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Case: Martin v. Sperry Public Schools

4:98-cv-00416 | U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma

Filed Date: June 12, 1998

Closed Date: Nov. 27, 2000

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Case Summary

Parents, on behalf of and as next of friends of their minor daughters, students at Sperry Public Schools, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma on June 12, 1998, alleging that the school district had violated the female students' rights under the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX of the Education Amendment. The plaintiffs sought class certification on behalf of all present and future female students of Sperry Public S…

Parents, on behalf of and as next of friends of their minor daughters, students at Sperry Public Schools, filed suit in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Oklahoma on June 12, 1998, alleging that the school district had violated the female students' rights under the Equal Protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment and Title IX of the Education Amendment. The plaintiffs sought class certification on behalf of all present and future female students of Sperry Public Schools who participate, seek to participate, or are deterred from participating in interscholastic and other school-sponsored activities at Sperry Public Schools. The plaintiffs alleged that the school district had discriminated against female students with respect to funding and opportunities that should accompany an equal right to participate in interscholastic activities.

Judge Sven Erik Holmes certified the class on December 21, 1998. On January 6, 2000, the parties filed a settlement agreement with the court, in which the school district agreed to take affirmative steps to increase female student participation in sports. The district agreed to offer middle school softball during the current school year, and to conduct a survey of interest in girls' volleyball and/or soccer. Furthermore, the district agreed to conduct the survey every three years to gauge female students' interest in the addition of new sports. The district also agreed to establish a system of revenue and accounting for expenditures for male and female sports, and to make the report of such spending available to a requesting party. Additionally, the district agreed to take steps to remedy the discrimination, including adopting training related to gender equity, select coaches for male and female teams using the same criteria, provide off-season training and equipment to female athletes commensurate with that offered to male athletes, open the weight room to both male and female students and make appropriate accommodations for female students, institute a reporting process for suspected violations of Title IX. The school district agreed to designate certain locker rooms for female student use, including splitting the use of the football locker rooms between the male football team in the fall and female teams in the spring, until a new facility for female athletes was constructed.

On March 20, 2000, Judge Holmes awarded attorneys' fees to the plaintiffs totaling $32,873.01. The case was dismissed on November 27, 2000.

Summary Authors

Carlyn Williams (4/14/2014)

People


Judge(s)

Holmes, Sven Erik (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)

Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Long, Karen Lea (Oklahoma)

Mann, J Douglas (Oklahoma)

Judge(s)

Holmes, Sven Erik (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Schiller, Samuel (Tennessee)

Yasser, Raymond (Oklahoma)

Attorneys(s) for Defendant

Long, Karen Lea (Oklahoma)

Mann, J Douglas (Oklahoma)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

4:98-cv-00416

Docket [PACER]

Nov. 27, 2000

Nov. 27, 2000

Docket
24

4:98-cv-00416

Settlement Agreement

Martin v. Independent School District No. 8

Jan. 6, 2000

Jan. 6, 2000

Settlement Agreement
29

4:98-cv-00416

Order

Martin v. Independent School District No. 8

March 20, 2000

March 20, 2000

Order/Opinion
30

4:98-cv-00416

Judgment

Martin v. Independent School District No. 8

April 11, 2000

April 11, 2000

Order/Opinion
34

4:98-cv-00416

Addendum to Settlement Agreement

Martin v. Independent School District No 8

Sept. 18, 2000

Sept. 18, 2000

Order/Opinion

Docket

Last updated Sept. 4, 2022, 3:07 a.m.

ECF Number Description Date Link Date / Link
1

CLASS ACTION COMPLAINT (fee status: pd) (no summons issued) (c/j) (fe, Dpty Clk) Modified on 06/18/1998 (Entered: 06/15/1998)

June 12, 1998

June 12, 1998

FILING FEE PAID IN FULL by plaintiffs on 6/12/98 in the amount of $150.00 receipt #80962 (fee status: pd) (fe, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/15/1998)

June 12, 1998

June 12, 1998

2

ANSWER by defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8, defendant Jerry Burd to complaint [1−1] (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/10/1998)

Aug. 10, 1998

Aug. 10, 1998

3

MOTION by all plaintiffs to certify class action pursuant to FRCP 23 (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 09/02/1998)

Sept. 1, 1998

Sept. 1, 1998

5

RESPONSE by defendants Sperry Sch Dist 8, Jerry Burd and John Doe to motion to certify class action (dfdts consent to certification) [3−1] (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 09/16/1998)

Sept. 15, 1998

Sept. 15, 1998

6

ORDER FOR JOINT CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN by Judge Sven Erik Holmes, cnsl to confer and submit Jt CM Plan on/before 10/20/98 (cc: all counsel) (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 09/16/1998)

Sept. 15, 1998

Sept. 15, 1998

CASE MANAGEMENT PLAN Received (C2J) (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/20/1998)

Oct. 20, 1998

Oct. 20, 1998

MINUTE ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the CMC/STATUS HRG set for 1:00 p.m. on 12/18/98 is reset to 3:00 p.m. on 12/3/98 before Judge Holmes. (SEH−J) (cc: all counsel) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 11/03/1998)

Nov. 3, 1998

Nov. 3, 1998

MINUTE ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a CMC/STATUS HRG is set for 1:00 p.m. on 12/18/98 before Judge Holmes. (SEH−J) (cc: all counsel) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 11/03/1998)

Nov. 3, 1998

Nov. 3, 1998

MINUTES: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes ; Status hearing held 12/3/98 , pltfs Randy Martin &Ray Wolf pres; agrd class ord to be prep &sent to ct by 12/10/98; status of case discussed; BRIEF STATUS HRG set for 1:30 1/15/99 &pltf to give rpt on Mr. Byrd at tht time. (G. Dorrough−CR) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 12/04/1998)

Dec. 3, 1998

Dec. 3, 1998

7

ORDER by Judge Sven Erik Holmes granting motion to certify class action pursuant to FRCP 23 [3−1]; that Pltfs need not provide any formal ntc to any members of the certified class (cc: all counsel) (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 12/22/1998)

Dec. 21, 1998

Dec. 21, 1998

REMARK: Pties phoned re: stat hrg reset for 2:30 p.m. on 1/22/99. (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 01/19/1999)

Jan. 19, 1999

Jan. 19, 1999

MINUTE ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the STATUS HRG set for 1:30 p.m. on 1/15/99 is passed to 2:30 p.m. on 1/22/99 before Judge Holmes. (SEH−J) (cc: all counsel)(Pties phoned by CRD) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 01/19/1999)

Jan. 19, 1999

Jan. 19, 1999

MINUTES: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes ; Status hearing held 1/22/99 ; pltfs' couns give stat rpt; pltf req deft Mr. Burd appear at next hrg−ct states not nec &too early for site visit &MUA; next STATUS HRG set for 2:30 p.m. on 2/26/99 bfr Jdg Holmes. (G. Dorrough−CR) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 01/22/1999)

Jan. 22, 1999

Jan. 22, 1999

MINUTE ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a STATUS HRG is set for 2:30 p.m. on 2/26/99 . (SEH−J) (cc: all counsel) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/08/1999)

Feb. 8, 1999

Feb. 8, 1999

MINUTES: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes ; Status hearing held 2/26/99 , status of case rptd ; STATUS HRG set for 8:30 a.m. on 4/22/99 before Judge Holmes.(G. Dorrough−CR) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/01/1999)

Feb. 26, 1999

Feb. 26, 1999

MINUTE ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a STATUS HRG is set for 8:30 a.m. on 4/22/99 before Judge Holmes. (SEH−J) (cc: all counsel) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/01/1999)

March 1, 1999

March 1, 1999

8

JOINT STIPULATION OF DISMISSAL as to Jerry Burd only (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/17/1999)

March 16, 1999

March 16, 1999

MINUTES: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes: Stat Hrg held on 4/22/99; pties rpt status/case; pties are ready for a facility tour− TOUR set for 1:30 5/13/99 ; pties to submit any addtl auth to the ct by 5/6/99 &resp due 5/11/99; deft to make tour arrgmts &notify ct; pltfs may attend tour. (G. Dorrough−CR) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 04/22/1999)

April 22, 1999

April 22, 1999

9

BRIEF FILED by plaintiffs on the issue of facilities; filed pursuant to Status Conf held on 4/22/99 [0−0] (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 05/05/1999)

May 5, 1999

May 5, 1999

11

RESPONSE by defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8 to pltfs' brf on the issue of facilities [9−1] (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 05/12/1999)

May 11, 1999

May 11, 1999

MINUTE ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a STATUS HRG is set for 3:00 p.m. on 7/1/99 before Judge Holmes. (SEH−J) (cc: all counsel) (Entry Date 6/1/99) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/01/1999)

June 1, 1999

June 1, 1999

12

MOTION by defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8 to continue status conf set for 7/1/99 (O2J) (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 06/30/1999)

June 30, 1999

June 30, 1999

13

ORDER by Judge Sven Erik Holmes granting dfdt's motion to continue status conf set for 7/1/99 [12−1] ; Status hearing to be reset upon appl of any party or upon further order of the Court (cc: all counsel) (parties ntfy'd by telephone) (Entry Date 7/1/99) (sac, Dpty Clk) Modified on 07/07/1999 (Entered: 07/01/1999)

July 1, 1999

July 1, 1999

MINUTE ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERD that a STATUS HRG is set for 9:30 a.m. on 8/27/99 before Judge Holmes. (SEH−J) (cc: all counsel) (Entry Date 7/13/99) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 07/13/1999)

July 13, 1999

July 13, 1999

MINUTE ORDER: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that the STATUS HRG set for 8/27/99 is moved up and reset for 10:30 8/26/99 before Judge Holmes. (SEH−J) (cc: all counsel) (Entry Date 7/14/99) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 07/14/1999)

July 14, 1999

July 14, 1999

MINUTES: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes : Pties are working on a sttlmt agrmt &one issue remains unresolved; attys fees will be left to discretion of ct upon pties agrmt; Stat Hrg set 10/1/99 at 2:30 p.m. (G. Dorrough−CR) (Entry Date 8/26/99) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/26/1999)

Aug. 26, 1999

Aug. 26, 1999

MINUTES: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes ; Status hearing held on 10/1/99 ; pties are working on settlemt agrmt−only 2 remaining issues: locker rm facil &atty fees; addtl auth due 10/15/99 &resp due 10/29/99; offer/pldg in factual form due 10/6/99; tour of facility set for 11/11/99 at 11:00 a.m.; HRG set for 3:00 11/3/99 ; pties to set out all locker facil on a map w/their use, what time of yr used &qual of lockers−due 10/15/99. (G. Dorrough−CR) (Entry Date 10/1/99) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/01/1999)

Oct. 1, 1999

Oct. 1, 1999

14

NOTICE (DISCLOSURE) by defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8 of locker/dressing room proposal submitted to Pltfs (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/07/1999)

Oct. 6, 1999

Oct. 6, 1999

15

BRIEF FILED by plaintiffs regarding [0−0] the issue of locker rooms (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 15, 1999

Oct. 15, 1999

16

NOTICE (INVENTORY FOCUS: LOCKER/DRESSING ROOM AREAS) by defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8 (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 15, 1999

Oct. 15, 1999

17

BRIEF FILED by defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8 of legal authorities in supp of its contention that the district's locker/dressing room facilities, as a whole, must and do achieve gender equity (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/18/1999)

Oct. 15, 1999

Oct. 15, 1999

18

MINUTE ORDER: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes. This matter comes before the Court pursuant to the hearing in this case scheduled for November 3, 1999. The parties are hereby directed to jointly prepare and submit, on or before November 3, a map depicting all athletic facilities and fields at the school and indicating the location and number of available lockers in each facility, as well as the sport and gender to which the lockers are currently assigned. (cc: all counsel) (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/27/1999)

Oct. 26, 1999

Oct. 26, 1999

19

NOTICE of Joint decision not to file resp brfs re locker rm issue by defendant John Doe, defendant Jerry Burd, defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8, plaintiff Sue Wolf, plaintiff Ray Wolf, plaintiff Catherine Martin, plaintiff Randy Martin (fe, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/30/1999)

Oct. 29, 1999

Oct. 29, 1999

20

NOTICE (MAP of Athletic Facilities of Sperry Schools) by defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8 (fe, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 11/04/1999)

Nov. 3, 1999

Nov. 3, 1999

22

MINUTE ORDER: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that an IN−COURT HRG is set for 10:30 a.m. on 1/6/00 . (cc: all counsel) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 01/05/2000)

Jan. 5, 2000

Jan. 5, 2000

23

MINUTES: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes Status hearing held on 1/6/00 ; pltf Randy Martin present; settlement agrmt exec &filed in opn ct; appl for fees due 1/24/00; resp due 2/11/00; and repl due 2/21/00. (G. Dorrough−CR) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 01/06/2000)

Jan. 6, 2000

Jan. 6, 2000

24

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT by pties. (SEH−J)(cc: all counsel) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 01/06/2000)

Jan. 6, 2000

Jan. 6, 2000

TRANSCRIPT of Settlement Hrg before Judge Sven Erik Holmes for date(s) of: 1/6/00 (C/R Glen R. Dorrough, 5 pgs) (fe, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 01/18/2000)

Jan. 18, 2000

Jan. 18, 2000

25

MOTION by plaintiff Sue Wolf, plaintiff Ray Wolf, plaintiff Catherine Martin, plaintiff Randy Martin for awarding of attorney fees , and for costs (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 01/25/2000)

Jan. 24, 2000

Jan. 24, 2000

26

BRIEF by plaintiff Sue Wolf, plaintiff Ray Wolf, plaintiff Catherine Martin, plaintiff Randy Martin in support of motion for awarding of attorney fees [25−1], of motion for costs [25−2] (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 01/25/2000)

Jan. 24, 2000

Jan. 24, 2000

27

RESPONSE by defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8 to motion for awarding of attorney fees [25−1], to motion for costs [25−2] (fe, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/11/2000)

Feb. 11, 2000

Feb. 11, 2000

28

REPLY by plaintiffs to dfdt's response (brf in opp) to pltfs' motion for awarding of attorney fees [25−1] and costs [25−2] (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 02/24/2000)

Feb. 22, 2000

Feb. 22, 2000

29

ORDER by Judge Sven Erik Holmes re motion for awarding of attorney fees [25−1] and motion for costs [25−2]; Crt awards pltfs fees in total amnt of $30,846.00 and costs in total amnt of $2,027.01 (cc: all counsel) (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 03/20/2000)

March 20, 2000

March 20, 2000

30

JUDGMENT: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes, that the pltfs recover from dfdts the sum of $32,873.01 w/post−jgm int at the rate of 6.197% (cc: all counsel) (seal, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 04/11/2000)

April 11, 2000

April 11, 2000

31

MINUTE ORDER: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a STATUS HRG is set for 11:30 a.m. on 8/16/00 (cc: all counsel) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/14/2000)

Aug. 14, 2000

Aug. 14, 2000

32

MINUTES: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes ; Miscellaneous hrg held 8/16/00 ; Discussion re: proper proced on how to dism lawsuit &how to keep jurisdctn for enforcement of jdgmt− pre−existing deflt provision is in stlmt agrmt − pties to prep agrd upon addendum &dism &due 8/23/00. (no CR−recorded on tape) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/16/2000)

Aug. 16, 2000

Aug. 16, 2000

33

MINUTE ORDER: by Judge Sven Erik Holmes: IT IS HEREBY ORDERED that a STATUS HRG is set for 2:00 p.m. on 9/13/00 (cc: all counsel) (djh, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 08/28/2000)

Aug. 28, 2000

Aug. 28, 2000

PROPOSED Addendum to Stlmt Agreement submitted by defendant John Doe, defendant Jerry Burd, defendant Sperry Sch Dist 8, plaintiff Sue Wolf, plaintiff Ray Wolf, plaintiff Catherine Martin, plaintiff Randy Martin (forwarded to seh−j) (sac, Dpty Clk) Modified on 09/18/2000 (Entered: 09/18/2000)

Sept. 15, 2000

Sept. 15, 2000

34

ORDER by Judge Sven Erik Holmes granting addendum to stlmt agrmt (cc: faxed to all counsel) (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 09/20/2000)

Sept. 19, 2000

Sept. 19, 2000

35

JOINT STIPULATION OF DISMISSAL W/PREJ by pltfs and dfdt Independent Sch District No. 8 of Tulsa Cty (crp, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 10/20/2000)

Oct. 20, 2000

Oct. 20, 2000

36

STIPULATION OF DISMISSAL by defendant John Doe, plaintiff Sue Wolf, plaintiff Ray Wolf, plaintiff Catherine Martin, plaintiff Randy Martin ; CASE DISMISSED (sac, Dpty Clk) (Entered: 11/28/2000)

Nov. 27, 2000

Nov. 27, 2000

Case Details

State / Territory: Oklahoma

Case Type(s):

Education

Key Dates

Filing Date: June 12, 1998

Closing Date: Nov. 27, 2000

Case Ongoing: No

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

Parents, on behalf of and as next of friends of their minor daughters, students at Sperry Public Schools.

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Public Interest Lawyer: Unknown

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: Yes

Class Action Outcome: Granted

Defendants

Independent School District #8 of Tulsa County (Tulsa), School District

Defendant Type(s):

Elementary/Secondary School

Case Details

Causes of Action:

42 U.S.C. § 1983

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681 et seq.

Constitutional Clause(s):

Equal Protection

Availably Documents:

Trial Court Docket

Monetary Relief

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Any published opinion

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Attorneys fees

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Form of Settlement:

Court Approved Settlement or Consent Decree

Amount Defendant Pays: 32873.01

Order Duration: 2000 - None

Content of Injunction:

Hire

Discrimination Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Implement complaint/dispute resolution process

Issues

General:

Funding

Discrimination-area:

Sports

Discrimination-basis:

Sex discrimination

Affected Gender:

Female

Type of Facility:

Government-run