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West Virginia Law Review Education Law Symposium

February 22nd, 2019

WVU College of Law

Registration: $75

Non-CLE Registration is Free of Charge.

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This seminar is approved for 9.8 total WV MCLE credits, including 1.0 ethics credit, and 6.0 PA credits, including 0.5 ethics credits. We will apply for credit in VA and OH. 

The West Virginia Law Review invites you to attend its upcoming “Education Law Symposium.” Law Review editors have selected essays for publication in a special Symposium issue of the West Virginia Law Review. The conference seeks to examine the landmark West Virginia Supreme Court decision of Pauley v. Kelly , where the Court held that education is a fundamental right and declared the State’s education financing system unconstitutional. Discussion will further touch upon the recent teacher strikes and education law in areas of higher learning.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

11:30 a.m.


12:00 p.m.

The Lasting Influence of Pauley and the “Recht Decision” on WV Education Law and Policy

The panel will discuss how Pauley v. Kelly and the “Recht Decision” continue to guide West Virginia’s K-12 education law and policy. 

Panelists TBA


Associate Professor Joshua Weishart
WVU College of Law

1:00 p.m.


Friday, February 22, 2019

7:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 a.m.

Welcome Remarks

Dean Gregory Bowman
WVU College of Law

8:40 a.m.

Pauley's Legacy and Recent Trends in State Education Rights Litigation

The panel will examine the impact of Pauley v. Kelly beyond West Virginia and its continued relevance for the current and future trajectory of education rights litigation in other states.


David Sciarra, Executive Director
Education Law Center

Adjunct Professor Mark Dorosin
UNC School of Law

Zoe Savitsky, Deputy Legal Director, Children's Rights
Southern Poverty Law Center

Professor Scott Bauries
University of Kentucky College of Law


Associate Professor Joshua Weishart 
WVU College of Law

10:00 a.m.


10:05 a.m.

Lessons from the 2018 Teacher Walkouts

The panel will share insights and lessons learned from the past year’s teacher walkouts inspired by “#55United” teacher-led activism in West Virginia and discuss the implications of this growing movement on the landscape of public education.


Assistant Professor Erin McHenry-Sorber
WVU Center for the Future of Land-Grant Education

Jennifer Berkshire, Freelance Journalist
National Education Policy Center

Associate Professor Jon Hale
University of South Carolina, College of Education


Professor Susan DeJarnatt
Temple Law School

11:10 a.m.


11:15 a.m.

Featured Speaker

Former Governor Bob Wise’s talk will focus on why oral presentation will be the impact of the “Recht Decision” and how it relates to current directions in education. This speech will also suggest what may be new areas of litigation given the last decade’s developments in public education.

Bob Wise, President of the Alliance for Excellent Education
Former Governor of West Virginia

12:00 p.m.


12:10 p.m.


Professor Black’s keynote will discuss the historical motivations for the right to education in the state of West Virginia, how that lead to litigation there in the modern era, and West Virginia’s impact on other states.

Professor Derek Black
University of South Carolina School of Law

Luncheon sponsored by Bowles Rice LLP

1:10 p.m.


1:20 p.m.

Creating Practice Ready Graduates

The panel will consider transformations in legal education that can help create practice-ready graduates who will perform exceptionally in their respective fields.


Interim Dean Katherine Schaffzin
University of Memphis School of Law

Dean Jacob Rooksby
Gonzaga University School of Law

Christian Sundquist, Director of Faculty Research and Scholarship
Albany Law School


Associate Dean & Professor Shine Tu
WVU College of Law

2:30 p.m.


2:35 p.m.

Mental Health and Legal Education

The panel will emphasize the increasing importance of mental health in legal education and the programs in place to help address the concerns of students and faculty.


Laura Rothstein, Director of Research and Faculty Excellence
Brandeis School of Law

Adjunct Professor Mark Dorosin
UNC School of Law

Professor Danielle Conway
University of Maine School of Law

Dean Gregory Bowman
WVU College of Law


Associate Dean & Professor Shine Tu
WVU College of Law

3:45 p.m.


3:50 p.m.

The Future of Equity in Education

President Testy will assess the overall outlook for equity in education, taking into account the effects of structural inequalities throughout the educational pipeline. She will also reflect on recent legislative and executive branch priorities in education and their likely effect on the outlook for progress in educational equity in America. Finally, her remarks will include discussion of recommended actions to bolster equity and advance American competitiveness in the global economy.

Professor Kellye Testy, President, CEO of Law School Admission Council
University of Washington School of Law

4:30 p.m.