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Children's Legal Rights Journal Symposium

Loyola University Chicago’s
Children's Legal Rights Journal


Discipline in Schools:
Moving Beyond Zero Tolerance

Friday, October 17, 2014

8:30 AM– 3:30 PM
Philip H. Corboy Law Center
Power Rogers & Smith Ceremonial Courtroom
25 E. Pearson Street, Chicago

Symposium Brochure (PDF)

This one-day conference will explore the issue of school discipline. In January 2014, the Obama administration issued guidelines calling for an end to zero-tolerance policies in schools across the nation. Speakers will discuss the changing landscape of school discipline, including achievements and challenges in implementing new school practices. This event will also focus on how reform efforts impact both the school-to-prison pipeline and discipline in charter schools.

Please click HERE to register for the event.


8:30 AM Welcome and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM Overview of School Discipline Reform
Daniel Losen, Director of the Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA
Losen Symposium Slides (PPT)

9:45 AM   Special Address
Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Education

10:45 AM   Illinois Reform
Jose Sanchez, Safe Schools Consortium Coordinator, Voices of Youth in Chicago Education (VOYCE)

11:10 AM   Chicago Perspective
Mariame Kaba, Founding Director of Project NIA

11:50 AM   Luncheon Panel - Teens Talk: Voices of Youth in Chicago Education
12:20 PM 
  Panel - Special Focus: School to Prison Pipeline
Michelle Rappaport, Social Worker and Creator of Building Bridges
Rappaport Symposium Slides (PPT)
Rachel Shapiro, Staff Attorney Equip for Equality
Shapiro Symposium Slides (PPT)
Elissa Johnson, Staff Attorney at Southern Poverty Law Center
Johnson Symposium Slides (PPT)

Moderator Dan Losen

1:45 PM   Panel - Special Focus: Policy Reform and Charter Schools
Charter School Panel Slides (PPT)
Jessica Schneider, Staff Attorney at Chicago Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights 
Charlie Wysong, Staff Attorney at Equip for Equality
Julie Waterstone, Visiting Professor at Northwestern University School of Law and Professor at Southwestern Law School

Moderator Miranda Johnson, Associate Director of the Education Law and Policy Institute at Loyola   

3:00 – 3:30 PM  Closing Remarks 

This program has been approved by the Illinois MCLE Board for 4.5 hours of General MCLE credit.  The program has also been approved for 5.5 hours of CEU credit. 

The attendance fee for attendees seeking CLE credit is $50.  Loyola University Chicago alumni can register at a discounted rate of $40.  Public interest and government attorneys seeking CLE credit and those seeking CEU credits can register at a discounted rate of $25.  Loyola faculty, staff, and students and anyone not seeking CLE credit are invited to attend free of charge.

If you have any questions, contact Symposium Editor Melissa Anderson at manderson7@luc.edu


Philip H. Corboy Law Center · 25 E. Pearson Street · Chicago, IL 60611 · 312.915.7120

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