Meet Shelby Sharpe

Shelby Sharpe was the lead attorney in the Leeper v. Arlington class action suit, the landmark case that settled the question of home schools in Texas being private schools. This case was heard at the District and Appellate court levels and by the Texas Supreme Court; it confirmed the freedoms that parents now enjoy in Texas, one of the best states in which people can home school.

Shelby Sharpe is now the general legal counsel for THSC Association and is ready and able to respond to legal issues related to home education in the state of Texas.

He has threatened legal action against school districts for violating decisions of the courts on behalf of THSC Association members. When Shelby Sharpe speaks, school districts listen.

Mr. Sharpe shared his moving story of battle of the Leeper case, detailing God’s hand in the legal battle surrounding home schooling in Texas. As he shares the many ways that God directed and guided in the development of that legal case, he explains that though these events took place over ten years ago, he is still often overcome with emotion as he contemplates the divine provision and intervention that ultimately resulted in a unanimous decision by the Texas Supreme Court, moving the state of Texas from one of the most difficult states in which to homeschool into a small group of states that allow parents a great amount of freedom.

shelby-sharpeMeet Shelby Sharpe

Personal History:

  • Born September 11, 1940 in Fort Worth, Texas.
  • Married to the former Martha Holland of Stamford, Texas, on June 9, 1962.
  • Two daughters and one son were born of this marriage, who were homeschooled for part of their education.

Educational Background:

  • Graduated from Polytechnic High School, Fort Worth, Texas, in June, 1958.
  • Graduated from The University of Texas at Austin in June, 1962 with a Bachelor of Arts. Major in government and minor in history.
  • Graduated from The University of Texas School of Law in June,1965 with a Doctor of Jurisprudence.

Honorary Fraternities and Societies:

  • Pi Sigma Alpha, Honorary Government Fraternity
  • Kappa Kappa Psi, Honorary Music Fraternity
  • Phi Alpha Delta, Honorary Legal Fraternity

Professional Experience:

  • Assisted Dr. Stuart McCorkle in revising his Texas government text while attending The University of Texas School of Law.
  • Employed as a research associate on the professional staff of the Texas Commission on Higher Education, now the Texas Coordinating Board. Worked on the request from Texas Tech University to establish a law school. Did all of the research and wrote the report that was signed by Dr. J. Stewart Allen, head of the program division, approving the request.
  • Selected by Chief Justice Robert W. Calvert of the Supreme Court of Texas to serve as his briefing attorney after graduation from law school for the 1965-1966 court term. Since leaving the Supreme Court of Texas, he has been practicing law in the City of Fort Worth.
  • Taught courses in United States and Texas government, intergovernmental relations, civil rights, and survey of American law in the political science department at Texas Christian University from 1969-1979 in the evening college. Chaired the pre-law advisory committee from its inception and developed the pre-law program for the university. Taught survey of American law several times at Dallas Baptist University in the late 80’s and early 90’s and civil rights in the spring of 1993.
  • Member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Fifth Circuit Bar Association, and the Tarrant County Bar Association.
  • Member of the State Bar of Texas Committee on Court Rules since 1985. Served as chair twice and as vice-chair three times.
  • Member of the State Bar of Texas Grievance Committee, District 7-A.
  • Past-director, secretary, vice-president and president of Fort Worth-Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association.
  • Past-director of the Tarrant County Bar Association
  • Licensed to practice before all state courts in the State of Texas.
  • Licensed to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the Eastern District of Texas and the Eastern/Western District of Arkansas.

Professional Recognition:

  • AV Rating in Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Listed in Who’s Who in the World, Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, and Who’s Who in the Southwest.

Representative Clients:

  • USA Radio Network, Inc., International Christian Media, Denton Publishing Company, Church Mutual Insurance Company, and Cam-Tech, Inc.