JCL Volume 16 Annual Symposium
Highlights from the Event
On Friday, January 24, Penn Law’s Journal of Constitutional Law hosted the “Educational Equality and the Constitution in the Twenty-First Century” Symposium. JCL spent about eight months putting this event together, and had weekly meetings since late October to make sure the symposium ran smoothly. Brandon Harper, the Editor-in-Chief of JCL explained that he “wanted to have a relevant and thought provoking discussion on a topic that not only scholars and practitioners would be interested in, but something that would touch our own studies here at the law school.”
There were three panels: one discussing Fisher v. University of Texas, one discussing legal challenges in public education, and another discussing economic preferences and the future of affirmative action. The second panel featured Mark Rosenbaum of University of Michigan Law School, David Sciarra of Education Law Center, and William Koski of Stanford Law School. Key issues of discussion included educational equity issues for disadvantaged kids, the lack of national unity in regards to education reform, racial inclusion and inclusion by class in education, and the need for quality teachers in all kinds of schools. Audience members included lawyers from the area, law students, and other members of the Penn community.