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

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

GHS LLP Upcoming Webinar: The Nuts and Bolts of an August Layoff

May 27, 2020 In light of the significant proposed cuts to LCFF under the Governor’s May Revise, every aspect of school services, school operations and district fiscal services will be impacted. As a result, school districts will also likely have the unique option under the Education Code to lay off certificated teachers and [...]

GHS LLP Upcoming Webinar: The Nuts and Bolts of an August Layoff2023-10-02T18:03:01+00:00

California Charter School Reforms Enacted: Overview of AB-1505 and AB-1507

California Charter School Reforms Enacted: Overview of AB-1505 and AB-1507 October 9, 2019 By: Alex Sears On October 3, 2019, Governor Newsom signed into law two bills (AB-1505 and AB-1507) which make significant changes to the Education Code provisions that deal with charter school petition approval, petition renewal, and location of operations. [...]

California Charter School Reforms Enacted: Overview of AB-1505 and AB-15072023-02-23T20:31:00+00:00

New Title IX Regulations: What You Need to Know Before They Go Into Effect

NEW TITLE IX REGULATIONS: What You Need to Know Before They Go Into Effect Katherine Riggs On May 6, 2020, the US Department of Education issued its long-awaited final regulations concerning sexual harassment and sexual assault in K-12 schools, colleges and universities.  The new regulations, which take effect on August 14, 2020, [...]

New Title IX Regulations: What You Need to Know Before They Go Into Effect2023-10-02T18:03:22+00:00

Student Discipline in Online Learning Environments

Authors: Leah Smith; Martin Vigodnier As schools continue to be closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many teachers have relied on online learning environments to educate students. However, some students have resorted to trolling behaviors, including “zoombombing” online classes. “Zoombombing” refers to the unwanted intrusion of an online environment that causes disruption. [...]

Student Discipline in Online Learning Environments2023-02-23T22:14:44+00:00

Attorney Laura Berzins Joins Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP

Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP welcomes Laura Berzins as the newest member of our Education Law practice. Ms. Berzins joins us with substantial experience assisting clients with transactional matters, including facility acquisition, mergers and governance matters. With a Masters Degree in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, she also has substantial experience [...]

Attorney Laura Berzins Joins Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP2023-04-19T21:17:42+00:00

Civil Rights Attorney Katherine Riggs Joins Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP

Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP welcomes KATIE RIGGS as Of Counsel. Ms. Riggs comes to GHS after a long and distinguished career that includes over 30 years with the US Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights in San Francisco, California. Katie’s experience at OCR includes handling complex civil rights compliance reviews and [...]

Civil Rights Attorney Katherine Riggs Joins Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP2023-04-19T21:18:08+00:00

Partner Geoffrey Tong Joins Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP

Mr. Geoffrey Tong joined the litigation team at GHS and will lead the Firm’s new insurance litigation team. Mr. Tong has substantial experience in “Bad Faith” litigation as well as various other complex litigation, including handling contract and business disputes, marketing and sales, unfair competition, compliance, coverage under life, disability, property, commercial, [...]

Partner Geoffrey Tong Joins Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP2023-04-19T21:18:28+00:00

We’re Excited to Welcome Senior Counsel Alex Sears to Our Team

At Garcia Hernández Sawhney, LLP, we are excited to welcome Alex Sears to our education law practice and litigation team as our newest attorney in our Alameda office. Mr. Sears is experienced in both federal and state courts. He also assists clients to resolve disputes through arbitration and mediation. Before Joining Garcia [...]

We’re Excited to Welcome Senior Counsel Alex Sears to Our Team2023-04-19T21:19:03+00:00
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