McCarthy Institute

Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute

This conference brings together educational leaders, attorneys, policymakers and professors to participate in panel discussions addressing hot topics and cases in education law and to discuss a range of education law and policy topics in small groups.

The conference carries the name of Martha McCarthy, a faculty member at the IU School of Education from 1975 to 2011 who is nationally recognized as an expert in education law. Her research has covered a variety of education leadership and policy matters, including student engagement, equity in schools, teacher preparation, and religion in schools.

Because of Martha McCarthy's work, IU now houses one of the largest education law programs in the nation. Three faculty members currently focus on education law issues including Suzanne Eckes, Janet Decker, and Jennifer Rippner.

As a special education administrator, I quickly recognized the relevance of legal literacy. The Education Law Certificate imparted a deeper understanding of the complexities of ever-evolving education and legal systems and how the two are interconnected.

Joanna Mulligan, Assistant Director of Student Services, Southern Hancock Community School Corporation (Education Law Certificate Graduate)

Top: McCarthy Institute participants talk over lunch. Bottom: Education Law faculty. From left: Janet Decker, Suzanne Eckes, and Jennifer Rippner.

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