Advisory Committee

McCarthy Institute Advisory Committee

The Indiana University School of Education's Education Law Advisory Committee offers insights and recommendations concerning education law-related activities at Indiana University. This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring that education law coursework and the McCarthy Institute offers relevant, timely, and necessary guidance about education law and policy.

Martha McCarthy

Presidential Professor, Loyola Marymount University and Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, Indiana University

Martha 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.

Laura Fonseca

Director, Office of Career Services, Maurer School of Law, ELC student alum

Laura Fonseca serves as Director of Career Services for Indiana University Maurer School of Law where she focuses on helping students explore their career interests and pursue legal and legal adjacent opportunities. Previously, Fonseca oversaw strategic alumni relations and employer engagement for IU’s College of Arts and Sciences’ Walter Center for Career Achievement. In these roles, Fonseca managed all recruitment and employer outreach activity for over 80 majors and programs across industries.

Jeff Butts

Superintendent, MSD Wayne Township, IN

Dr. Jeff Butts is a proud graduate of Millikin University (BS), Illinois State University (MS), and Purdue University (PhD). He began his career as a public educator in 1992 and over the past 27 years has held positions as a bus driver, coach, teacher, athletic director, principal, assistant superintendent, and now superintendent of the M.S.D. of Wayne Township since 2011. Dr. Butts is currently a Broad Fellow Candidate at the Yale School of Management.

Andrew Manna

Partner, Law Firm of Church, Church, Hittle, & Antrim

Andrew Manna represents clients in matters associated with labor and employment law, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and other matters. He engages in the defense of school corporations against claims under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), First Amendment and other constitutional and civil rights law matters. He also represents schools with respect to general school policy review.

Ed Darden

Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ELA Member

Edwin Darden is a Senior Program Officer with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Washington, D.C. As the state lead In New York State and New York City, he is responsible for devising the policy, advocacy and communications strategy for both K-12 and higher education.

Edwin earned his B.A. in English, with a minor in Public Relations, from the State University of New York at Geneseo. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

Kevin Brown

Richard S. Melvin Professor of Law, Maurer School of Law

Kevin 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.

Derek Black

Professor of Law, Ernest F. Hollings Chair in Constitutional Law, University of South Carolina

Derek Black is one of the nation’s foremost experts in education law and policy. He focuses on educational equality, school funding, the constitutional right to education, segregation, and the federal role in schools. He has published over thirty scholarly articles in the nation’s top legal journals, including the flagship journals at Yale, Stanford, New York University, California-Berkeley, Cornell, Northwestern and Vanderbilt. He began his career in teaching at Howard University School of Law, where he founded and directed the Education Rights Center. Prior to teaching, he litigated education cases at the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

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