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Speaking at UCLA Law School on Monday, March 7

Posted on | March 4, 2011 | Comments Off on Speaking at UCLA Law School on Monday, March 7

I finally get to go to law school!  The otherwise bright students at UCLA have invited me to lead a panel that discusses education reform.  Details follow:

Learning from and in the Los Angeles Unified School District

A Panel Discussion on Historical Education Reform,

a Landmark Settlement, and the New Plan for Change

Monday, March 7, 2011


UCLA School of Law, Room 1357

Thank you for joining us!  We are excited to share perspectives and insights on LAUSD’s education, legal and policy reforms from the past, present and future.  Our moderator and speakers are the experts who have conducted the research, litigated the cases, and advised the Superintendent Elect.  After remarks from the panelists, we will welcome questions from audience members.

Our Moderator

Charles Taylor Kerchner is a Research Professor in the School of Educational Studies at the Claremont Graduate University.  He specializes in educational organizations, education policy, and teacher unions.  He has examined efforts to reform the Los Angeles Unified School District, and captured this work on institutional change in two recently published books: Learning from L.A.: Institutional Change in American Public Education, and The Transformation of Great American School Districts: How Big Cities are Reshaping Public Education, both by Harvard Education Press.   In addition, he has continued a line of research into teacher unions and their implication for public education. In “Negotiating what Matters” (American Journal of Education) he argues that student achievement should be a required subject of negotiation.  In Charter Schools and Collective Bargaining” (Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy), he advocates using charter law as a means of creating high performance work places for teachers.  Before coming to Claremont Graduate University in 1976, Kerchner was on the faculty at Northwestern University, were he received his Ph.D, was a member of the Illinois Board of Higher Education staff, and was on the staff of the St. Petersburg (Florida) Times in a number of editorial and managerial positions.  In addition to his doctorate, he holds a B.S. and M.B.A. degree from the University of Illinois, Urbana. For more information on Professor Kerchner’s research, visit his website at www.mindworkers.com.

Our Speakers

Catherine Lhamon is the Director of Impact Litigation at Public Counsel, where she brings civil rights litigation with a poverty focus.  Before joining Public Counsel in October 2009, Catherine was Assistant Legal Director at the ACLU of Southern California, where she directed the racial justice program and practiced for ten years.  California Lawyer magazine honored Catherine as an Attorney of the Year for Civil Rights in 2004 and the Daily Journal newspaper named her one of the Top 20 California Lawyers Under 40 in 2007 and twice honored her as one of the State’s Top Women Litigators in 2010 and 2007.  Before coming to the ACLU of Southern California, Catherine was a Supervising Attorney in the Appellate Litigation Program at the Georgetown University Law Center.  Immediately after law school, Catherine clerked for Judge William A. Norris on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Catherine received her J.D. from Yale Law School and her B.A. from Amherst College.

David Sapp has been a staff attorney with the ACLU since October 2009 and focuses primarily on education and juvenile justice issues.  Prior to joining the ACLU, David clerked for the Honorable Raymond C. Fisher on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and was a Skadden Fellow at Advocates for Children’s Services in Durham, North Carolina, where he represented students in school discipline and special education proceedings.  He began his legal career by clerking for the Honorable Myron H. Thompson on the District Court for the Middle District of Alabama. David graduated with distinction from Stanford Law School and received his B.A. from Duke University.

Hailly Khorman is a Litigation Associate at Morrison & Foerster, LLP in Los Angeles and a recipient of the ACLU’s 2011 Social Justice Award for her work in Reed v. State.  Hailly began her career in education in 1998 as a preschool teacher at the “Best of Boston” Lemberg Children’s Center and went on to join Teach for America in 2002.  She taught at 122nd Street Elementary School in the Los Angeles Unified School District for five years before attending law school.  During that time, she also wrote for the LA Times and eduwonk.com.  For her 1L summer, Hailly was an Education Pioneers Fellow at the Learning Rights Law Center working in collaboration with the Lynwood Unified School District and in her final year of law school, Hailly taught an undergraduate seminar course at UCLA titled “Alice in Eduland: Adventures in Education Reform Policy and Politics.”  She earned her B.A. cum laude from Brandeis University with concentrations in Politics and Early Education.  She is a 2010 UCLA Law PILP alum and she continues to teach at her kitchen table with her godson, a former student.

Paul Miller currently manages the transition team for LAUSD Superintendent Elect Dr. John Deasy.   The team is addressing reforms to the district’s approach to talent management, teaching and learning, and district operations.  Paul is also the Executive Director of Teach For America Los Angeles.  He spent the previous two years leading economic development efforts in Camden, New Jersey, first as president of the Cooper Grant Neighborhood Association where he managed a $7 million housing development and, most recently, as president of the Board of Directors and acting chief executive officer of the Camden Empowerment Zone Corporation.  He taught fifth grade in Camden, New Jersey after earning a Master of Science at the London School of Economics and pursuing a Ph.D. in international studies at Cambridge University.  Paul earned his B.A. from the University of Southern California.

The Education and Law Society is a student organization that aims to strengthen UCLA School of Law students’ commitment to achieving educational equity by providing: (1) resources for coursework, advocacy, research, and careers related to education and the law; (2) forums for discussing educational issues with legal practitioners, professors, and colleagues; and (3) volunteer opportunities that directly impact students in underserved areas.

If you are a UCLA School of Law student and are interested in joining the Education and Law Society, please email edlaw@lawnet.ucla.edu. Check us out online at http://orgs.law.ucla.edu/edlaw


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Charles Taylor Kerchner is an Emeritus Professor and Senior Research Fellow at Claremont Graduate University. My daily musings appear in the blog. The archives of my EdWeek blog are available via link under the 'On California' head. Some of my photography can be seen by clicking on 'Gallery.' And numerous links to academic work and other research and commentary can be found by clicking on 'Projects.'


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