Lozano Smith's Student Practice Group is recognized statewide for its steadfast, proactive and creative assistance to school districts and expertise on a broad range of student issues, due to the large number of school districts that we represent and the fact that we have represented schools for nearly 30 years.

Areas of Practice

To best serve the needs and promote the success of its clients, the firm's Student Practice Group has broad expertise in:

• Student Free Speech Rights
• Student Publications
• Dress Codes
• Religion in Schools
• Search & Seizure
• Constitutional Due Process
• The Equal Access Act
• Jurisdiction for Discipline
• Suspension & Expulsion
• Expulsion Hearings
• Rehabilitation Plans
• Alternative Discipline
• Expulsion Appeals
• Involuntary Transfers
• Continuation Schools
• Student Fees & Charges
• Student Records
• Directory Information
• Access to Records
• Grade Changes
• Custody & Education Rights
• Caregiver Affidavits
• Retention of Records
• Public Records Act
• Law Enforcement at School
• Gang-Related Activity
• Child Abuse Reporting
• Megan's Law
• Media Access to Campus
• Community Day Schools
• Compulsory Education
• Student Residency
• Residency Verification
• Student Truancy & SARB
• All Student Transfers
• Open Enrollment
• Extracurricular Activities
• Student Athletics
• Athletic Eligibility
• Student Drug Testing
• Title IX, Title XI, Section 504
• Harassment & Discrimination
• Cyberbullying
• Graduation Requirements
• Promotion & Retention

Real World Applications

The Student Practice Group at Lozano Smith understands the hurdles and opportunities facing its clients, and has an unsurpassed level of experience and expertise to protect the interests and promote the success of school districts, their staff and students. Of particular significance is the firm's leadership in student discipline matters. Lozano Smith regularly helps districts to develop comprehensive policies and regulations aimed at preventing student discipline problems, as well as all other policy issues impacting student rights, including student speech, student clubs, student transfers, and student fees, to name only a few. When discipline problems do surface, the firm provides practical advice and assistance as to all aspects of suspensions, expulsions, involuntary transfers and alternative forms of discipline.

Aimee  Perry Senior Counsel
Anahid  Hoonanian Senior Counsel
Los Angeles, Bakersfield ahoonanian@lozanosmith.com
Aria  Link Associate
Walnut Creek alink@lozanosmith.com
Sacramento, San Diego dmaruccia@lozanosmith.com
Desiree  Serrano Senior Counsel
Joanne J. Kim Associate
Los Angeles jkim@lozanosmith.com
Walnut Creek, Sacramento, San Diego krezendes@lozanosmith.com
Fresno, Bakersfield msmith@lozanosmith.com
Penelope R. Glover Senior Counsel
Walnut Creek, Fresno sgarcia@lozanosmith.com
Vivian  Chen Associate
Walnut Creek vchen@lozanosmith.com

School District Need Not Accommodate Coach's Request to Publicly Pray at Football Games

By:Sloan Simmons, Alyssa Bivins -

October 2017 Number 58 A Washington school district was not required to allow a high school football coach to pray on the 50-yard line at the end of each game, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District (9th Cir. 2017, No. 16-35801) ___F.3d___ <http://cdn.ca9.uscourts.gov/datastore/opinions/2017/08/23/16-35801.pdf>. The court found that the District did not violate the coach's First Amendment rights by placing him on administrative leave for ref...

Rescission of DACA: What Public Agencies Need to Know

By:Dulcinea Grantham, Sloan Simmons, Sara Santoyo -

October 2017 Number 57 On September 5, 2017, the Trump Administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The program temporarily permitted some 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children to lawfully stay, attend school, and work in the U.S. without the threat of deportation. The Administration is phasing out the program over a six-month period that will end on March 5, 2018, unless Congress enacts legislation...

Significant New Title IX Guidance on Handling Sexual Misconduct: What Schools Need to Know

By:Michelle Cannon, Trevin Sims, Stephanie White -

October 2017 Number 56 New guidance on schools' responsibilities for addressing claims of sexual misconduct under Title IX places greater emphasis on the rights of those accused of sexual misconduct. The new guidance marks a significant departure from prior guidance but lacks details, creating the potential for many issues requiring legal consultation. On September 22, the United States Department of Education issued interim guidance on schools' responsibilities in addressing sexual mi...

California Department of Education Issues Dyslexia Guidelines

By:Anahid Hoonanian, Vivian Chen -

September 2017 Number 50 The California Department of Education (CDE) has published new guidelines for serving students with dyslexia. The California Dyslexia Guidelines can be found here. Assembly Bill (AB) 1369, which became effective on January 1, 2016, required the CDE to develop and disseminate the guidelines in time for use no later than the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year. The guidelines are not mandatory, but they offer practical methods to identify and comprehensivel...

Supreme Court Finds Trademark Disparagement Clause Unconstitutional

By:Michael Smith, Sloan Simmons, Jacqueline Castle -

July 2017 Number 44 The United States Supreme Court has held that trademarks are private speech protected by the First Amendment, even if some find the ideas they express offensive. In Matal v. Tam (2017) 582 U.S. ___, the Court held the Lanham Act's disparagement clause to be unconstitutional because it discriminated based on a viewpoint. The Court, noting that the First Amendment is a bedrock principle of government, wrote that the public expression of ideas may not be prohibited mer...

New Law Removes Restriction on Funding Student Field Trips

By:Thomas Manniello, Leila Alamri-Kassim -

July 2017 Number 43 A bill signed by Governor Jerry Brown on July 10 allows school districts to pay the expenses of students participating in field trips or excursions to other states, the District of Columbia or a foreign country. Assembly Bill (AB) 341 goes into effect on January 1, 2018. Education Code section 35330(b)(3) currently prohibits the use of school district funds to pay the expenses of a student participating in a field trip or excursion to any other state, the District o...

California Travel Ban Does Not Apply to Local Agencies

By:Thomas Gauthier, Stephanie White -

July 2017 Number 41 A California law that bars state agencies from funding travel, and from requiring employees to travel, to states that permit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression - and Attorney General Xavier Becerra's recent expansion of the list of states covered by the ban - have raised questions regarding whether the law applies to cities, counties, school districts and community college districts. While there is no definitive l...