The Journal of Law in Society at Wayne State University is organizing its annual symposium for the spring of 2022. We are pleased to invite article submissions to discuss topics surrounding race, segregation, and education.
More than 65 years have passed since Brown v. Board of Education and Brown II curtailed explicit racial segregation in American education. The civil rights battle over equal access to a quality education did not end with this decision, but rather evolved to focus on other issues such as busing, funding, the school-to-prison pipeline, or the right to literacy, among others.
Topics for presentation in the broad umbrella of this symposium might include:
- How might the legal battle continue to evolve in the coming decade(s) and what legal tools can be used to achieve equality and equity in education?
- What have been the successes and failures of movement lawyers since the Brown decisions and how might these lessons be applied moving forward?
- How have the civil rights movements for racial integration and integration of individuals with disabilities in education affected each other or diverged since Brown?
- How does framing questions over individual rights, such as the right to literacy, affect other legal questions about education, such as busing or equal funding?
- How have courts and the legal system responded to the increasing presence of police officers in schools?
The Journal of Law in Society emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach and a diversity of perspectives. As such, we will be open to a wide variety of papers that touch on these topics. In addition to law professors, we encourage submission by lawyers and other legal practitioners, law students, as well as those involved in or affected by legal movements for education.