Loyola’s Race and the Law Symposium is designed to raise awareness of the legal issues affecting minority communities. This symposium seeks to explore the intersections of race and education in the city of Chicago. Although the Supreme Court held in San Antonio Indep. School Dist. v. Rodriguez that education is not a fundamental right, the importance of education in American society is undisputed. In Chicago, every student does not have access to a quality education. The lack of funding provided to Chicago Public Schools (CPS) has been a historic battle. As of 2017, the Chicago Tribune reported that CPS students, who are 90% of color, and make up 20 percent of state enrollment, only receive 15 percent of state funding. The Black Law Students Association’s 2018 Race and Law Symposium will address topics surrounding school funding, passage of state legislation, community organizing, school to prison pipeline, and more.
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Professor Neil Williams, Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Featured Speaker Address
Dr. Teresa Ramos, Advance Illinois
Dr. Patricia Davis McCann, Formerly of Chicago Public Schools
Jamel Greer, Franczek Radelet P.C.
Ariel Johnson, Illinois Network of Charter Schools
Michelle Mbekeani-Wiley, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law
Demarco Pitre, Rodney D. Joslin Perspectives Charter School
Rupa Ramadurai, Illinois State Board of Education, Office of the General Counsel
Moderator: Professor Miranda B. Johnson, Loyola University Chicago School of Law