Client Victory

Kronick Legal Team Assists Santa Clara Unified School District with Sizable Property Acquisition in Silicon Valley

Sacramento | July 9, 2014

Kronick is pleased to announce the successful acquisition by its client, Santa Clara Unified School District, of 54 acres of property in the heart of the Silicon Valley from the Department of General Services.

At Last: KMTG Client Sacramento City Unified Prevails After Long Legal Fight Allowing Use of Waldorf Teaching Methods

Sacramento | June 18, 2012

The Sacramento Bee reported on June 16 that after 14 years and more than half a million dollars in legal fees, Sacramento City Unified School District appears to have cleared its final hurdle in its fight to offer Waldorf-inspired instruction in its public schools. The full story is here.

KMTG Attorneys' Prevail in Long Standing Federal Suit Over the Use of Waldorf Methods in Public Schools

Sacramento | November 11, 2010

On Friday, November 5, 2010, Judge Frank Damrell of the United States District Court, Eastern District of California, entered judgment in favor of Sacramento City Unified School District in a case originally filed in 1998. The KMTG litigation team included lead counsel Michelle L. Cannon, Diana D. Halpenny, Christian M. Keiner and Chelsea R. Olson. The case was brought by a taxpayer group who claim the use of Waldorf methods in public schools violates the United States Constitution's First Amendment prohibition against the establishment of religion. The plaintiffs claim that Waldorf methods stem from, and are inseparable from "Anthroposophy," which they claim is a religion. Anthroposophy and Waldorf education were both created by Austrian Rudolf Steiner in the 19th century. The parties have battled this issue for years, and a bench trial was held on August 31, 2010 on the threshold issue of whether anthroposophy is a religion for Establishment Clause purposes. The judge's written decision issued last week found that plaintiffs failed to prove that anthroposophy is a religion.

California Supreme Court Upholds Furlough Order

Sacramento | October 8, 2010

For the last two years, KMTG Labor and Employment lawyers David W. Tyra, Kristianne T. SeargeantMeredith Packer, and Laura Izon Powell, with the support of the Labor & Employment department, have represented Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the State of California in more than three dozen lawsuits filed by public employee unions challenging the Governor's executive orders furloughing state employees.

KMTG's Meal Period Appellate Victory is a Win for All California Public Employers

Sacramento | September 20, 2010

The First District Court of Appeal upheld KMTG’s trial court victory, ruling in favor of our client, the State of California and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, holding that the state’s Labor Code provisions and Wage Orders regarding mandatory meal periods do not apply to public employees.

School District Prevails in an ABA Case Involving New Requirement that IEP Be Based Upon "Peer-Reviewed" Research

In a due process hearing before the Office of Administrative Hearings, KMTG education attorney, Marcy L. Gutierrez, effectively represented a local school district’s multidisciplinary “eclectic” approach to educating a young child with autism spectrum disorder (“ASD”).

KMTG Selected To Defend Napa Valley Unified School District's Appropriate Attire Policy From ACLU Legal Attack

KMTG shareholders, Christian M. Keiner and Robin Leslie Stewart, are currently defending the Napa Valley Unified School District from an ACLU First Amendment lawsuit seeking to set aside an appropriate attire policy designed to promote safety and deter gang recruitment. The lawsuit has drawn national attention, including being featured in the May 21, 2007 issue of Time Magazine.

School District Prevails in Transition Plan and FAPE Case

Represented by education attorney, Marcy L. Gutierrez, KMTG prevailed in another due process hearing before the Office of Administrative Hearings. The hearing involved a learning disabled student who filed a due process complaint alleging denial of FAPE a year after graduating from high school with a regular high school diploma. Through the due process hearing, the student sought reimbursement for numerous independent assessments and services obtained after high school graduation, including vision therapy, speech and language therapy, and academic tutoring. He also sought a ruling that the school district be ordered to place the student in a private, out-of-state nonpublic school to provide transition support and college preparation. The Administrative Law Judge denied all of the student’s requests, finding that the school district provided a FAPE through the public school program, including providing the student with appropriate transition planning.

KMTG Achieves Significant Special Education Victory

With the advocacy of education attorneys Michelle L. Cannon and Marcy L. Gutierrez, Rocklin Unified School District recently prevailed in a federal court appeal of a special education due process hearing.