Texas Supreme Court Rules in Favor of Houston ISD
March 19, 2021
The Texas Supreme Court agreed with ODC attorney Dave Campbell's arguments. It ruled in favor of HISD, prohibiting the Texas Education Agency from moving forward with its attempted take over of the District. The Texas Supreme Court ruled that a state agency or head of a state department cannot override an adverse outcome at the trial court and take unauthorized actions while the appeal of that action is pending. An excellent result for the judicial system and the appellate court's power to protect their jurisdiction
Partner Justin Demerath Concludes the Southerland Shooting Trial.
April 21, 2021
Job well done to our partner Justin Demerath and other co-counsel for concluding their recent Church Shooting trial, the first of its kind in the Country. He reports a ruling is expected in around 6-8 weeks. For more, here is a link to the story https://www.kxan.com/.../closing-arguments-in-sutherland...
Juan Cabrera Joins ODC as Of Counsel
May 3, 2021
ODC is happy to announce that Juan Cabrera will be joining the Firm as Of-Counsel. Most recently Juan served as Superintendent of El Paso ISD. We are excited about the perspective and expertise he will add to ensure the highest quality of service to our clients.
Travis County District Court Judge Reverses Commissioner's Decision in Termination of Teacher who Tweeted to Trump.
March 24, 2021
Congratulations to ODC attorneys David Campbell, Kristi Godden, Kevin O'Hanlon, Benjamin F. Castillo, Audra Gonzalez Welter, and the entire litigation team at O'Hanlon, Demerath & Castillo, P.C. for the win on behalf of the Fort Worth Independent School District. The District Court reversed Commissioner Mike Morath's erroneous decision and reinstated the Board of Trustees' decision to terminate the employment of high school teacher Georgia Clark. In violation of District policy and federal law, Ms. Clark sent multiple tweets in 2019 asking federal authorities to actively investigate and remove students from the school district based on their ethnicity and national origin. We are pleased that the District Court recognized the importance of allowing school boards to make critical employment decisions in the best interests of students and the school community.