2015 ELA 61st Annual Conference

November 4  -7, 2015 (4th, preconference day / 5th-7th, full regular conference)

Marriott Downtown at Key Center: Cleveland, Ohio

Choose from the highest-quality breakout sessions, feature sessions, and roundtable discussions to help you gain the latest information and practitioners. Network among your colleagues in the role-alike sessions and the social functions to gain a complete and well-rounded professional experience. Please consider presiding over a session at the conference (presiders are listed in the final program).

SUBMIT YOUR PROPOSAL: Poster or Roundtable (opens March 31, closes July 15, 2015)

Special event! Friday afternoon's feature sessions will be held at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, followed by a reception. More details below!

"ELA is the one annual conference I attend where I ALWAYS learn something new! The conferences are extremely substantive, and the participants are so welcoming of new members. I’m very proud to be associated with this organization."   Martha McCarthy, Ph.D.

"The annual ELA conference provides an opportunity not otherwise available for all interested individuals, including, for example, attorneys on both sides, administrators, and academics, to exchange information, views, and contacts, in a cozy, comfortable, and supportive atmosphere."   Perry Zirkel, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M.

"The Annual Conference is a great opportunity to learn from experts in the field and interact with a diverse group of education law stake holders."   Josh Hughes, J.D.

 Announcing the 2015 Feature / Plenary Sessions

Thursday, November 5th

Americans with Disabilities Act at 25:  Current Issues for Higher Education (and Transition Issues from K-12)

Laura Rothstein, Professor of Law, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville, KY

Friday, November 6th

This feature is a special half-day panel being held at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, open to the public and followed by a reception in the school’s atrium. Other details still emerging and will be announced.

  • Safe Schools: Safety and Legal Issues for K-12 and higher education campuses
  • Kenneth Trump, MPA, National School Safety & Security Services, Cleveland, OH
  • Representatives of the VTV Family Foundation, supporting campus safety advocacy and campus violence victim support.
  • Legal information on school safety issues will be provided by attorney-representatives of the US Department of Education, Office of Civil Rights, regional office.

Saturday, November 7th

Supreme Court Update: a year in review and a look ahead

Mark Walsh, contributing writer for Education Week, Washington, DC.


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  • ƒƒErwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California Irvine School of Law
  • ƒƒDr. Raynard Sanders, a member of the board of directors for the Plessy and Ferguson Foundation for Education, Preservation, and Outreach
  • ƒƒThe Supreme Court Update. Mark Walsh, Contributing Writer/Supreme Court Correspondent, Education Week

Pre-Conference Seminars

On Wednesday, November 12, join a morning pre-conference seminar on Legal and Educational Ethics, and choose from a K-12 Focus on Special Education or a Higher Education Focus on Students of Concern in the afternoon. For California educators, a half-day, state-specific seminar on Current K-12 Legal Issues in California will take place Wednesday morning, with a very special pricing offer for those also attending the K-12 Special Education afternoon seminar. View the most recent pre-conference flyer here.

NEW! Post Conference for Graduate Students

Following the close of the main conference at noon Saturday, graduate students attending the new Post-Conference will eat lunch with the ELA Board of Directors, then hear a distinguished panel of speakers address the subjects of writing and publishing, job hunting in PK-12 and higher education, understanding and conquering the application and interview process, and mentoring. View the most recent post-conference flyer here.

Looking Ahead . . .

2016 ELA Annual Conference

• November, 2016

• Buena Vista Palace, Orlando, Florida


Conference hotel

• The Sheraton San Diego, Bay Tower


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