Brackett & Ellis is proud to announce that Dr. Sarah S. Flournoy has joined the Firm. Dr. Flournoy was most recently at Irving ISD. While she started at Irving ISD as a staff attorney, within her first year she was promoted to Chief Legal Counsel and continued in that position for over two years. At Irving ISD, she handled all legal matters for the District, provided legal advice and counsel to District officials and the Board of Trustees, represented the District in judicial and/or administrative proceedings, and worked with outside counsel.
Prior to Irving ISD, Dr. Flournoy served as general counsel for a nationwide manufacturing company, served three years as outside school district counsel with Dallas law firm West & Associates, LLP, and spent seven years as a high school social studies teacher.
Dr. Flournoy has advised school district clients in special education and Section 504 matters and has successfully represented school districts in special education due process hearings. In addition, she has counseled client school districts on a wide variety of matters, including personnel, contracts, Board Policy, administrative procedures, elections, grievances, student discipline, discrimination claims, and family law interpretation.
Dr. Flournoy earned her undergraduate degree from Wellesley College, her Juris Doctor from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University, and her Doctor of Education from the University of Houston.
She is admitted to practice in Texas, the United States District Court of the Northern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She holds teaching certificates in Social Studies Composite and Special Education 8-12. Dr. Flournoy is a member of the School Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, the TASB Council of School Attorneys, and the Education Law Association. She is a graduate of the Harris County Department of Education Campus Leadership Academy. Currently, she also serves as Co-Vice-Chair of the Dallas Bar Association’s Mock Trial Committee.