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_ to Host U.S. Secretary Of Education Arne Duncan in Chicago for Keynote Speech

CHICAGO, Sept. 28, 2010 — Members of the _ Section of Litigation will gather Oct. 2 at noon to look at the intersection of public education reform and the law.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan will deliver a keynote speech to an audience of 300 of the country’s top litigators on how America’s lawyers and the ABA can help address the many challenges currently facing the nation’s public education system.

Following Duncan’s remarks, a panel of education lawyers, including the general counsel of Teach for America, will speak to the following issues: state and local funding equity; unions; federal enforcement issues; teacher preparedness; measurements of success; high school graduation rates; and Race to the Top grants.

Students and teachers from the Chicago Public Schools will be present from the following charter schools: The Young Women’s Leadership Charter School of Chicago, Urban Prep Charter School and Sonnenschein Legacy Charter School.  An open reception with light refreshments will immediately follow the program.

WHO:
Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education
Tracy-Elizabeth Clay, General Counsel, Teach for America
Russlynn Ali, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
ABA Section of Litigation Members

WHAT:
“What American Lawyers Can Do to Advance the Civil Rights Issue of Our Time: Education” — a Keynote Speech and Panel Discussion

WHEN:
Saturday, Oct. 2, 2010
Noon — 2:15 p.m

WHERE:
Ritz Carlton Hotel at Water Tower Place
Ritz Carlton Ballroom, 2nd level
160 East Pearson Street
Chicago, IL  60611

The ABA Section of Litigation represents about 68,000 lawyers, judges and others involved in all aspects of litigation and the dispute resolution process. It is the national voice for litigators and a leader in advocating improvements in the justice system.  The section provides tools and resources to assist lawyers to be better litigators as they serve their clients. It offers opportunities for growth, learning and networking through its professional communities. Its activities reflect and support the commitment of its members to a strong, diverse and vibrant profession, a fair and accessible justice system, and the continuing obligation to achieve both through a wide range of pro bono activities.  For more information on the section’s programs and public service efforts, visit http://www.abanet.org/litigation/.

With nearly 400,000 members, the _ is the largest voluntary professional membership organization in the world.  As the national voice of the legal profession, the ABA works to improve the administration of justice, promotes programs that assist lawyers and judges in their work, accredits law schools, provides continuing legal education, and works to build public understanding around the world of the importance of the rule of law.

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Editor’s Note: Accredited reporters are welcome to cover the summit and reception. For further information on this program or to obtain press credentials to attend this event please contact Rachel Estrada, ABA Media Relations at or at 312-988-6148. On-site registration will open at 11:30 a.m. at the Ritz Carlton. Call 202-531-5788 on-site.

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