ND Forum Symposium: Educational Innovation and the Law

Fri Nov 18, 2011, 9:00AM - 4:00PM

Eck Hall of Law, McCartan Coutroom

Location: Eck Hall of Law, McCartan Coutroom

Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey will serve as keynote speaker at this symposium hosted by the Notre Dame Law Review. The event will consider a wide range of legal issues related to education, including the education gp, school choice, charter schools, labor unions, and the effect of the current fiscal crisis on public education. Two panels of legal scholars will discuss issues surrounding educational innovation. Information on the panels, prior to the 2:30 pm keynote address by Gov. Christie, follows.

8:30 – 8:45 AM        Introductions – Professor Nicole Garnett

8:45 – 10:45 AM      Panel One – Moderated by Professor Patty O’Hara, Notre Dame Law School

  • Professor Michael Heise (Cornell Law) – “Law and Policy Entrepreneurs: Empirical Evidence on the Expansion of School Choice Policy”
  • Professor Nicole Garnett (Notre Dame Law) – “Are Charters Enough Choice?  School Choice and the Future of Catholic Schools”
  • Professor Jim Dwyer (William & Mary Law) – “Regulatory, Market, and Ethical Limitations on Parental Choice as a Strategy for Educational Innovation”
  • Professor Roderick Hills (New York University Law) – “Decentralization & Innovation”
  • Professor Joseph Viteritti (City University of New York) – “The Federal Role in School Reform: Obama’s ‘Race to the Top’”

12:00 – 2:00 PM      Panel Two – Moderated by Associate Dean Rick Garnett,                                       Notre Dame Law

  • Professor Andrea Matwyshyn (Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania) – “Digital Childhood:  Technology, Privacy and Schools.”
  • Professor Rosemary Salomone (St. John’s University Law) – “Language, Identity, and the Debate over Multiculturalism: Transatlantic Views on Immigrant Schooling”
  • Professor Lia Epperson (American University Law) - TBA
  • Professor Peter Schuck (Yale Law), Matthew Matera, & David Noah – “What Happens to the ‘Bad Apples’: A Study of Suspensions in New York City Schools”


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