Alyse  Pacheco Nichols

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Alyse Pacheco Nichols is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Walnut Creek Office. She represents clients in the facilities and business, litigation, and construction aspects of education law.


Ms. Nichols frequently assists clients through Brown Act compliance, particularly related to agenda questions and issues; reviews vendor contracts; and helps conduct investigations into both employee and student Title IX complaints.

Ms. Nichols prepares and assists clients in presenting expulsion cases, on behalf of school sites, before school boards and admin panels. She assists admin panels throughout the expulsion hearing process, and presents on student discipline, including expulsion appeals. She has also negotiated stipulated expulsion agreements for school sites. Additionally, Ms. Nichols supports clients in handling grade challenge appeals and requests for student records.

Ms. Nichols previously worked as a staff attorney at the California Supreme Court, where she reviewed and researched criminal writ petitions, and petitions for review in direct appeal and habeas corpus cases. She then proposed resolutions of the legal issues in each case to the court. Ms. Nichols also served as a judicial extern for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of California, where she gained extensive experience researching and drafting proposed procedural and dispositive orders in prisoners' cases.


Ms. Nichols received her Juris Doctor from the University of San Francisco School of Law, and earned Bachelors of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from Westmont College. While in law school, Ms. Nichols was a member of the USF Law Review, and the McAuliffe Honor Society, and served as President of the USF Law La Raza Student group.

Office of Public School Construction Addresses Prohibition of Piggyback Contracting for Permanent Modular Buildings

By: Arne SandbergAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

Appellate Court Rules That a Challenge to a Lease-Leaseback Contract Is Moot due to Completion of the Project

By: Arne SandbergAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

Students Suspended For Two Or More Days Must Now Be Provided Homework Assignments

By: Manuel MartinezAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

Appellate Court Concludes That Public Entities May Initiate Substitution Of A Subcontractor

By: Arne SandbergAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

Mandatory Prequalification on Certain School District Projects is Here to Stay

By: Alyse Pacheco Nichols-

New Law Indefinitely Extends Community College Use of Best Value Process in Bidding

By: Alyse Pacheco Nichols-

New Law Updates Bidding Preferences for Various Public Agencies

By: Alyse Pacheco Nichols-

California Supreme Court Limits Employers' Ability to Classify Workers as Independent Contractors

By: Mark KitabayashiAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

Charter Schools Must Obtain Separate Approvals for New Schools, Renewals, and Revisions, Court Rules

By: Edward SklarRyan TungAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

New Laws Update Nutrition Program Purchasing Rules

By: Kelly RemAlyse Pacheco Nichols-

California Supreme Court Holds Disclosure Is the Rule, Not the Exception, in Public Record Requests

By: Alyse Pacheco Nichols-