Attorney with Dallas school district to speak March 18

March 17, 2009 | Events, UToday
By Vicki L. Kroll



Joni R. Jalloh, an attorney with the Dallas Independent School District, the 12th largest in the nation, will visit UT’s Main Campus Wednesday, March 18.

She will give a talk, “A Free and Appropriate Public Education: What Does It Mean and to Whom Is It Guaranteed?” at 1 p.m. in Student Union Room 2592.

Jalloh was an elementary reading tutor and substitute teacher for special education classes with the Dallas Independent School District before joining its Office of Legal Services in 1998.

Her primary responsibilities are to represent the school district in special education due process hearings, student discipline hearings and parent/student grievances. She also formulates board policies and conducts in-house training on compliance of school laws, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, and sexual harassment.

Jalloh is a member and legal adviser to the Dallas Independent School District’s Student Code of Conduct Task Force and the Child Abuse Prevention Task Force.

She received a bachelor of arts degree in African and Afro-American studies and political sciences from Brandeis University and a law degree from the University of Texas at Austin.

Her free talk is part of the ASPIRE (Africana Studies Prepares Individuals for Relevant Experience) Lecture Series.

For more information, call UT’s Africana Studies Program at 419.530.7252.

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