Education Equity: A Civil Rights Struggle

  • Community Education/Outreach
  • Education

Join us for a discussion about advocacy strategies for ensuring every young person receives a quality education. Clinical Professor of Law Michael Gregory of the Education Law Clinic will moderate a discussion of these issues with Brenda Shum, an attorney and advocate with the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law and two attorneys from Debevoise & Plimpton partner Helen Cantwell and Associate Gregory Copeland. Brenda is the Director of the Educational Opportunities Project at LCCRUL where she oversees litigation designed to guarantee that all students receive a quality education in public schools and higher education and to eliminate discriminatory practices in school discipline, school funding and special education. Helen and Gregory will talk about their pro bono work on the groundbreaking litigation regarding equitable funding for public schools in collaboration with Yale's Education Adequacy Law Clinic. The speakers will also talk about how new attorneys can engage in critical pro bono litigation in the public interest through non-profits and private firms - highlighting opportunities for collaboration.

Brenda Shum, Attorney, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
Helen Cantwell, Partner, Debevoise & Plimpton
Gregory Copeland, Associate, Debevoise & Plimpton

Michael Gregory, Clinical Professor of Law, Harvard Law School