Leila Alamri-Kassim is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s Fresno office. She is a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment, Students and Facilities and Business Practice Groups. Ms. Alamri-Kassim handles a variety of matters including: free speech rights of students and public employees, labor relations for public agencies, certificated and classified employee discipline and transactional matters affecting school districts. She also advises clients on the Brown Act, board governance and development of governing board policies. Ms. Alamri-Kassim presents trainings on a number of topics including sexual harassment prevention, contract drafting, and compliance with new state and federal laws.
Prior to work as an attorney, Ms. Alamri-Kassim worked as a Certified Law Clerk at a non-profit legal aid organization. Ms. Alamri-Kassim also served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable District Judge Ishii.
Ms. Alamri-Kassim earned her Juris Doctor degree from the San Joaquin College of Law, where she graduated with Distinction. While in law school, Ms. Alamri-Kassim received Witkin Awards for Academic Excellence in Civil Procedure, Business Organizations and Advanced Research and Writing. She earned Bachelor of Arts degrees (Magna Cum Laude) in both Political Science and Women’s Studies from California State University, Fresno where she was a Smittcamp Family Honors College President’s Scholar.
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed a series of bills aimed at preventing bullying and suicide. These new laws require school districts to: 1) adopt procedures for bullying prevention; 2) provide suicide prevention hotline information on student identification cards; and 3) review and update policies on suicide prevention at least every five years.
AB 2291 - Bullying Prevention Training and Resources
In an effort to curb bullying and harassment in schools, A...
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a federal district court ruling that school-sponsored prayer, Bible readings and proselytizing at school board meetings are unconstitutional. In Freedom from Religion Foundation v. Chino Valley Unified School District Board of Education, the Ninth Circuit upheld an injunction against a school board's policy and practice of allowing school-sponsored religious exercise during board meetings.
This decision distinguishes p...
A federal district court in California has granted a preliminary injunction blocking a school district's policy requiring student athletes to stand during the national anthem at school sporting events.
In V.A. v. San Pasqual Valley Unified School District, the Southern District of California court ruled that kneeling in silent protest is a form of student symbolic speech protected under the First Amendment.
During the first game of the 2017 varsit...
Beginning January 1, 2018, minors under the age of 16 must consult with legal counsel prior to a custodial interrogation and before waiving their Miranda rights.
Existing law requires a peace officer to advise minors of their rights by providing a Miranda warning. But if the minor or parent waives those rights, officers can interrogate the minor. Senate Bill (SB) 395, which adds section 625.6 to the Welfare and Institutions Code, will prohibit a law enforcement ...
A bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown on July 10 allows school districts to pay the expenses of students participating in field trips or excursions to other states, the District of Columbia or a foreign country. Assembly Bill (AB) 341 goes into effect on January 1, 2018.
Education Code section 35330(b)(3) currently prohibits the use of school district funds to pay the expenses of a student participating in a field trip or excursion to any other state, the District o...