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Emerging Legal Issues in Urban Education: Civil Rights Priorities at the End of One Administration and Beginning of Another

December 1, 2016
2:30 PM - 3:45 PM

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For the past eight years, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) of the Department of Education (the Department) has been increasingly active in enforcing federal civil rights laws in a variety of areas. In the wake of the November 8 election results, please join the Council of the Great City Schools and Husch Blackwell for an in-depth review of the recent priorities of OCR under the Obama administration and a discussion of where new leadership in the White House and the Department might take civil rights enforcement in public schools.

The webinar will begin with a review of recent areas of emphasis for OCR, including student discipline disparities, racial and national origin harassment, web accessibility, the accommodation of transgender students, the prevention of sexual violence, and the rights of English learners. The session will conclude with a discussion of the likely civil rights policy priorities in education for the new administration. Attorneys in Husch Blackwell's Education group, including one with recent experience within OCR and another with nearly three decades of experience dealing with it, will discuss where the next few years of civil rights enforcement may be heading.


  • Recent OCR enforcement priorities
  • The new President’s record on civil rights in education
  • OCR's possible direction during the next term

Date and Time
Thursday, December 1, 2016
2:30 - 3:45 p.m. EST

John W. Borkowski, Partner, Husch Blackwell
Demetrius J. Peterson, Attorney, Husch Blackwell
Julie Wright Halbert, Legislative Counsel, Council of the Great City Schools

Who Should Attend
Public school district leaders, including in-house counsel, board members, administrators, compliance officers and others with influence over institutional compliance practices.

Continuing Education Credits
This webinar is pending approval for Illinois, Indiana and Missouri continuing legal education credit. CLE credit may be available in other states through individual application. Please alert us if you would like us to look into CLE in other states for future webinars. We will do so once we have a critical mass of interested participants.

Contact Emily Kenyon at 816.983.8776.


Demetrius J. Peterson

Senior Counsel