2023 Virginia Law Review Online Symposium

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


9:00–10:00am: Continental Breakfast & Check In

10:00–10:15am: Opening Remarks by Angela Ciolfi, Executive Director of the Legal Aid Justice Center

10:15–10:45am: Keynote Address by Albert Kauffman, Professor of Law, St. Mary’s University School of Law

10:45–11:45am: Paper Presentations

  • Professor Earl M. Maltz, The Road to Rodriguez: Presidential Politics, Judicial Appointments, and the Contingent Nature of Constitutional Law

12:00–12:45pm: A Conversation with Professor Kimberly J. Robinson on The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez: Creating New Pathways to Equal Educational Opportunity (Harvard Education Press 2015)

  • Moderator: Richard C. Schragger, Walter L. Brown Professor of Law, Martha Lubin Karsh and Bruce A. Karsh Bicentennial Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

1:00–2:00pm: Lunch & Book Signing (A Federal Right to Education: Fundamental Questions for Our Democracy (NYU Press 2019) & The Enduring Legacy of Rodriguez (Harvard Education Press 2015)) with Professor Robinson

2:00–2:45pm: Concurrent Panels

Panel 1: Innovative State Policies: Ensuring Access, Equity, and Excellent Education in the K-12 System

  • Derek W. Black, Professor of Law, Ernest F. Hollings Chair in Constitutional Law, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • David Hinojosa, Director of Educational Opportunities Project, Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Genevieve Siegel-Hawley, Associate Professor of Educational Leadership, Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education
  • Moderator: Chris Yarrell, Education Advocate, Center for Law and Education

Panel 2: Contemporary Legal Issues in School Choice Litigation

  • Samuel Davis, Liman Fellow, ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation

3:00–3:45pm: Concurrent Panels

Panel 3: Education Federalism: The Role of the Federal Government in Education Past, Present, and Future

  • Janel A. George, Associate Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center
  • Neal McCluskey, Director of Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
  • Moderator: Richard M. Re, Joel B. Piassick Research Professor of Law, University of Virginia School of Law

Panel 4: Restrictions on Curriculum and Free Speech in the Classroom

  • Osamudia James, Professor of Law, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • Moderator: Terry Allen, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Virginia School of Law

4:00–4:15pm: Closing Remarks by Patricia D. Rodriguez