Brown Undone?

The U.S. Supreme Court’s June 2007 ruling that the Seattle School District can’t use race as a tie-breaker in school assignment was a landmark decision from all vantage points.

Distinguished civil rights leaders in law, education, school administration and the community, reflecting a broad array of opinion, will examine the court’s decision and discuss its impact upon future efforts toward diversity in public education at a symposium sponsored by Seattle University School of Law.

Brown Undone? The Future of Integration in Seattle After PICS v. Seattle School District No. 1 will be February 8 and 9 at the law school. Seattle School District administrators will discuss their perspectives on the effect of the ruling and current efforts at achieving a diverse school environment. (A complete list of presenters follows.)

Panelists will respond to uncertainties that remain in light of the PICS ruling, exploring whether school districts may take race into account when: 1) selecting school sites; 2) drawing district lines; 3) recruiting faculty and students; 4) tracking student performance; 5) enrolling students through inter-district plans. Other topics include the benefits of a diverse learning environment and effective public education models.

A reception sponsored by the Loren Miller Bar Association will follow the Friday session.

Registration is $50 for the general public and public school employees. Visit Brown Undone? for more information and registration, or call (206) 398.4282.

Members of the press interested in attending or covering should contact Katherine Hedland Hansen, director of communications, at or (206) 398.4108.

The symposium is co-sponsored by Verizon and supported by a grant from the King County Bar Institute.

Presenters include:

  • Bryan Adamson, professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Khin Mai Aung, attorney, Asian American Legal Defense Fund
  • John Brittain, chief counsel, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under the Law
  • Sharon Browne, attorney, Pacific Legal Foundation
  • Bill Chin, professor, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Tucker Culbertson, fellow, Columbia Law School
  • Angelique Davis, professor, Department of Political Science, Seattle University
  • Cynthia Valenzuela Dixson, litigation director, MALDEF
  • Maurice Dyson, professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law
  • Malik Edwards, professor, Charlotte School of Law
  • Jon Entin, professor, Case Western Reserve School of Law
  • Lia Epperson, professor, Santa Clara Law
  • Rose Ernst, professor, Department of Political Science, Seattle University
  • Paul Finkelman, professor, Albany Law School
  • Erica Frankenberg, professor, College of Education, Michigan State University
  • Robert Garda Jr., professor, New Orleans School of Law, Loyola University
  • Lino Graglia, professor, University of Texas School of Law
  • Dan Grimm, chairman, Washington State Funding Task Force
  • Betty H. Gray, founder/chair, Seattle Alliance of Black School Educators
  • Michael Heise, professor, Cornell Law School
  • Danielle Holley-Walker, professor, University of South Carolina School of Law
  • Richard Kahlenberg, senior fellow, Century Foundation
  • Angela Mae Kupenda, professor, Mississippi College School of Law
  • Goodwin Liu, professor, University of California Berkeley
  • Paula Lustbader, professor and director, Academic Resource Center, Seattle University School of Law
  • Josh Mayes, attorney, Sutherland Asbill
  • Mike Madden, attorney, Bennett Bigelow & Leedom P.S.
  • Hank McGee, professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Shannon McMinimee, assistant general counsel, Seattle School District
  • Richard Mitchell, general counsel, Office of Governor Christine Gregoire
  • Reggie Oh, professor, Cleveland Marshall College of Law
  • Gary Orfield, professor & co-director, Civil Rights Project, UCLA
  • James Rosenfeld, adjunct professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Margaret Beale Spencer, professor, University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education
  • John Strait, professor, Seattle University School of Law
  • Pamela Taylor, professor, College of Education, Seattle University

Details from "Triumvirate," by William Morris Robinson