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March 29 Symposium to Examine Impact of U.S. Supreme Court Decision on Race-based School Assignment Policies

March 11, 2008 – 

In June 2007, the U.S. Supreme Court held (in Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District No. 1 and Meredith v. Jefferson County Board of Education) that school districts cannot use race as the sole factor in assigning students to public schools. On Saturday, March 29, Rutgers Race and the Law Review, a student-run publication at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, will devote its annual symposium to the broad implications of the decision and its impact on New Jersey schools.

What:  “Equal Protection or Just ‘Separate but Equal’?: The future of diversity following Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School District
Who: Panel 1: Parents Involved in Community Schools: The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on race-based school assignment plans
  Professor Angelo Ancheta, Santa Clara School of Law
  Professor Leslie Yalof Garfield, Pace Law School
  Damon Hewitt (invited), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Panel 2: People Involved: Implications of the Court’s Decision
  Paul Beard, Pacific Legal Foundation
  Anurima Bhargava (invited), NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund
  Derrell Bradford, Excellent Education for Everyone
  Professor Cedric Powell, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Panel 3: How are New Jersey Schools Affected?
  Patricia Bombelyn, Excellent Education for Everyone
  Assemblywoman Mila Jasey (invited), Legislative District 27
  Martin Perez, Latino Leadership Alliance of New Jersey
  Professor Paul Tractenberg, Rutgers Institute for Education Law and Policy
  Junius Williams (invited), Abbott Leadership Institute
When: 9 am – 3 pm, Saturday, March 29, 2008
Where: McCarter & English Lecture Hall (lower level), Rutgers School of Law–Newark