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Horvitz & Levy is a solutions-based firm focused on appellate success. We are distinguished by our commitment to responsive service and on-going innovation in the areas of civil appellate litigation, amicus curiae support, and trial strategy consultation.

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Horvitz & Levy LLP successfully represented the California State University (CSU) in opposing a petition for writ of mandate brought by students challenging the summer school fees charged by a number of CSU campuses. In the past two years, the state has significantly cut CSU’s budget due to the state-wide budget crisis. Because of the loss of state support, many of CSU’s campuses determined they could no longer offer a state-supported subsidized summer session. Instead of offering no summer session, those campuses decided to offer a self-supported summer session where student fees must cover the actual cost of the instruction. This permits CSU to conserve more state resources for the regular academic year where a greater number of students are enrolled. The students writ petition claimed that offering self-support summer sessions violated provisions of the Education Code. After briefing and argument, the court agreed with CSU’s argument that these self-support sessions are fully consistent with state law. This decision permits CSU campuses to go ahead with their summer school classes.

Horvitz & Levy’s victory in this case was widely reported in the press, including the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the San Jose Mercury News, and the Sacramento Bee.