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Education Law Symposium

Lemon at 50: Has the Supreme Court Soured on Its Bitter Fruits?

Thank you to all those who attended the symposium!

This year's University of Dayton School of Law Education Law Symposium on the topic, "Lemon at 50: Has the Supreme Court Soured on Its Bitter Fruits?" will take place online on Friday, September 24 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. CLE credit of 5.0 hours for Ohio is approved. The Symposium will be held via Zoom. It is free but you are required to register.


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CLE credit of 5.0 hours in Ohio is approved.

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9:00 - 9:10 a.m.



Lori E. Shaw '83 '87, J.D., Associate Dean for Academic Affairs & Professor of Lawyering Skills, University of Dayton School of Law

9:10 - 10:15 a.m.


Keynote: The Persistence of Lemon

Amanda Harmon Cooley, Vinson & Elkins Research Professor and Professor of Law, South Texas College of Law Houston

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break

10:30 - 11:05 a.m.


Session I:

Lemon: The Past

Christopher Roederer, Assistant Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law 

11:05 - 11:45 a.m.


Reactions to Lemon

Erica Goldberg, Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law

Jyllian R. Bradshaw '12, Senior Associate, Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP

11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Lunch Break

1:00 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.


Session II:

Lemon International Legacy

Nina Beatriz Stocco Ranieri, Associate Professor II, Department of Public Law, UNESCO Chair on the Right to Education, Researcher, Center for Public Policy, University of São Paulo

Pablo Iannello, Director of the Program of Law and Technology, UADE; Visiting Scholar, UNIDROIT Institute; Adjunct Professor, University of Dayton School of Law; Professor, UdeSA - WIPO LL.M.

Paul Babie, Professor of Property Law, Associate Dean of Law, and Director of the Law and Religion Project of the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and Law, University of Adelaide

Carlos Bernal, Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law

1:50 - 1:55 p.m.


1:55 - 2:30 p.m. 




Session III:

Point-Counterpoint: Tear Down the Wall?

Edwin Darden, Senior Program Officer at Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, formerly Staff Counsel, National School Boards Association

William E. Thro, General Counsel, University of Kentucky

2:30 - 2:45 p.m. Break
2:45 - 3:30 p.m.

The Future of Lemon

Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed.D., Director, Ph.D. Program in Educational Leadership & Research Professor of Law, University of Dayton School of Law & School of Education and Health Sciences

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Final Panel: Question and Answer

Open to All Speakers

4:00 p.m.


Speaker Biographies
Paul Babie

Paul Babie is ALS Professor of Property Law, Associate Dean of Law (Learning & Teaching), and Director of the Law and Religion Project of the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Ethics and Law (RUSSEL) (which he founded in 2007). He was elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law in 2017. From 2007 to 2017 he was Associate Dean of Law (Research) of the Adelaide Law School, from 2011 to 2017, Associate Dean (Research) of the Faculty of the Professions, and from 2017 to 2019, Associate Dean of Law (International) of the Adelaide Law School and Associate Dean (International) of the Faculty of the Professions.

Carlos Bernal

Professor Bernal stepped down as a sitting justice on the Colombian Constitutional Court to join the School of Law in August of 2020. Professor Bernal also holds a fractional appointment as Professor of Law at the University of La Sabana (in Bogota, Colombia), and he has previously held academic positions at Macquarie Law School (Sydney, Australia), and the Faculty of Law of the University Externado of Colombia.

Jyllian R. Bradshaw

Jyllian R. Bradshaw is a senior associate in Porter Wright Morris & Arthur’s Labor and Employment Department. Her practice focuses on education law, collective bargaining, administrative proceedings, policy advisement and labor relations. She received her B.A. from the University of Central Florida in 2006 and her J.D. from the University of Dayton School of Law in 2012. Prior to joining Porter Wright, Ms. Bradshaw served as legal counsel for Dayton Public Schools. During her time with the school system, she participated in extensive collective bargaining proceedings and counseled the Board, Superintendent, Treasurer and Human Resources department on all employee-related matters. Additionally, she served as the policy liaison and managed additional matters in her representation of the school district. Her industry background includes serving as a high school teacher in Orange County, Florida, where she taught language arts and ethics.

Amanda Harmon Cooley

Amanda Harmon Cooley is the Vinson & Elkins Research Professor and a Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law Houston (STCLH), where she teaches constitutional law, education law, and legal research and writing. Through a unified vision of engaged scholarship, innovative teaching, and meaningful service, she has committed her professional and personal life to social justice advocacy for marginalized populations. Her recent scholarship on the First Amendment, school shaming punishments, equal protection, and the effects of state drug policy on K-12 schools has been featured in a diverse set of leading law reviews including the Georgetown Law Journal, Ohio State Law Journal, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Baylor Law Review, and Cardozo Law Review (forthcoming). In teaching, she seeks to mentor students to prepare them to enter the profession of law as reflective practitioners who serve their communities through exemplary work. She has been recognized for her excellence in teaching as a recipient of the Association of American Law Schools Teacher of the Year Award for STCLH in 2018 and 2020.

