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Karen L. Johnson

Karen L. Johnson re-joined the firm in 2019 in an Of Counsel capacity with a long and storied career in school law. Previously, Ms. Johnson served as a Partner with the firm 2002-2006 where she specialized in general school counsel and employment matters. During the interim, she remained active in school law serving as Senior Legal Counsel for the Texas Education Agency over the last 12 years. Additionally, she has served Dallas ISD as General Counsel and Associate Superintendent for Legal Services. She has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Texas at Arlington and University of Texas at Dallas on Educational Policy and Law.

Ms. Johnson is a member of the Texas State Bar where she has served as the Director for the School Law Section and Editor Co-Chair for the School Law Newsletter. With over 46 years of experience in the field, Ms. Johnson will be an invaluable addition to our team and a knowledgeable resource for our clients.

kjohnson@pyt-law.com

LICENSES & BAR ACTIVITIES

State Bar of Texas, 1973

MEMBERSHIP AND SERVICE

State Bar of Texas, School Law Section, Past Director; School Law Newsletter, Past Editor Co-Chair

Texas Council of School Attorneys

American Bar Association

Travis County Bar Association

Travis County Woman's Bar Association

Dallas Bar Association, Fellow

Educational Law Association

REPRESENTATIVE PUBLICATIONS

Navigating the Pitfalls in Pre-Employment Interviewing and Hiring Practices, Dallas

Media Relations Issues Texas Schools Public Relations Association, Dallas Child Abuse and its Implication for Our Schools, TASB/TASA 41st Annual Convention

Investigating Alleged Employee Wrongdoing

Student Records and Student Privacy, Tarleton State University Conference

Violence in Schools, Lorman Education Services, Dallas

Legal Issues for Independent School District Board MembersCounselor Confidentiality Issues, Grand Prairie ISD In-service