Tilman A. Heyer is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Sacramento Office. Mr. Heyer assists clients with special education and student issues. Mr. Heyer supports school districts, county offices of education, and charter schools on all phases of special education.
Mr. Heyer is experienced with federal, state, and administrative litigation, in addition to advising and compliance efforts for our public-sector clients. His practice is focused primarily on the IDEA, as well as Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the ADA, and various other education laws.
Mr. Heyer received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Law. During Law School, Mr. Heyer was the winner of the 2015 California State Bar Public Law Section Student Writing Competition, and is a published author on the topic of Constitutional law in public schools. In addition, he was a Student Advocate at the Immigrant Rights Clinic, and the Student Director of the Education Rights Clinic. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and German, from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
In Gallinger v. Becerra, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a challenge to a 2015 change to California's Gun-Free School Zone Act that removed an exemption allowing concealed-carry permit holders to carry firearms on school grounds, but maintained the same exemption for retired peace officers.
The Ninth Circuit held that lawmakers had a rational basis for approving this change, effected by Senate Bill (SB) 707, and also that the partial elimination of ...
The February 14 mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has inspired a groundswell of political activism at K-12 schools across the country. Lozano Smith previously reported on considerations and implications of student activism surrounding this issue. (See 2018 Client News Brief No. 7.) School districts must also consider if and how to regulate and respond to employee speech surrounding the gun control debate and other controversial topics. Additionally,...
This Client News Brief was updated on March 6, 2018.
UPDATE: California Department of Education Issues Guidance
The California Department of Education (CDE) and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson released guidance on March 2 regarding student walkouts. Echoing the suggestions below, the CDE calls for schools to provide outlets for student political expression through classroom or school-wide discussions, as well as for proactive discussio...