50 Years After San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez: New and Old Fights for Equity in Public Schools

February 17, 2023
Demetrio P. Rodriguez (center), lead plaintiff in San Antonio ISD v. Rodriguez. // Courtesy UTSA Special Collections

The Virginia Law Review (VLR) Online invites you to join us in Charlottesville, Virginia on February 17, 2023 for this year’s Symposium: “50 Years After San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez: New and Old Fights for Equity in Public Schools.” Fifty years ago, the majority of the Supreme Court in Rodriguez rejected the claim that education is a fundamental right and held that Texas’ system of using local property taxes to fund its public schools did not violate the Equal Protection Clause. Today, the fight for equity in K-12 public education continues on numerous fronts––some decades-old and some unique to the present moment. With debates about public schooling increasingly becoming a microcosm of larger political and social issues, we are interested in contextualizing these struggles and thinking creatively about ways to forge a more just and equitable system. This one-day Symposium will feature paper presentations, topical panel discussions, a book signing, a keynote address, and more. 

St. Mary’s University Law professor Albert Kauffman delivered the keynote address for the 2023 Virginia Law Review Online Symposium. Professor Kauffman was introduced by Angela Ciolfi (’03), executive director of the Legal Aid Justice Center. 

UVA Law professor Kimberly J. Robinson discussed the Rodriguez case and her co-edited book, The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity. UVA Law professor Richard Schragger moderated the event.


To view the Symposium schedule, please see HERE.


All Symposium participants and attendees must register for the event by securing a free Eventbrite ticket HERE.

Planning Your Trip

For more information about planning your trip to Charlottesville, Virginia, please see HERE.

Information about parking at the Law School on the day of the Symposium can be found HERE.


Please direct questions to the Online Development Editor, Sydney Stanley (sas5av@virginia.edu).