John Hooks heads the firm’s education law practice and advises schools and universities on a range of matters including federal desegregation law, employment discrimination and civil rights claims. He has represented educational institutions in some of the most important litigation in the field of education law, from landmark desegregation cases to matters further defining the First Amendment rights of public employees.
John has defended more than 35 school districts against more than 1,000 claims of violating federal overtime requirements. He is also a member of the firm’s appellate team and often argues cases before state and federal appellate courts.
John advises clients, lectures frequently and offers extensive training programs designed to prevent lawsuits from arising in the first place. John believes in empowering administrators and fellow education attorneys to be proactive in preventing claims arising from a range of threats including inappropriate employee relationships with students, workplace harassment, inappropriate use of social media and student safety.
Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 1998
Georgetown University, B.A., 1993
Professional Affiliations & Memberships:
Mississippi Council of School Board Attorneys
National Association of College and University Attorneys
Mississippi Bar Association
Mississippi Commission for International Cultural Exchange, Vice-Chairman
Georgetown University Alumni Program, Mississippi Chairman