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ELPS Elections (April 3)

ELPS held elections to elect the incoming board for the 2013-2014 school year. Lunch was provided.

"Method behind the madness": A Roundtable Discussion on Law School Pedagogy feat. Prof. McClanahan (March 27)

ELPS held a roundtable discussion with Prof. Jon McClanahan to discuss law school pedagogy and its ramifications. Students had an opportunity to discuss their thoughts on law school learning methods, and make suggestions for the future. Lunch was provided.

Traditional and Non-Traditional Careers in Higher Education Law (March 18)

ELPS partnered with the CDO to present a career panel on traditional and non-traditional careers in higher education law. Panelists included Dean Mosteller, Kelly Podger Smith and Dr. Dana Thompson Dorsey.

Executive Board Interest Meeting (March 6)

ELPS held an executive board interest meeting for students interested in serving on ELPS' board for the 2013-2014 school year.

Movement of Youth Presentations (Fall 2012)

ELPS partnered with Movement of Youth, a local educational organization, to provide law students with an exciting community involvement opportunity. Student volunteers donated one hour of their time to present to local students about civic engagement. This was a wonderful opportunity to give back to the community and invest in the lives of well-deserving students!

"Careers in Education Law Panel" (Fall 2012)

ELPS partnered with Child Action to present a career panel on traditional and non-traditional careers in primary education law!

"Introducing choice into public school systems" panel (Fall 2012)

ELPS presented a panel who considered the pros and cons of an all-voucher system. Panelists included state senator Fletcher Hartsell, Professor Douglas Lauen, and Christopher Hill with the NC Justice Center. Dean Boger served as moderator.

411 West Food sale (FALL 2012)

ELPS hosted a food sale featuring 411 West. All proceeds went to support ELPS!

ELPS Meet-and-greet (FALL 2012)

Students met ELPS board members and a representatives from Disability Rights NC. They were also able to sign up for some education-law related pro bono projects.

ELPS Welcome back social (FALL 2012)

ELPS hosted a welcome back social at a board member's house for students to meet the board and other ELPS members.

Student Activities fair (FALL 2012)

Interested students dropped by to learn more about ELPS and sign up for our listserv.

"No Wine Left Behind" Wine Social (SPRING 2012)

ELPS members gathered at West End Wine Bar for wine specials and informal conversation. It was our last event of the Spring 2012 semester.

ELPS Elections (Spring 2012)

Members met to elect our incoming board. Click on 'About Us' to see the new board members!

Representing Children: A Career Panel for Students Interested in Legal Issues Pertaining to Juveniles (Spring 2012)

ELPS partnered with Child Action and the Career Development Office to present a career panel featuring local professionals who work with children's legal issues in various capacities.

Pre-Election Interest Meeting (Spring 2012)

ELPS held a pre-election interest meeting for those interested in getting involved with ELPS next year. ELPS is a growing organization, in its second year with room for new ideas.

Food Sale (Spring 2012)

ELPS held a lunch sale catered by Chapel Hill's 411 West. We served pasta, salad, bread, and dessert. All proceeds supported ELPS.

Dessert Social (fall 2011)

As a fun way to end the semester, we enjoyed some yummy desserts and met with other students and faculty interested in education law.

Legal Careers in Higher Education Panel (fall 2011)

Co-hosted by us and the Career Development Office, featured:

  • Kelly Podger Smith, Careers in Higher Education Administration
  • Professor John Coyle, legal teaching careers
  • David Harrison, UNC General Administration Legal Affairs
  • Fletcher Fairer, UNC-CH Office of University Counsel
  • Shante Martin, NC Community College Legal Counsel

The State of Education in North Carolina: Addressing the Constitutional Implications (fall 2011)

An academic panel featuring:

  • Dean Boger, moderating
  • Matthew Ellinwood, North Carolina Justice Center, Policy Advocate Education Law Project
  • Dr. Terry Stoops, John Locke Foundation, Education Studies Director
  • Neal Ramee, Tharrington Smith, Education Lawyer
  • Darrell Allison, Parents for Educational Freedom in North Carolina, President
  • Mark Dorosin, Center for Civil Rights, Senior Managing Attorney

General Interest Meeting (fall 2011)

We had a "drop-in" style general interest meeting for students who were interested in learning more about ELPS. Students could come by and grab a sweet treat, learn more about ELPS, and meet some of our members.

