Amanda J. Cordova is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Los Angeles Office. Ms. Cordova represents clients through a wide-variety of special education issues facing California’s school districts.
Ms. Cordova is experienced in shepherding clients through the IEP process, including review, assessment, and attending IEP meetings. She frequently reviews and responds to due process complaints, drafts settlement agreements and prior written notices, and responds to compliance complaints. She advises district staff on issues related to the IDEA, student records and student discipline.
Ms. Cordova received her Juris Doctor from the University of California, Irvine School of Law (cum laude)
, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology/Law & Society, from the University of California, San Diego. While in law school, Ms. Cordova was a Staff Editor and Research Editor for the UC Irvine Law Review. In addition, she was a student leader for the Education Rights Project, a pro bono project where she provided Know-Your-Rights presentations and direct representation in special education matters. Ms. Cordova has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.
October 2019Number 43The recent opinion of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Paul G. v. Monterey Peninsula Unified School District clarifies that dismissal or settlement of a special education due process hearing inadvance of a hearing and final administrative decision from the Office of Administrative Hearings (OAH), does not satisfy the requirement that a plaintiff exhaust administrative remedies under the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA) before initiating a lawsuit in federal c...
December 2018Number 90The California Legislature recently passed a new law aiming to promote student rights and safety by imposing limits on the use of behavioral restraints and seclusion in schools. Assembly Bill (AB) 2657, which prohibits the use of restraint or seclusion for any student except in specified circumstances, becomes effective on January 1, 2019.Current LawExisting law limits the use of seclusion and restraints in schools for students with exceptional needs. Specifically, Calif...