Lisa R. McBride
Partner

Lisa McBride

T:   (713) 554-6747
lmcbride@thompsonhorton.com

Education
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2000
  • B.A., cum laude, Rice University, 1997

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, School Law Section
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Education Law Association
  • National School Boards Association – Council of School Attorneys
  • Texas Association of School Boards - Council of School Attorneys
  • Board of Directors, Aldine Education Foundation
  • Board Member, Collaborative for Children

Noteworthy

  • Texas Rising Star, Schools and Education Law, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Texas "Super Lawyer," Texas Monthly Magazine, 2013-2017

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

Lisa McBride is a founding partner at Thompson & Horton LLP, where she represents public and private schools, charter schools, community colleges and other governmental entities in commercial disputes; labor and employment matters; internal and external investigations; trustee, bond, and voter-ratified tax elections; student discipline hearings; student privacy and constitutional law issues; appeals before the Commissioner of Education; and civil rights litigation.

Ms. McBride also counsels governmental entities concerning their obligations under the Texas Public Information Act, the Texas Open Meetings Act, and the Texas Election Code.  Ms. McBride's election law practice includes advising clients on their obligations under state law regarding campaign finance and ethics; preparing required election resolutions, notices, orders and preclearance submissions to the Department of Justice; negotiating joint election agreements and contracts for election services; and representing clients in election litigation.  She also advises governmental entities concerning permissible and impermissible election communications, permissible and impermissible uses of public funds, and public forum issues.

Ms. McBride is a frequent speaker on topics such as open government; elections; sexual harassment; civil rights; conducting meaningful employment investigations; student, parent, and teacher rights; and other labor and employment issues.  She assists clients with the creation and implementation of governance, employment, business, and education policies and procedures.  Ms. McBride also assists clients with high-profile investigations involving misuse of public funds, harassment, discrimination, official misconduct, and alleged employee wrong-doing.

Ms. McBride has extensive experience representing clients in both state and federal court and before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the United States Department of Education, the United States Department of Justice, the Texas Workforce Commission, and the Texas Education Agency in matters involving alleged age, race, gender, national origin, and disability discrimination; harassment; retaliation; wrongful discharge; wage and hour disputes; family and medical leave; voting rights; redistricting; desegregation; and child abuse law.

Prior to joining Thompson & Horton, Ms. McBride was an attorney at Bracewell & Giuliani in the School & Public Law Section for eight years. Ms. McBride successfully defended challenges to Houston ISD’s development of a local appraisal system before an independent hearing examiner and the Commissioner of Education. Lisa was listed as a “Super Lawyer” in the field of education law in a survey published by Texas Monthly.

 

Representative Cases

 

Successfully defended a school district against a petition for mandamus, injuctive relief, and declaratory judgment challenging the composition of a home-rule charter commission appointed by the school district (2014)

Successfully defended a school district against a petition for mandamus challenging the District's decision to reject a candidate's application for a place on the ballot (2013)

Successfully defended school district's locally adopted teacher appraisal system before an independent hearing examiner (2012) and the Texas Commissioner of Education (2013)

Obtained summary judgment for a school district on parents' federal and state constitutional and statutory challenges to the school district's visitor access procedures which require registered sex offender verification (2010)

Lead counsel in a bench trial resulting in judgment in favor of a school district on a former employee's claims of retaliation, disability, gender, and national origin discrimination (2010)

Successfully facilitated a favorable settlement in multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by a school district against a refrigerated warehouse for ammonia contamination of frozen food used in the district's school lunch program (2009)

Successfully defended a school district's value-added, performance-based bonus system before an independent hearing examiner (2008)

Successfully defended a school district against a petition for mandamus challenging the district's decision to change its election date (2007)

Obtained summary judgement in a pregnancy and national origin discrimination case (2009), numerous higher education student dismissal cases (2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011), several race discrimination cases (2007, 2008, 2013), numerous age discrimination cases (2004, 2006, 2007), an equal pay action (2004), numerous gender discrimination cases (2005, 2007, 2009, 2013), several national origin discrimination cases (2009, 2010. 2012, 2013), a first amendment retaliation and due process case (2004), several parental challenges to educational placements under the IDEA (2006, 2012), and several alleged child abuse cases (2006, 2008, 2009)

