Michelle N. Sliwa is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s San Diego office. Her practice focuses on special education, labor and employment, and student aspects of public agency law.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Sliwa practiced insurance coverage and litigation involving commercial general liability policies. She evaluated the strengths, weaknesses, points of negotiation, and recommendations for further strategy for complex construction defect claims. Ms. Sliwa also gained practical experience as a Certified Post-Graduate Law Clerk for the City of San Diego’s Office of the City Attorney. She appeared before the court as second chair in several jury trials.
Ms. Sliwa earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. During law school, she completed the California Dispute Resolution Program training and acted as the Community Outreach Chair for the Day Student Bar Association, where she organized the annual blood drive and initiated a school supply drive for the nearby primary school in downtown Los Angeles. Ms. Sliwa also volunteered at the Legal Aid Foundation, assisting with landlord-tenant disputes and domestic violence matters. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies (summa cum laude) from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Beginning January 1, 2019, significant amendments to the Education Code provide pregnant and parenting pupils with new rights and accommodations designed to afford them the opportunity to succeed while protecting their health and the health of their children.
In 2015, over 24,000 children were born to individuals between the ages of 15 and 19 in California. Fewer than 4 in 10 young mothers graduate from high school by the age of 18, and 70 percent of young paren...
Beginning January 1, 2019, employers will have to make reasonable efforts to provide employees with the use of a room or location, other than a bathroom, as a lactation accommodation.
Existing law already requires employers to make reasonable efforts to provide employees the use of a room or location, other than a single toilet stall, in close proximity to the employee's work area for the purpose of expressing milk in private. Under these requirements, employ...
State lawmakers have indefinitely extended previously approved limits on disciplining students for defiance and disruption and have expanded the list of issues that may be addressed through the Uniform Complaint Procedures (UCP).
The changes were included in a budget trailer bill, Assembly Bill (AB) 1808, and became effective when Governor Jerry Brown signed the bill on June 27.
Extension of Limits on Student Discipline for Disruption and Willful Defiance