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Special Education

      FIRM OVERVIEW           Client Focused

      Practice Areas          Lozano Smith is known for and provides the highest quality special education expertise in
                              California. Our practice is dedicated to helping school districts with all areas of special education
      Administrative          and student disability law, including:
      Charter School             >  Day to day availability to address timely questions as they arise
      Community College          >  Records Request/Public Records Act responses and advice
      Facilities & Business      >  Trainings to enable school district staff, from directors to service providers, to identify and avoid
      Investigations              potential legal issues and maximize compliance
      Labor &                    >  Development of policies, handbooks, and reference materials
       Employment                >  Representation at Individualized Education Program (“IEP”) team meetings, resolution
      Municipal                   sessions, mediations, prehearing conferences, due process hearings, and appeals
      Public Finance             >  Responding to complaints made to the California Department of Education (“CDE”) and Office
      Public Safety               for Civil Rights (“OCR”) and representation during resulting investigations
      Special Education
      Technology &            Areas of Practice
       Innovation             Lozano Smith represents and advises clients regarding:
      Title IX
                                 >  IEP meetings
                                 >  Section 504 meetings
      Statewide                  >  Unilateral placement of students by their parents in private schools, nonpublic schools, or
                                  residential treatment centers
      Walnut Creek               >  IDEA and Section 504 discipline, resolution sessions, mediations, prehearing conferences and
      Fresno                      hearings
      Monterey                   >  Bullying, discrimination, and harassment claims and complaints
      San Luis Obispo            >  OCR and CDE investigations and complaints
      Los Angeles                >  Special education issues related to charter school students
      San Diego                  >  Interagency disputes
                                 >  Case analysis and preparation
      Group Leaders              >  Revocation of consent issues
                                 >  Prehearing motions, evidence preparation, and witness preparation
                                 >  Settlement analysis and agreements
                                 >  Provision of mental health services
                                 >  California Superior Court writs of administrative mandamus
                                 >  California Superior Court applications for temporary restraining orders

      Jennifer Baldassari        >  Appeals to the United States District Court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals    >  United States District Court claims for attorneys’ fees and costs

                              Special Education Legal Training
                              Hundreds of special education administrators attend the Lozano Smith Special Education Legal
                              Consortium (“SELC”) each year. This seminar is conducted throughout the state and for individual
                              clients upon request, providing in-depth information on a variety of current topics. Recent topics
      Alyssa R. Bivins        include dyslexia, mental health, and the ever-popular legal update.

      California’s Premier Public Agency Law Firm                            
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