Karen Gilyard represents California school districts and community college districts in education law and labor relations. Ms. Gilyard provides interpretation and assessment of issues arising under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Educational Employment Relations Act. She also provides litigation services for special education due process hearings, Section 504 complaints, public sector unfair practice charges, and discrimination claims. Ms. Gilyard acts as a district negotiator and specializes in employment discrimination, student discipline, special education, and condemnation actions.
News & Publications
Events & Speaking Engagements
Ms. Gilyard has presented workshops and conferences for school administrators, teachers, and staff, educational agencies, and school board members on such topics as collective bargaining, Section 504, student discipline, and special education.
Alerts & Articles
- California Department of Public Health Amends Face Covering Guidance — Schools Are Subject to a Broad Face Covering Mandate06.20.2020
- California Department of Public Health Issues Statewide Face-Covering Mandate. Community Colleges Are Not Exempt; Schools May Have Limited Exemption06.19.2020
- California Department of Education’s “Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools” Impact on Special Education06.12.2020
- Secretary of Education Recommends Tolling of Part C to Part B Transition Evaluations, Extending Part C Eligibility During Closure04.28.2020
- Los Angeles, San Diego, and Ventura Counties Become First Southern California Jurisdictions to Require Written Social Distancing Protocol04.10.2020, updated 04.13.2020
- Sacramento and Monterey Counties are the Latest in Northern California to Issue Amended Public Health Orders Requiring Written Social Distancing Protocols for Essential Businesses, Including Schools and Local Educational Agencies04.09.2020
- An Analysis of CDE’s and OSERS’ Most Recent Guidance for Serving Students with Disabilities During COVID-19 Related Closures03.22.2020
- California's Department of Education and Health & Human Services Agency Issue “New COVID-19 Guidance for K-12 Schools” Providing a Framework for Distance Learning - Encourage LEAs to Ensure Opportunities Are Available to Vulnerable Students03.18.2020
- New COVID-19 Legislation Impacts Timelines for Special Education Assessment Plan Development; Student Records Requests; Uniform Complaint Procedures; and English Language Proficiency Assessments03.17.2020
- Regularly Updated
- The Ninth Circuit Reiterates Procedural Requirements, Warns Against ALJ’s Reframing of Hearing Issues, and Identifies Consequences for a School District’s Failure to Timely Respond to Due Process Complaints04.03.2017
Ms. Gilyard has co-authored numerous summaries of recent statutes and court and administrative decisions relating to education and labor issues. She is a frequent contributor to the firm’s school law publications.
- EdLawConnect Blog, 05.26.2015
- EdLawConnect Blog, 12.01.2014
- EdLawConnect Blog, 09.02.2014
- EdLawConnect Blog, 08.06.2014
Community & Professional
- American Bar Association, Member
- Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member