temporary waivers to nonclassroom-based charter schools operating "resource centers" outside the geographical boundaries of their chartering school district. The State Board's decision comes on the heels of a closely watched charter school decision, Anderson Union High School District v. Shasta Secondary Home School (2016) 4 Cal.App.5th 262 (Ander...
A California Court of Appeal has held that a county board of education may not grant exemptions from zoning ordinances under Government Code section 53094. ( San Jose Unified School District v. Santa Clara County Office of Education (Jan 24, 2017, No. H041088) ___ Cal.App.5th ___ < http://www.courts. ca.gov/opinions/documents/H041088.PDF >.) Specifically, county boards may not exempt the charter schools they authorize from zoning ordinances. School districts ...
Host Devon Lincoln talks with Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor about new charter school legislation causing a stir in Sacramento. If enacted, the pending bills will drastically alter California’s current charter school landscape.