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JD, University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

BS, University of Southern California

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Ashley is a seasoned traveler and has been to five continents, seventeen countries, and twenty-two states. During one of her trips abroad, she went scuba diving, bungee jumping, and sky diving on back to back days.

Peace Officer Termination Appeal (2022) –Defeated a police corporal’s appeal of his termination from employment.  The male corporal had a long-term, off-duty affair with a female corporal.  He was terminated due to threats of violence and harassment toward the female corporal and a deputy.  The male corporal alleged his termination was disparate treatment because the female corporal was not also disciplined.  The hearing officer found that there was no evidence of disparate treatment, and that even if there was, the threats were properly punishable by termination of employment.

Tips for Successful Year-End Fundraising Appeals
11/08/2022

With 30% of all annual charitable donations taking place in December, an end-of-year fundraising push can be critical for nonprofits to successfully reach their fundraising goals.  However, nonprofits must be careful when crafting year-end appeals because they create binding obligations on the...

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New Title 5 Regulations Related to Public Safety
11/04/2022
LCW Special Bulletin

On October 25, 2022, the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges released revisions to Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations related to Campus Climate and Public Safety to the Secretary of State.  These revised regulations, found in Sections 59700 through 59704, will take...

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Game-changing Legislation Concerning Peace Officer Employment and Decertification
06/29/2022
Daily Journal

Published in the Labor and Employment section of the Daily Journal, Partner James Oldendorph and attorney Ashley Sykora authored an insightful article titled “Game-changing Legislation Concerning Peace Officer Employment and Decertification.” This article evaluates the new regulations surrounding...

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Safe at Work: Staying Compliant Amidst a Changing Workplace
06/07/2022
California Public Agency Labor & Employment Blog

The past two years have challenged employers’ resilience and adaptability in our rapidly-changing workplaces.  One such change was the explosion of remote work, which swept across workplaces throughout the country and in some cases, landed a permanent position at the hiring table.  As employers...

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