Sara E. Santoyo is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s Fresno office. She is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment, Special Education and Students Practice Groups.
Ms. Santoyo began her legal career as a Law Clerk for Lozano Smith where she gained experience drafting legal memos, opinion letters, and other client communications. She was often requested to write Client News Briefs where she summarized recent changes in laws affecting public agencies. Ms. Santoyo also assisted attorneys at school board meetings, employee disciplinary hearings, and presentations. Ms. Santoyo has also worked at an immigration law office and volunteered at San Joaquin College of Law’s New American Legal Clinic, where she gained experience in immigration law matters, including naturalization, DACA, and visa applications.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Ms. Santoyo worked as an advocate for 5 years at an elementary school district. She worked closely with administrators, psychologists, and teachers to help K-6 students, including those with behavioral and psychological issues, thrive in school. She was also the Assistant Director of an Upward Bound Math and Science program at a community college where she collaborated with high school and college administrators, educators, and counselors to help students accomplish their higher-education goals.
Ms. Santoyo earned her Juris Doctor degree from the San Joaquin College of Law, where she received the Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Contracts Drafting, Private Labor Law, Family Law Mediation and Professional Responsibility. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley.
On October 5, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed a package of bills aimed at enhancing protections for immigrants. Three of the bills have significant implications for schools and students. The three bills become effective January 1, 2018.
Assembly Bill 699: Mandates New Supports and Policies for Immigrant Families
Assembly Bill (AB) 699 requires schools and school districts to provide an array of new supports for immigrant families and limits the assistance sc...
On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program temporarily permitted some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to lawfully stay, attend school, and work in the U.S. without the threat of deportation. The Administration is phasing out the program over a six-month period that will end on March 5, 2018, unless Congress enacts legislation...
The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights (OCR) has issued new instructions to its regional directors regarding how to handle complaints involving transgender students. The document is intended to offer OCR staff additional guidance in light of recent court developments and the Trump Administration's withdrawal of the Obama Administration's guidance on transgender students. (See 2017 Client News Brief No. 9.)
The instructions affirm that transgender...