Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP attorney Lawrence Joe participated in the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Faith Alliance’s 7th Annual Lighting the Community Conference in Washington D.C. The White House invited AAPI Christian leaders for the first time to a White House Briefing as part of the Conference. Lawrence attended the Conference as the […]

Lawrence S. Joe, a graduate of UCLA School of Law and School of Public Affairs, has joined Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP as an associate in the Los Angeles office. Mr. Joe will bring his experience and specialties in pubic law, redistricting law, and voting law to serve the firm’s public agency and school […]

By Mary T. Hernández, Founding Equity Partner On February 25, 2014, the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL) announced the release of its annual Survey on Retention and Promotion of Women in Law Firms (“Report”), indicating that while women make up the majority of staff attorneys at large law firms (about 64%), the number of […]

In another decision this year on student dress, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a decision on February 27, 2014 in favor of a Morgan Hill Unified School District Principal who asked certain students to take off their American flag t-shirts, turn them inside out or leave school with an excused absence on Cinco […]

The California Secretary of State’s office announced on February 24, 2014 that the number of valid signatures required for the Referendum aimed at overturning Assembly Bill 1266 to be placed on the November ballot was not attained. AB 1266 amends Ed Code Section 221.5 to extend existing protections and rights for students based upon gender […]

On February 25, 2014, the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education unanimously adopted a comprehensive resolution to implement alternatives to suspension and expulsion and to address disproportionality and disparities in student discipline which negatively impact African American, Latino and Disabled students. As part of the resolution, District policy will be updated to provide […]

by Leah Smith On Friday December 12, The California Supreme Court issued a decision in the case Garcia v. Los Angeles School District (12/12/13, No. S199639, 9th Cir. No. 10-55879). The issue in the case was whether Education Code Section 56041 governs the educational agency responsible for providing special education to incarcerated students between the […]

The latest Employment Law & Litigation Committee Newsletter for the American Bar Association features an article written by our own Nadia Bermudez and Chaka Okadigbo. The article, on religious accommodations in the workplace, cites two recent federal court rulings that highlight the difficulty in defining religion in federal religious discrimination cases. The article provides suggestions […]

Governor Brown recently signed Assembly Bill 570 which will require changes to school district policies regarding student enrollment in continuation schools beginning January 1, 2014. Continuation high schools provide opportunities for students to complete academic courses required to graduate from high school within a program of instruction that emphasizes occupational training and supports work-study. Students […]

A California appellate court recently held that an employer may be responsible for a drunk driving collision that transpired following a non-mandatory company party where an employee imbibed excessive alcohol. Purton v. Marriott Int’l, Inc., No. D060475 (Cal. Ct. App. Jul. 31, 2013). What was intended to be a celebratory event thanking employees during the […]