Cynthia M. Smith is a partner in the firm's Sacramento office. A skilled litigator and co-chair of the firm's Litigation Practice Group, Ms. Smith’s practice crosses all areas of education law. In addition to her special focus on business and facilities issues and student-focused matters, Ms. Smith is highly skilled in the area of governance, having frequently assisted clients with Brown Act questions, Public Records Act request responses and parliamentary procedure queries. A member of the firm’s Charter School Practice Group, Ms. Smith represents many school districts and county offices of education throughout the state in matters regarding charter school petitions and related board policy, petition reviews, special education MOUS and facilities requests. Her charter school interests coalesced in the E-ducation webinar “Charter Schools and Special Education: Who Is On First.” The E-ducation series, a collaboration with the Association of California School Administrators, is a popular web-based professional development program offered throughout the state free of charge. Ms. Smith is a popular presenter on such topics as charter schools, litigation procedures and sports law.
Ms. Smith is actively involved with the firm's Business, Facilities, Real Estate, Construction & Energy Practice Group, counseling K-12 and community college districts statewide with respect to bidding specifications and procedures, agreements and eminent domain matters.
Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Smith served as a clerk for the California State Legislature, Assembly Judiciary Committee. A member of the California Council of School Attorneys and the Sacramento County Bar Association, Ms. Smith received her Juris Doctor, with distinction, from the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law and her bachelor's degree from California State University at Sacramento.
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