The Selection and Function of School Attorneys in Texas Public Schools Page: 3
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Conclusions are reported as they relate to the eight
1. What are the functions of the school-employed
attorney in Texas Public schools?
The size of the school district affects the role of the
school attorney. Larger districts have a wider variety
of legal needs. In general, school districts expect their
attorneys to serve as general counsel on all legal matters.
2. To what extent do Texas public schools retain
attorneys on a regular basis, as opposed to temporary
Normally, school districts employ at least one attorney
on a regular basis. Large school districts often use special
attorneys on a temporary basis.
3. What contractual and financial arrangements are
typically made between Texas public schools and attorneys?
School districts in general have no common established
employment practices. There is no standard statewide fee
What are the criteria used for selecting attorneys?
Large districts require expertise and experience in
school law for their attorneys. Other districts are satis-
fied with attorneys who are knowledgeable in school law.
5. What is the extent of the employment of special
attorneys for special areas, such as bonding, negotiations,
or civil rights?
Special attorneys are used extensively only for bond
6. What is the working relationship between the school
board, the superintendent of schools, and other school
personnel with the attorneys employed by the district?
The school attorney is directed by the school superinten-
dent or the board of education, or both. The school district
generally follows the advice of the attorney.
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White, Lucius James, 1929-. The Selection and Function of School Attorneys in Texas Public Schools, dissertation, December 1980; Denton, Texas. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc331212/m1/3/: accessed January 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .