Understanding Education in the United States: Its Legal and Social Implications

Friday, June 17, 2011 - 8:00am - Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 2:00pm
University of Chicago Law School, Room V

This conference, organized by Jake Gersen and Richard Epstein, will deal generally with the legal, economic and social issues that surround education in the United States. The conference and papers will cover a wide range of topics that run the gamut from K-12, college, and graduate education, both in the private and the for-profit sector. The proceeds of the conference will be published in the January 2012 volume of the University of Chicago Law Review. The event is sponsored by the John M. Olin Program in Law and Economics and the University of Chicago Law Review.

Friday:  June 17, 2011

8:50 a.m.

welcome Richard A. Epstein

9:00 a.m.–9:50 a.m.

"Freedom to Fail: The Keystone of American Federalism"
Paul Peterson and Daniel Nadler, both Harvard University

9:50 a.m.–10:40 a.m.

“Teaching Patriotism: Love and Critical Freedom”
Martha Nussbaum, University of Chicago Law School

10:50 a.m.–11:40 a.m.

“Do Amish One-Room Schools Make the Grade? The Dubious Data of Wisconsin v. Yoder"
William Fischel, Department of Economics, Dartmouth College

11:40 a.m.–12:30 p.m.

“A Critique of the Obama Administation's New Gainful Employment Rules”
David Figuli, Partner, Figuli Law Group, and Anthony Guida, Senior Vice President, Regulatory Affairs, Education Management Corporation

2:00 p.m.–2:50 p.m.

“The Economic Future of Higher Education”
Henry Hansmann, Yale Law School

2:50 p.m.–3:40 p.m.

“What Is ‘Education’?” 
Emily Buss, University of Chicago Law School

3:40 p.m.–4:40 p.m.

“The Role of Accreditation Commissions in Higher Education: The Troublesome Case of Dana College”
Richard Epstein, New York University, Hoover Institution and  University of Chicago Law School

Saturday: June 18, 2011

9:00 a.m.–9:50 a.m.

“Religion, Schools, and Judicial Decisionmaking: An Empirical Perspective”
Michael Heise, Cornell Law School

9:50 a.m.–10:40 a.m.

“Catholic Schools, Charter Schools, and Urban Neighborhoods”
Margaret Brinig and Nicole Garnett, both University of Notre Dame

10:55 a.m.–11:45 a.m.

“Special Education: Its Ethical Dilemmas, Entitlement Status, and Suggested Systemic Reforms”
Miriam Kurtzig Freedman, Of counsel, Stoneman, Chandler & Miller LLP, Boston

11:45 a.m.–12:35 p.m.

"Making Courts Matter: Politics and the Implementatoin of State Supreme Court Decisions"
Christopher R. Berry, Harris School of Public Policy, University of Chicago, and Charles Wysong, Stanford Law School

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