Schools of Thought: The Journal’s 2016 Symposium

A Symposium on Education Law and Public Policy in Arkansas

Date: March 11, 2016

Time: 12 PM to 5 PM; Check-in begins at 11:30 AM

Place: Room 305 at UA Little Rock Bowen School of Law

Education Law relates to schools, teachers, and the rights of Americans to a public education, as well as standards for those students who attend private schools. In recent years, laws affecting education in Arkansas has rapidly expanded. The goal of this legal symposium is to raise awareness of the continued progress that has been made in Arkansas’ Education System, as well as, problems that continue to be faced today and effective solutions to those problems. Topics to be covered at the Symposium range from statewide education objectives to free speech on college campuses.

Please join The Arkansas Journal for Social Change and Public Service for its Fourth Annual Symposium to learn about advancements in our education system!

The Final Schedule is as follows:

11:30 AM   Check-In & Lunch Provided

12:00 PM

Don Ernst | Education Policy Professor at University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service

1:00 PM

Gary Newton | President & CEO of Arkansas Learns

2:00 PM

Thomas Pennington | University Counsel for Arkansas Tech University

3:00 PM

Cory Biggs | Counsel for Arkansas Department of Education

Jennifer Davis | Counsel for Arkansas Department of Education

Courtney Salas-Ford | Counsel for Arkansas Department of Education

4:00 PM

Susana O’Daniel | Director of Public Affairs for Arkansas Education Association

Michael Gray | Arkansas State Representative for District 47 & Minority House Leader

Scott Richardson | Former Arkansas Senior Assistant Attorney General & Founding Partner of McDaniel, Richardson, & Calhoun PLLC

Kathryn Hazelett | Education Policy Director for Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families

5:00 PM: Symposium End

We anticipate authorization of five hours of CLE credit for those who attend.

Interested attendees should send any questions or comments to:

Aarika Kilgore, Symposium Editor, at