Pro Bono Training (fall 2011)

ELPS held a training session for their Know Your Rights pro bono project. We designed this project to inform parents and community organizations about students' rights. Trained students will present this information to members of the community throughout the semester. Training counts for pro bono hours!

Welcome Back Lunch Sale (fall 2011)

ELPS held a lunch sale catered by legendary Chapel Hill caterer, Mark Day. For $5/plate students could enjoy a delicious Southern feast, which included vegetarian chili, greens, cornbread and dessert. All proceeds supported ELPS.

Italian Food Sale (spring 2011)

The law school community was invited to buy some delicious Italian food from Maggiano's for lunch to support ELPS!

Race and Law: Theory and Practice (spring 2011)

Lunch provided!

As civil rights attorneys, the Center for Civil Rights hears from both critics and allies that an emphasis only on integration is not always the communities' priority, or not the best strategic choice. Is this a step backwards to the pre-Brown period of "separate but equal," or a recognition of the need for new strategies where traditional civil rights approaches have advanced the cause as far as the law or society will accept

Join the UNC Center for Civil Rights and the Office of Public Service Programs as Dean John Charles (Jack) Boger, Professor Charles E. Daye, Assistant Professor Catherine Y. Kim, and Visiting Associate Professor Derek W. Black engage in the first of three honest and compelling conversations that respond to the questions of race, class and the law.

  • Is neighborhood and school integration the primary goal of civil rights law?
  • If our goal remains integration, with the current composition of the courts, does a legal focus on equity makes more sense as a legal strategy(Leandro v. Title 6)?
  • Is integration itself merely a necessary means to equity, or does the law continue to recognize integration as an affirmative value;
  • Does integration and diversity necessarily encourage assimilation of people of color and immigrant communities;
  • Does the current civil rights regime provide channels for addressing issues of discrimination within a racially diverse school (like the school to prison pipeline, lack of assistance to students in need of an IEP, or steering children of color into remedial classes), or is it limited to integrating a building?

Civil rights law and legal issues revolving around race and discrimination are both vibrant and legally challenging! Join our esteemed guests as they deconstruct the theory and practice of civil rights law!

Spring Dessert Social (spring 2011)

Members enjoyed dessert and informal networking with fellow students, staff and faculty interested in education law and policy. Thanks to the ELPS board for cooking up some great treats!

Careers in Education Law (spring 2011)

ELPS hosted Chris Willett, a former school board attorney who now works for UNC, Shante Martin, counsel for the North Carolina Community College System, and Ginny Fogg, a local special education attorney with considerable experience with IDEA cases, and Robert M. Kennedy, Jr., an education law attorney with Tharrington Smith, LLP. These attorneys discussed their careers and answered questions. We had a delicious pizza lunch and a great turnout of 60!

Center for Civil Rights Education Panel (spring 2011)

The Center for Civil Rights, the Office of Public Service Programs and ELPS co-sponsored the first of a series of education-focused panels, organized by the Center for Civil Rights, entitled Race and the Law: Theory and Practice.

  • Facilitator: Peter Gilbert, UNC Center for Civil Rights, Fellow
  • Jack Boger, UNC School of Law, Dean and Wade Edwards Distinguished Professor of Law
  • Charles Daye, UNC School of Law, Henry Brandis Professor of Law and Deputy Director of the Center for Civil Rights
  • Catherine Kim, UNC School of Law, Assistant Professor
  • Derek Black, UNC School of Law, Visiting Associate Professor
  • Elizabeth Haddix, UNC Center for Civil Rights, Staff Attorney

Students' Rights Pro Bono Project (Spring 2011)

ELPS created a presentation to inform parents and community organizations about students' rights. Training began in February 2011 and participating students will give presentations throughout the spring semester.

Waiting for Superman Social Night (Fall 2010)

ELPS invited students to an outing to view the documentary Waiting for Superman at a local theater, with a discussion afterward.

Education Careers Brownbag Lunch (Fall 2010)

ELPS organized a brownbag lunch with Visiting Professor Derek Black, who shared his insights and experiences working in education law and offered tips to students seeking out career opportunities in education law and policy.

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