2021 Institute

2021 Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute

May 14, 2021

This will be a virtual event and registration will be free. Attorneys may earn 4.6 CLE credits, including 2.8 ethics credits for attendance.

Agenda  Speakers


9:00 amWelcome
9:15 – 10:10 amKeynote #1
  • Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy
    • Derek Black, J.D., University South Carolina Law School
10:15 – 11 amHot Topics in Education Law
Facilitator: Jennifer Rippner, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana University
11:15 am – 12 pmBreakout Sessions on Hot Topics in Education Law
  • Student Voice and Family Engagement During Recovery from COVID-19
  • Church-State Law: Moving Toward Greater Religious Diversity and Inclusion in an Age of White Christian Nationalist Extremism
  • Employee Speech: Exploring the bounds of work-related, political and personal speech in virtual classrooms, social media postings, and beyond
  • Enhancing School Climate and Culture by Centering Equity
  • Charter school financial fraud and mismanagement
  • A New Day for Title IX (Again)
  • Updates to Immigration Laws & Policies and Educational Implications
    • David Nguyen, J.D., Ph.D., Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
  • Basic Education in Brazil during the Covid-19 pandemic
12 – 12:45 pmLunch with option to join informal Zoom breakout rooms
  • Panelists and other presenters
  • Ed.D. students and alumni
  • Law students and attorneys
  • Current educators and administrators
  • Open for anyone
12:45 – 1:55 pmKeynote #2
  • Mighty Times: Students and the First Amendment
    • Mary Beth Tinker, Student rights advocate and plaintiff in 1969 U.S. Supreme Court case, Tinker v. Des Moines
2:00 – 2:45 pmLaw and Policy Panel on Students’ Speech Rights
Facilitator: Alli Fetter-Harrott, J.D, Ph.D., Franklin College
2:45 – 3:15 pmIUSAA Award/Tributes to Barbara Erwin, Wally Bourke, and Suzanne Eckes/Closing Remarks
3:15 – 3:45 pmFurther Conversations
  • Further Conversation with Suzanne Eckes
  • Further Conversation about PreK-12 Speech Issues
  • Further Conversation about Higher Education Speech Issues


Suzanne Eckes

Suzanne Eckes, J.D., Ph.D.

Suzanne Eckes is a professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University and past president of the Education Law Association. Her research focuses on how civil rights laws influence education policy for historically marginalized populations in schools.

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Janet Decker

Janet Decker, J.D., Ph.D.

Janet Decker is an associate professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University. Her research focuses on legal and policy issues in special education and legal literacy of educators and administrators.

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Anastasia Morrone, Ph.D.

Anastasia Morrone is Interim Dean and Professor of Educational Psychology. As Professor of Educational Psychology, Morrone teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in adolescent development, psychology of teaching, and research methods. Her current research interests focus on technology-rich, active learning environments that promote student motivation and learning.

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Jennifer Rippner

Jennifer Rippner, J.D., Ph.D.

Jennifer Rippner is a visiting lecturer at IU’s School of Education, concentrating on K-12 and higher education law courses. She has experience in P-16 policy and law as charter school administrator, in state government agencies, and in a national education law firm focusing on issues of access and diversity in higher education.

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Derek Black, J.D.

Derek Black is a professor of law at the University of South Carolina School of Law. His areas of expertise include education law and policy, constitutional law, civil rights, evidence, and torts. The focus of his current scholarship is the intersection of constitutional law and public education, particularly as it pertains to educational equality and fairness for disadvantaged students.

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John Dayton, J.D., Ed.D.

John Dayton is a professor of Education Law and Higher Education at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on constitutional law and social justice.

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Amy Steketee-Fox, J.D., M.S.

Amy Steketee-Fox is a partner at Church Church Hittle + Antrim. Amy advises schools and institutions of higher education on a variety of legal matters, including employment matters, student issues, public access laws, FERPA, and Title IX and other civil rights laws.

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Markay L. Winston, Ph.D.

Markay L. Winston is an Assistant Superintendent for the Monroe County Community School Corporation. Her work focuses on teaching and learning strategies that promote high achievement for all learners through the use of culturally responsive and sustaining practices. She is particularly interested in examining how instructional leadership practices can be designed to accelerate student achievement.

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Preston Green, J.D., Ed.D.

Preston Green is the John and Maria Neag Professor of Urban Education and professor of educational leadership and law at the University of Connecticut’s Neag School of Education. His research focuses on the legal dimensions of educational access and school choice.

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Dionne Danns

Michael Gregory, M.A.T., J.D.

Michael Gregory is a clinical professor of law at Harvard Law School, where he teaches and practices law as part of the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI). TLPI is a partnership between Harvard Law School and Massachusetts Advocates for Children, and their mission is to ensure that children traumatized by exposure to violence succeed in school.

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David H.K. Nguyen, J.D., Ph.D.

David H.K. Nguyen is an assistant professor of Urban Education Leadership & Policy and adjunct professor of Law at IUPUI. His research focuses on the intersections of law and education and its implications on marginalized populations.

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Nina Ranieri, Ph.D.

Nina Ranieri is an associate professor in Public Law and Education Law at the University of São Paulo. Her research interests focus on how constitutional law and jurisprudence influence education policy for Brazilian public schools. 

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Marcelo Mazotti, Ph.D.

Marcelo Mazotti is a lawyer with experience as a professor at the University of São Paolo, and his research focuses on judicial activism and comparative education law in Brazil and the United States.

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Mary Beth Tinker

Mary Beth Tinker was a plaintiff in the landmark Supreme Court case for students' rights, Tinker v Des Moines (1969). She is a Registered Nurse, but travels the country speaking about the First Amendment and the rights of young people.

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Allison Fetter-Harrott

Allison Fetter-Harrott, J.D., Ph.D.

Allison Fetter-Harrott is the Elmon and Lucile Williams Endowed Chair in Law and Public Service and assistant professor of political science at Franklin College. Her teaching and research focus on U.S. law and government, with special attention to civil rights and education law.

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Kimbria Jackson, Ed.D., Ed.S.

Kimbria Jackson is an assistant principal at a premier STEM high school in the District of Columbia Public Schools. Her research focused on the Effects of Virtual Schools on the Academic Success of Advanced Placement Mathematics Students.

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Stevie Pactor

Stevie Pactor is a Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Indiana. She litigates a variety of constitutional and civil rights issues, including First Amendment concerns with speech and religion in public schools.

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Martha McCarthy

Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.

Martha McCarthy is a Presidential Professor in Educational Leadership at Loyola Marymount University and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus in Education Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University. Her research focuses on reform in leadership preparation programs and educational law and policy, including First Amendment issues pertaining to church/state relations and expression rights of students and school employees.

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Charles J. Russo, M. Div., J.D., Ed. D.

Charles J. Russo, the Joseph Panzer Chair in Education in the School of Education and Health Sciences, Director of its Ph.D. Program, and Research Professor of Law in the School of Law at the University of Dayton, has a special interest in issues impacting religious freedom in education.

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