Gayle L. Ketchie

Associate | Walnut Creek

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gketchie@lozanosmith.com
Tel: 925.953.1620
Fax: 925.953.1625
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Overview

Gayle L. Ketchie is an Associate in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek Office. Ms. Ketchie assists clients in a wide-variety of charter schools, labor & employment, and student issues.

Experience

Prior to joining Lozano Smith as an attorney, Ms. Ketchie worked for a non-profit as a Policy Research Assistant focusing on consumer protection laws in the areas of health, food, finance, and privacy law. She also served as a Law Clerk for the Office of the General Counsel at Oakland Unified School District. In that capacity, she concentrated on analyzing issues related to the California Education and Labor Codes for the District assisting in policy creation and compliance.

Education

Ms. Ketchie received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco, School of Law, and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, with a Minor in Urban Education, from the University of California at Berkeley. While in law school, Ms. Ketchie served as both Senior Literary Editor and Associate Literary Editor for the USF Maritime Law Journal. Ms. Ketchie also served on the Moot Court Board as the Development Director, and placed in the Top 16 in the Wagner Labor and Employment competition at the Moot Court. Ms. Ketchie has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.

Court Rules that Second Contract with the Same Vendor Did Not Create a Conflict of Interest

By: Arne SandbergGayle Ketchie-

January 2020Number 6A recent California Appellate Court ruling has determined that a public entity's award of a second contract to a construction firm did not create a conflict of interest even though it related to an earlier contract between the parties. InCalifornia Taxpayers Action Network v. Taber Construction, Inc. (2019) A145078, the First Appellate District held that the contractor's second contract with a school district did not create a conflict of interest because both contracts we...

New Law Allows Former Students To Change Name And Gender On Past Student Records

By: Edward SklarGayle Ketchie-

October 2019Number 48Assembly Bill (AB) 711 establishes a process for former students to change their name and gender on pupil records, including diplomas.Existing law requires school districts to maintain and preserve, in perpetuity, certain mandatory pupil records, even after a student graduates. AB 711 was enacted to address the needs of former students and to protect their privacy rights. Prior to the enactment of this statute, former students' prior legal names (or "dead names") and/or g...

“She Said, He Said”: Appellate Court Weighs In On Fairness Requirements In Student Sexual Assault Discipline Case

By: Michael SmithGayle Ketchie-

July 2019Number 33On April 23, 2019, a California appellate court ruled against a private college for failing to properly provide an accused student with a fair hearing in a sexual assault case that led to the student being suspended from college for two years.Doe v. Westmont College involved an alleged rape of a female college student (Victim) by a male college student (Accused) and demonstrates the necessity of fairness for all parties involved in contested student sexual assault discipline...

Governor Signs Charter Transparency Bill

By: Claudia WeaverGayle Ketchie-

March 2019Number 15Newly elected Governor Gavin Newsom has signed a bill aimed at increasing charter school transparency. Senate Bill (SB) 126 settles, once and for all, the debate over whether charter schools and their governing bodies are subject to California's open meeting, conflicts of interest, and public records laws.BackgroundPrevious attempts to pass legislation intended to make charter schools subject to California's "sunshine laws" were vetoed by former Governor Jerry Brown. By com...

Sunshine Laws To Begin Shining On Charter Schools: Charter Schools Subject To Public Transparency Laws

By: Edward SklarGayle Ketchie-

January 2019Number 7The California Attorney General recently issued a long-awaited opinion addressing the applicability of certain "sunshine" laws to charter schools. Specifically, the Attorney General concluded that California charter schools and their governing bodies are subject to the Ralph M. Brown Act (Brown Act), the California Public Records Act (Public Records Act), Government Code section 1090 and the Political Reform act of 1974. The opinion further states that the books and record...