ELA's 2020 Annual Conference a Success!

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The Education Law Association's (ELA) 66th Annual Conference was be held virtually, but this was not a test of passive on-screen endurance! We are very pleased that we seem to succeeded in holding virtually the kind of engaging, insightful, and fun experience ELA attendees have come to expect over many years. The conference from Wednesday, Nov. 4 through Saturday, Nov. 7 has well attended and seems to have been well received.

ELA's Annual Conference attracts hundreds of scholars and practitioners in the field from all over the U.S. and Canada and a number of other countries. This uniquely diverse gathering draws attorneys, professors, education leaders and administrators, graduate and law students, educators, public officials, 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 and collegial gathering that offers the richness of programming that ELA's diversity and cross-fertilization make possible. And we will capture what people most love about ELA in how we organize our interactions online.

Click here for the 2020 Annual Conference Program!

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

ELA was thrilled at our keynote speakers for 2020, Randi Weingarten and Mark Walsh!

Randi Weingarten no border jpegRandi Weingarten is President of the 1.7 million-member American Federation of Teachers (AFT), which represents teachers; paraprofessionals and school-related personnel; higher education faculty and staff; nurses and other healthcare professionals; local, state and federal government employees; and early childhood educators. Prior to her election as AFT President in 2008, Weingarten served for 12 years as President of the United Federation of Teachers (UFT), representing approximately 200,000 educators in the New York City public school system. She holds a law degree from Cardozo School of Law and worked for several years as a Wall Street lawyer before serving as counsel to UFT's then-President Sandra Feldman, taking a lead role in contract negotiations and enforcement and in litigation. After that she taught history at Clara Barton High School in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights neighborhood from 1991 to 1997. Ms. Weingarten will speak to us as one of the most prominent national voices in education debates during arguably the most tumultuous year for our education system in modern memory -- and, on Friday, Nov. 6., just three days after arguably the most consequential U.S. national elections in a generation.

walsh markMark Walsh is an education law reporter for Education Week and its School Law Blog, as well as other news sources including SCOTUSblog and the American Bar Association's ABA Journal. He will once again present the ELA conference's annual Supreme Court Update, on Saturday, Nov. 7. Few reporters combine Mr. Walsh's knowledge of K-12 education with his knowledge and experience covering the courts, and fewer -- if any -- have education law as their assigned "beat." Mark's always informative and entertaining review of the past year, with a look forward to coming legal events, has been one of the most popular highlights of ELA conferences in recent years.

OTHER PROGRAMMING

ELA's Annual Conference features an impressive array of panel discussions, breakout sessions, roundtables and poster sessions on a wide range of substantive topics as well as the teaching, study, and practice of education law

In addition, ELA provides ample opportunities for online networking, socializing, small discussions about shared interests, special opportunities for students and for first-time Annual Conference attendees, and recognition for excellence in different dimensions of the field through the bestowing of five annual awards. 

ON TO NEXT YEAR!

Mark your calendar now for our 67th Annual Conference, October 19-23, 2021! We are planning, if circumstances permit, to convene in person at the Sheraton Gunter Hotel in San Antonio, Texas! However, it seems likely that we will at least hold a hybrid conference, with virtual participation an option. Please check back here as more information becomes available. You also may email inquiries to ELA at 

We look forward to seeing you next year!