Monday, August 31, 2015

21st Century School Integration: Building the Movement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

This from the National Coalition on School Diversity:

On behalf of the National Coalition on School Diversity, we invite you to attend our third national conference, "21st Century School Integration: Building the Movement for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion,"which will take place in DC on September 24-25th.

The National Coalition on School Diversity ( is a network of nearly 30 national civil rights organizations, university-based research centers, and state and local coalitions working to expand support for government policies that promote school diversity and reduce racial isolation. We also support educators, parents, and students working to create and sustain integration at state and local levels. Our work is informed by an advisory panel of scholars and academic researchers whose work relates to issues of equity, diversity, and desegregation/integration.

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August 31, 2015 in Conferences, Racial Integration and Diversity | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, August 17, 2015

NSU Shepard Broad College of Law Symposium: Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline

The Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law will host a symposium entitled Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline on Friday, September 18, 2015. The symposium will examine the practice of funneling school disciplinary matters into the criminal justice system, which stigmatizes the children and disrupts learning. The Nova Law Review and the Gwen S. Cherry Black Women Lawyers Association are the symposium's co-sponsors. Academics, practitioners, policy-makers, educators, community activists, and thought leaders are invited to exchange ideas, form effective strategies, and engage in meaningful dialogue about systemic change for educational reform and new approaches to school discipline. For more information and to register online click here.

August 17, 2015 in Conferences, Discipline | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Conference: Education Law Association Posters and Proposals Due By July 15

The Education Law Association is currently accepting posters and proposals for roundtable sessions for its annual conference on November 4-7, 2015 at the Marriott Downtown at Key Center, Cleveland, OH. The deadline is July 15. Details are here. Tip of the hat to Edjurist for the reminder.

June 3, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Conference: Education Law Retrospective at Loyola Univ. School of Law on June 18

Courtesy of Miranda B. Johnson, Associate Director of Education Law and Policy Institute (Loyola) is an announcement about an Education Law Retrospective at Loyola on June 18:

The Education Law & Policy Institute at Loyola University School of Law is holding an Education Law Retrospective on June 18, 2015 from 11-5:30 p.m. The first part of the program will be a retrospective of the long-standing special education class action case, Corey H. v. Board of Education of the City of Chicago.  Now that the litigation has concluded, this case involves a special opportunity to hear perspectives from the judge who heard the case, the monitor who reviewed the parties’ progress in implementing the terms of the settlement, and counsel for the plaintiff class.  The second half of the program will be the Second Annual “Education Law: A Year in Review” seminar, which will address important developments in the area of education law during the past year. Gery Chico will share his perspective based on his experience as former Chair of the Illinois State Board of Education and President of the Board of Trustees of Chicago Public Schools.  Speakers will also address topics that include Title IX compliance in the higher education and K-12 context; best practices in developing effective bullying policies; and recent developments in special education law and in the 2015 legislative session.  CLE credit is available, and a reception will follow the program. For the full program and to register, click here.

May 28, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Education Law Association's Conference Proposals Due March 1, 2015

The Education Law Association invites proposals for its November 2015 conference in Cleveland, Ohio on topics and perspectives that may be underrepresented in ELA conference programming or that reflect the full range of ELA’s membership (e.g., higher education and K-12, private and public schools, plaintiff side as well as defendant). Proposals will be favored that include presenters from multiple membership constituency groups (e.g., professors, attorneys, administrators). Prospective presenters are strongly encouraged to use the ELA Facebook and LinkedIn groups to note your own interest in presenting on a topic in order to gauge the interest of other prospective presenters on the topic you are considering, to identify topics for which no one else appears yet to be considering submitting a proposal, and possibly to identify co-presenters. Submit a proposal here.

February 18, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, February 6, 2015

Call for Papers on Privatization and Public Education: A Workshop on Vulnerability and Education

Amherst College, Smith College, and Emory Law School's Vulnerability and the Human Condition Project are co-sponsoring a workshop on privatization and public education at Amherst on April 25-26, 2015. The workshop's organizers, Kristin Bumiller (Amherst), Martha Albertson Fineman (Emory), and Alice Hearst (Smith), have extended the deadline for the call for papers. See the call for papers announcement here. The workshop description is below:

This workshop explores public education through the lens of vulnerability theory. Public education is a foundational means whereby the state fulfills its responsibility to structure institutions responsive to human vulnerability and need for resilience. Yet the state seems to be withdrawing or lessening its commitment to public education, and there has been a steady growth in privatization over the past half century. Increased funding for charter schools and voucher programs, and the increased number of students in private education and homeschool settings have diverted and decreased the availability of funds for general public education.

