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Lynn Rossi Scott 
Fort Worth, Texas
phone 817-339-2464
fax 817-870-2265
email lscott@belaw.com
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Lynn Rossi Scott joined Brackett & Ellis in 2007 after being a partner for ten years in the Dallas office of Bracewell & Giuliani, LLP and after working for twelve years with an Arlington, Texas law firm, in which she served as associate and then partner. Mrs. Scott's practice consists of school law and public law, involving general representation of public school districts, independent and private schools, charter schools, junior colleges, universities, education foundations, and other education-related entities, in matters involving employment, special education, student discipline, competitive purchasing, construction, charter schools, educational foundations, policy development, open meetings, public information and other legal matters affecting educational entities. She has defended clients before federal and state administrative agencies, and has litigated in state and federal court on matters involving construction, competitive bidding, teacher salaries, employee terminations, student transfers, gender equity in athletics, special education, graduation requirements, civil rights violations, exclusive marketing agreements, and other matters. She drafts and negotiates contracts in such divergent areas as employment, exclusive vendor agreements, construction, insurance, and software licensing. She also advises school boards on all general legal matters and policy development and interpretation. Mrs. Scott is a frequent speaker at national, state, regional, and local conferences and workshops. She is a member of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Tarrant County Bar Foundation. She served as chair of the State Bar of Texas School Law Section, and as chair of the Texas Association of School Boards' Council of School Attorneys. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Education Law Association.  Mrs. Scott has been recognized by Texas Monthly as a "Texas Super Lawyer" in School and Education Law and by Fort Worth Magazine as a "Top Attorney" in School & Education Law. She has also been honored as one of thirty "Extraordinary Women in Texas Law" by Texas Lawyer and is listed in "Best Lawyers in America".  She is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbel and is listed in the Bar Register for Preeminent Woman Lawyers.

Areas of Practice:
School Law
Public Law
Bar Admissions:
Texas, 1985
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, 1985J.D.


University of Houston, Clear Lake, 1980
M.S.


Texas A & M University, 1977
B.A.


Alvin Community College, 1975
A.A.


Published Works:
Co-author "Understanding Campus Obligations for Student-to-Student Sexual Harassment", Legal Links published by ELA and NASPA, 2014


Co-author "Legal Issues Related to School Nursing Practice: The Foundation" Chapter in School Nursing: A Comprehensive Text, published by the National Association of School Nurses, 2006, 2010


"Legal Developments in School Law", Texas Bar Journal, 2003


"Of Sausages and Laws: What You May Not Remember or May Have Never Known from the 1999 Legislative Session", State Bar of Texas School Law Section Report, 2000


"Education Law", SMU Law Review, 2000


"Evaluations" Chapter in The Principal's Handbook: Current Issues in School Law, published by ELA, 2000, 2005, 2008, 2013


"Statutory Parental Rights Afforded Parents In Dealing With School Districts", Dallas Bar Association Headnotes, October, 1998


"The Legal Implications When Students Request Transfers", Texas Bar Association School Law Section Newsletter, July, 1996


"Taking the Teeth Out of the Nepotism Statute -- It's Losing Its Bite", Texas School Administrators' Legal Digest, May, 1989


"Copyright" Chapter in The Principal's Handbook: Current Issues in School Law, National Organization for Legal Problems in Education, April 1989; Revised/Updated in Second Edition, February, 1993


"When is an Employee's Speech Constitutionally Protected?", Texas School Administrators' Legal Digest, March, 1987


"Income Tax Deductions for School Board Trustees", 1984, 1985, 1987, 1988 editions, Booklet published by TASB


"Income Tax Deductions - Employee Business Expenses", Texas State Property Tax Board Statement, April, 1985


Classes/Seminars Taught:
"School Board Governance", Training for Board Members, 2010, 2013


"Evaluations and Transfers of Administrators", UT School Law Conference, 2013


"Student Bullying Issues", ELA 2012; In-service 2013, UNT Higher Ed Law Conference, 2013; UT School Law Conference 2011; Region XI 2011


"Responding to the U.S. Department of Education's Guidance on Sexual Violence", UNT Higher Education Law Conference, 2012


"Americans With Disabilities Act Amendments", Region XI, 2009, Texas Higher Education Law Conference, 2010


"Open Meetings Act", Training For Board Members, 2009


"Student Discipline Training", Public School In-Service Training For Administrators, 2009


"Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act", Public School In-Service Training for Staff, 2008, 2009


"Criminal History Record Checks", Texas Association of School Boards, 2008, 2013; Texas Charter Schools Association, 2013, National School Board Association, 2013


"School Security & Safety Issues After Virginia Tech", Texas Higher Education Law Conference, 2008


"School District Construction Contracts", Texas Association of Community College Attorneys, 2008


"School District Construction Contracts", Texas Association of School Boards, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012; Texas Association of School Business Officials, 2011, 2012, 2013


"Employee and Student Misconduct Issues Related to Technology", Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, 2008, Texas Association of Elementary School Principals, 2009


"Employee and Student Misconduct Issues Related to Technology", UT School Law Conference, 2008, TASB Council of School Attorneys, 2009


"Legal Issues for Educational Foundations", Texas School Public Relations Association, 2007; Board2Board, 2013


"Legal Issues for Educational Foundations", National Organization for Educational Foundations, 2007


"School District Construction Contracts", National School Board Association, 2007, 2009


"Employee and Student Misconduct Issues Related to Technology", Texas Association of College and University Student Personnel Administrators, 2007


"Employee and Student Misconduct Issues Related to Technology", Texas Higher Education Law Conference, 2007, 2010


"Student Free Speech Rights", Education Law Association, 2007


"Student Free Speech Rights", Texas Association of School Boards Council of School Attorneys, 2006


"Student Technology Issues", Fort Worth Country Day School, 2013


"Employee and Student Misconduct Issues Related to Technology", Education Law Association, 2006


"Employee and Student Misconduct Issues Related to Technology", Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, 2005


"Legal Issues Affecting Troubled Students", Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, 2006


"How Social Media is Impacting the Law Related to College Students", Texas Association of Vocational Nurse Educators, 2012


"Fair and Effective Documentation", Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators; Various School District In-Service Trainings, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2013


"Implementing a Meaningful Grievance Process", Texas Association of School Personnel Administrators, 2006


"Implementing a Meaningful Grievance Process", Region XI Educational Service Center, 2006


"Keeping Schools Safe When Parents Are the Problem", Texas Association of School Boards, 2006


"Keeping Schools Safe When Parents Are the Problem", Texas Association of School Administrators, 2006


"Student Discipline in Public Schools", Region XI Educational Service Center; Public School In-Service Trainings for Staff, 2005


"Sexual Harassment of Students or Employees", Education Law Association; College and Public School In-Service Training for Staff, 2005, 2013; LSU Higher Ed Law Conference, 2013


"Law School for Educational Administrative Assistants", Region XI, 2013


Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Texas, School Law Section
Member - Chair, School Law Section, 2003 - 2004
Tarrant County Bar Association
Member
Dallas Bar Association
Member
National School Board Association: Council of School Attorneys
Member
Texas Association of School Boards: Council of School Attorneys
Chair - 2012-2013
Education Law Association
Board of Directors
Tarrant County Bar Foundation
Fellow
Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Member
Texas Association of Community College Attorneys
Member