Slater Elza Speaks at Municipal Law Seminar

Slater Elza criminal defense attorneyOn February 21, 2020 Underwood Shareholder Slater C. Elza spoke in Austin, Texas on “The Fundamentals of The Texas Tort Claims Act” at the Texas City Attorneys Riley Fletcher Basic Municipal Law Seminar.

The two day event honors Riley Fletcher, who was an attorney with the Texas Municipal League (“TML”) for 25 years. The seminar attracted over 130 municipal lawyers from around Texas for two days of education and training. Slater serves as an elected Board Member for the Texas City Attorneys Association, an affiliate of TML formed to promote, encourage, and advance the professional development of municipal lawyers.




Jennie Knapp and Jason Fenton Win for Public Schools at the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

Jason Fenton school law education special lawyerJennie Knapp Appeals Amarillo Texas LawyerAfter his child lost eligibility to participate in varsity athletics for one year upon transferring to another Texas school district, the plaintiff in this case asserted that the prior school district treated his child differently than other students in the information it filled out on the student’s Previous Athletic Participation Form (PAPF).

The plaintiff lost a Motion to Dismiss filed by the School District at the Federal Court and appealed that court’s decision to the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals. Following the arguments briefed by Underwood litigators Jennie Knapp and Jason Fenton, and the trial court process, assisted by Slater Elza, the 5th Circuit affirmed the lower court’s dismissal of the lawsuit by recognizing that the school district had a rational basis for making the determinations it set forth in the PAPF.

While this case produced a great result for the Underwood client, it was also a significant win for all Texas public school athletic programs that are called upon regularly to exercise their judgment and discretion in completing PAPF forms on student athletes who transfer to other schools.




Slater C. Elza: “The Interplay Between Civil and Criminal Law”

Slater Elza HeadshotUnderwood Shareholder Slater C. Elza recently presented his paper “The Interplay Between Civil and Criminal Law” at the Litigation Council of The Texas State Bar’s 2020 Litigation Institute Update.

Slater is as an elected member of the Litigation Council and serves as Chair of Underwood’s Litigation Section. He has also been selected to serve as a faculty member for the State Bar’s 2020 Advanced Personal Injury Course which will take place in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston later this year.