2003 Founders' Celebration Events

The Quest for Equal Educational Opportunity:
Brown Nears 50, San Antonio Turns 30

March 20-21, 2003


It has been nearly 50 years since the landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education held out the promise of equal educational opportunity for all. It has been 30 years since the Supreme Court redefined and limited the parameters of that equal opportunity in San Antonio Independent School District v. Rodriguez. This conference reflected on the history, impact and legacy of these two critically important rulings, and looked ahead at how access to equal educational opportunity may be shaped in the future.

Agenda

SESSION I
Thursday, March 20, 2003

6:00 - 6:30
Registration & Reception

6:30 - 8:30
Brown v. Board of Education
: A Moot Court Argument

Advocates considered the problem of racially-segregated education in light of the circumstances in 1954 and with the benefit of hindsight regarding what we have learned in the ensuing decades about desegregation.

Lawyers:
Erwin Chemerinsky, University of Southern California School of Law, for petitioners
Derrick Bell, New York University School of Law, for respondents

Judges:
Judge Paul L. Friedman, U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
Judge Nathaniel R. Jones, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (Retired)
Judge Damon J. Keith, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
Professor Earl Maltz, Rutgers School of Law at Camden
Professor Jamin Raskin, American University Washington College of Law
Judge Inez Smith Reid, District of Columbia Court of Appeals

SESSION II
Friday, March 21, 2003

8:30 - 9:15
Registration & Breakfast

9:15 - 10:45
Panel I - Brown:
History, Context, Current Assessment

Panelists:
Professor Erwin Chemerinsky University of Southern California School of Law
Professor Genna Rae McNeil University of North Carolina
Professor John Boger University of North Carolina School of Law
Judith Winston former general counsel, U.S. Department of Education

Moderator:
Professor Steve Wermiel American University Washington College of Law

11:00 - 12:30
Panel II - San Antonio:
History, Context, Current Assessment

Panelists:
Professor Rachel Moran University of California at Berkeley School of Law
Professor James Ryan University of Virginia School of Law
Professor Earl Maltz Rutgers School of Law at Camden
Professor Denise C. Morgan New York Law School

Moderator:
Judith Winston former general counsel, U.S. Department of Education

12:30 - 1:45
Luncheon - The Civil Rights Era:
A Look Back by Those Who Lived and Litigated Through It

Panelists:
Judge Damon J. Keith U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit
Judge Nathaniel R. Jones U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit (Retired)
William Taylor Law Offices of William Taylor

1:45 - 3:15
Panel III - Looking Ahead:
Ideas for the Future of Equal Educational Opportunity

Panelists:
Professor Charles Lawrence Georgetown University Law Center and D.C. School Board
Professor Susan Low Bloch Georgetown University Law Center
Professor Roslyn Mickelson University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Professor Jamin Raskin American University Washington College of Law

Moderator:
Professor Thomas Sargentich American University Washington College of Law

3:15 - 3:30
Closing Remarks