Kendra G. Tovey is Senior Counsel in Lozano Smith's Sacramento office. Her practice is focused on special education, student, charter schools, and labor and employment issues affecting public school district clients.
Ms. Tovey represents school districts in a variety of special education matters, including at IEP meetings, mediations, and due process hearings. She also advises clients on student matters including free speech, discipline, Uniform Complaint Procedures, expulsion hearings, and Title IX. Ms. Tovey represents clients in labor & employment issues, such as layoffs, employee discipline, leaves, and responding to claims of discrimination filed with the DFEH, EEOC and DIR. Ms. Tovey also advises charter school authorizers regarding legal responsibilities and general relations with charter schools.
Ms. Tovey earned her Juris Doctor from University of San Diego School of Law. During law school, Ms. Tovey served as President of a student organization, Advocates for Children and Education, as well as took first place in the National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare & Adoption Law at Capital University Law School. She also interned at both the San Diego Volunteer Lawyer Program, Education Law Project, and the University of San Diego Education and Disability Legal Clinic. Ms. Tovey earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Arizona State University. Prior to practicing law, Ms. Tovey taught in a public elementary school and worked as a paraeducator in a special education classroom.
The United States Supreme Court's June 2022 Opinion in Kennedy v. Bremerton School District marked a potential sea change for the considerations school districts must account for in relation to employee private religious expression in the school context, whether as a matter of constitutional free speech rights vs. regulation of employee speech, free exercise of religion, or the Establishment Clause. With the benefit of several months and almost half a school year to consider the impacts and ramifications of Kennedy, host Sloan Simmons talks with Michelle Cannon and Kendra Tovey on their understanding of Kennedy's immediate and anticipated potential impacts, as well as options and challenges for school districts looking ahead.