Jacquelyn Flynt, J.D. , Executive Director
Licensed attorney, Jacque Flynt, became the Executive Director of Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. in May of 2013. In her role as Executive Director, she directs and manages the organization’s staff of four dedicated employees and over 200 highly committed professional volunteer mediators, all under the guidance of the DRS North Texas Board of Directors.
Ms. Flynt and her staff organize, recruit, develop, and supervise the large field of volunteer mediators. Together with the DRS North Texas staff and Board of Directors, she maintains relationships for Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. with governmental entities, courts, referral and partnering agencies, and other individuals and community groups. She also works to promote and expand the programs of DRS North Texas, as well as the practice of mediation in general, through public speaking and community education as part of an expansive public education campaign initiated in 2015.
During the two years prior to joining DRS North Texas as the Executive Director, Ms. Flynt owned and operated the Flynt Law Firm, PC and became a volunteer mediator with DRS North Texas. Ms. Flynt represented clients primarily in the area of family law in both contested and uncontested matters; drafted petitions, briefs, discovery responses, and memoranda of law; and acted as a mentoring attorney in an informal capacity for newly licensed attorneys. During this time she also served as an adjunct faculty member at her alma mater formerly known as the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law.
Ms. Flynt drew upon her years of experience as a Staff Attorney with Legal Aid of NorthWest Texas, Inc. to teach students about the various legal matters frequently encountered in the practice of Poverty Law. During her private practice as well as her time with Legal Aid, Ms. Flynt participated in mediation of cases to resolve situations with the need for litigation and/or without the need for further litigation, which became a particularly relevant proving ground for her capabilities in the mediation realm.
Ms. Flynt’s experience as the grant coordinator for the Parenting Order Legal Clinics while at Legal Aid, complemented her trial and appellate litigation experience gained while serving the needs of the less fortunate during her time at Legal Aid. Her advice and counsel for applicants and clients included legal subjects such as family law, housing and landlord/tenant issues, consumer law, public benefits, probate and guardianship, employment, and property law. Her attention to low income clients and applicants positioned her well to oversee both civil and family meditation in her leadership role at Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. Her supervisory role with interns both with and without their third year bar cards included educating them with regard to case preparation, client interviewing, drafting, and courtroom advocacy.
In addition to her role as Staff Attorney at Legal Aid, Ms. Flynt, also represented Legal Aid on the Tarrant County Council on Family Violence and engaged in community education activities for the Council and for Legal Aid. She has had extensive experience training attorneys, guiding support staff, and directing interns on the proper and efficient use of case management systems and database software, skills that have been invaluable as she continually works to upgrade and improve systems and processes at DRS North Texas.
In the early years of her career, she served as an Automatic License Revocation Hearing Attorney with the Texas Department of Public Safety, in Austin, Texas. The seeds of Ms. Flynt’s interest in restorative justice were planted during her time at DPS as well as her time spent in a variety of internships completed during law school. She interned with the Denton County District Attorney’s office in the Felony Family Violence Unit, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office in the Intake Section under the supervision of former Intake Chief, J. Robert Hester, as well as interning as a clerk for the 360th District Court under Justice Debra Lehrmann, who is currently a member of the Supreme Court of Texas. Each of these internships furthered her interest in the Justice System and the practice of law.
While studying at Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Ms. Flynt was an academic teaching assistant for two years, and was actively involved in the Moot Court Program. Ms. Flynt obtained her Juris Doctor degree from Texas Wesleyan Law in 2002 and graduated as a member of the Order of Barristers. Prior to attending law school Ms. Flynt took Ph.D. level graduate courses including graduate statistics in Experimental Social Psychology at Texas Christian University. She graduated summa cum laude from Texas Wesleyan University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology.
Ms. Flynt is licensed to practice law in Texas, as well as in the Northern District of Texas. Her specialty training, work experience, and coursework have all informed her role at Dispute Resolution Services of North Texas, Inc. Ms. Flynt has completed Basic and Family Mediation Training and she has also obtained the certificates and experience required of Parenting Coordinators as well as Parenting Facilitators in the State of Texas. While employed at Legal Aid, Ms. Flynt attended the Texas Trial Academy, and also obtained a Certificate of Participation in the National Sexual Assault Law Institute in 2005. She also earned a Certificate in International Legal Studies from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law where she studied the comparison of the Bill of Rights with the European Convention on Human Rights under the tutelage of Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Among her current and past professional memberships are: the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Texas; the Tarrant County Family Law Bar Association; the Tarrant County Bar Association; the Texas Dispute Resolution Center Directors’ Council; the Texas Association of Mediators, and the Poverty Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. Ms. Flynt is also a past member of the Tarrant County Council on Family Violence where, during a portion of her membership, she served as the Co-chair of the Public Awareness Committee. In addition to her role as a servant leader at DRS North Texas, Ms. Flynt also serves the community as a current member of the Tarrant County Human Services Advisory Committee.
Ms. Flynt was born and raised in Arlington, Texas and currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas. Her hobbies include singing in her church choir, kayak fishing, fossil hunting/collecting, geocaching, and spending time with her family and friends.