Alyssa R. Bivins

Associate | Sacramento

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Alyssa R. Bivins is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office. She represents public schools and other educational agencies in litigation and special education issues.


Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Bivins served as a judicial law clerk to United States District Court Judge John A. Mendez of the Eastern District of California. She researched and analyzed legal issues pertinent to motions before the Court, and drafted orders and bench memoranda on pending civil motions, including motions for class certification, summary judgment, preliminary injunction, enforcement of arbitration awards, and more.

While pursuing her J.D., Ms. Bivins worked as a legal extern for the Duke University Office of Counsel, where she investigated facts and wrote position statements in response to EEOC wrongful termination claims and analyzed implications of executive orders and administrative regulations on the university.


Ms. Bivins earned her J.D. from Duke University School of Law, where she was a staff editor for the Duke Law Journal. She earned her B.A. in Political Science, with a minor in Education Studies, from the University of California, Los Angeles.

Non-Binding Order from OAH Requires School District Administer Medical Marijuana on Campus

By: Marcy GutierrezAimee PerryAlyssa Bivins-

October 2018 Number 55 In a non-binding order, a California state administrative law judge from the Office of Administrative Hearings ("OAH") ruled that a public school district must allow a student's nurse to administer medical marijuana, as needed, on campus and transportation. The September 21, 2018 decision inStudent v. Rincon Valley Union Elementary School District (2018) OAH Case No. 2018050651 is unprecedented, but is not binding on other school districts. Background The case...

The Pot Thickens: Legal Updates on Marijuana and Schools

By: Marcy GutierrezAimee PerryAlyssa Bivins-

October 2018 Number 56 Schools may soon be getting requests to permit students to take a marijuana-based epilepsy drug at school, thanks to a change in the way the federal government regulates it. Read on to learn more about Epidiolex and the state of the law regarding administration of medication at school, including marijuana based drugs. Separately, but related to administration of marijuana based drugs, Governor Jerry Brown recently vetoed a state bill that would have permitted sch...

FDA Approves Marijuana-Based Drug for Pediatric Epilepsy

By: Sloan SimmonsAimee PerryAlyssa Bivins-

July 2018 Number 32 Schools may soon be fielding requests to administer Epidiolex, a drug containing cannabidiol (CBD), a chemical component of marijuana that does not create a "high," to students. On June 25, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Epidiolex to treat two types of pediatric epilepsy. The approval of Epidiolex will pave the way for school districts, for the first time, to administer a medicine derived from marijuana, provided that the Drug Enforcement...

Vanquishing "Vaping" on Campus

By: Michelle CannonAlyssa Bivins-

March 2018 Number 11 This article originally appeared on the Association of California School Administrators' ACSA Resource Hub. School administrators are facing a growing threat to student health that is often disguised as a standard school tool. JUULs are a type of vaporizing device-commonly referred to as "vapes"-that is soaring in popularity among young people. The use of vapes, JUULs, and similar products is extremely prevalent among high school students, creating a new generat...

School District Need Not Accommodate Coach's Request to Publicly Pray at Football Games

By: Sloan SimmonsAlyssa Bivins-

October 2017 Number 58 A Washington school district was not required to allow a high school football coach to pray on the 50-yard line at the end of each game, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District (9th Cir. 2017, No. 16-35801) ___F.3d___ <>. The court found that the District did not violate the coach's First Amendment rights by placing him on administrative leave for ref...