Martha (Mattie) Buell Scott is Of Counsel in Lozano Smith's Monterey office. She has practiced education law in California for more than 30 years. Her practice crosses a variety of subject areas, including general education, labor and employment, special education, student issues, school finance, school district reorganization, federal and state constitutional issues, and the laws relating to English language learners. She also advises school districts on all matters concerning charter schools, including petition review, oversight, revocation, and charter school facilities requests under Proposition 39.
Her background also includes five years of solo practice in education law. Before that, she was first an associate and then a partner with Breon, Galgani, Godino & O'Donnell.
Ms. Scott is active in the International Association for the Semiotics of Law. Some of her publications include: "Love, Lust, Lies, Mozart, and the Office of the Special Prosecutor," We, the People, 1999; "A Functional Examination of Hate Speech," Semiotics, 1997; "We, the People: Revolution and Authorial Identity," Revolutions, Institutions, Law, 1998; and "Sexual Harassment: A Semiotic Perspective," Semiotics, 1996.
Ms. Scott received her law degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law and a Masters degree in English, with an emphasis in Creative Writing, from San Francisco State University.
The California Supreme Court, in United Teachers of Los Angeles v. Los Angeles Unified School District (June 28, 2012) __ Cal.4th __ (2012 WL 2428928), has ruled that a petition to compel arbitration should be denied if the collective bargaining provisions at issue directly conflict with provisions of the Education Code. While the disputed provisions in this case concerned charter schools, the decision provides welcome clarification about the general scope of an arbitr...