SUMMARY & KEY DOCUMENTS

 

Research shows that traumatic experiences can physically alter the developing brains and bodies of children, which can affect behavior for decades and lead to symptoms similar to those of veterans returning home from war with PTSD. This case, filed in Los Angeles by Public Counsel and Irell & Manella LLP on behalf of a class of students and three teachers, demands that Compton Unified School District incorporate proven practices that address trauma—in the same way public schools have adapted and evolved in past decades to help students who experience physical or other barriers to learning.

 

Rather than taking reasonable steps to address the needs of students affected by trauma, the suit claims that the Compton Unified School District frequently punished and excluded these children in ways that have made it nearly impossible for them to succeed in school. The lawsuit seeks a remedy centered on the adoption of proven models being adopted by districts across the country, from the entire state of Massachusetts to the San Francisco Unified School District, which recognize the impact of traumatic experiences and help both students and educators become more resilient in the face of adversity and trauma.

SUMMARY & KEY DOCS

SUMMARY & KEY DOCS

WHY COMPTON?

WHY COMPTON?

STUDENT & TEACHER PROFILES

STUDENT & TEACHER PROFILES

CASE TIMELINE

CASE TIMELINE

Order denying Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss

Before the Court is Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs’ Class Action Complaint Pursuant to Fed. R. Civ. P. 12(b)(6) (the “Motion”). (Docket No. 41). The Court has read and considered the papers filed on the Motion, and held a hearing on August 20, 2015. As set forth below, the Motion is DENIED...

September 29, 2015

Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction (the “Motion”). (Docket No. 42). The Court has read and considered the papers filed on the Motion, and held a hearing on August 20, 2015. As set forth below, the Motion is DENIED...

September 29, 2015

Order Denying Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification, Without Prejudice

Before the Court is Plaintiffs’ Motion for Class Certification (the “Motion”). (Docket No. 57). The Court has read and considered the papers filed on the Motion, and held a hearing on August 20, 2015. As set forth below, the Motion is DENIED without prejudice...

September 29, 2015

Supplemental Expert Declaration of Marleen Wong

I give this declaration in further support of the application by plaintiffs in this case for a preliminary injunction...

August 03, 2015

Plaintiffs' Reply to Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification

The crux of Defendants’ argument is that Plaintiffs’ class claims are, or should be, individualized because the relief sought necessarily involves, or should involve, Individualized Education Plans (“IEPs”)...

August 03, 2015

Plaintiffs' Reply to Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Defendants concede that the impact of trauma on students is a significant problem that must be addressed...

August 03, 2015

Defendants' Reply to Plaintiffs' Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

Defendant Compton Unified School District (hereafter “CUSD”), and Defendants Darin Brawley, Micah Ali, Satra Zurita, Margie Garrett, Charles Davis, Skyy Fisher, Emma Sharif, and Mae Thomas (hereafter collectively the “Individual Defendants”), hereby reply to Plaintiffs...

August 03, 2015

Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Plaintiffs' Opposition to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

Plaintiffs 73-page Complaint alleges that Compton Unified School District (“CUSD”) and Individual Defendants2 have systematically discriminated against CUSD students who are impaired ...

July 27, 2015

Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Defendants' Opposition to Plaintiffs' Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Defendant Compton Unified School District (hereafter “CUSD”), and Defendants Darin Brawley, Micah Ali, Satra Zurita, Margie Garrett, Charles Davis, Skyy Fisher, Emma Sharif, and Mae Thomas (hereafter collectively the “Individual Defendants”), hereby oppose the Motion for Preliminary Injunction...

July 27, 2015

Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Plaintiffs' Motion for Class Certification

Plaintiffs Peter P., Phillip W., Virgil W., and Donte J., by their guardians ad litem, and Kimberly Cervantes (collectively, “Student Plaintiffs”) respectfully submit this Memorandum of Points and Authorities...

July 17, 2015

Plaintiffs' Notice of Motion and Motion for Class Certification

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on August 17, 2015 at 10:00 A.M., in Courtroom 1600...

July 17, 2015

Expert Declaration of Dr. Marleen Wong

I am Associate Dean, Clinical Professor, and Director of Field Education at the University of Southern California School of Social Work...

July 09, 2015

Expert Declaration of Dr. Bruce Perry

I am the Senior Fellow of the ChildTrauma Academy, a nonprofit organization based in Houston, Texas, working to improve the lives of maltreated and traumatized children...

July 09, 2015

Expert Declaration of Dr. Joyce Dorado

I am an Associate Clinical Professor at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) and the Director of Clinical Research and Evaluation at Child and Adolescent Services (CAS)...

July 09, 2015

Expert Declaration of Dr. Mark Courtney

I am a Professor in the School of Social Service Administration (“SSA”) at the University of Chicago. My fields of special interest are child welfare policy and services, the connection between child welfare services...

July 09, 2015

Expert Declaration of Dr. Christina Bethell

I am a Professor of Population, Family and Reproductive Health at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and am the founding director of The Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (“CAHMI”)...

July 09, 2015

Joint Declaration of Community Partners

Joint Declaration of Community Partners Peace4Kids, Los Angeles Education Partnership, Positive Results Corporation, Compton Democrats, and Live Above the Hype...

July 09, 2015

Memorandum of Points and Authorities In Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction

Plaintiffs seek a preliminary injunction ordering Compton Unified School District (“CUSD”) and Individual Defendants to train all CUSD teachers, administrators, and school-site staff regarding understanding and recognizing the effects of complex trauma...

July 09, 2015

Memorandum of Points and Authorities in Support of Defendants' Motion to Dismiss

Defendant COMPTON UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT (hereafter “CUSD”), and Defendants DARIN BRAWLEY, MICAH ALI, SATRA ZURITA, MARGIE GARRETT, CHARLES DAVIS, SKYY FISHER, EMMA SHARIF, and MAE THOMAS (hereafter collectively the “Individual Defendants”), hereby move to dismiss the Class Action Complaint

July 09, 2015

Defendants' Notice of Motion and Motion to Dismiss Plaintiffs' Class Action Complaint

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT on August 17, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., or as soon thereafter as counsel may be heard, in the courtroom of the Hon. Michael W. Fitzgerald, Courtroom 1600...

July 09, 2015

Students Peter P., Kimberly Cervantes, Philip W., Virgil W., and Donte J., (“Student Plaintiffs”) on behalf of themselves and all others similarly situated, along with teachers Rodney Curry, Armando Castro II, and Maureen McCoy (collectively, “Plaintiffs”) bring this action against Compton Unified School District (“CUSD”).  Plaintiffs’ allegations against Defendant are based upon information and belief unless otherwise indicated...

May 18, 2015

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