Muhammed v. Lone Star College System, 460 Fed. Appx. 341 (5th Cir. 2012) (upholding lower court's dismissal of former student's lawsuit on System's motion to dismiss student's due process, national origin and religious discrimination claims)

Meadows v. Braxdale and Lake Travis Indep. Sch. Dist., Cause No. 09-50850; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (affirming summary judgment for the school district on parents' federal and state constitutional and statutory challenges to District's visitor access system requiring verification of registered sex offender status) (January 2010)

Watkins v. La Marque Indep. Sch. Dist., 308 Fed. Appx. 781 (5th Cir. 2009), (affirming summary judgment to the school district on claims of alleged peer-on-eer sexual harassment under Title IX and the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) (January 2009)

Meyers v. La Porte Indep. Sch. Dist., 2007 U.S. App LEXIS 29598 (5th Cir. December 20, 2007) (affirming summary judgment on race and gender discrimination, Title IX, and Section 1981 claims)

Woods v. Sheldon Indep. Sch. Dist., 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 8562 (5th Cir. April 13, 2007) (affirming summary judgment on claims of race and age discrimination)

Curuta v. Office of the Chief Administrative Hearing Officer and Lone Star College, 398 F.3d 329 (5th Cir. 2005) (affirming dismissal of citizenship discrimination claim)

Doe v. S & S Consol. Indep. Sch. Dist., 309 F.3d 307 (5th Cir. 2002) (prepared amicus brief on behalf of the Texas Association of School Boards in civil rights case concerning alleged physical abuse of a student asserted under Section 1983 and the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution)

Lisa Stockton, a/n/f of Jeremy Douglas Hill, and Kay Gallagher, a/n/f of Lucas Gallagher v. City of Freeport, Texas, and Brazosport ISD, 37 Fed. Appx 712 (5th Cir. 2002) (Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment challenge to school district's investigation of alleged terroristic threat by students)

Scwyana Smith v. Houston Indep. Sch. Dist., C.A. No. 4:12-CV-03083, In the United States Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (granting summary judgment to the school district on plaintiff's claims of race discrimination, religious discrimination, retaliation, and disparate impact)

Martinez v. Hempstead Indep. Sch. Dist., 2013 WL  3873237 (S.D. Tex. July 25, 2013) (granting summary judgment to school district on Plaintiff's claims of race and national origin discrimination and Plaintiff's claims under Section 1983)

Griffin v. Kennard Indep. Sch. Dist., 2013 WL 5718873 (E.D. Tex Oct. 21, 2013) (granting summary judgment to school district on Plaintiff's claims of gender and race discrimination and plaintiff's claims under Section 1983)

St. Amand v. Spring Indep. Sch. Dist, C.A. No. 11-1943, 2012 WL 3234208, (S.D. Tex. August 6, 2012) (granting school district's motion to dismiss special education parent's due process, free speech and disability claims)

St. Amand v. Spring Indep. Sch. Dist., C.A. No. 11-CV-00064, (S.D. Tex. April 3, 2012) (granting school district's motion to dismiss parent and student's educational placement claims under the IDEA, Section 504, the ADA, Section 1983 and the Fourteenth Amendment to the US Constitution)

Meadows v. Braxdale and Lake Travis Indep. Sch. Dist., 2010 WL 55974 (W.D. Tex. January 4, 2010) (granting summary judgment to Defendants on parents' federal and state constitutional and statutory challenges to District's visitor access system requiring verification of registered sex offender status)

Charnnette M. Stennett v. Lone Star College, Peggy Osbourn, and Karen Miner; C.A. No. H-08-cv-2233; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (race discrimination and retaliation claims) (September 2009)

Liu v. Houston Community College System, et al, C.A. No. H-07-3448; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, (granting summary judgment to Defendant on Plaintiff's retaliation, harassment, failure to promote and national origin and pregnancy discrimination claims) (August 2009)

Global Data Systems, Inc. v. Humble Indep. Sch. Dist., C.A. No. H-08-01557; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division, (breach of contract claim) (February 2009)

Valencia Lemon v. Humble Indep. Sch. Dist., No. H-08-cv-02055; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (race discrimination claim) (September 2009)

Victoria Lawrence v. North Harris Montgomery Community College District, C.A. No. H-07-2122; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (race discrimination claim) (September 2008)

Scott v. Lone Star College, C.A. No. H-05-4312; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (granting summary judgment to Defendant on student's Title VI wrongful dismissal claim) (August 2008)

