Cathy S. Holmes

Partner

cathy.holmes@bbklaw.com

Tel: (951) 826-8218

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At a Glance

Cathy helps her clients to comply with state and federal laws governing students with disabilities.

 

She is BB&K's Education Law practice group leader.

 

Cathy represents clients in federal and state courts regarding services and accommodations required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.

Cathy S. Holmes regularly advises clients on state and federal laws governing students with disabilities. A partner and head of Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Education Law practice group, she also provides legal advice on a variety of school and student-related issues.
 
Special Education 
Cathy provides representation in mediations and due process hearings before the California Special Education Hearing Office and the Office of Administrative Hearings. She represents clients in federal and state courts regarding services and accommodations required under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act. She negotiates Voluntary Resolution Plans with the Office for Civil Rights to address issues arising under Title VI and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.
 
General Education Law Services 
Cathy provides legal advice regarding:

  • Students’ privacy rights
  • Intra-district and inter-district transfers
  • Student discipline
  • Internet access and use
  • Facilities matters including the disposal of surplus property
  • Planning and zoning laws
  • Public works contracts


Additionally, she has experience in conducting internal investigations on claims of sexual harassment, unprofessional conduct and racial discrimination.
 
Prior to joining BB&K, Cathy worked at Kronick Moskovitz Tiedemann and Girard, a Sacramento-based law firm, where she advised school district administrative clients, governing boards and county offices of education on multiple issues pertaining to school law.
 
Cathy is a member of the Sacramento County Bar Association, the Riverside County Bar Association, the California Council of School Attorneys, the National Council of School Attorneys and the Coalition for Adequate School Housing. She is also an honorary lifetime member of the UCLA Alumni Association. Cathy is admitted to practice law in the State of California.
 
Education

  • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, J.D., with distinction
  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A., political science
New Federal Regulations for Schools
Legal Alerts Jul 12, 2017

New Federal Regulations for Schools

Clarifies Language and Requirements Related to Special Education

  • “Taking Custody of Minor from School,” BB&K Legal Alert, Sept. 18, 2013
  • “Ninth Circuit Says Schools May Discipline Students Whose Off-Campus Speech Threatens Classmates,” BB&K Legal Alert, Sept. 13, 2013
  • “Bullying and Cyber-Bullying Remain Hot Issues,” BB&K Legal Alert, Dec. 11, 2011

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