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Education Law & Policy Conference

Co-Sponsored by the Defense of Freedom Institute for Policy Studies

September 20, 2022
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The Education Law & Policy Conference will examine the federal legal and policy issues surrounding American education. The conference will take place on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, at the Marriott Marquis in Washington, D.C., and will feature a welcome session, panel discussions, a luncheon speech, a keynote closing speech, and a reception.

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
 
Key Speakers
 
Hon. Betsy DeVos
Former Secretary of Education
 
 
Hon. William P. Barr
Former United States Attorney General

 

 

Schedule:

Welcome and Opening Remarks:
9:00-9:05 a.m.

Education: What Role for the Federal Government?:
9:05-10:30 a.m.

The Title IV Program: Time for a New Approach to Federal Student Loans?:
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Luncheon Speech with FormerAttorney General William Barr:
12:15-1:30 p.m. 

Debate on School Choice after Carson v. Makin:
1:45-2:45 p.m.

Critical Race Theory and Gender Identity in the Classroom:
2:45-4:00 p.m. 

Biden Administration’s Proposed Rule on Title IX:
4:15 -5:30 p.m.

Keynote Speech with Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos:
5:30-6:00 p.m. 

Closing Reception: 
6:00-8:00 p.m.

Speakers Confirmed to Date:

  • Ryan T. Anderson, President, Ethics and Public Policy Center
  • Elizabeth Akers, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Nathan Arnold, Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel, LLC
  • Hon. William Barr, Former Attorney General of the United States
  • Jim Blew, Co-Founder, Defense of Freedom Institute
  • Michael Bindas, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice
  • Oren Cass, Executive Director, American Compass
  • Matthew Chingos, Vice President, Urban Institute
  • Hon. Betsy DeVos, Former U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Justin Dillon, Partner, KaiserDillon PLLC
  • Max Eden, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute
  • Robert S. Eitel, President and Co-founder, Defense of Freedom Institute
  • Chester E. Finn, Jr., Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute
  • Kimberly Hermann, General Counsel, Southeastern Legal Foundation
  • Diane Auer Jones, Former Principal Deputy Under Secretary , U.S. Dept of Education
  • Richard Katskee, Vice President and Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State
  • Bethany Little, Principal, EducationCounsel, LLC
  • Kenneth Marcus, Founder and Chairman, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law
  • Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, Cato Institute
  • Hon. Paul J. Ray, Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation
  • Roger Severino, Vice President, Domestic Policy, The Heritage Foundation
  • Scott Schneider, Partner, Husch Blackwell
  •  Martin West, Academic Dean and Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Todd Zywicki, Professor, George Mason University Antonin Scalia School of Law


Cost:

  • Conference (Member)--$25
  • Conference with CLE Credit (Member)--$50
  • Conference (Non-Member)--$50
  • Conference with CLE Credit (Non-Member)--$75
 
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9:00 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Topics: Education Policy
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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9:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Education: What Role for the Federal Government?
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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What role, if any, should the federal government play in education? What constitutional and policy arguments exist for or against a federal agency dedicated to education?  Has the power and authority of the U.S. Department of Education eclipsed the traditional responsibility of the States to administer elementary and secondary education and provide opportunities for their citizens in postsecondary education? Should Congress place additional statutory constraints on the U.S. Department of Education and other federal agencies concerning education? Do viable alternatives exist to the federal student loan program as a means for financing higher education for students and workers? What is the proper role of the federal government in civil rights enforcement in education?

Featuring:

Oren Cass, Executive Director, American Compass

Chester E. Finn, Jr., Distinguished Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, Thomas B. Fordham Institute

Bethany Little, Principal, EducationCounsel, LLC

Neal McCluskey, Director, Center for Educational Freedom, the Cato Institute

Hon. Paul J. Ray, Director, Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies, The Heritage Foundation

Moderator: Martin West, Academic Dean and Professor, Harvard Graduate School of Education

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10:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
The Title IV Program: Time for a New Approach to Federal Student Loans? 
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 2001

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Featuring:

Elizabeth Akers, Senior Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Nathan Arnold, Senior Policy Advisor, EducationCounsel

Matt Chingos, Vice President, Urban Institute

Todd Zywicki, Professor, George Mason Univesity Antonin Scalia School of Law

Moderator: Diane Auer Jones, Former Principal Deputy Under Secretary , U.S. Dept of Education

Speakers

12:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Speech with Former Attorney General William Barr
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Featuring:

Hon. William Barr, Former Attorney General of the United States

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1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Debate on School Choice after Carson v. Makin
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Featuring:

Michael Bindas, Senior Attorney, Institute for Justice

Richard Katskee, Vice President and Legal Director, Americans United for Separation of Church and State

Moderator: Jim Blew, Co Founder, Defense of Freedom Institute

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2:45 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Critical Race Theory and Gender Identity in the Classroom
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Featuring:

Max Eden, Research Fellow, American Enterprise Institute

Kimberly Hermann, General Counsel, Southeastern Legal Foundation

Moderator: Ryan T. Anderson, President, the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

Speakers

4:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Biden administration’s proposed rule on Title IX
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Featuring:

Justin Dillon, Partner, KaiserDillon PLLC 

Roger Severino, Vice President, Heritage Foundation

Scott Schneider, Partner, Husch Blackwell

Moderator: Kenneth Marcus, Founder and Chairman, Louis D. Brandeis Center for Human Rights Under Law

Speakers

5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Keynote Speech with Former Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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Featuring:

  • Hon. Betsy DeVos, Former U.S. Secretary of Education

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6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Closing Reception
Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

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