Givens v. North Harris Montgomery Community College District, 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 34691 (S.D. Tex. April 28, 2008) (granting summary judgment to Defendant on former employee's race discrimination, retaliation, and Section 1981 claims)

Ross v. Houston Community College System, C.A. No. H-05-2347; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (dismissing former student's discriminatory dismissal claims) (May 2007)

Patrick Jerome Ouzenne v. North Harris Montgomery Community College District, C.A. No. H-06-3576; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (race and disability discrimination claims) (October 2007)

Angelica M. Quiroga v. Spring Indep. Sch. Dist., C.A. No. H-05-4063; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (national origin discrimination claim) (January 2007)

Mark Uresti and Norma Uresti, Individually and a/n/f of Amanda Nicole Uresti v. Pearland Indep. Sch. Dist., C.A. No. H-05-0043; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (teacher-on-student sexual harassment claim) (October 2006)

Kendrick F., a minor, by his parent Mary Ruffin as n/f/k v. Houston Indep. Sch. Dist., C.A. No. 4:06-cv-01306; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (dismissing claim that school district violated the IDEA, Section 504, and Section 1983 with respect to student's educational program) (September 2006)

Neely v. Houston Community College System, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 57054 (S.D. Tex. August 14, 2006) (granting summary judgment on age discrimination and breach of contract claims)

Durden, et al v. Houston Indep. Sch. Dist., 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 39817 (S.D. Tex. June 14, 2006) (granting summary judgment on Title IX and Section 1983 claims concerning alleged student sexual abuse)

Brooks, et al v. Corpus Christi Indep. Sch. Dist., C.A. No. 05-234; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Corpus Christi Division (school closing challenge brought under Title VI, Section 1983 and the Fourteenth Amendment to U.S. Constitution) (December 2005)

Eugene v. Houston Community College System, et al, C.A. No. H-04-2291; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (granting summary judgment to the Defendant on employee's first amendment retaliation and due process claims) (September 2005)

Siraj A. Ali v. La Marque Indep. Sch. Dist. Education Foundation, Inc., Chief Russel Washington, Officer Mon L. White, The Kroger Company, and Securitas Security Services, USA, Inc., C.A. No. H-05-02508; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (unlawful police detention claim) (May 2005)

Reynolds v. Houston Community College System, C.A. No. H-02-2279; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division (granting summary judgment to defendant on employee's equal pay and due process claims) (March 2005)

Robert F. Green v. Columbia-Brazoria Indep. Sch. Dist., C.A. No. G-031029; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Galveston District (race discrimination claim) (August 2004)

Roxanne Coleman v. Galena Park Indep. Sch. Dist., et al, C.A. No. H-02-3839; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division (gender, disability, and FMLA discrimination claims) (May 2004)

Harrilyn McMillan v. La Marque Indep. Sch. Dist. et al, C.A. No. G-02-847; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Galveston Division (failure to hire, race and disability discrimination claims asserted under Title VII, Section 1983, and Section 1981) (September 2003)

Ogbonnaya v. San Jacinto College System; C.A. No. H-01-3356; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (granting summary judgment to Defendant on student's breach of contract, wrongful dismissal, and due process claims) (May 2003)

Ronald Schmidt v. Houston Indep. Sch. Dist., C.A. No. H-00-3987; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (age discrimination claim) (March 2001)

Perez v. Spring Branch Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 2006-75319; In the 127th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (bench trial resulting in judgment in favor of the District on Plaintiff's claims of retaliation and disability, gender, and national origin discrimination) (January 2010)

Maiden v. Texas Education Agency, No. 03-09-00681-CV; In the Third District of Texas, Court of Appeals (appeal of commissioner's dismissal of a parental complaint for lack of jurisdiction) (December 2009)

Houston Indep. Sch. Dist. v. Houston Central Industries, et al, No. 2008-1375; in the 281st Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (facilitated favorable settlement in multi-million dollar lawsuit against a refrigerated warehouse for ammonia contamination of the district's frozen food product) (October 2009)

Ramirez v. Lone Star College, No. 2009-34766; In the 281st Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (dismissal of negligence, premises liability, and bodily injury claims) (June 2009)

James Winston v. Kingwood College, No. 2006-54109; In the 295th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (wrongful dismissal and race discrimination claims) (January 2008)

