Kristy J. Boyes is an associate in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office and is a member of the firm’s Students and Special Education Practice Groups.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Boyes worked as an attorney at a civil litigation firm and gained experience in a number of legal and litigation areas including mediation, arbitration, discovery, and law and motion practice. During law school, she volunteered as a student attorney for low-income elderly clients, investigating claims of elder abuse as well as preparing wills, trusts, and power of attorneys.
Ms. Boyes earned her Juris Doctor, with Distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She was named to the Dean’s Honor List in 2012, 2013 and 2014, and is a member of the Roger J. Traynor Honor Society. During law school, she was an Associate Comment Editor for the McGeorge Global & Business Development Law Journal
and was a teaching assistant for McGeorge’s legal writing class. She completed her undergraduate studies in Canada, earning a B.A. in Criminal Justice from Athabasca University while working full-time.
January 2019Number 1Effective January 1 2019, a new law in California establishes students' right to wear tribal regalia or recognized objects of religious or cultural significance as an adornment at school graduation ceremonies.BackgroundGenerally speaking, federal and state law permits school districts, county offices of education and charter schools (local educational agencies, or LEAs) to develop and enforce reasonable dress code policies. Existing law has been understood to permit LEAs t...
In recent weeks, media outlets have reported on immigration raids by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that targeted various areas in California. These raids have focused on the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and Sacramento areas. Other reports have confirmed ICE agents raiding dozens of 7-Eleven stores throughout the nation, and serving notices of inspection at 77 Northern California businesses within San Francisco, San Jose, and Sacramento.
As these en...
In the wake of the recent presidential election, changes in immigration law and enforcement may be on the horizon.
Some California K-12 school district and community college district officials have voiced concerns over the potential for increased enforcement of existing immigration laws, due in part to the president-elect's campaign statements that he would triple the number of enforcement agents at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and deport 2 million un...
In C.R. v. Eugene School District 4J (9th Cir., Sept. 1, 2016) __ F.3d__ [2016 U.S.App. LEXIS 16202], the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals considered an issue of first impression: Whether a school may discipline a student for off-campus sexual harassment without violating the student's First Amendment free speech rights. Based on the facts, the Ninth Circuit held that disciplining a student for off-campus sexual harassment of fellow students did not violate the stud...
Host Sloan Simmons talks to Lozano Smith’s Special Education Practice Group Leader Marcy Gutierrez and special education litigator Kristy Boyes about the challenges schools face in providing the least restrictive environment (LRE) to students with special needs, and what guidance we can glean from federal law as enunciated by the Ninth Circuit, including in the 2019 case of Solorio
v. Clovis Unified School District (J.S.)
(9th Cir. Jan. 15, 2019) Case No. 17-16625, which was litigated by Sloan and Kristy before the district court and Ninth Circuit.