Vivian Chen is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek Office. Ms. Chen represents clients in the labor and employment, special education and students aspects of education law.
Ms. Chen was most recently a staff attorney serving as appointed counsel for children who came under the protection of the Juvenile Dependency Court system. She represented clients in Juvenile Dependency proceedings and collaborated with educational providers, medical and mental health professionals, social workers, and outside legal services experts to acquire available resources and serve clients’ needs. She advocated for and appeared in contested and uncontested court hearings, and has extensive experience with investigation, negotiation and settlement, witness preparation, direct and cross examination, and trial and courtroom presentation.
Ms. Chen received her Juris Doctor from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Politics from Pomona College. While in law school, Ms. Chen was a member of the Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal
A new law permits students enrolled in juvenile court schools to voluntarily defer or decline the issuance of a diploma for meeting state graduation requirements so that the student may take additional coursework at the juvenile court school or, once released, at a school operated by a local educational agency (LEA). Assembly Bill (AB) 1124, which went into effect on January 1, amended Education Code section 48645.3 and added Education Code section 48645.7.
The California Department of Education (CDE) has published new guidelines for serving students with dyslexia. The California Dyslexia Guidelines can be found here.
Assembly Bill (AB) 1369, which became effective on January 1, 2016, required the CDE to develop and disseminate the guidelines in time for use no later than the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year.
The guidelines are not mandatory, but they offer practical methods to identify and comprehensivel...