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We regret to announce that our symposium scheduled for Friday, March 13, 2020, has been cancelled. Travel restrictions related to the coronavirus prevented a number of our speakers from making the trip to Memphis. We apologize for any inconvenience this cancellation may cause.

Please know that we do not make this decision lightly. Our annual symposium has grown into a successful yearly event, and we anticipated well over 300 attendees on Friday. We were excited to bring together scholars from across the country to discuss inequalities in our education system. Although the symposium has been cancelled, we will still publish the fourth and final book of Volume 50 on this important topic. If you have any questions, you may reach out to Colin Donoghue at lawreview_symposium@memphis.edu.


Closing the Gap: Solutions to Educational Inequality

March 13, 2020


Approved by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and the Arkansas Office of Professional Programs for 6.25 Hours of General CLE Credit

Volume 50 of The University of Memphis Law Review invites you to attend its annual Symposium, "Closing the Gap: Solutions to Educational Inequality," scheduled for March 13, 2020. Education is critical to our nation, as it promotes both individual and collective flourishing. Nevertheless, significant barriers exist that prevent equal access to a quality education for all students. This Symposium seeks to address what solutions may be available to achieve greater educational equality.

This Symposium will include a diverse collection of scholarly views addressing the current legal and policy issues surrounding education. Presentations will include:

  • Governance and Reform, Daniel Kiel, Benjamin Superfine, Alexios Rosario-Moore & Steven Nelson
  • Disproportionality in Discipline and Treatment of Students with Disabilities, Erik Girvan & Robert Garda
  • Federal Right to Education, Kimberly Robinson
  • Shelby County Panel, Daniel Kiel, David Montague, Kenneth Walker & Cardell Orrin
  • Impact of Schools on Community, Impact of Community on Schools, Sarah Diem, Curtis Brewer & Dru Stevenson

This event has received 6.25 hours of general CLE credit in Tennessee and Arkansas. If you are seeking CLE credit for a state other than Tennessee or Arkansas, please contact Symposium Editor, Colin Donoghue at lawreview_symposium@memphis.edu. Thanks to the generosity of the University of Memphis Student Event Allocation Committee, Wyatt, Tuttle & Cox P.C., Burch, Porter & Johnson, PLLC, and BankTennessee, there is no cost to attend or to obtain Continuing Legal Education credit. Courtesy of your registration is required by clicking above. The University of Memphis Law Review will provide complimentary breakfast, lunch, and refreshments to registered attendees. For more information, contact Symposium Editor Colin Donoghue directly at lawreview_symposium@memphis.edu.



The University of Memphis Law Review hosts its annual symposium every spring at the Law School. For more information about the most recent past topics and speakers, please visit the links below.

2019: Barriers at the Ballot Box: Protecting or Limiting the Core of the American Identity?

2018: The American Addiction: Pathways to Address the Opioid Crisis

2017 - The Fragile Fortress: Judicial Independence in the 21st Century

2016 - Urban Revitalization: The Legal Implications of Remaking a City

2015 - In re Valor: Policy and Action in Veterans Legal Aid

2014 - Juvenile Courts in Transition

2013 - Breaking the Silence: Legal Voices in the Fight Against Human Trafficking 

2012 - Cultural Competency and the Death Penalty