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Panel on school desegregation cases

12 October 2006

ATTENTION: Legal and education reporters, editors

Contact: Kathleen Maclay, Media Relations
(510) 643-5651 kmaclay@berkeley.edu

"What's at Stake for Children, Families and Neighborhoods? Examining Upcoming Supreme Court Cases on Voluntary School Desegregation," an expert panel discussion on the significance of two cases slated for U.S. Supreme Court review. The program is being sponsored by the University of California, Berkeley's Center for Cities & Schools. The cases address the constitutionality of race-conscious, voluntary desegregation programs in K-12 education.

The event is designed to engage scholars, school leaders and the community in a dialogue about how school desegregation policy will impact millions of public school children and their neighborhoods across the United States.

6-8 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 17

Room 100, UC Berkeley's School of Law (Boalt Hall)

Panelists represent many disciplines and will include:

  • Christopher Edley, Jr., dean and professor of law at Boalt Hall

  • Goodwin Liu, assistant professor of law at Boalt Hall

  • David Pearson, dean of UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education

  • Ingrid Seyer-Ochi, assistant professor at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education and a former teacher in the San Francisco Unified School District

  • Michele Lawrence, superintendent of the Berkeley Unified School District

Sponsors include the UC Berkeley Center for Cities & Schools in the Institute of Urban and Regional Development, UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Education, and the recently-launched Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Race, Ethnicity and Diversity at UC Berkeley. For more information, contact Deborah McKoy, director of the Center for Cities & Schools, at (510) 643-3105.

Attending the event will be a number of students from Berkeley High School.