Mark Murray is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s Los Angeles Office. He is a member of the firm’s Special Education, Labor and Employment, and Local Government Practice Groups.
Mr. Murray advises clients on a wide range of legal issues. His special education experience includes representing clients in IEP meetings and due process complaints, advising district staff on IDEA, Section 504, FERPA, and child custody issues.
In his role as labor and employment counsel, Mr. Murray has experience in employee dismissals, civil service discipline appeals, responses to EEOC complaints, and investigations.
Mr. Murray also has experience in key governance and business issues, including open meeting acts, public records requests, and rules of parliamentary procedures. He has provided counsel regarding affordable housing, development agreements, contract review, and ordinances.
Mr. Murray received his Juris Doctor from Vanderbilt University Law School. While in law school he was the Founder and President of the Labor & Employment Law Society and Authorities Editor of the Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Santa Barbara and a teaching credential from California State University, Long Beach.
The California Legislature recently passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1974, which places new prohibitions and restrictions on the collection of debt owed by parents to public schools, including state special schools and charter schools, and school districts, including county offices of education (all referred to herein as school districts). The new law prohibits the practice of punishing students for the failure of their parents to pay debt owed to the school district, add...
After years of failed attempts, the Legislature has passed, and Governor Brown has signed into law, two bills that remove the longstanding layers of protection and confidentiality for certain law enforcement records. Senate Bill (SB) 1421, which becomes effective January 1, 2019, increases public access to certain records relating to allegations of misconduct by law enforcement. Assembly Bill (AB) 748, effective July 1, 2019, subjects body camera footage to public r...
In Estill v. County of Shasta, the Court of Appeal has ruled that a public entity has no duty under the Government Claims Act to advise a claimant that they may seek leave to file a late claim within 45 days, where the claim appears to be timely on its face.
Renee Estill, a former employee of the Shasta County Sherriff's Office, submitted a government claim form to Shasta County on February 23, 2012. In the claim form, she alleged that her coworkers ...
On September 25, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed two bills aimed at giving a stronger voice to student board members of school district governing boards. Assembly Bill 261 confers voting rights upon all student board members, while Senate Bill 468 enhances a student board member's access to board materials. Both bills go into effect on January 1, 2018.
Assembly Bill 261: Voting Rights for All Student Governing Board Members
Existing law requires the governin...