2020 Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute Speakers

2020 Martha McCarthy Education Law and Policy Institute


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Suzanne EckesSuzanne Eckes, J.D., Ph.D. is a professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University and the current president of the Education Law Association. Her research focuses on how civil rights laws influence education policy for historically marginalized populations in schools.
Janet DeckerJanet Decker, J.D., Ph.D. is an associate professor in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Indiana University. Her research focuses on legal and policy issues in special education, charter schools, and legal literacy of educators and administrators.
Jennifer RippnerJennifer Rippner, J.D., Ph.D. 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.
john-dayton.jpgJohn Dayton, J.D., Ed.D. is a professor of Education Law and Higher Education at the University of Georgia. His research focuses on constitutional law and social justice.
amy-fox.jpgAmy Steketee-Fox, J.D., M.S. 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.
markay-winston.jpgMarkay L. Winston, Ph.D. 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.
preston-green.jpgPreston Green, J.D., Ed.D. 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.
Dionne DannsMichael Gregory, J.D. 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.
david-nguyen.jpgDavid H.K. Nguyen, J.D., Ph.D. 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.
nina-ranieri.jpgNina Ranieri, Ph.D. 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. 
monica-herman-salem-caggiano.jpgMonica Herman Salem Caggiano
mary-beth-tinker.jpgMary 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.
Allison Fetter-HarrottAllison Fetter-Harrott, J.D., Ph.D. 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.
kevin-brown.jpgKevin Brown, J.D. is the Richard S. Melvin Professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. A 1982 graduate of Yale Law School, he has been a member of the faculty since 1987. Professor Brown’s research interest for the past 33 years is primarily in the area of race, law and education.
Martha McCarthyMartha McCarthy, Ph.D. 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.
ryan-merriwether.jpgRyan Merriwether is a Principal at North Junior High School with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. He is a 3rd year doctoral candidate in the School of Education at Indiana University.
gavin-rose.jpgGavin Rose, J.D. is the Senior Staff Attorney at the ACLU of Indiana where he litigates civil rights issues on behalf of plaintiffs throughout the state.
gavin-rose.jpgCharles J. Russo, M. Div., J.D., Ed. D., 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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