February 6, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Conference at UCLA Law: Engaging the Entire Class: Strategies for Enhancing Participation and Inclusion in Law School Classroom Learning

UCLA School of Law and the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning (ILTL) will present a one-day conference called "Engaging the Entire Class: Strategies for Enhancing Participation and Inclusion in Law School Classroom Learning" on February 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. The conference will include five workshop sessions presented by teachers featured in What the Best Law Teachers Do. Participants will learn concrete ideas for enhancing participation and inclusion in law school classrooms to take back to their students, colleagues, and institutions. Learn more about the conference here. Thanks to Emily Grant (Washburn Law) for the tip.

January 13, 2015 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 29, 2014

Stetson University's Conference on Law and Higher Education Will Focus on Title IX in February

Title IX compliance will be a critical topic at Stetson University’s National Conference on Law and Higher Education Feb. 12-16, 2015, in Orlando, Florida. From the announcement:

Stetson’s definitive annual conference, now in its 36th year, will bring national leading experts in higher education to Orlando to discuss critical developments in higher education law and policy, particulary in Title IX compliance in the wake of campus rape and sexual assault scandals. Conference participants will participate in rigorous boot camps, workshops, intensive sessions and collaboration with peers and experts. “Every educator in America should be concerned with making college and university campuses safer learning environments, and protecting the campus community from sexual predators. Anyone who works in higher education can benefit from this year’s conference, focused on developing the tools to respond,” said conference chair and Professor of Law Peter F. Lake. Professor Lake is the Charles A. Dana Chair and director of Stetson’s Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy. For more information, call 727-562-7793 or email

December 29, 2014 in Conferences, Higher education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, December 8, 2014

ABA School to Prison Pipeline Town Hall Forum

The Criminal Justice Section, Council for Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Education Pipeline, and the Hispanic National Bar Association are hosting a town hall forum, The School-to-Prison Pipeline: What Are the Problems? What Are the Solutions? on February 6, 2015 in Houston.

To register, click on link to obtain Town Hall registration form at Register for 2015 ABA Houston Midyear at For more information about the School-to-Pipeline initiative, visit the above website or contact Rachel Patrick, Director, ABA Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice at or (312) 988-5408. 

December 8, 2014 in Conferences, Discipline | Permalink | Comments (0)

Call for Papers: Education and Civil Rights in Indian Country

The Arizona State University Law Journal will host a Symposium on Education and Civil Rights in Indian Country. The Symposium will be held in conjunction with a Town Hall forum on the School to Prison Pipeline (see below for more on the Town Hall series).  The conference will bring together individuals to discuss pipeline concerns, experts who have developed successful programs and projects across the country to address pipeline issues, and individuals and organizations from diverse backgrounds who are working toward solutions to this issue.

The Arizona State Law Journal is seeking papers on the School to Prison Pipeline or on aspects of Education and Civil Rights in Indian Country. Interested authors and researchers would be expected to present their work at ASU on the morning of March 27, 2015 and to stay to contribute to the Town Hall that afternoon.

Anyone interested in participating should submit a proposal no later than January 8, 2015. Selected participants will be notified byJanuary 22, 2015.

Outlines are due March 13, 2015.  Draft papers are due by March 27, 2015 and final submissions are due by July 31, 2015.

Proposals should include:

  • Statement of interest
  • Title of the presentation
  • Name, school/organization, phone number and email address of the presenter(s)
  • Short summary of the intended topic and approach

Proposals can be submitted here

Printable PDF Flyer

December 8, 2014 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Education Law Association 60th Annual Conference

Education Law Association 60th Annual Conference
Pre-Conference Seminars
Wednesday, November 12, 2014 – Sheraton San Diego Bay Tower, CA

Join Education Law Association prior to its 60th anniversary conference in
San Diego for your choice of four pre-conference seminars:
• Education Law for California K-12 Administrators
• Legal Ethics in Education
• K-12 Special Education
• Higher Education
With tight budgets, many professionals have had to make tough choices among conferences to attend. If you are unable to attend the entire ELA 60th Annual Conference, November 12-15, perhaps you, your colleagues, or students, will be able to attend one or more of our pre-conference sessions on Wednesday morning or afternoon. Each of the pre-conference sessions is geared to be of special interest to a primary audience of K-12 or higher education administrators, attorneys, education and law professors, as well as students who wish to learn more about education law.

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September 18, 2014 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Junior and Aspiring Faculty Workshop Opportunity

Thanks to Charlotte Garden for sharing the notice below.  I would encourage anyone who is even moderately interested to go.  One of the biggest mistakes I made early in my career was not taking advantage of great opportunities like these to get feedback.

