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Nov. 4-7, 2020 – Hilton Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, Florida


2019 Annual Conference

November 13-16, 2019, Norfolk Waterside Marriott, Norfolk, Virginia 


General Conference Information

Room Locator - Floor Plan

At-a-Glance Conference Schedule

Presenters & Presiders Index 

Wednesday Schedule, Preconferences

Thursday Schedule, Presentations & Events

Friday Schedule, Presentations & Events

Saturday Schedule, Roundtables & Events

Conference Book Sale

The Education Law Association's Annual Conference attracts hundreds of scholars and practitioners in the field from all over the United States and a number of other countries. This uniquely diverse gathering draws attorneys, professors, education leaders and administrators, graduate and law students, educators, consultants, reporters, and other stakeholders from the worlds of PK-12 and higher education; public, private, and charter sectors; colleges of education and law schools; plaintiff- and defense-side; labor and management; and more! It's an extraordinarily welcoming gathering that offers the richness and variety of programming that ELA's diversity and cross-fertilization make possible.

driver justin headshotKeynote speaker: Justin Driver
Professor of Law
Yale Law School

In his acclaimed book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind, Professor Driver argues that "the public school has served as the single most significant site of constitutional interpretation within the nation’s history." He has written for SlateThe AtlanticThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, and The New Republic and served as a law clerk for Judge Merrick B. Garland of the D.C. Circuit and for Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Sandra Day O’Connor.

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Keynote speaker: Mark Walsh
Supreme Court Reporter
Education Week, ABA Journal, SCOTUS Blog

A freelance writer, Mr. Walsh has covered legal issues in education for a variety of publications for more than 20 years and has appeared as a commentator for C-SPAN, Court TV, Fox News, NPR, and BBC Radio. He is co-author with Michael Edwards of More Than a Lawyer: Robert Chanin, the National Education Association, and the Fight for Public Education, Employee Rights, and Social Justice. Mr. Walsh returns to ELA to deliver the Supreme Court Update with his characteristic insight and humor.

See current information and an at-a-glance conference schedule here. The updated presentations schedule features a remarkable lineup of presenters in over 50 break-out sessions, as well as roundtable discussions, and poster sessions. On Wednesday, we offer four special preconferences:

TO REGISTER for the conference, preconferences, and, if applicable, Continuing Legal Education credit, use either the printable form or the webform.

If you aren't familiar with Norfolk and all it has to offer, prepare to be surprised! Click here to discover why it was named a Favorite American City for 2018 and was selected as one of the Top 50 Places to Travel in the world! Hotel reservations at the Norfolk Waterside Marriott are available at a discounted conference rate.

If you'd like to share some hard copy information on the conference with a colleague or friend here's a flyer. And if you're interested in advertising, sponsorships, or promotions at the ELA Annual Conference, that information is available here.

We hope to see you in November! 

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65th ELA Annual Conference


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