Roberta L. Rowe is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Fresno office. She focuses on student, and labor and employment matters for school districts and community college districts in her daily practice of law. Ms. Rowe has expertise in certificated and classified employee matters, termination and layoff hearings, collective bargaining, grievance arbitrations and unfair labor practice charges.
She also has in-depth knowledge of the Brown Act, conflicts of interest and policy development. In addition, she has been involved with investigations on behalf of school districts and municipalities related to harassment and discrimination complaints.
Before becoming an attorney, Ms. Rowe worked for eighteen years as a Vocational Rehabilitation Consultant with workers' compensation, social security and marital dissolution cases.
Ms. Rowe is a sought-after speaker and has made numerous presentations to school districts, county offices of education and statewide organizations including California School Boards Association (CSBA), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA) and California Small School Districts Association (SSDA). Topics include sexual harassment prevention, student discipline, bullying and gender identity/sexual orientation, employee and student free speech, leaves, Brown Act, classified and certificated discipline, and certificated and classified layoffs.
Ms. Rowe has taught for California State University, Fresno, Kremen School of Education and Human Development Administrative Services Credential Program. She has conducted seminars in Advanced Techniques of Personnel and Legal Aspects of Education.
Ms. Rowe received her Juris Doctor degree from San Joaquin College of Law in 1995. While attending law school, she won first place at the Hopper Moot Court Competition and was a quarter finalist at the Evans Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. She also served on the San Joaquin College of Law Agricultural Law Review. Ms. Rowe earned an M.A. in Rehabilitation Counseling from California State University, Fresno, and a B.S. in Psychology from Oregon State University, Corvallis.
In September 2018, Governor Jerry Brown approved a series of bills that expand on the instruction of comprehensive sexual health education for California public school students.
The California Healthy Youth Act requires that school districts ensure that pupils in grades 7 through 12 receive comprehensive sexual health education, including human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevention education, and information on sexual harassment, sexual assault, sexual abuse, ...
A small drone flies 350 feet above ground through the beautiful rust-colored mountains. A dusty road flows around the mountainside and opens up to a plateau of rock and sand. There sits a cluster of large industrial buildings, caked with red mountain dust. The buildings cover approximately a million square feet, the size of three football fields in each direction. The facility is shielded from the road by 10-foot concrete walls and a checkpoint with guards, dogs and guns.
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On October 3, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill (AB) 667, which generally requires schools to inform students about other means of correction that were attempted before suspending a student at the mandatory informal disciplinary conferences. This bill takes effect January 1, 2018.
Education Code section 48911, subdivision (b), requires a student being suspended to be informed during the mandatory informal pre-suspension conference of the reason for ...
Under existing law, school districts enjoy wide discretion in setting the terms for rejection and revocation of an interdistrict transfer under Education Code section 46600 et seq. Terms of transfer revocation are typically clearly specified in a transfer agreement between two school districts. Rejection and revocation of interdistrict transfers cannot be based on any discriminatory or other unlawful basis. Students denied an interdistrict transfer may appeal the de...
Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law three bills impacting school districts in the areas of pupil curriculum, graduation requirements for juvenile court school pupils and military dependent pupil residency requirements.
Assembly Bill (AB) 2016: High School Ethnic Studies Curriculum
Under AB 2016, the Instructional Quality Commission will develop a comprehensive model curriculum for ethnic studies instruction in high schools. The new law will provide a...
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