Erin M. Hamor is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office, and co-chair of the firm's Charter Schools Practice Group. Ms. Hamor represents clients in all aspects of public education and public agency law. Her areas of expertise include labor and employment, charter schools, board governance, and litigation.
Ms. Hamor regularly advises clients on a variety of matters including certificated and classified discipline and terminations, grievance processing, contract interpretation, and employee leaves. She is experienced at navigating complex personnel matters and guiding clients through labor law compliance issues. Ms. Hamor defends school districts against unfair practice charges brought before the Public Employment Relations Board, and responds to claims of discrimination filed with the DFEH and EEOC.
Ms. Hamor also advises clients regarding all aspects of the Charter Schools Act, including charter oversight, location, petition review and revocation. She supports administrators and boards with general governance matters including conflicts of interest, the Brown Act and the Public Records Act.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Ms. Hamor worked for a county counsel's office, where she advised county agencies on matters including labor and employment, litigation, county governance, and public health and safety. She regularly collaborated with key stakeholders to draft ordinances, policy, and legal advice guiding county operations and governance.
Ms. Hamor served as a Judicial Extern to the Supreme Court of California and its Committee on Judicial Ethics Opinions, and previously worked as a law clerk for the San Francisco Office of the City Attorney. Serving on the Complex and Affirmative Litigation Team, Ms. Hamor assisted the City Attorney in bringing affirmative public interest litigation to remedy unlawful, fraudulent and unfair business practices throughout the state.
Ms. Hamor earned her J.D. from the University of San Francisco School of Law. She earned her B.A. in Psychology with double minors in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Gonzaga University, where she was named a University Regents' Scholar. Ms. Hamor has received certification through ATIXA as a participant in Level 1 and Level 3 ATIXA Civil Rights Investigator Trainings.
Effective 2019, significant legal changes were enacted regarding charter schools in California. The anticipated effects and implementation of those changes, however, were stunted by the COVID-19 outbreak. In this Lozano Smith Podcast episode, host Sloan Simmons engages with Lozano Smith Charter Practice Group Co-Leaders, Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor, to discuss the current state of affairs for charter schools and their authorizers, hot topics and trends in the charter school field, and what to anticipate going forward as California's LEAs return to normal operation.
Host Sloan Simmons facilitates a timely and interesting discussion with Lozano Smith Charter School Practice Group Leaders, Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor, regarding the status of charter school reform legislation and the impacts of COVID-19 on same.
Host Devon Lincoln talks with Ed Sklar and Erin Hamor about new charter school legislation causing a stir in Sacramento. If enacted, the pending bills will drastically alter California's current charter school landscape.