Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP welcomes APRIL E. NAVARRO as an associate in our Los Angeles Area office, having joined the education law practice and litigation teams at GHS effective June 26, 2017.  Ms. Navarro has substantial experience defending school districts in litigation matters, including handling tort claims, and participating in discovery matters in relation to employee […]

From members of The Cabinet and Congress to civil rights advocates to corporate executives and general counsel, HLS’s Latino Alumni are an extraordinary group of accomplished professionals. Managing Partner Bonifacio Bonny Garcia (’81) will be a panelist speaking about Effective Small Firm and Solo Practice Management for Harvard’s Latino Alumni Event, “Latino Leadership: Embracing the […]

At Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP we pride ourselves on active community involvement in many national and local civil rights organizations. Equity Partner Nitasha Sawhney exemplifies the spirit of our commitment to community involvement.  Nitasha regularly provides counsel on matters involving hate crimes, civic engagement, and employment discrimination. She also frequently speaks on issues of sexual harassment, […]

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 November 11, 2015, Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP  Partner Mary T. Hernández attended the Opening Exhibit of Luminarias de la Ley, Luminaries of the Law at the University of Denver in Colorado. The Exhibit features original research on the First Latina Lawyers (1900-1980) by GHS former partner Dolores Atencio. Approximately 47 mounted panels in University […]

Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP is proud to provide pro bono services for the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) spearheaded by Thuy Nguyen, Interim General Counsel for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. The Initiative included a 3-part Webinar Series focused on Equal Employment Opportunity and Faculty Diversity. The webinar series is part of IEPI’s efforts to promote […]

In August 2014, the Governor signed SB 1349 which supplements the Sex Equity in Education Act so as to require all schools (including charter schools) offering competitive sports (i.e., any sport that has a coach and a governing organization, practices and competes during a defined season, and has competition as its primary goal) to begin posting […]

REMINDER: Beginning with the 2015-2016 school year, all school districts, county offices of education and charter schools must train all of their employees who are mandated reporters within 6 weeks of the start of school (and within 6 weeks of hire) every year. As part of the training, employees must be told that failure to […]

Following their controversial investigation into the residency of a live-in Nanny’s 7 year-old child, the Orinda Unified School District reversed their decision to disenroll the second grader but reportedly did so only after requiring her mother’s employer to agree to become the second graders’ official caregivers and complete a caregiver affidavit. See original story here […]

On August 26, 2015, the California Supreme Court refused to review the Fifth Appellate District’s decision in Davis v. Fresno Unified School District, allowing the case to return to the Superior Court for a trial on the merits. In addition, the Supreme Court refused to depublish the Davis Court’s decision, which means that parties involved […]