Mackenzie Walters

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Phone: 512-637-4293
Location: Austin
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Mackenzie Walters advises school districts, governmental entities, and public officials in areas of Education Law, Economic Development Act (Chapter 313), and Labor and Employment Law. Mackenzie has practiced law for 4 years.

Mackenzie serves as counsel to government clients in matters ranging from the Open Meetings Act, the Texas Public Information Act, and education and employment law. Mackenzie enjoys solving problems for her clients. Mackenzie helps negotiate Economic Development Act (Chapter 313) agreements for districts, with the goal to create a benefit for the district and its community as a result of the economic development in the school district.

Additionally, Mackenzie has helped several school districts develop school safety programs, including drafting School Resource Officer interlocal agreements, and creation of school district police departments.

Prior to law school, Mackenzie taught 8th grade U.S. History at Ector Junior High School in her home town of Odessa, Texas. Mackenzie’s passion for education led her to law school with the goal of serving Texas public school districts. During law school, Mackenzie interned with the Fort Worth Independent School District’s Legal Department and the University of Texas at Arlington.

PRACTICE AREAS

  • Economic Development Agreements ( Chapter 313 )
  • Labor and Employment Law
  • Texas Public Information Act Texas Open Meetings Act
  • School Safety, Local Police Departments, and School Resource Officers
  • First Amendment Governance Education Law

EDUCATION

J.D., Texas A&M University School of Law, Fort Worth, Texas, 2016
B.A. History, Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, 2011

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS & MEMBERSHIPS

  • School Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Labor and Employment Law Section, State Bar of Texas Government Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Member of the Texas Bar College, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas. Members are qualified attorneys who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys. The College recognizes Texas lawyers who attend at least double the Continuing Legal Education ( CLE) required by the State Bar of Texas

SEMINARS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Speaker, “Protecting Students from Discrimination, Harassment, and Retaliation: A guide for Public School Administrators,” TASA/TASB, September 2018

HONORS

Member of the Texas Bar College, an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas. Members are qualified attorneys who are interested in both high ethical standards and improved training for all Texas attorneys. The College recognizes Texas lawyers who attend at least double the Continuing Legal Education (CLE) required by the State Bar of Texas.

ADMISSIONS

  • State Bar of Texas
  • S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE

Fort Worth Independent School District Legal Department, Intern
University of Texas at Arlington, Legal Department, Intern
Ector County Independent School District, 8th Grade U.S. History Teacher