Monday, May 25, 2020

Call for Papers for the Education Law Section at the 2021 AALS Annual Meeting

 The Section on Education Law is pleased to announce (with co-sponsorship from the Immigration Law Section) a Call for Papers from which one or two additional presenters will be selected for the section’s program entitled “The Future of Plyler v. Doe on its 40th Anniversary” in January, 2021 in San Francisco. 
Panel Details  The Supreme Court’s consideration of undocumented students’ access to public K-12 education in Plyler v. Doe in 1981 has largely been interpreted broadly to require their admission to public schools and to prevent discrimination against them. With the current administration’s aggressive stance on immigration enforcement, Congress’s failure to pass any kind of amnesty for undocumented students, legal challenges to the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, and a change in the makeup of the Court, the future of Plyler children is unclear.
This program, which is co-sponsored by the AALS Section on Immigration Law, will explore the future of undocumented students’ access to public education in light of these and any other related events. What did the Court actually hold in Plyler? To what extent are students who are undocumented currently fully integrated into public schools? Would this Supreme Court uphold or overturn the decision? 
Submission Method and Due Date  Please email submissions to Professor Maryam Ahranjani at by Friday, August 14, 2020. Papers that address the theme of children’s access to education regardless of immigration status and current challenges are welcome. Although there are no requirements for the length of the submission, the review committee will preference completed drafts over abstracts or outlines. The Education Law Section executive committee will review the submissions and select up to two papers to be presented at our section’s program in January. 
Questions?  Please direct any inquires to Professor Ahranjani at the e-mail address above. Please note that the author of the paper(s) selected will be responsible for paying all expenses associated with attendance at the AALS meeting. However, remote participation on the panel may be available for those who are unable to travel to the conference in person.

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