Diane C. Fitzpatrick v. Humble Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 2005-08417; In the 234th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (race discrimination, retaliation, and breach of contract claims) (December 2007)

Stan H. Looper and Cynthia M. Scott v. Houston Community College System, Bruce Leslie, Diana Castillo, and Reynaldo Garay, C.A. No. 14-07-00040-CV; In the 14th Court of Appeals; Harris County, Texas (affirming summary judgment on whistleblower claim) (November 2007)

Maria Pilar Ertl v. Lamar Consolidated Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 042-CV-140260; In the District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas 400th Judicial District (national origin discrimination claim) (July 2007)

Matthew Pain v. Columbia-Brazoria Indep. Sch. Dist., Cause No. 32852; In the 239th Judicial District Court of Brazoria County, Texas (challenging school district's use of bond proceeds) (May 2007)

Kelley v. Humble Indep. Sch. Dist., 2007 Tex. App. LEXIS 2504 (Tex. App. -- Houston [1st Dist.] March 29, 2007, pet. denied) (affirming summary judgment in age discrimination case)

In Re the City of Stafford and Leonard Scarcella, No. 14-07-00019-CV: In the Court of Appeals for the Fourteenth District of Texas, Houston Division (denying petition for writ of mandamus challenging District's change of its election date) (February 2007)

Kelley v. Texas Work Force Comm'n et al, 2006 Tex. App. LEXIS 11095 (Tex. App. -- Houston [1st Dist.] December 28, 2006, pet. denied) (affirming plea to the jurisdiction in unemployment benefits matter)

Kelley v. Texas Work Force Comm'n et al, 2006 Tex. App. LEXIS 11096 (Tex. App. -- Houston [1st Dist.] December 28, 2006, pet. denied) (affirming plea to the jurisdiction in unemployment benefits matter)

Katie Allison v. North Harris Montgomery Community College Dist., and Michael Code, Individually and in his Official Capacity, No. 2004-30296; In the 129th Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (sexual harassment claim) (October 2005)

Heather Campbell, a/n/f of Emerald Campbell-Moystakis v. Young Scholars Academy for Excellence, et al, No. 2004-32025; In the 133rd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (alleged student-on-student sexual abuse) (January 2005)

Kucera v. Humble Indep. Sch. Dist., 2004 Tex. App. LEXIS 8583 (Tex. App. -- Houston [1st Dist.] September 28, 2004, no pet.) (affirming summary judgment in age discrimination case)

Cheryl Jackson v. Kendleton Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 02-CV-125450; In the 286th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas (wrongful dismissal action by former superintendent) (June 2004)

Lana Smith v. Board of Trustees North Harris Montgomery Community College District, David Sam and Sharon Matheson, No. 2003-18995; In the 157th Judicial District Court, Harris County, Texas (wrongful dismissal, breach of contract, libel and slander) (May 2004)

All Service Electric Co. v. Kendleton Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 23697; In the County Civil Court No. 1, Fort Bend County, Texas (suit on sworn account) (March 2004)

Taxpayer's Coalition of Kendleton Indep. Sch. Dist., et al v. Kendleton Indep. Sch. Dist., Cause No. 03-CV-132426; In the 240th Judicial District Court; Fort Bend County, Texas (suit to enjoin District's adoption of tax rate and assessment of taxes) (October 2003)

Ertell v. Brazosport College, Cause No. 15833*JG01; In the District Court of Brazoria County, Texas; 239th Judicial District (granting summary judgment to Defendant on student's wrongful dismissal claim) (March 2003)

Flora Smith v. Kendleton Indep. Sch. Dist., Cause No. 01-CV-121691; In the 249th Judicial District Court; Fort Bend County, Texas (suit challenging proposed termination of superintendent) (November 2002)

Texas Advocates Supporting Kids with Disabilities v. Texas Education Agency, et al, No. 03-02-00670-CV; In the Third District of Texas, Court of Appeals (prepared amicus brief on behalf of Texas Association of School Boards in challenge to statute of limitation for appealing special education hearing officer decisions into sate or federal court) (October 2002)

Finger Furniture Company, Inc. v. Spring Indep.  Sch. Dist., Cause No. 747,828; In the County Civil Court at Law No. 2; Harris County, Texas (suit on sworn account) (February 2002)