Twelfth Annual LatCrit-SALT 
Call for Participation
 Junior Faculty Development Workshop
 October 9, 2014
 University of Nevada-Las VegasLas Vegas, NV 

LatCrit, Inc. and the Society of American Law Teachers (SALT) are pleased to invite interested participants to the Twelfth Annual Junior Faculty Development Workshop (FDW), immediately preceding the SALT Teaching Conference.  This annual workshop is designed for critical, progressive, and social justice oriented pre-tenure professors, including clinicians and legal writing professors, as well as those who may be contemplating a teaching career.  However, we also encourage more senior members of the profession to attend, share their experience, and serve as resources and mentors.

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Monday, July 28, 2014

The Higher Education Act at 50: Call for Papers

AALS Section on Education Law Call for Papers, January 2015 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

The Section on Education Law of the Association of American Law Schools issues this call for papers in connection with its program at the AALS annual meeting Jan. 2nd-5th, 2015 in Washington, DC. The program topic is “The Higher Education Act at 50.”

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act in San Marcos, TX on November 8, 1965, he said to the assembled crowd, “And when you look into the faces of your students and your children and your grandchildren, tell them that you were there when it began. Tell them that a promise has been made to them. Tell them that the leadership of your country believes it is the obligation of your Nation to provide and permit and assist every child born in these borders to receive all the education that he can take.” This Program will take stock of that promise on the fiftieth anniversary of its making. A distinguished panel of higher education law professors and policy makers, to include Professor Michael Olivas of the University of Houston Law Center, Professor Philip Schrag of Georgetown University Law Center, and Catherine Lhamon, the Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office for Civil Rights, will consider and discuss the financial, educational, and civil rights aspects of the HEA and its subsequent amendments as we move into the second half-century of its existence.

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July 28, 2014 in Conferences, Higher education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Friday, June 6, 2014

Loyola Law Hosts "Education Law: A Year in Review” in Chicago

Loyola_Chicago_Law_School_LogoThe Education Law & Policy Institute at Loyola University School of Law will present its seminar, “Education Law:  A Year in Review” on June 25, 2014, from 1-5 p.m. The seminar will address important developments in the area of education law during the past year. Topics to be addressed include recent federal guidance on school discipline, bullying, and sexual violence; best practices in special education due process hearings; and other hot topics in the area of education law. CLE credit is available, and a reception will follow the program. As part of the Civitas ChildLaw Center, the Loyola University Chicago Education Law and Policy Institute is designed for students, faculty, judges, practitioners, business leaders and policy makers who strive to serve the educational needs of children through the law. For the full program and to register, click here.

June 6, 2014 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Indiana University Hosts Martha McCarthy Education Law & Policy Summer Institute Next Week

On June 12-13, Indiana University Bloomington's School of Education will host its 47th annual Martha McCarthy Education Law & Policy Summer Institute. The Institute program will include several national speakers in school law including special education, bullying and harassment, and teacher evaluation. More information is available at the conference website here. Tip of the hat to Gina Umpstead at Edjurist for the post.

June 5, 2014 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Conference: Making the American Dream a Reality for Boys and Young Men of Color

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Ladders of Opportunity:
Making the American Dream a Reality for Boys and Young Men of Color

Tuesday, June 3, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
(Light refreshments served at 8:30 a.m.)

 National Press Club
529 14th Street, NW, Thirteenth Floor
Washington, DC 20045
Please join the American Institutes for Research, the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies and College Bound for a panel discussion about the Obama Administration’s initiative, My Brother’s Keeper.
Welcome and Opening Remarks:
The Honorable Ronald V. Dellums
Former Member of Congress
Andrew Ujifusa, State Policy and Politics Reporter, Education Week
Brian D. Smedley, Vice President and Director
Health Policy Institute, Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies
Darren Woodruff, Principal Researcher
Education Program, American Institutes for Research
Kenneth Ward, Executive Director
College Bound

President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper initiative currently is bringing together leading foundations and organizations to design and develop “ladders of opportunity” for boys and young men of color.   Panelists will identify problems and suggest clear recommendations for pressing issues affecting today’s young men of color.
Please click on the link to register for this event.

