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Legal Department Staff

Robert C. Wendland, 214-378-1703, is general counsel. The primary duties of general counsel include:

  • Representing the district in court and before local, state and federal administrative agencies
  • Responding by legal opinion to inquiries from the Board of Trustees and district and college personnel
  • Providing counsel on legal matters relating to legislative activities
  • Preparing and reviewing legal documents
  • Ensuring district policies and procedures conform to law
  • Managing the in-house legal team plus outside legal counsel

Robert J. Young, 214-378-1757, is district legal counsel.

Marilyn Herridge, 214-378-1703, is an administrative/legal assistant who provides direct assistance to the general counsel and acts as front-line office manager for the legal staff. Specific duties include managing Board Policy Manual updates with the district and Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

The online manual is managed by TASB.


Dave Hay
, 214-378-1701, is a legal assistant who spends a great part of the day writing and reviewing contracts, including dual credit, contract training agreements, interlocal agreements, interagency agreements and leases. During even-numbered years, he serves as election administrator for the Board of Trustees election.

Links to contracts, other documents:

Maria Miller, 214-378-1702, is a legal assistant and public information officer. In accordance with the Public Information Act (PDF - 28KB), the district is required to display at the district administrative office information about the public’s right to access public information.

For more information about the required notice for posting of the Public Information Act at all DCCCD locations: