Federal Trial Court: Military Spouse Entitled to Work in Licensed Profession Despite State Objection

Court Cases, Mobility, Reducing Barriers to,

From guest blog contributor, Donald Balasa, CLEAR member and legal counsel for the American Association of Medical Assistants:

The United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, over the objection of the Texas Education Agency and the Texas State Board for Educator Certification, ruled November 20, 2023, that Plaintiff Hannah Magee Portée, wife of Captain David Portée (an Air Force officer), is entitled to work as a licensed school counselor in that state. The court held that a January 5, 2023, amendment by the United States Congress to the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) should be construed as favorably as possible toward military spouses seeking to work in a licensed profession in an American jurisdiction to which his/her military spouse has been assigned.

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