What's up with FBISD's legal team reshuffle?
Wondering who's now the one to make sure the Fort Bend Independent School District is legally protected day-to-day after the district's in-house general counsel Carolyn Hanahan left?
Does the name Feldman ring a bell?
District watchers aren't unfamiliar with David Feldman a partner of Feldman & Rogers who had been hired as an external attorney for the district for a long time.
Feldman had handled numerous legal issues for the district over time, including more recently an aborted lawsuit to challenge a state law on the minimum grading policy.
One of the last major pieces of paperwork he prepared for the district was the declaration of financial exigency, a legal shield for the district's massive layoffs that occurred in the spring.
But Hanahan's reincarnation is not David Feldman. The district's in-house general counsel is now Feldman's daughter-in-law, Leila Feldman, who is married to his son Cris, who also is a lawyer.
Leila Feldman had been an assistant general counsel for the Houston Community College System.
She was trained at the University of Texas's law school and specializes in labor and employment and state administrative law, according to Brim, Arnett, Robinett, Conners & McCormick, P.C., an Austin law firm she had worked with.
The firm says she had primarily represented public school employees in personnel matters at administrative levels and in litigation.
While Leila Feldman has joined FBISD, her father-in-law is no longer serving the district.
Turns out that David Feldman and Hanahan, who had worked closely together for the district, have moved on to Houston City Hall, with Feldman as city attorney and Hanahan first assistant city attorney.
While Hanahan is no longer seen in public at the district business meetings, her new boss David Feldman has appeared to be quite at home with television cameras answering questions from reporters in defense of the city.
It should be a while before Hanahan's name completely fades out from the school district system. She was still listed on last night's school board meeting documents as one who had provided the legal support for certain district policies under discussion.
Meanwhile, the guy who has replaced David Feldman as the external attorney for the school district now is Richard Morris, casually known as Rick, who is David Feldman's former law partner at Feldman & Rogers.
Feldman & Rogers has since changed its moniker to Rogers, Morris & Grover after Feldman left for City Hall.
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