Stephanie M. White

Partner | Walnut Creek

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Tel: 925.953.1620
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Stephanie White is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek office. She is chair of the firm's Community College practice area and co-chair of the firm's Title IX practice area. Ms. White represents California public school districts, county offices of education, and community college districts in all aspects of education law. She specializes in Title IX compliance, as well as conducting complex investigations into claims of sexual misconduct and harassment (including Title IX), discrimination, bullying, retaliation, and other issues that may arise in an educational setting.


Ms. White has experience in a wide variety of employment matters, from investigating and overseeing investigations into discrimination and workplace harassment complaints, to providing advice and counsel to Human Resources managers on various employee relations matters. She also serves as the lead negotiator at both certificated and classified bargaining tables.

Ms. White is well-versed in responding to administrative charges from DFEH and EEOC, as well as OCR and CDE for student-related complaints. She routinely drafts, reviews and revises employee and student policies on sexual harassment, discrimination, bullying, and workplace conduct. Ms. White regularly provides trainings to employees on areas that include: sexual harassment (AB 1825), employee discipline, Title IX, and investigations. Ms. White also spoke as a panelist at the 2021 Sexual Harassment in Education Conference, hosted by the UC Berkeley School of Law.


Ms. White received her Juris Doctor from Golden Gate University School of Law, and earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. She is certified as a Civil Rights Investigator (Levels 1 and 3) and as a Title IX Hearing Officer and Decision-Maker through ATIXA. She is also certified in Interest-Based Bargaining. Ms. White is a member of the Association of Workplace Investigators, and regularly participates in their in-house trainings.

The Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights Will No Longer Enforce a Portion of the 2020 Amendments to Title IX Regulations

By: Stephanie WhiteSarah FamaCarolyn Gemma-

REMINDER: The New Requirements for Postsecondary Institutions to Address Sexual Harassment of Students Become Effective January 1, 2022

By: Stephanie WhiteSarah Fama-

"On the Basis of Sex" Interpreted: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Protected Under Title IX

By: Stephanie WhiteJonathan Berry-Smith -

Redefining Sex: How the Office of Civil Rights Distinguishes Title VII from Title IX in Relation to Transgender Athletes

By: Stephanie WhiteJonathan Berry-Smith -

New Amendments to Title 5 Regulations Impact How Community Colleges Must Process Unlawful Discrimination Complaints, Including Student Complaints of Sexual Misconduct

By: Trevin SimsStephanie WhiteErin Frazor-

New Title IX Regulations Issued by the Department of Education Take Effect August 14, 2020

By: Michelle CannonStephanie WhiteSarah Fama-

Status of Federal and State Laws on Student Gender Identify Rights: Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Block Participation of Transgender Athletes and the Office for Civil Rights Weighs In

By: Sloan SimmonsStephanie WhiteBrooke Bolton Tiutan-

Student Newspaper Sues University After All Print Media Is Defunded Following The Publication Of A Satirical Article

By: Steve NgoStephanie White-

New State Laws Aimed At Protecting LGBTQ Students And Students Who Are Pregnant Or Parenting

By: Marisa LincolnStephanie White-

Governor Signs A Suite Of Bills Aimed At Supporting Students In Higher Education

By: Trevin SimsStephanie White-

Formerly Homeless Youth To Be Granted Priority Enrollment And Additional Resources At The Community College Level

By: Darren KameyaStephanie WhitePeter Sumulong-

Adult Education Students Pursuing High School Diploma Or Equivalency Certificate Allowed To Enroll As Special Part Time Students At Community Colleges

By: Darren KameyaStephanie WhitePeter Sumulong-

New Laws Streamline Process For Participation In College And Career Access Pathways Partnership

By: Darren KameyaStephanie WhitePeter Sumulong-

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

By: Michelle CannonTrevin SimsStephanie White-

California Travel Ban Does Not Apply to Local Agencies

By: Thomas GauthierStephanie White-

DFEH Releases Guidelines on Anti-Harassment Policies, Training and Notice Regulations

By: Marisa LincolnStephanie White-

The Evolving Landscape of Title IX Compliance

By: Michelle CannonStephanie White-

Title IX impacts more than just college athletics. Host Sloan Simmons talks with Michelle Cannon and Stephanie White of Lozano Smith's Title IX Impact Team about the current status of the law, including the proposed regulations which contain sweeping revisions to existing practices. This conversation explores the depth and breadth of Title IX and provides important insights for all public school administrators in K-12 through college.