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Symposium on Education as a Civil Right


February 2, 2008 8:00am - 5:00pm

Stanford Law School
Crown Quadrangle
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

Education policy is in an exceptional state of flux. Recent legal and political developments in areas ranging from school desegregation, to high stakes testing, to school choice will have important effects on our education system for years to come. This symposium convenes many of the foremost legal and education scholars, practitioners, and advocates from universities and organizations around the country to discuss recent developments, trends, and ideas in the current education landscape. The symposium will be open to the public and is expected to draw students and practitioners interested in education law, policy, administration, politics, and public interest law.


Keynote Address:

  • Christopher Edley Jr., Dean and Professor of Law, Boalt Hall

Closing address:

  • Dr. Robert P. Moses, President, The Algebra Project

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Bill Abrams (Consulting Professor, Stanford University)
  • John T. Affeldt (Managing Attorney, Public Advocates)
  • Stuart Biegel (Education Faculty and Law Faculty, University of California, Los Angeles)
  • Amanda Broun (Senior Vice President, Public Education Network)
  • John Coons (Robert L. Bridges Professor of Law, Boalt Hall)
  • Ron Ferguson (Harvard Kennedy School of Government, Lecturer in Public Policy, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy)
  • Kenji Hakuta (Professor of Education, Stanford University)
  • Garth Harries (Chief Executive, Office of New Schools, New York City Department of Education) (SLS Alum '00)
  • Damon Hewitt (Assistant Counsel, NAACP Legal Defense Fund, New Orleans)
  • Bill Koski (Eric and Nancy Wright Professor of Clinical Education, Stanford University)
  • Hank Levin (William H Kilpatrick Professor of Economics & Education, Columbia University)
  • Catherine Lhamon (Staff Attorney, ACLU of Southern California)
  • Shawn Morehead (Litigation Director, Advocates for Children of New York)
  • Monty Neill (Director, National Center for Fair & Open Testing)
  • Joseph O. Oluwole (Assistant Professor, Counseling, Human Development and Educational Leadership Montclair State University)
  • Wendy Puriefoy (President, Public Education Network)
  • Jim Ryan (William L. Matheson and Robert M. Morgenthau Distinguished Professor, UVA Law School)
  • Stephen Rosenbaum (Lecturer, Boalt Hall)
  • Jamienne S. Studley (President and CEO, Public Advocates)
  • Paul Tractenberg (Chair, Education Law Center; Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and Alfred C. Clapp Distinguished Public Service Professor of Law, Rutgers School of Law-Newark)
  • John TrasviƱa (President and General Counsel, MALDEF)
  • Michael Wald (Jackson Eli Reynolds Professor of Law, Emeritus, Stanford Law School)

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