Attorneys & Professionals
Former Ambassador Tom McDonald, a partner in the Vorys Washington, D.C. office and leader the firm’s administrative and regulatory law, and governmental policy practice, was profiled in the May 2020 edition of the D.C. Bar’s Washington Lawyer magazine. The profile highlighted McDonald’s recent pro bono efforts serving as lead counsel for all of the plaintiffs in Coalition for Education Reform, et al v. Indian River School District, in which the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware approved a settlement agreement, consent order and appointment of a special master.
The story states:
“McDonald and his legal team spent 52 months on the case — pro bono — and ultimately negotiated a settlement with the school district in November 2019. The U.S. district court consent order includes measures that should create a more supportive and fair learning environment for students moving forward, and appoints a special master to supervise the terms of the agreement for five years.
As part of the settlement, the special needs program at Carver will close permanently at the end of the 2019–2020 school year. Remaining students will transition to home schools or schools with the ‘least restrictive environment.’ Students from kindergarten through high school can expect to receive increased career and technical opportunities. And pre-referral intervention strategies will be in place to properly assess those students with behavioral challenges.
‘In the end, it was a victory, a complete victory,’ McDonald says. ‘No more kids will be forced to go there.” Log this one under ‘win-win.’”
To read the full story on the Washington Lawyer website, click here.