The Higher Education Act at 50: Call for Papers



Event Date: 

01/2/15 to 01/5/15

Location name: 

Washington, D.C.


AALS Section on Education Law

AALS Section on Education Law Call for Papers, January 2015 Annual Meeting, Washington, DC

The Section on Education Law of the Association of American Law Schools issues this call for papers in connection with its program at the AALS annual meeting Jan. 2nd-5th, 2015 in Washington, DC. The program topic is “The Higher Education Act at 50.”

When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act in San Marcos, TX on November 8, 1965, he said to the assembled crowd, “And when you look into the faces of your students and your children and your grandchildren, tell them that you were there when it began. Tell them that a promise has been made to them. Tell them that the leadership of your country believes it is the obligation of your Nation to provide and permit and assist every child born in these borders to receive all the education that he can take.” This Program will take stock of that promise on the fiftieth anniversary of its making. A distinguished panel of higher education law professors and policy makers, to include Professor Michael Olivas of the University of Houston Law Center, Professor Philip Schrag of Georgetown University Law Center, and Catherine Lhamon, the Assistant Secretary of Education for the Office for Civil Rights, will consider and discuss the financial, educational, and civil rights aspects of the HEA and its subsequent amendments as we move into the second half-century of its existence.

The Section on Education Law is now soliciting papers analyzing current legal problems relating to the Higher Education Act of 1965, including its amendments, past and future. The author of the selected paper will be invited to join the panel at the Education Law program at the Annual Meeting in January. The author of the selected paper will also be invited to publish the paper in the Kentucky Law Journal.

Deadline Date for Submission: September 1, 2014. Please submit by email to Prof. Scott R. Bauries, Chair of the Section, at

Proposal Requirements: Individuals wishing to be considered should submit an abstract of 200-350 words and a draft paper evidencing substantial work towards a final product. Preference will be given to scholarly contributions that offer a novel insight on issues that relate to the program topic. The expectation is that the paper will be completed by January 1, 2014.

Eligibility: Only full-time faculty members of AALS member schools are eligible to submit papers. Faculty at fee-paid schools, foreign, visiting, and adjunct faculty members, and graduate students and fellows are not eligible to submit.

Selection and Participation: The paper will be selected by a committee consisting of members of the AALS Section on Education Law. All law school panelists will be responsible for paying their annual meeting registration fee and expenses.