Edwin Darden

Edwin Darden is a Senior Program with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, based in Washington, D.C. As the state lead In New York State and New York City, he is responsible for devising the policy, advocacy and communications strategy for both K-12 and higher education. The foundation’s aim is to increase opportunities for all students – especially Black, Latino and low-income students – to graduate from high school and succeed in college and careers. As a grant maker, Edwin has invested millions of dollars to seed positive change.

Erica Goldberg

Professor Erica Goldberg joined the University of Dayton School of Law faculty in August 2017. Prior to her appointment, she was an assistant professor at Ohio Northern University Law School. She also taught Legal Research and Writing as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School and Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Law and Religion as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Penn State Law School. After graduating from Stanford Law School, Professor Goldberg clerked for Judge Ronald L. Gilman on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, practiced appellate litigation at Latham & Watkins LLP, and served as a legal fellow at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education. Professor Goldberg has helped write briefs and petitions filed before several courts of appeals and the Supreme Court.

Pablo Iannello

Pablo Iannello is an attorney, who graduated from Buenos Aires University. His many roles include, Director of the Program of Law and Technology at UADE, Visiting Scholar at UNIDROIT Institute, Adjunct Professor at the University of Dayton School of Law, and Professor at the UdeSA-WIPO LL.M. His areas of research are Law and Economics, Intellectual Property, Competition Policy, and Law and Technology.

Nina Beatriz Stocco Ranieri

Nina Beatriz Stocco Ranieri, Ph.D., is Associate Professor II in the Department of Public Law of the University of São Paulo’s Law School as the UNESCO Chair on the Right to Education and Senior Researcher at its Center for Public Policy. Ranieri held positions in the São Paulo State´s Government and public education, advising international and national entities on aspects of the right to education and education law; she currently serves on São Paulo’s State Board of Education. Author of books and articles on Public Law and Education Law and a member of national and international academic editorial boards, Ranieri was elected to the São Paulo State Academy of Education in 2018.

Christopher Roederer

Professor Roederer’s research and scholarship is concentrated on constitutional law and comparative law with a focus on the intersection between constitutional law, democracy, and private law, be it torts, contracts, property, or the law of remedies. Prior to joining the University of Dayton, professor Roederer taught at Florida Coastal School of Law, the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, Goroka University in Papua New Guinea and the Anglo-American College in Prague. Professor Roederer was also a visiting professor at Seattle University and a Fulbright Fellow in South Africa.

Charles J. Russo

Charles J. Russo, J.D., Ed. D., is the Joseph Panzer Chair in Education in the School of Education and Health Sciences, Director of its Ph.D. Program, and Research Professor of Law in the School of Law at the University of Dayton. He previously taught at Fordham University in his native New York City, and the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. The 1998-99 President of the Education Law Association, and 2002 recipient of its McGhehey (Achievement) Award, he authored or co-authored more than 300 articles in peer-reviewed journals; authored, co-authored, edited, or co-edited 68 books, and has more than 1,100 publications. Also, Dr. Russo has spoken extensively on issues in Education Law in the thirty-four States and thirty nations outside of the US on all six inhabited continents. His is currently a Visiting Professor in the College of Education and Capital Normal University and Notre Dame University of Australia, Faculty of Law Sydney Campus and has served in this capacity at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, and the University of Newcastle, Australia; the University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina; South East European University, Macedonia; the Potchefstroom and Mafeking Campuses of Northwest University, South Africa; the University of Malaya in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil; Yeditepe University, Istanbul Turkey; Inner Mongolia University for the Nationalities, Tongliao, Inner Mongolia; and Peking University in Beijing, China.

Lori E. Shaw

Lori E. Shaw serves as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Lawyering Skills at the University of Dayton School of Law. As Associate Dean, she determines the curriculum and class schedule, counsels students regarding classes, and oversees the academic functions and general administration of the School of Law. Shaw has been a member of the Legal Profession faculty at the School of Law since 1988. In 2012, she was named the Title IX Coordinator for the University of Dayton, and was responsible for coordinating the University’s compliance that year. Her responsibilities included overseeing all Title IX complaints and identifying and addressing any patterns or systemic problems that arise during the review of such complaints. She served as Dean of Students from 2003- 2013 where she worked with and counseled students concerning personal and academic issues. She developed and enforced student policies; served as an advocate for student needs and represented the student body on law school and university committees; and provided leadership for various student programs, organizations and events. She was also on the management team for Dayton Law and acted as a liaison between students, faculty and members of the administration.

William E. Thro

William E. Thro is General Counsel of the University of Kentucky, former Solicitor General of Virginia, and recipient of both Stetson University’s Kaplin Award for Higher Education Law & Policy Scholarship and the Education Law Association’s McGhehey Award. Over the course of his career, he has served as chief legal officer for both a flagship research university and a public liberal arts college, litigated constitutional issues in the Supreme Court of the United States and lower appellate courts, taught courses on the Constitution at both the undergraduate and law school levels, and written extensively on constitutional law in education contexts in both the United States and South Africa. A Truman Scholar, he holds an undergraduate degree from Hanover College, a graduate degree from the University of Melbourne, and a law degree from the University of Virginia. He is married to the Rev. Dr. Julie Urback Thro and has three adult children.

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