Some of our most innovative California school districts are implementing an exciting and creative way to improve their students’ reading and writing skills… filmmaking. These school districts are giving children the opportunity to tell their stories, and the success of the program has been overwhelming. The participants, mostly 4th graders, have shown marked improvement across […]

On April 8th 2016, Garcia Hernández Sawhney Founder Mary Hernández received the Community Advocate Award from the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association (SFLRA) during their prestigious annual Noche de Gala event. The dinner raises scholarships for law students who work at public interest organizations during the summer. This award recognizes a SFLRA member who has continually made […]

An Exhibit Featuring Research on Earliest Latinas Licensed to Practice Law in California and Throughout the United States Exhibit being shown at University of San Francisco Kalmanovitz Hall October 13 – November 11, 2016 An Opening Reception held on October 13, 2016 led lawyers, University representatives and students and other dignitaries to an unveiling of the Luminarias […]

Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP will be one of the sponsors for the 25th Anniversary OCA-GLA Image Awards this Friday, September 30, 2016.  The event will be hosted by the OCA-GLA Board of Directors including two GHS attorneys, President Lawrence Joe, a public law attorney and Board Member Janet Ly, a complex litigation, education and municipal […]

During a four day retreat in February 2016, Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP  Partner Mary Hernández participated as a mentor in the launch of the English Learner Leadership and Legacy Initiative (ELLLI). ELLLI is a program of Californians Together in partnership with the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE). The goal of the Initiative is to […]

A bill restricting the ability of school administrators to suspend or expel students for willful defiance (AB 420) was signed into law on September 28, 2014 by Governor Jerry Brown. It will take effect January 1, 2015. Under the new law, student in grades K-12 cannot be expelled on the basis of willful defiance or disruption of […]

Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP Equity Partners Mary Hernandez and Bonifacio Bonny Garcia led a panel discussion on Vergara v California and its implications for school districts at the California Latino School Boards Association Unity Conference. The court’s recent ruling in Vergara v. California which declared California teacher tenure, dismissal and lay-off statutes unconstitutional is only the latest […]

Garcia, Hernandez, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP Attorney Lawrence Joe co-chaired the 2014 OCA National Convention in Los Angeles. In its 41st edition, the OCA National Convention met to honor leaders in the Asian Pacific American (APA) community and promote advocacy among APA’s. The theme for the OCA Convention this year was “On Location for Advocacy”. […]

The Los Angeles Unified School District unveiled a new student disciplinary effort on Tuesday, moving to decriminalize its school discipline policy and utilize more non-punitive strategies. School Police will no longer give citations for minor offenses such as fights, petty thefts, vandalism, or possession of small amount of marijuana or alcohol. Students will be referred […]

Garcia, Hernández, Sawhney & Bermudez, LLP recently prevailed on behalf of the firm’s client, the Hueneme Elementary School District, in a published case before the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division 6 — DeYoung v. Commission on Professional Competence (7/30/14) 2d Civil No. B248502. In DeYoung, the California Court of Appeal confronted the […]