Louis T. Lozano, a founding Partner of Lozano Smith, is preeminent among attorneys engaged in the practice of education law in the state of California. He has been representing and advising school districts in all areas of the law for more than 40 years.
Mr. Lozano has been at the forefront of important issues in education law in California. He is also highly regarded for his skills in conducting labor negotiations.
Mr. Lozano's roots in education trace to his early career as a high school teacher in the Oakland Unified School District. He received his Juris Doctor degree in 1975 from the Boalt Hall School of Law, after receiving his secondary life teaching credential in 1971 and bachelor's degree in 1970 from the University of California at Berkeley.
After a brief stint representing land developers in the San Francisco Bay Area, he began a career in law as Deputy Counsel in the School Law section of the Fresno County Counsel's Office. From there, he entered private practice with the San Francisco firm of Breon, Galgani, Godino & O'Donnell, focusing in labor relations and education law.
Mr. Lozano is a frequent presenter at education workshops and seminars throughout California and has presented a whole host of topics at numerous professional development conferences, including the California School Boards Association (CSBA), the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Negotiators' Symposium, the ACSA Personnel Institute, Personnel Academy, the Coalition for Adequate School Housing (CASH), the State School Personnel Commissioners Association and the University of Southern California Education program. He was the keynote speaker at the annual state-wide meeting of the State Mediation and Conciliation Service.
He was named a Northern California Super Lawyer in 2004 and 2007 through 2015 in the field of education law. Only five percent of the attorneys in California are selected for this distinction each year. Mr. Lozano has been the only attorney in the field of education law who was so recognized in 2010 and 2011.
A new law will change the date that members of a county board of education, school district governing board, or community college district governing board take office. Assembly Bill (AB) 2449, which resolves clashing Education Code and Elections Code provisions, becomes effective on January 1, 2019.
Existing Education Code provisions require newly-elected county board of education members to be seated on the last Friday in November and newly-elect...
Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation that requires public agency employers to give union representatives access to new employees during orientation sessions. The bill, which went into effect immediately after Brown signed it on June 27, is part of Assembly Bill (AB) 119, a budget trailer bill.
The bill is a product of the efforts by unions representing public employees to mitigate the impact of an anticipated United States Supreme Court decision that could m...
A shortage of an important test for tuberculosis (TB) has impacted the ability of many school districts to place new teachers and classified employees in the classroom quickly this year. In an April 2013 health alert, the Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that the skin test solution for TB was in shortage nationwide. The CDC also indicated that the nationwide shortage of TB skin test solution will continue until at least the middle ...
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law Assembly Bill (AB) 1344, one of a series of "Bellbills" introduced during the last legislative session in response to public outrage triggered by the City ofBellcorruption and compensation scandals.
AB 1344 adds and amends various sections of the Elections Code and the Government Code, placing new restrictions on executive employment contracts for "local agencies." The bill also makes certain changes to the Brown Act...