The Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law will hold a symposium and town hall meeting tomorrow, March 27, to discuss the “School-to-Prison Pipeline in Indian Country.”
Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. at Armstrong Hall followed by a blessing and opening remarks by Professor Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, faculty director of the Indian Legal Program.
Keynote speaker Dr. Bryan Brayboy, Special Advisor to the President, professor of justice and social inquiry; and director of the Center for Indian Education, School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University, will begin at 8:15 a.m.
“The school-to-prison pipeline is a vital concern for us all,” Brayboy said in a release about the event. “Removing our children from school and placing them into the criminal system limits their futures and the future of our communities. It is vital that we open up a dialogue on this issue, examine it, and work toward ending this destructive process. We owe it to our communities and our children.”
The symposium will begin at 9 a.m. and feature the following speakers:
Sarah Redfield, ABA Coalition on Racial and Ethnic Justice, University of New Hampshire School of Law. (Moderator)
Jason Nance, “Students, Police, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Problems and Solutions,” associate professor of law, associate director of education law and Policy for the Center on Children and Families, University of Florida Levin College of Law.
Claire Raj, “The Misidentification of Children with Disabilities: A Harm With No Foul,” assistant professor, clinical program, University of South Carolina School of Law.
Laura McNeal, “Managing Our Blindspot: The Role of Bias in the School-to-Prison Pipeline,” assistant professor of law, Brandeis School of Law, University of Louisville.
Tiffani Darden, “Exploring the Spectrum: How the Law May Advance a Social Movement,” associate professor of law, Michigan State University College of Law, chair, AALS Education Law Section.
Another keynote address will be presented after lunch by Charles Roessel, director of the Bureau of Indian Education.
The town hall that begins at 1 p.m., in which problems and solutions will be discussed, includes the following speakers:
Malia Villegas, director or policy and research at the National Congress of American Indians. (Moderator)
Sheri Freemont, director of the Family Advocacy Center for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.
Stephen Pevar, senior staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union, Racial Justice Program.
Dottie Wodraska, director of juvenile transition at the Maricopa County Education Services Agency.
Delia Parr, directing attorney at California Indian Legal Services.
A third group will reflect on civil rights in Indian country beginning at 3:15 p.m., including:
Patty Ferguson-Bohnee, director of the Indian Legal Clinic at Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University.
Sam Deloria, director of the American Indian Graduate Center.
Denise Bates, interdisciplinary studies and organizational leadership faculty at the College of Letters and Sciences at Arizona State University.
Leonard Gorman, director of the Navajo Nation Human Rights Commission.
John Lewis, former executive director of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona.