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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.