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February 25 CLE Program on School Funding and Education Reform

February 06, 2013 – 

On Monday, February 25, 2013 from 5 – 7 pm, the Rutgers Institute for Professional Education will present “Examining the NJ Supreme Court’s Commitment to School Funding and Education Reform: Robinson v. Cahill and Abbott v. Burke.” The program, to be held at Rutgers School of Law–Newark, will focus on the two most recent decisions in Abbott.

Faculty for the CLE program are Hon. Deborah T. Poritz, retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and Paul T. Tractenberg, Rutgers School of Law–Newark.

Justice Poritz served as Chief Justice from 1996 to 2006 and as New Jersey Attorney General from 1994 to 1996, a period that proved to be critical in the evolution of Abbott. She is currently Visiting Jurist Emerita-in-Residence at Rutgers School of Law–Newark and Rutgers School of Law–Camden, where she teaches courses on the New Jersey Supreme Court.

Professor Tractenberg established the Education Law Center, a public interest legal project that has been the attorney for the student plaintiffs throughout the Abbott litigation. He has argued before the Supreme Court 14 times in Robinson and Abbott. He is Rutgers Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor and Alfred C. Clapp Distinguished Public Service Professor of Law.

In addition to covering the evolution and history of Robinson and Abbott, the presentation will include a colloquy about what the future may hold for Abbott, the Court, and the 350,000 urban students who have been plaintiffs in the litigation. The program will conclude with a Q&A session.

Pre-registration is required at www.rutgerscle.com. The program will provide 2.0 CLE credit hours (NJ, NY, and PA). The registration fee is $60.