Saturday, June 9, 2012

Write On! Affirmative action & right to education

(Write On! is an occasional item about notable calls for papers)

Papers are being sought for a joint program entitled Forty Years after Rodriguez, 35 Years after Bakke: Education, Equality and Fundamental Rights, to be held 2-5 p.m.  on January 4, 2013, as part of the annual meeting of the Association of American Law Schools in New Orleans, Louisiana. Convening the 2-panel session will be the Section on Constitutional Law and the Section on Education Law of AALS. Cosponsors are the Sections on Children and the Law, Minority Groups and State and Local Government Law.
Impetus for the program is not only the U.S. Supreme Court decisions mentioned in the program title, but also the Court's decision to hear argument next year in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, a challenge to the university's affirmative action program.
► For the initial panel, the Section on Educational Law welcomes proposals for a paper, to be published in the University of Richmond Law Review, on any number of topics: "how federal and/or state law is or should advance equal educational opportunity, particularly in school finance"; whether "the persistence of disparities in educational opportunity" merits U.S. Supreme Court reconsideration of its holding, in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez (1973), that there is no federal constitutional right to education; "role and effectiveness of the federal and/or state legislative and executive branches in promoting equal educational opportunity; and, whether the state of elementary and secondary educational opportunity should influence" decision in Fisher.
Abstracts should be sent to Section Chair Kimberly J. Robinson (left), Professor at the University of Richmond School of Law, She also can provide the full call for papers.
► For the 2d panel, the Section on Constitutional Law welcomes proposals for a paper, to be posted on the AALS website and published in the Loyola Law Review, that reflects on "the legacy of" Regents of the University of California v. Bakke (1978), in which a divided Court rejected a medical school's  affirmative action policy, and further addresses "how the Court should decide Fisher," with respect to questions like the significance of empirical studies and the role of diversity in education.The Section writes that "[j]unior scholars, women, and faculty of color are especially invited to submit abstracts."
Abstracts of no more than 5 pages should be submitted to Section Chair Mark S. Scarberry, Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law,, who also can provide a full version of his Section's call.
Deadline for submissions for either panel, which must be from full-time faculty members of AALS member schools, is August 1, 2012.

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