Some Woodring Appellate Cases

Most Appeals do not result in a written opinion: many are resolved before an opinion would be entered, and others are summarily affirmed or dismissed. Below are some appellate cases with written opinions that Mr. Woodring was significantly involved with.

· McCall v. Scott (1st DCA 2016) (Fl SCT 2017). This was a case brought challenging the constitutionality of Florida’s Tax Credit Scholarship Program, a program that now provides 100,000 scholarships to low income, mostly minority students, allowing them to use these scholarships at 1600 private schools in Florida. We were successful in defending this program  from Constitutional challenge all the way up to the Florida Supreme Court..

· Bridlewood Group Home v. Agency for Persons with Disabilities, (2nd DCA 2013). Appellate Court reversed the agency’s revocation of a group home license and awarded attorney fees and costs against the agency for both the hearing at DOAH and the appeal.

· Viering v. Florida Commission on Human Relations (1st DCA 2013). In two separate published opinions the appellate court reversed the agency order finding the landlord guilty of religious and racial discrimination and upheld an award of appellate and trial fees and costs under section 120.595(5) in spite of the Agency’s statutory and notice defenses.

· Locke v. Shore, (11th Cir. 2011). Worked with the Institute for Justice to challenge the constitutionality of Florida’s interior design licensing statute. The trial judge struck the title act portion of the statute, but the appellate declined to find the overall statute unconstitutional, and the U.S. Supreme Court denied review.

· Duval County School Board. v. Florida State Board of Education, (Fla. 1st DCA 2009). Sought to defend the constitutionality of a statewide authorizer for charter schools.

· Advisory Opinion to Attorney Gen. re 1.35% Prop. Tax Cap, Unless Voter Approved, (Fla. 2009). Florida Supreme Court reversed its unanimous 12 year old decision that a single subject exemption did not apply in a citizen ballot initiative to limit revenue, but in a split decision did not allow this initiative on the ballot.

· Frazier v. Alexandre, (11th Cir. 2009). 11th Circuit reversed the trial judge and affirmed a parent’s right to have a say in whether their minor child participated in the pledge of allegiance.

· Ford v. Browning, (Fla. 2008). Sought to defend the Tax and Budget Reform Commission’s ability to propose two constitutional amendment dealing with the funding of educational programs.

· Bush v. Holmes, (Fla. 2006). Sought to defend the constitutionality of Florida’s opportunity Scholarship program.

· NAACP, Inc. v. Fla. Bd. of Regents, (Fla. 2003, 1st DCA 2004) This case involved the Standing of the Appellant to challenge the universities doing away with race as a basis for admission to the State universities. While the Appellant was found to have standing, the universities prevailed on the dismissal of the challenge in the later opinion from the First District court of Appeal.

 Mr. Woodring filed Amicus Briefs in the below U.S. Supreme Court cases.

 

· Parents Involved in Cmty. Sch. v. Seattle Sch. Dist. No. 1, 551 U.S. 701 (2007). United States Supreme Court Case involving the use of race in the assignment of k12 students.

· Locke v. Davey, 540 U.S. 712 (2004) United States Supreme Court Case involving the interpretation of Washington State’s Blaine Amendment.

· Grutter v. Bollinger, 539 U.S. 306 (2003) United States Supreme Court Case involving when race can constitutionally be considered in admitting a student to a university.

· Zelman v. Simmons-Harris, 536 U.S. 639 (2002). United States Supreme Court Case determining school vouchers are constitutional.

 

Disclaimer: Every appellate case is different, results may not be typical, you may not have as beneficial a result.

 

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