Elizabeth Zamora-Mejia represents public school districts, county offices of education, community colleges and universities in all aspects of labor and employment law and general education litigation. Ms. Zamora-Mejia focuses on education law, providing advice and counsel on personnel matters, student issues, and all forms of discrimination and harassment claims. Ms. Zamora-Mejia provides representation on numerous school and employment matters, including hiring, employee evaluations, discipline and dismissal, student rights and discipline, reasonable accommodation, release of public records, contract grievances and arbitration, defending school districts against discrimination claims, and compliance with federal and state civil rights laws.
Ms. Zamora-Mejia’s state-wide practice also includes conducting prompt and effective investigations of parent and student complaints of discrimination, harassment and retaliation, including Office of Civil Rights uniform complaints, and Title IX investigations for both K-12 school districts and higher education institutions. She is also the team leader for the investigations team in the Cerritos office. Ms. Zamora-Mejia’s fluency in Spanish greatly facilitates investigations involving Spanish-speaking students and parents.
Ms. Zamora-Mejia is the Chair of AALRR’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee and the Women’s Leadership Committee. She regularly presents at conferences for state-wide educational organizations, including the ACSA Women in School Leadership Conference, California School Board Association (CSBA), the California Latino School Boards Association (CLSBA), and the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA).
Honors & Recognitions
Ms. Zamora-Mejia was recently named a 2017 Diversity Leader in Profiles in Diversity Journal. She was recognized for her years-long leadership in both the communities served by the firm and its various diversity and inclusion initiatives.
News & Publications
Events & Speaking Engagements
Ms. Zamora-Mejia conducts workshops and training seminars for school administrators, educational agencies, and school board members on such topics as preventing sexual harassment, employee evaluations and discipline, and student free speech rights.
Recent speaking engagements include:
- "Women in Leadership: Reaching and Breaking the Glass Ceiling Panel," AALRR's Shell Beach Conference, Pismo Beach, CA, April 20, 2016
- "Educational Equity: Ensuring Compliance with Our Nation’s Civil Right Laws," AALRR’s Education Law Conference, Cerritos, CA, November 17, 2015; Stockton, CA, November 16, 2015
- "Making Education Work for Latina and Latino Students," Unity Conference, California Latino School Board Association, Del Mar, CA, October 2, 2015
- "Reaching and Breaking Glass Ceilings: Leadership Skills for Women In the Workplace," Women in School Leadership Forum, Association of California School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators, Coronado, CA, October 1, 2015
- "Lean In: Table Talks Activity," Hermanas Leadership Forum, Summer Institute, California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators, Carlsbad, CA, July 7, 2015
- "Giving Control of Bilingual Education Back to Parents and School Districts: How Proposed Senate Bill 1174 Addresses the Disparities Created by Prop 227," CABE Annual Conference, California Association for Bilingual Education, San Diego, CA, March 6, 2015
- "Retaliation in the Workplace: Proactively Responding to Federal Civil Rights Investigations," Personnel Institute, Association of California School Administrators, Irvine, CA, October 9, 2014
- "Having a Seat at the Table: Strategies for Women to Overcome Barriers in the Workplace and Beyond," Women in School Leadership Forum, Association of California School Administrators, American Association of School Administrators, Sonoma, CA, October 2, 2014
- "Be Proactive: How to Respond to Federal Civil Rights Investigations," AALRR’s Education Law Conference, Cerritos, CA, November 19, 2013
Alerts & Articles
- Public K-12 Schools Must Adopt Policies by July 1 to Protect the Rights of Students Regardless of Immigration Status05.07.2018
- Second Federal Court Orders DHS to Maintain DACA with Certain Exceptions; U.S. Supreme Court Denies DOJ’s Request for Direct Review02.27.2018
- Federal Court Requires Federal Government to Maintain DACA Program Nationwide with Certain Exceptions01.19.2018
Ms. Zamora-Mejia is a contributor to the firm’s many publications.
- EdLawConnect Blog, 07.22.2019
- A Renewed Focus on Title IX: Addressing Sexual Misconduct Allegations in the Educational Setting Amidst Hollywood RevelationsEdLawConnect Blog, 03.05.2018
- Governor Brown Places the Fate of the “California Education for a Global Economy Initiative” in the Hands of VotersEdLawConnect Blog, 03.06.2015
Community & Professional
- California Latino School Board Members Association, Member
- Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, Member
- Latina Lawyers Bar Association, Member
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
- Mexican-American Bar Association, Member
- South Bay Latino Chamber of Commerce, Member
- UCLA Law Alumni Association, Member