Practices

School Law

Education

J.D. Temple University, 1993

B.A. University of Houston, 1990

Bar Admissions

State Bar of Texas, 1994

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas

Ken Braggs practices in the area of school law, representing and advising independent school districts and other educational entities in compliance matters relating to special education, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); responses to discrimination, harassment, and retaliation complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) and the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC); special education due process proceedings before the Texas Education Agency (TEA); Title IX matters involving athletics and harassment; student discipline, including expulsions and appeals; school board policy issues; and personnel-related matters, including employee grievances, dismissals, and discrimination and sexual harassment claims. In addition, Mr. Braggs conducts internal investigations for school districts on sensitive matters.

Mr. Braggs has over 20 years of diverse legal experience at the Federal, State, and Local levels of government. Prior to joining the firm, he was an attorney in OCR’s Dallas Regional Office for 12 years. His work at OCR included investigating discrimination complaints, conducting compliance reviews and mediating settlement agreements to resolve complex civil rights issues. Mr. Braggs’ experience at OCR provides him with a unique perspective on the needs and priorities of educational entities. Mr. Braggs began his legal career with the Attorney General’s Office of Texas. He also worked in the Dallas City Attorney’s Office, where he focused on drafting contacts, handling transactional matters, and advising city boards.

Mr. Braggs provides training on topics of importance to school district leadership teams, which is specifically tailored to address each district’s needs. He is often a featured presenter and panelist at statewide and national education conferences.

Experience

Attorney, U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights (2005-2017)

Investigator, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, Office for Civil Rights (2001-2005)

Assistant City Attorney, Dallas City Attorney’s Office (1996-2001)

Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of Texas (1993-1996)

Presentations

“What Do We Do Now? What You Need to Know about OCR’s New Approach for Title IX and Sexual Misconduct”, TASB Risk Management Fund Members Conference – Austin, TX (2018)

“OCR Investigations: Insights from the Inside and Outside”, UNT Higher Education Law Conference – Denton, TX (2018)

“Avoiding Unlawful Discriminatory Discipline”, Education Law Assoc. Public School Seminar – Fort Worth, TX (2018)

“Avoiding Unlawful Discriminatory Discipline”, TASA/TASB Convention – Dallas, TX (2017)

“OCR Investigations: Insights from the Inside and Outside”, Texas Council of School Attorneys – Dallas, TX (2017)

“Avoiding Unlawful Discriminatory Discipline”, Education Law Assoc. Annual Conference – San Diego, CA (2017)

“Don’t Poke the Bear: Everything You Always Wanted to Know about OCR Investigations (But Were Afraid to Ask)”, TASB Title IX Symposium – Austin, TX (2017)

Memberships

State Bar of Texas

Tarrant County Bar Association

Education Law Association

Texas Association of School Boards, Council of School Attorneys

National School Boards Association, Council of School Attorneys