May 14, 2014 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, May 5, 2014

Upcoming Event in D.C.: Sixty Years after Bolling v. Sharpe: Public Education and the D.C. Federal Courts

Logo-3On Thursday, June 19, 2014, from 4:30-6:00, the Historical Society for the District of Columbia Circuit will host the program “Sixty Years after Bolling v. Sharpe: Public Education and the D.C. Federal Courts,” in the ceremonial courtroom in the Prettyman US Courthouse.  From the Society’s announcement:

Major cases such as Carr v. Corning in 1950, which endorsed “separate but equal” schools; Bolling v. Sharpe; Hobson v. Hansen in 1968, where Judge Skelly Wright enjoined “tracking” of students, ordered cross-town transfers, and required faculty integration; and Mills v. Board of Education in 1972, where the District Court held children in D.C. entitled to a free public education regardless of disabilities, have played a critical role in shaping public education in the District of Columbia. Associate Professor Eloise Pasachoff of the Georgetown University Law Center will open the program with stage-setting remarks highlighting the relevant history. This will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Clinical Professor James Forman, Jr. of the Yale Law School, a former Public Defender in D.C., and co-founder in 1997 of the Maya Angelou Public Charter School.  

Admission is free. A reception will follow the program. Reservations are not required.

May 5, 2014 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)

Thursday, March 20, 2014

The IDEA and Section 504: Current Trends and Challenges for Leading Practitioners in Education and Law

Lehigh University's College of Education is hosting a one-week intensive training on special education law.  The program is designed for special education coordinators, teachers, principals, pyschologists, parents, attorneys and hearing officers.  The program will include presentations by Michael Yudin, nominee for Assistant Secretary of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services, U.S. Dept. of Education, and Melody Musgrove, Director of Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Dept. of Education.  The program flyer is here:   Download Lehigh Sp Ed Law Symposium 2014.



March 20, 2014 in Conferences, Special Education | Permalink | Comments (0)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

AALS Call for Papers: Dead Upon Birth: The Inter-Generational Cycle of Thwarted Lives in America’s Poorest Neighborhoods

The AALS Section on Children and the Law is has announced a Call for Papers for the AALS 2015 Annual Meeting. The topic is Dead Upon Birth: The Inter-Generational Cycle of Thwarted Lives in America’s Poorest Neighborhoods.

“The D.U.B.” is a nickname southside Chicago residents have given a neighborhood exemplifying a tragic reality in many of this country’s urban and rural areas: Children are born into struggling families in deeply dysfunctional neighborhoods and have little chance for full and flourishing lives. In some parts of America, a boy born today is more likely to end up in prison than college and a girl is more likely to become drug addicted than married. Many parents keep young children in “lockdown” at home when they are not in school, to shield them for as long as possible from gang recruitment and gun crossfire. This panel will discuss the economic, political, and cultural causes of concentrated poverty, crime, and disease and alternative strategies for sparing children from it. Panelists will address, from a child-centered perspective, issues such as “neighborhood effect” on child development, state response to parental incapacity, housing policy, relocation programs, foster care and adoption, inadequate education, school disciplinary policies, access to healthcare, employment opportunities, substance abuse and mental illness, criminal law enforcement and incarceration, and societal responsibility for the circumstances in which children live.

Cynthia Godsoe, Brooklyn Law School, will be moderating the panel, which already includes Elizabeth Bartholet (Harvard Law School), Josh Gupta-Kagan (University of South Carolina School of Law), and James Dwyer (William & Mary School of Law).

The fourth panelist will be selected from the call for papers. There is no formal requirement as to the form or length of proposals. Preference will be given to proposals that are substantially complete and to papers that offer novel scholarly insights on the panel topic. A paper may have already been accepted for publication as long as it will not be published prior to the Annual Meeting. The Section does not have plans to publish the papers, so individual presenters are free to seek their own publishing opportunities.

Deadline: August 15, 2014. Please email submissions, in Word or PDF format, to the Program Committee c/o Jim Dwyer at with “CFP submission” in the subject line.

March 18, 2014 in Conferences, Scholarship | Permalink | Comments (0)

Monday, February 17, 2014

Assessment Across The Curriculum: Spring Conference for Law Teaching and Learning

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Assessment Across The Curriculum

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning has announced its one-day conference for law teachers who are interested in learning about effective techniques for assessing student learning. “Assessment Across the Curriculum”  will take place on Saturday, April 5, 2014, at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock, Arkansas. By the end of the conference, participants will have concrete ideas and assessment practices to take back to their students, colleagues, and institutions.

 Conference Content:  Sessions will address topics such as

  • Formative Assessment in Large Classes
  • Classroom Assessment Techniques
  • Using Rubrics for Formative and Summative Assessment
  • Assessing the Ineffable: Professionalism, Judgment, and Teamwork
  • Assessment Techniques for Statutory or Transactional Courses

Details about the conference are available at the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning here and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law ( 

February 17, 2014 in Conferences | Permalink | Comments (0)