Thursday, September 20, 2018
The Education Law Association is hosting its 64th annual conference in Cleveland this year on Nov. 7-10. It promises to be one of the best in years, covering a range of immediately pressing topics and recognizing historic anniversaries as well. This year, Mary Beth Tinker, from the seminal Tinker v. Des Moines, will deliver the keynote. In fact, the conference will host her in what is, to the week, the 50th anniversary of the oral arguments in the case. Having been with Mary Beth recently at another event, I can tell you that her presentation will be incredibly refreshing and tell both her personal story and the longer story of how student activism around various different issues--desegregation, war, and guns--has shaped the nation.
Ken Trump, a frequent witness before Congress on school safety issues, will also deliver a featured talk. And, per custom, Mark Walsh, author of Ed Week's school law blog, will offer his annual update on the Supreme Court.
Those looking for other excuses to attend can visit the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame, which is just a few blocks away from the conference, or attend the various mixers and meals, where a huge chunk of the leaders in our field will be mingling about. Just glancing at the program (and surely leaving people off whom I shouldn't), I am seeing, in no particular order, Rob Garda, Julie Mead, Preston Green, Regina Umpstead, TK Daniel, Justin Bathon, William Thro, Suzanne Eckes, and Perry Zirkel. I have always found it to be an incredibly inviting group of people.
For more information on the conference and registration, see here.