Request for Legal Assistance

Application to Seek Legal Advice - Word or PDF

Procedure for Initiation of a Request for Legal Assistance

Article IV, Section 2 of the DCCFA Bylaws:
The legal assistance fund will be used to provide legal assistance and other necessary help for DCCFA members involved in contractual and/or academic freedom disputes within the Dallas County Community College District. The council will supervise the expenditure of these funds and selection of an attorney.

Article IV, Section 3 of the DCCFA Bylaws:
Faculty is not eligible to receive legal assistance funds unless they have been active DCCFA members in good standing for the two academic years immediately prior to such request. This requirement shall be waived in the first two years of employment for faculty who have been members in good standing since employment.

PROCEDURE TO FOLLOW

1. Obtain from the president of the Faculty Council, the campus DCCFA president, or the legal chapter of the DCCFA an application for legal advice.
2. Complete all forms a return to the Faculty Council.
3. If the request is approved, the Faculty Council arranges for an attorney visit with the client.
4. The council member of companies the client during all consultations with the attorney.
5. The attorney will advise the Faculty Council whether to proceed with the case.
6. The Faculty Council will consider the attorneys evaluation and recommendations.
7. The Faculty Council will decide whether or not to proceed with the case.
8. If the faculty member (client) Is not satisfied with the recommendations made by the attorney or the decisions made by the Council, the decision may be appealed to the Faculty Council. The council will consider the appeal of an act upon it within a reasonable period of time.

APPLICATION TO SEEK LEGAL ADVICE

Name: SS# :
Address (h): Telephone (h) # :

Campus: Division Office Telephone (w) # :

• I’ve completed and submitted all documentation requested.
• I agreed to consult with the attorney of the Faculty Council’s choice.
• I agree to allow the attorney to submit recommendations to the Faculty Counsel concerning the disposal of the matter.
• I agree that the advice of the attorney is not binding.
• I agreed to make the total disclosure of information requested by the attorney.

Applicant’s Signature: DCCFA President’s Signature:
Date: Date:

(DCCFA Council, 5/3/12)
Confidential Legal assistance Questionaire

1. Your Name: Today’s Date:
2. Campus: Position: Years:
3. Briefly summarize why you want to talk with the attorney.

4. What is your goal? What do you want the attorney to accomplish for you?

5. Do you want to remain a faculty member in the DCCCD? 0 Yes 0 No

6. Attach a copy of your last contract.
7. Attach (in chronological order with table of contents page) copies of any other documents you have signed related to this issue (IAP’s, faculty evaluation forms).
8. Attach any letter(s), E-mail message(s), hand written note(s), you have related to this issue (in chronological order with table of contents page)
9. List/describe any oral conversations (including telephone conversations) about this issue you have had with any supervisor. Try to list such conversations in chronological order.

10. If your request is related to faculty evaluation, contractual wind-down, or non-renewal of contract, list any reason which would be “good cause” for this action. In other words, is there anything the attorney should know which could be viewed as a justified reason for such actions?

11. If your request relates to evaluation or other procedure which has an appeal process contained within the DCCCD policies/procedures, have you carried out all steps of the appeal process?
Please document (in chronological order) any steps related to the appeal.

Confidential Legal assistance Questionaire

List the events leading up to the present point (in chronological order) to the best of your ability. Use names of people in describing events. Try to keep this account factual. Attach all documents which substantiate any of the events described.

Information contained in this document is CONFIDENTIAL. It is sent to the DCCFA Attorney prior to visiting with the attorney.

(DCCFA Council, 5/3/12)