Benjamin Brown is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Monterey office where his practice is focused on the facilities and business, and special education aspects of public agency law.
Mr. Brown previously served as a judicial clerk at the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, where he drafted judicial opinions and evaluated writs of habeas corpus and petitions for discretionary review. He is also skilled in drafting complaints and discovery responses, and researching California law.
Mr. Brown earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Law Review and served as a research assistant. He received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles.
February 2019Number 10In Associated Chino Teachers v. Chino Valley Unified School District (Nov. 29, 2018, E068163) __ Cal.4th __, the California Court of Appeal for the Fourth Appellate District determined that complaints regarding a high school teacher's alleged aggressive behavior were not substantial enough to require disclosure under the California Public Records Act (CPRA). Chino Valley Unified School District ("District") had sought to release these documents in response t...
Senate Bill (SB) 1412, which takes effect on January 1, 2019, builds on prior law limiting consideration of expunged, dismissed, or sealed convictions in hiring decisions. SB 1412 prevents employers from requiring job applicants to disclose certain criminal convictions that have been expunged, dismissed, sealed, or statutorily eradicated. SB 1412 also provides that employers may only consider particular expunged convictions that are enumerated in the law when makin...
September 2018Number 49A 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.BackgroundExisting Education Code provisions require newly-elected county board of education members to be seated on the last Friday in November and newly-elected school and ...