Drew F., b/n/f Rayette F., Gabriel P. b/n/f Rufus B., and Kenneth J. b/n/f Brenda and Roy J. v. Houston Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 2001-24871: In the 152nd Judicial District Court of Harris County, Texas (challenge to school district's placement of student in alternative education program) (September 2001)

 

selected Publications and Speeches


Ms. McBride has prepared materials for and/or has given presentations on the following topics:

Speaker, “Preventing Sexual Harassment of Students and Employees on the Campus,” La Porte ISD, August 2015

Speaker, Houston Independent School District Administrators' Training on Contracts, Documentation, and Investigations, July - August, 2015

Speaker, "HISD Board Services Election Training," HISD Board, July 14, 2015

Speaker, "Charting a Course Towards Better Employment Decisions," Spring ISD Administrator Training, February 21, 2015

Speaker, "Home-Rule School Districts: Questions and Answers (and Unanswered Questions)", 30th Annual UT School Law Conference, February 19-20, 2015

Speaker, Family Law 101: Handling Legal Issues Regarding Child Custody Orders, Comal Independent School District, January 8, 2015

Speaker, “Harassment, Discrimination and Retaliation – Prevention in the Workplace and School Environment”, Spring ISD, November 2014

Speaker, “When OCR Comes Knocking at the Door: Understanding & Responding to OCR Complaints”, 2014 Region IV Compliance Matters Workshop, October 2014

Speaker, “The Principal’s Role in Staff Selection”, 27th Annual TASSP-Legal Digest Conference on Education Law for Principals, July 2014

Speaker, “Employee Rights and Employer Responsibilities under the ADA and FMLA”, St. Thomas University, March 2014

Speaker,” Preventing Harassment in the Workplace”, St. Francis Episcopal Day School, January 2014

Speaker, "Preventing Discrimination and Harassment in the Workplace", San Jacinto College, October 12, 2012

Speaker, "School District Police Forces: Avoiding the Pitfalls", 2012 Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards' Annual Convention, Co-presented with Hempstead Independent School District and Royal Independent School District, September 28, 2012

Speaker, "What's A District to Do? Handling Issues Regarding Child Custody Orders", 2012 Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards' Annual Convention, Co-presented with Tanya Dawson, General Counsel, Pearland Independent School District, September 28, 2012

Speaker, "Compliance Matters: Everything You Need to Know Regarding Title II of the ADA, Section 504, Title IX  and Title VI", Region 4, September 25, 2012

Speaker, "Effective Employee Documentation and Investigations", Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, September 18, 2012

Speaker, "Tools to Guide You in an Effective Employee Investigation" and "Defining Disability: Understanding the Recent Amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act", First Annual South Texas Human Resources Management HR Seminar, September 6, 2012

Speaker, Houston Independent School District Administrators' Training on Contracts, Documentation, and Investigations, July - September, 2012

Speaker, "Defining Disability: Understanding the Recent Amendments to the Americans With Disabilities Act", 2012 Back-to-School Workshop, August 2, 2012

Speaker, "Tools to Guide You in an Effective Employee Investigation", Texas Association of Community College Human Resources Professionals, June 25, 2012

Speaker, "Tools to Guide You in an Effective Employee or Student Investigation", Texas Association of Community College Attorneys, 14th Annual Legal Seminar, January 27, 2012

Speaker, "Compliance Matters: Everything You Need to Know Regarding Section 504, Title II of the ADA, Title IX and Title VI", Region 4 Education Service Center, September 17, 2011

Speaker, "Election Advertising: The Politics of Obtaining Voter Support.", presented Fall, 2011

Speaker, "To RIF or Not to RIF?", Gulf Coast Association of School Personnel Administrators, October 2010

Speaker, "Redistricting After the 2010 Census," 50th Annual Convention of the Texas Association of School Boards/Texas Association of School Administrators, co-presented by Arturo Michel, Partner, Thompson & Horton LLP, September 2010

Speaker, "Sexual Harassment of Students and Employees in the Workplace", presented to the Hempstead Independent School District, August 2010

Speaker, "Avoiding Legal Claims in the Hiring Process," 23rd Annual TASSP – Legal Digest Conference on Education Law for Principals, June 2010

Speaker, "Charting a Course Toward Better Employment Decisions," Houston Independent School District Administrator Training, May and June 2010

Speaker, "Elections, Campaigning and Becoming a Board Member," presented to the La Porte Independent School District, March 2010

