Education and Law Symposium At Willamette University March 2

The Willamette Law Review and the Willamette University College of Law will present a "Symposium on Education and the Law" March 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the College in Salem.

The keynote address will be given by Lee C. Bollinger, president elect of Columbia University and former president of the University of Michigan.

The symposium will address current legal and policy issues related to education in the United States. Panel topics include student privacy rights, school vouchers and charter schools. Also Rep. Janet Carlson, who served on the State Interagency Coordinating Council on Early Intervention and Early Childhood Special Education and the State Commission on Children and Families, will give an update on 2001 legislative issues in education as well as expectations for the 2003 legislative session.

The first panel on school voucher programs and constitutional concerns will focus on school voucher movements and their propriety under the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Panelists include:

  • John C. Eastman, associate professor of law and director of the Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence, Chapman University School of Law. Eastman previously served as a law clerk with Justice Clarence Thomas at the U.S. Supreme Court and is a nationally recognized constitutional scholar.
  • Steven K. Green, associate professor of law, Willamette University College of Law. Green is former counsel and director of policy for the organization Americans United for the Separation of Church and State. He has been involved in the Cleveland school vouchers litigation and will participate in the U.S. Supreme Court litigation related to that program.
  • Steve Buckstein, president and co-founder of the Cascade Policy Institute, is a recognized national authority on education reform and Social Security private accounts.
  • Charles F. Hinkle, attorney at law, Stoel Rives LLP, has extensive experience in Oregon constitutional law and frequently litigates on behalf of the ACLU. He will offer an Oregon constitutional analysis and perspective that school voucher programs violate the state religion clauses.

The moderator for this panel is: Claudia Burton, professor of law emeritus, Willamette University College of Law.

The focus of the second panel is charter school movements and legal relationships between such schools and governmental entities. Particular attention will be given to issues involving accountability of the charter school to local authorities, control of the charter school by state and local authorities, and funding of the charter school by all levels of government. Panelists include:

  • David Scott, associate vice president of development for Beacon Education Management, Inc. He is nationally recognized for his legal expertise in charter schools and is the founder and founding chairman of the board of St. Louis Charter School, the first charter school in St. Louis, Mo.
  • Jim Green, attorney and senior legislative advocate for the Oregon School Boards Association, has been active in the Oregon Legislature since 1987. John W. Liljegren, field director, Oregon Charter School Service Center, is active in assisting charter schools and serving on boards of charter schools in Oregon. He has extensive familiarity with Oregon's charter school law.

The moderator for this panel is Leroy J. Tornquist, professor of law, Willamette University College of Law.

The focus of the third panel is student privacy rights. Drug testing of high school athletes and non-athletes and punishment for students for out-of-school speech and conduct will be covered.

Panelists include:

  • Paul Goodwin, an attorney with Garrertt, Hemann, Robertson, Jennings, Comstock & Trethewy, practices governmental law, school law, labor law and employment law. He will discuss "suspicionless" drug testing of high school students and the propriety of such under the U.S. Constitution.
  • Timothy R. Volpert, an attorney with Davis Wright Tremaine, practices in the areas of education law, employment law and natural resources law. He successfully represented the Vernonia School District before the United States Supreme Court in the case of Vernonia School District 47J v. Acton, which established the legality of drug testing student athletes.
  • Aaron H. Caplan, ACLU attorney, is actively involved in student speech-related school discipline cases. He will discuss trends in that litigation and offer a perspective regarding developing litigation related to school punishment of students for out-of-school speech and conduct.

The moderator for this panel is Gilbert P. Carrasco, professor of law, Willamette University College of Law.

Richard L. Biffle III, director of the School of Education at Willamette University School of Education, will give closing remarks.

Symposium fees are $60 for attorneys, $20 for judges, $30 for students and non-attorneys. Willamette University students are admitted free.

For more information or to register, please contact Andrea Whalen at 503-375-5435.