Texas Appleseed, a nonprofit public interest law center, approached Patton Boggs' Dallas office for assistance in connection with a very large and significant project it had undertaken. The nonprofit wanted to document the impact of school discipline and zero tolerance in the Texas school system and to identify policy areas in need of systemic reform. The firm collaborated with Texas Appleseed and eight other law firms and corporate legal departments on this important project which has culminated in a 149-page report to motivate stakeholders to seek out more effective, research-based strategies for student discipline.
A letter from the executive director of Texas Appleseed recognized Patton Boggs for its participation as a major partner in connection with the report. Among the many who played a major role in this project were associates, Eric Pfeifle, Joel Bannister, Jamie Grammer, Jonathan Harshman, Leah Lambert, Ryan Magee, Stephen Ratliff, Jonathan Rude, and Joe Steinberg, pro bono/ CLE coordinator Stacey Finney, and tech secretary Priscill Tobias.