Speaker, "Confronting Ethical Ambivalence in the Legal Response to Sexual Misconduct Between Employees and Students," 55th Annual Education Law Association Conference, co-presented by Susan C. Bon, J.D., PhD, George Mason University, October 2009

Speaker, "Moving Forward or Rolling Back? School Tax Rate Ratification Elections in 2009 and Beyond," 49th Annual Convention of the Texas Association of School Boards/Texas Association of School Administrators, co-presented by Philip Fraissinet, partner, Thompson & Horton LLP, October 2009

Speaker, "What Do They Really Need to Know? -- Effective Communication," 49th Annual Convention of the Texas Association of School Boards/Texas Association of School Administrators, co-presented with Hempstead Independent School District, October 2009

Speaker, "Rollback Tax Elections: Law and Politics, 24th Annual University of Texas School Law Conference," February 26, 2009

Co-Author, "ADA Amendments Act of 2008", Inquiry and Analysis, National School Boards Association Council of School Attorneys, printed February 2009, Co-Author - Janet Little Horton, partner, Thompson & Horton LLP

Speaker, "The ADA Amendments Act of 2008 and the Public Schools," presented to the National School Boards Association's Council of School Attorneys, December 2008

Speaker, "How Should School Administrators Approach Legal Issues Associated with Divorced Parents and/or Child Custody Orders?," presented at the 47th Annual Convention of the Texas Association of School Boards/ Texas Association of School Administrators, September 2007

Speaker, "A School Law Primer on Issues Facing School Districts and School Employees," presented at the Houston Bar Association, August 31, 2007

Speaker, "Sources of Potential Liability for Private Schools," presented at the Regents School of Austin, Summer Board Workshop and Retreat, June 8, 2007

Speaker, "An Update on Student, Parent and Teacher Rights in Public Schools," presented at the McNeil Foundation for Ecumenical Leadership, Houston CAN Academy, March 2007

Speaker, "Sources of Potential Liability for School and School Administrators," presented at the McNeil Foundation for Ecumenical Leadership, Houston CAN Academy, March 29, 2006

Speaker, "Fall Update on Recent Special Education Hearing Officer Decisions," presented at the Houston Metropolitan Area Diagnosticians' Association Fall Conference, November 2005

Speaker, "Fair and Effective Documentation of Employee Wrongdoing: What They Don't Teach You in School," presented at the 45th Annual Convention of the Texas Association of School Boards/ Texas Association of School Administrators , October 2005

Speaker, "Sexual Harassment of Students on the Campus:  A Short Course for Professionals," presented at The Post Oak School, October 21, 2005

Speaker, "Confidentiality on the Private School Campus," presented February 9, 2005

Speaker, "Legal Issues in Interviewing," presented at the Region IV Educational Service Center; August 12, 2004

Author, "Fair Labor Standards Act: What Every Employer Should Know," presented July 26, 2004

Speaker, "Confidentiality on the Public School Campus," presented at Longview Independent School District, July 2004

Speaker, "Confidentiality of Student Records," presented at Region IV Education Service Center, April 2003

Speaker, "The Reorganization of the IDEA and the Impact on Public Schools," presented at the NELI/TCEC Ninth Annual Legal Conference for Educators, February 26, 2003

Speaker, "Legal Issues Associated with Disability-Based Harassment in Schools," presented to the MHMRA - Mental Retardation Planning Advisory Council, November 5, 2002

Speaker, "Law Enforcement Issues within the School Environment,"; presented at the NELI/TCEC Eighth Annual Legal Conference for Educators, February 28, 2002

Speaker, "Environmental Law Issues Affecting Schools: Expect the Unexpected," coauthored by Tim Wilkins, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP; presented at the 41st Annual Convention of the Texas Association of School Boards/Texas Association of School Administrators, September 2001

Coauthor, "Legal Issues Associated with Grading and Assessment of Students with Disabilities," coauthored by Janet Little Horton, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP, Fall 2001

Speaker, "Sources of Potential Liability for Schools and School Administrators," presented at the Dallas Independent School District's Summer 2001 Administrators' Conference: "With Learning In Mind", July 24, 2001

Author, "Recent Issues Regarding the Discipline of Special Education Students - A Case Law Update: 1999-2001," May 22, 2001


Author, "How Should a District Handle Claims for Reimbursement for Private Placement or Services?, "April 2001