October 19, 2004
A federal judge dismissed a lawsuit Friday filed by Scottsdale school board member Christine Schild against fellow board members, a former district superintendent and a district law firm.
Judge James Teilborg ruled in favor of law firm Lewis and Roca’s motion to dismiss the claim against two of its attorneys. The judge threw out two claims with prejudice, meaning Schild cannot refile them. The judge also dismissed two other claims without prejudice, meaning Schild can refile within 30 days if she provides more information.
Schild sued the Scottsdale Unified School District governing board, Shari Avianantos, Karen Beckvar and board president Sandra Zapien-Ferrero, former school superintendent Barbara Erwin and Lewis and Roca for $100,000 each in February. Schild said her civil rights were violated when board members and the superintendent used an attorney at board meetings to "shut me up."
Schild said the judge’s ruling is fair and she intends to refile the claim with more detail. "He’s saying, ‘Give up the goods, tell me what they actually did,’ " Schild said.
Lewis and Roca attorney Paul Eckstein said the firm is pleased with the ruling.