Morales vs. Shannon

This class action lawsuit was filed in 1970 by Ms. Genoveva Morales on behalf of her children against the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District at the height of the Latino civil rights movement. In 1975, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit found that Uvalde C.I.S.D. in Texas had failed to desegregate its school system in violation of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The Litigants


Genoveva MORALES, as next friend of Daniel Morales, a minor, et al.

Represented by Pat Maloney, San Antonio, Texas


E. P. SHANNON, Individually and as Principal of Robb Elementary School, Uvalde County, Texas, et al.

Represented by Grant Cook, Reynolds, White, Allen & Cook, Houston, Texas


Civ. A. No. DR-70-CA-14.

United States District Court, W. D. Texas, Del Rio Division before Judge John H. Wood, Jr., District Judge

February 13, 1973.

Order August 16, 1973

Facts of the Case

The plaintiff alleges that within the Uvalde School District:

  1. Elementary Mexican-American students are partially segregated from Anglo students due to the attendance zone boundaries;
  2. English language deficiencies of students have not been addressed appropriately;
  3. There is discrimination against Mexican-American applicants for teaching and administrative positions.

Major Arguments






  • The litigants: identify plaintiff and defendant; dates, and key case particulars;
  • Facts of the case;
  • Major arguments of the plaintiff and defendant;
  • Who prevailed or won the case and why;
  • Rationale for decision; and
  • Implications for and impact of the case on current local administrative policy, procedures, and practice; and relevance of, utilization of, and applicability of case to student’s current job responsibilities. (200 points) Competency 004

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