About Mary Hernandez

"I am passionate about education equity and excellence, and love working with my clients."

Napa Valley Unified School District Offers Insights into Effective School District Governance

As General Counsel to a number of school districts throughout California, we are often asked for examples of good governance models and practices. A new report by the California Collaborative on District Reform highlights effective governance practices by one of our long-time clients, the Napa Valley Unified School District. In 2018, Dr. [...]

Napa Valley Unified School District Offers Insights into Effective School District Governance2024-04-03T03:33:38+00:00

Congratulations to New Partner, Ana Gallegos

San Diego, California - Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP is proud to announce the promotion of Ana Gallegos to join the ranks of the firm’s partners. Los Angeles Office Ana Gallegos, Partner Ana Gallegos joined the firm’s Los Angeles area office in September 2019. Ana is a member of the Firm’s public law, [...]

Congratulations to New Partner, Ana Gallegos2024-03-21T19:41:42+00:00

Congratulations to New Equity Partner, Janet Ly

Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP  is proud to announce its newest equity partner, Janet Ly! Los Angeles Office Janet Ly, Equity Partner Janet Ly joined the firm’s Los Angeles area office in July 2016. Janet is an experienced litigator who provides general counsel services to both public and private sector employers. Her practice [...]

Congratulations to New Equity Partner, Janet Ly2024-03-06T19:01:09+00:00

GHS Applauds Partner Thuy Nguyen

GHS Applauds Partner Thuy Nguyen for authoring a report that was recently published by the Race and Equity Center at the University of Southern California!  The report provides guidance on how California community colleges (with many applicable sections for public K12 schools and other public agencies) can still make progress on racial equity [...]

GHS Applauds Partner Thuy Nguyen2024-03-06T17:49:26+00:00

GHS Wins Landmark Victory for Napa Valley Unified School District Supporting Local Control

Garcia Hernandez Sawhney, LLP, lead counsel for Napa Valley Unified School District, prevailed in the the landmark case of NVUSD v. California State Board of Education in Sacramento Superior Court. See details of NVUSD’s resounding victory and a link to the Court’s ruling in NVUSD’s press release below. Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP [...]

GHS Wins Landmark Victory for Napa Valley Unified School District Supporting Local Control2024-03-04T22:17:38+00:00

Thuy Thi Nguyen Joins Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP as a Partner

Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP is delighted to announce that Thuy Thi Nguyen (Thúy Thị Nguyễn) joined us as a partner in our Education Law and Equity Leadership Practice Groups. In July 2016, Nguyen became the first Vietnamese American college president in the country when she was appointed President of Foothill College – [...]

Thuy Thi Nguyen Joins Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP as a Partner2023-04-19T21:14:28+00:00

Racy Memes in Class: Content Rules and Copyright Compliance

Authors: Mary Hernández; Conor Kennedy During the pandemic, California has required public school instruction to take place remotely. Many school districts have turned to online platforms that are not fully tailored to daily classroom use. The platforms, including Zoom and Google, give users powerful customizable options. That’s a feature for most end [...]

Racy Memes in Class: Content Rules and Copyright Compliance2023-02-07T04:24:30+00:00

Equity Partner Mary Hernandez Honored with Community Advocate Award by the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association

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 [...]

Equity Partner Mary Hernandez Honored with Community Advocate Award by the San Francisco La Raza Lawyers Association2023-02-23T20:38:48+00:00

GHS Sponsors Exclusive First Showing of Luminarias de la Ley Exhibit in California

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 [...]

GHS Sponsors Exclusive First Showing of Luminarias de la Ley Exhibit in California2023-02-23T20:39:18+00:00

Mary Hernández Selected as Mentor for English Learner Leadership and Legacy Initiative

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 [...]

Mary Hernández Selected as Mentor for English Learner Leadership and Legacy Initiative2023-02-23T20:40:00+00:00
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