Kristy J. Boyes

Associate | Sacramento

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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. Ms. Boyes assists clients with special education and student issues, such as IEP meetings, resolution sessions, mediations, due process hearings, expulsion hearings, and OCR investigations. She also litigates special education matters at the federal court level.


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.

New Law Entitles Students To Wear Tribal Regalia Or Recognized Objects Of Religious, Ceremonial Or Cultural Significance As An Adornment At School Graduation Ceremonies

By: Sloan SimmonsKristy Boyes-

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...

School Surveillance Video May be a Student Record, Triggering FERPA Obligations

By: Sloan SimmonsAimee PerryKristy Boyes-

August 2018Number 37School surveillance video can be considered a student record under certain circumstances, triggering a school district's obligation under the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to allow parents to view it.In an informal guidance letter, the director of student privacy policy with the U.S. Department of Education's Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) concluded that a school surveillance video depicting eight students who were involved in a hazing i...

Immigration Enforcement Actions in California

By: Sloan SimmonsManuel MartinezKristy Boyes-

March 2018 Number 9 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...

Schools and Immigration Enforcement

By: Sloan SimmonsKristy Boyes-

January 2017 Number 4 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...

What Is Least Restrictive Environment? What the Courts Say

By: Marcy GutierrezKristy Boyes-

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.