Leandro at 20: Two Decades in Pursuit of a Sound Basic Education

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Friday, October 13, 2017

9:00 AM

1:30 PM

Classroom 5042

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 Hearings

  • 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

  • Derek Black, education law and policy professor, USC School of Law
  • Jen Story '11, supervising Attorney of Legal Aid's Advocates for Children's Services
  • Elizabeth Haddix '98 , Staff Attorney, UNC Center for Civil Rights,
  • Erika K. Wilson , Reef C. Ivey II Term Professor of Law, UNC School of Law

Registration is free

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