Ruth E. Mendyk

Partner | Fresno
Tel: 559.431.5600
Fax: 559.261.9366
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Ruth E. Mendyk is a Partner in Lozano Smith's Fresno office and co-chair of the firm's Students Practice Group. She specializes in facilities and business matters for public school districts. Her broad experience includes counseling school districts in the areas of public bidding, contract negotiations, public records, Brown Act and open meeting laws. Since joining Lozano Smith in 1996, Ms. Mendyk has also represented school districts and county offices of education in areas such as personnel matters, student issues, and general education law.

She has also worked extensively with school districts, cities and other public agencies in negotiating real property purchase agreements and in the eminent domain process.

Presenter Experience

Ms. Mendyk has conducted workshops and seminars for school district administrators on a variety of topics, including personnel matters, as well as board governance issues. She has also presented for the California Association of School Business Officials (CASBO), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) and California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA).

Professional Affiliations

Ms. Mendyk is a member of CASBO and the California Council of School Attorneys. She has also served on the Board of Directors for the Fresno County Young Lawyers Association.


Ms. Mendyk received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

Four Bills Affecting Student Attendance Requirements

By: Ruth MendykAlyssa BivinsLigia Nicolae-

New Excused Absence for Student Participation in Political or Civic Event and Other School Calendar Updates

By: Ruth MendykRobert Lomeli-

Assembly Bill 181 Includes Significant Changes to Independent Study Requirements for the 2022-2023 School Year

By: Ruth MendykKendra Tovey-

50th Anniversary of Title IX

By: Ruth MendykSarah FamaEmma Sol-

Preparing for the New Year: Student Laws for 2022

By: Ruth Mendyk-

Bid Thresholds Raised For 2022

By: Ruth MendykKelly Rem-

New Requirements for the Protection and Collection of Certain Student Records and Information

By: Sarah KaatzRuth MendykEleanor Welke-

Assembly Bill 167 Further Details Independent Study and Attendance Accounting Requirements

By: Ruth Mendyk-

Significant Changes to Independent Study for the New School Year

By: Ruth Mendyk-

New Laws on Student Retention, Grades and Graduation Create More Pandemic-Related Consequences for Schools

By: Ruth MendykJoshua Whiteside-

Bid Thresholds Raised for 2021

By: Ruth Mendyk-

Bullying Victims Granted Expanded Transfer Rights

By: Ruth MendykCrystal Pizano-

Senate Bill 98 Suspends LCAPs for 2020-2021; Instead, LEAs Must Adopt a Learning Continuity and Attendance Plan

By: Ruth MendykAmanda Cordova-

CDE Issues Template for Written Report in Place of LCAP; Executive Order N-56-20 Changes Budget Adoption Process for 2020-2021

By: Ruth MendykJames McCann-

Major Changes Announced for Spring 2020 AP, SAT, and ACT Exams

By: Ruth Mendyk-

Bid Thresholds Raised For 2020

By: Ruth Mendyk-

New Laws Promote Student Safety: Bullying, Harassment, And Suicide Prevention

By: Ruth Mendyk-

Two New Laws Add Duties Regarding Student Sexual Harassment Policies And Domestic Violence Resource Information

By: Ruth Mendyk-

New Law Requiring Later Start Times For Middle Schools And High Schools Creates Uncertainty For Educational Agencies

By: Ruth MendykJoshua Whiteside-

New Laws Narrow The Use Of Medical Exemptions For Student Immunizations

By: Ruth Mendyk-

Legislature Addresses Student Use Of Smartphones At School

By: Ruth MendykJoshua Whiteside-

Episode 70 Winter 2023-2024 Student Issues Legislative Update

By: Ruth MendykJoshua Whiteside-

In this episode, Lozano Smith Podcast host Sloan Simmons discusses with Lozano Smith Student Practice Group Leaders Ruth Mendyk and Josh Whiteside important legislative updates regarding student matters resulting from the close of this year's legislative session.

Episode 59 Student Legislative Update 2023

By: Ruth MendykJoshua WhitesideNisha Dale-

This episode provides school administrators with the latest legislative changes and developments regarding student matters with Lozano Smith and Student Practice Group leaders Ruth Mendyk and Josh Whiteside along with Fresno attorney Nisha Dale.

Episode 49 Preparing for the New Year: New Student Laws In Effect Now and in 2022 and Beyond

By: Joshua WhitesideRuth Mendyk-

Host Joshua Whiteside joins Lozano Smith attorney Ruth Mendyk to discuss updates and new obligations facing educational agencies now and during the second half of the 2021-22 school year. This discussion includes a review of important legislation from the Fall 2021 legislative session.

Catching Up, and Looking Forward: Student Issues After a Year of COVID-19 and Heading Back to School in 2021-2022

By: Ruth MendykJoshua Whiteside-

Host Sloan Simmons joins Lozano Smith attorneys Ruth Mendyk and Joshua Whiteside to discuss updates to district policies and practices during the 2020-21 school year, pending legislation on student retention and grading issues for 2021-22 and proposed curriculum and kindergarten / preschool related issues for future years.

Return to School in the COVID-19 Era - Student Athletics Issues (Part 3)

By: Ruth MendykChelsea Olson Murphy-

Host Sloan Simmons talks with Lozano Smith attorneys Ruth Mendyk and Chelsea Olson Murphy about the latest developments on COVID-19 and student athletics, with a focus on the most recent guidance from the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF), as well as other state public health directives and guidance heading into the 2020-2021 school year.

Fall 2019 Legislative Roundup - Student Bills

By: Ruth Mendyk-

Sloan Simmons talks with Lozano Smith Student Practice Group Leaders Ruth Mendyk and Aimee Perry regarding this year's legislative enactments impacting students and tips for school districts in preparing for compliance with these new laws.