Marcy Gutierrez is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office and co-chair of the firm's Special Education Practice Group. She began her career in education as a public school teacher, and has been advising and representing school districts and other education entities for over fifteen years. Her areas of expertise include special education, student discipline, Title IX, the Brown Act, and litigation.
Ms. Gutierrez has effectively represented school districts in many venues, including cases successfully litigated at the administrative agency level as well as in the federal courts. In addition to special education, she also advises and represents school districts and other education entities with regard to student discipline, public records requests, and the broad spectrum of anti-discrimination and anti-harassment requirements that apply to public education agencies.
Ms. Gutierrez is a frequently requested guest speaker who has presented on many topics, such as Transition Planning, Autism, IEP Facilitation, and other topics related to special education as well as Section 504. She finds her expertise is best used by providing training to staff, where she emphasizes hands-on tools to provide educationally and legally appropriate programs for students with special needs.
Ms. Gutierrez earned her J.D. from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, and her B.A. from the University of California, Davis.
California Council of School Attorneys
California Women Lead
Law and Public Policy Advisory Committee
Sacramento County Bar
Following COVID-19 school closures during the 2019-2020 school year, many school districts are faced with making determinations regarding potential compensatory education for their special education student populations. Host Sloan Simmons discusses the concept of compensatory education and school closures with Lozano Smith special education experts Marcy Gutierrez and Colleen Villarreal, including important factors for districts to consider on this subject and the latest OAH rulings on point.
Host Sloan Simmons talks with Lozano Smith Special Education Practice Group leaders Marcy Gutierrez and Alyssa Bivins about the latest developments on COVID-19 and special education, with a focus on Senate Bill 98 and the most recent state and federal directives and guidance heading into the 2020-2021 school year.
Sloan Simmons sits down with Lozano Smith Special Education Practice Group Leaders Marcy Gutierrez and Aly Bivins, along with special education, 504, and student attorney Kyle Raney, to discuss this year's legislative activity in the area of special education, as well to get their views on what school officials should be thinking about in the special education arena looking forward to 2020.
Host Sloan Simmons talks to Lozano Smith's Special Education Practice Group Leader Marcy Gutierrez and special education litigator Kristy Boyes about the challenges schools face in providing the least restrictive environment (LRE) to students with special needs, and what guidance we can glean from federal law as enunciated by the Ninth Circuit, including in the 2019 case of Solorio
v. Clovis Unified School District (J.S.)
(9th Cir. Jan. 15, 2019) Case No. 17-16625, which was litigated by Sloan and Kristy before the district court and Ninth Circuit.