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Education Law Symposium

Rowley at 40

Thank you to everyone who attended! If you missed it, you can view the seminar above.

This year's University of Dayton School of Law Education Law Symposium on the topic, "Rowley at 40" will take place online on Friday, September 23 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. ET. CLE credit of 5.0 hours for Ohio is approved.

The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Amy June Rowley, who was at the center of the case, and is now the Coordinator of the American Sign Language Program at Cal State East Bay.

The Symposium will be held via Zoom. It is free but you are required to register.

CLE Attendance Sheet

CLE Attendance Sheet

CLE credit of 5.0 hours in Ohio is approved. Non-Ohio CLE credit available upon request to state bar authorities (at the discretion of the state). Those requesting CLE from other states will have to apply for it on their own.


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

9:15 - 10:15 a.m.



Dr. Amy June Rowley, Coordinator, American Sign Language Program, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Cal State East Bay


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

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

10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Session I:

Disability Law in Higher Education

John Harrelson, Director, Office of Learning Resources, University of Dayton

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Lunch Break

12:45 - 2:00 p.m.


Session II:

Rowley at 40: Current Status of Special Education Law

Allan G. Osborne Jr., Principal (ret.), Snug Harbor Community School, Quincy, Massachusetts

2:00 - 2:30 p.m. 




Session III:

Lawyers Working With Special Educators

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


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

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

International Panel Discussion

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

William Smale, School of Education and Professional Learning, Trent University

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

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.

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.

John Harrelson

John Harrelson is the Director of the Office of Learning Resources at the University of Dayton.

Allan G. Osborne, Jr.

Allan G. Osborne, Jr. is currently spending his time researching and writing about legal issues in education. During his 34 years in education, he served as a special education teacher, director of special education, assistant principal, and principal. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from Boston College. Osborne has authored or co-authored numerous articles, monographs, and textbooks on special education law, along with textbooks on other aspects of special education and school law. He has also been an adjunct professor of school law at various colleges in Massachusetts. Osborne is currently the chair of the Editorial Advisory Committee and Authors Committee of West’s Education Law Reporter and serves on the editorial boards of several other education journals. A Past-President of the Education Law Association (ELA) he has been an attendee and presenter at most ELA conferences since 1991. He has also written a chapter most recently entitled “Students with Disabilities” for the Yearbook of Education Law since 1990. He was honored as the recipient of ELA’s McGhehey Award in 2008.

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.

Amy June Rowley

Dr. Amy June Rowley, is the Coordinator of the American Sign Language Program in Modern Languages and Literatures department. She completed her dissertation in Second Language Education in Urban Education from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee which focused on American Sign Language Advanced Studies Programs: Implementation Procedures and Identifying Empowering Practices. She holds a Master level certification in American Sign Language Teachers Association (ASLTA) and is currently the Director of the Evaluation and Certification Program for ASLTA. Her research interests are systemic and hierarchal structure of American Sign Language programs in postsecondary institutions; and relationships between students/interpreters and the Deaf community. She has published articles related to Audism, oppression and special education experiences.

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 Smale

William T. Smale, PhD (University of Alberta), HBPE; BSc; BEd; MEd, is a Professor in the School of Education and Professional Learning at Trent University in Peterborough, Ontario (Canada). He teaches undergraduate courses in Educational Law, Ethics and Professional Conduct, and Classroom Management and graduate courses in Research Methods and School Law. His research interests include school law, educational administration, early school leaving, deviance, and early childhood interventions. His recent published books include Twenty-five issues in educational and administrative law (The Edwin Mellen Press, 2015) and The alarming relation between early school leaving and crime: A case study of twelve male school drop-outs who ended up behind bars (with Dr. Tatiana Gounko, The Edwin Mellen Press, 2012). 

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