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Licensee not entitled to “effective counsel” in disciplinary case

A licensee was not entitled to effective assistance of counsel in a disciplinary case and a board could revoke a license based purely on default admissions if the affected party acted in bad faith, a Texas Court of Appeals held November 20.

The Texas Education Agency brought disciplinary charges against Leo Tran in 2013 after learning that Tran told an acquaintance of a plan to murder the principal and assistant principal at the high school where he had taught in 2011, with the agency citing both that incident and other occurrences of unprofessional behavior by Tran.

In May 2015, the . . .

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