West and Associates, L.L.P. maintains a School Law Section with attorneys that have provided a wide-range of legal services to public school districts, colleges and universities, and State educational agencies for more than twenty years. Our School Law team provides legal guidance on issues related to school districts, teachers, faculty, staff and students, handling matters related to student discipline, discrimination (race, color, national original, gender, and disability), violations of the Equal Educational Opportunities Act, Title IX of the Federal Education Amendments of 1972, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Attorneys in the School Law Section all have detailed knowledge of the laws and regulations that govern education on the federal and state levels, including the administration and operation of educational institutions, school athletics, instruction methods, programs, and materials. The firm represents school districts on the state & federal levels, including the Federal Department of Labor, Texas Employment Commission, the Federal Department of Education, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Office for Civil Rights, the Division of Labor Standards Enforcement, and the State Board of Education.
The attorneys in the School Law practice group have also represented school districts in matters related to all aspects of business operations and functions of central administration, including:
- · Real Estate Transactions
- · Construction Litigation
- · Contracts
- · Payment and Performance Bonds
- · Employee Grievances
- · Teacher Contract Nonrenewals, Terminations, Suspensions
- · Hearings Before Boards of Trustees
- · Hearings Before Certified Independent Hearing Examiners
- · Reductions In Force—Human Resources Planning and hearings
- · Texas Education Agency Appeals and Administrative Proceedings
- · Training for Principals and Human Resource Personnel
- · Employee Evaluations & Documentation
- · Educational Leadership
Our attorneys bring more than seventy-five years of combined School Law experience. Our attorneys are participating members in many school-related professional organizations. The Managing partner, Royce West, has been a member of the Texas Senate since 1993, and another one of our School Lawyers, Derrell Coleman, J.D., Ph.D., is a former Associate Superintendent of Human Resources for two school districts. Our School Law Section takes pride in our ability to analyze legal trends, give advice and legal counsel that is proactive, and work strategically with our clients to resolve matters before legal problems arise. Inevitably, however, litigation is sometimes necessary, and our School Law team vigorously represents our clients at each step of the process.