In recognition of the 20th anniversary of the N.C. Supreme
Court’s ruling that the state constitution guarantees equal opportunity in
public schools (Leandro v. State),
the UNC Center for Civil
Rights and the UNC Education
Law & Policy Society, Black
Law Students Association, and National Lawyers Guild are sponsoring a half-day conference on education in North Carolina.
“Leandro at 20:
Two Decades in Pursuit of a Sound Basic Education” will feature presenters who
have played an integral role in education in North Carolina over the last two
decades. Organizers invite law students, education advocates, school
administrators, and community members to the free conference which includes two
panels, lunch and an opportunity for engaged discussion among participants.
Featured speakers include June Atkinson, who served as N.C. superintendent
of public instruction from 2004 to 2017; Jack Boger
'74, former dean and professor emeritus at UNC School of Law; and Ann McColl '91, CEO
of The Innovation Project.
Panel discussions include:
One Trial, Three Supreme Court Hearings and 13 Years of
The Honorable Robert Orr '75, former associate justice of the N.C. Supreme Court
Melanie Dubis, lead counsel for the plaintiff school districts in Leandro
Howard Lee, former state senator and Chapel Hill mayor
New Challenges in Securing a Sound, Basic Education