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OverviewJoshua Whiteside is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's San Luis Obispo Office and co-chair of the Student Practice Group. Mr. Whiteside provides support for school district and county office clients on Student and Labor and Employment issues, focusing on helping administrators keep schools safe from school violence and bullying, remain neutral with respect to politics and religion, and prioritize inclusivity and equity.
ExperienceMr. Whiteside has presented on a variety of topics at the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA) Personnel Academy, and before the California Association of Supervisors of Child Welfare and Attendance (CASCWA), California Latino School Boards Association (CLSBA) and the Small School Districts' Association (SSDA). Mr. Whiteside is also a frequent presenter on the Lozano Smith podcast.
Mr. Whiteside's article on student social media speech was the cover story for the SSDA Today in Spring/Summer 2018. Mr. Whiteside also wrote a paper on "Religious Speech in Public Schools" for the National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, providing guidance nationally on the intersection of free speech, religion, and LGBTQ+ student rights.
Prior to joining Lozano Smith, Mr. Whiteside was a legal aid attorney, where he counseled and represented low-income and homeless clients in civil disputes involving landlord-tenant, consumer debt, domestic violence, immigration, public benefits, special education, and workplace discrimination matters. During law school, he interned for a prominent immigration firm in Orange County, assisting with family and employment-based immigration applications and visas.
EducationMr. Whiteside earned his J.D. degree from Chapman University School of Law. He received a B.A. in History from the University of California, San Diego.
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Updates to Masking Requirements for Students and Employees
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Face Coverings Still Required in Certain Circumstances under New Rules
CDPH Guidance for Schools Creates Challenges and New Reopening Criteria
New Law Calls for Greater Collaboration between Court Schools and Counties
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Legislature Addresses Student Use Of Smartphones At School
New Law Clarifies Anti-Discrimination Laws Include Hair Discrimination
The FBI and Secret Service Issue New Guidance on Addressing School Violence and Active Shooters
Supreme Court Opinion on Wedding Cake for Same-Sex Couples Provides Cautionary Tale for Public Entities
Ninth Circuit Rules Employee's Prior Salary Cannot be used as Basis for Wages
Episode 59 Student Legislative Update 2023This episode provides school administrators with the latest legislative changes and developments regarding student matters with Lozano Smith and Student Practice Group leaders Ruth Mendyk and Josh Whiteside along with Fresno attorney Nisha Dale.
Episode 51 (Part 2) Student Vaccines and Student Masks - Late February 2022 DevelopmentsHosts Joshua Whiteside and Sloan Simmons are back to discuss the latest litigation development related to a school district's student COVID-19 vaccination mandate and the rapidly changing guidance and directives related to student and staff mask requirements, including CDPH's recent announcement that face masks are no longer legally required indoors at K-12 schools after March 11,2022
Episode 51 (Part 1) Student Vaccines and Student Masks - Latest DevelopmentsHost Joshua Whiteside joins Lozano Smith partner Sloan Simmons to discuss the present status of student COVID-19 vaccination and student masks requirements, including the status of State directives on point and the results of litigation in these areas.
Editor's Note: After listening to this episode click here for Part 2 of this topic. Part 2 covers related developments occurring in late February following the release of this podcast.