Sabrina Buendia is an Associate in Lozano Smith’s Sacramento Office. Ms. Buendia’s practice largely focuses on special education and student issues. This includes issues related to the IDEA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the ADA. Ms. Buendia regularly provides support to school districts and county offices of education with their compliance efforts and with all phases of special education litigation.
Ms. Buendia earned her J.D. from the University of California, Davis School of Law and her B.A. from the University of California, Irvine (cum laude).
At UC Davis, Ms. Buendia served as an Executive Editor for the Business Law Journal and Co-Chair of the Filipino Law Students Association. She earned a Witkin Award for Academic Excellence in Trust, Wills, and Estates. Ms. Buendia also participated heavily in the law school’s clinical programs, allowing her to gain hands on experience working with clients, conducting her own investigations, and facilitating settlement discussions between parties. With the Family Protection and Legal Assistance Clinic, Ms. Buendia represented a client through the Title IX investigation process. With the California Department of Fair Employment and Housing Clinical Externship, Ms. Buendia acted as a neutral investigator, investigating complaints of employment discrimination under California’s anti-discrimination laws.
Ms. Buendia also interned for Los Angeles Unified School District in the Office of the General Counsel, assisting attorneys with all phases of the certificated and classified employee dismissal process.