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NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 13, 2010

CONTACT: ERIKA MARZORATI
517/432-6848, marzorat@law.msu.edu

MSU Law Professor Bowman Honored for Important Contributions in Education Law

East Lansing, MI — Michigan State University College of Law Associate Professor Kristi L. Bowman has won the Education Law Association’s Steven S. Goldberg Award for Distinguished Scholarship in Education Law for her article titled “Pursuing Educational Opportunities for Latino/a Students.”

The Goldberg Award is given each year to recognize outstanding scholarly writing that has an impact on the field of education law. Professor Bowman’s winning article—earlier presented at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s April 2009 conference titled “Looking to the Future: Legal and Policy Options for Racially Integrated Education in the South and the Nation”—was published in the March 2010 issue of the North Carolina Law Review.

The article provides a comprehensive analysis of major litigation and important policy initiatives aimed at advancing educational opportunities for Latino and Latina students, a rapidly-growing population within U.S. public schools. Bowman argues that such initiatives should be pursued in conjunction with race/ethnicity-conscious measures to ensure educational equity.

The Education Law Association is a national, nonprofit association that provides attorneys, professors, and K–12 educators with current information on legal issues affecting educational entities, school employees, and students. The association is located at the University of Dayton.

Professor Bowman teaches Torts, Property, Remedies, and Education Law at MSU College of Law. With academic interests in Education Law and Policy and Constitutional Law, she has published numerous articles in scholarly journals examining students’ free speech rights, racial/ethnic equality in education, and the teaching of evolution in public schools. The founder and editor of the SSRN Education Law Abstracting Journal, Bowman is active in several professional organizations including the American Association of Law Schools, for which she currently is the Education Law Section Chair. She was the recipient of a Michigan State University Lilly Teaching Fellowship for the 2009–10 academic year.

Michigan State University College of Law is a leading institution of legal education with a long history of creating practice-ready attorneys. As one of only a few private law schools affiliated with a major research university, MSU Law offers comprehensive interdisciplinary opportunities combined with a personalized legal education. After 100 years as a private and independent institution, the affiliation with MSU has put the Law College on an upward trajectory of national and international reputation and reach. MSU Law professors are gifted teachers and distinguished scholars, its curriculum is rigorous and challenging, and its facility is equipped with the latest resources—all affirming MSU Law's commitment to educating 21st-century lawyers.

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