In a statement, Dr. O’Donnell wrote:
Good Georgia Education lawyer wins State Board of Appeal decision reversing a Local Board of Education’s decision to terminate a teacher.
This was a case involving a Georgia Association of Education (GAE) member client. Oftentimes, we are asked “Should I join GAE or Page?” Whereas most associations have legal caps and limitations in terms of how much legal funding they will cover for a member’s case, GAE is the only teaching association in the state of Georgia that is the regional affiliate of the largest teacher’s union in the country, the National Educator’s Association (the NEA) which has the resources to fight and win.
Unfortunately, it is only a question of when (not if) an educator will face a problem in their career that will require legal representation. Going without GAE coverage is similar to driving a car or buying a brand new home without purchasing the insurance coverage one needs in the event a wreck or fire happens. Educators that need to hire an attorney without such coverage end up having to pay out of pocket. This is why we encourage all our clients to join GAE so their legal fees are covered in the event they have an employment problem.
The Honorable Judge Leigh Martin May came out with a wonderful Order in an Age Discrimination and Retaliation claim denying Summary Judgment in full for a Georgia teacher:
Mario Williams filed the first lawsuit against the Trump administration on behalf of a Guatemalan mother and was able to succeed in getting her reunited with her son this morning. The reunification happened in the Baltimore airport and can be seen here. “This child is not the only child,” attorney Mario Williams said. “There’s thousands of children similarly situated we have to do something about.” More about the lawsuit can be read here.
Mario Williams is partner at Williams Oinonen LLC.
Congratulations to our client Zahara Green for her award honoring her as a Black LGBTQ Icon presented by GLAD, GLBTQ Legal Advocates and Defenders. Zahara Green has a civil rights case currently on appeal before the Eleventh Circuit concerning a terrible assault she suffered while incarcerated at an all male facility in Georgia. Oral argument is scheduled before the Eleventh Circuit this April.
Zahara Green is the Founder and Executive Director of TRANScending Barriers Atlanta, a trans-led, trans-issue focused non-profit organization whose mission is to empower the transgender and gender non-conforming community in Georgia through community organizing with leadership building, advocacy, and direct services so that lives can be changed and a community uplifted. She is also a board director and board treasurer of Black & Pink Inc, a prison abolitionist organization supporting LGBTQ and HIV-positive prisoners.
Our client Zahara Green, co-founder of TRANScending Barriers discusses the problem of disproportionate violence and murder against Transwomen of color. Zahara Green has a civil rights case before the Eleventh Circuit concerning a terrible assault she suffered while incarcerated at an all male facility in Georgia. She tells the story of the terrible rape she suffered here. More information on her case can be read here and here as well as here. Both Elton John and Michael Stipe gave a statement in Rolling Stone condemning her treatment which can be read here. In it, they both stated “We must do more to end the culture of violence and discrimination surrounding gender identity and expression,” the duo wrote. “We urge the state of Georgia to embrace desperately needed changes to their correctional system.”
Georgia Whistleblower Lawyer files suit against DeKalb County Schools on behalf of Corporal Frederick Joiner, a courageous whistleblower who reported sexual misconduct by administrators against students and other violations of Georgia law. In response the District retaliated against him.
The District is alleged to have failed to comply with the Georgia Open Records Act and also to have blocked emails that Corporal Joiner sent to the Board of Education alerting them as to the corruption and coverup that was going on within the Public Safety Department placing young students at risk.
The Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Education Reporter Marlon Walker writes about the whistleblower lawsuit here. The 6 p.m. breaking news WSBTV investigative report on Channel 2 can be viewed here.
Williams Oinonen LLC Partner Mario Williams spoke on Saturday at the Emory University School of Law EPIC (Emory Public Interest Committee) 2017 conference this past Saturday. The keynote speaker was Professor Fred Smith, Associate Professor at Emory University School of Law.
Attorney Mario Williams discussed his civil rights cases concerning prisons as a panelist at the conference organized by EPIC. EPIC was formed in 1989 by students committed to making public interest jobs accessible to Emory students. For more information, on Emory University School of Law’s promotion of Public Interest work, see here.