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Law professor speaks at University of Georgia

February 10, 2012

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law professor and education law expert Rob Garda was the featured speaker at the University of Georgia School of Law and College of Education last week.

Garda presented "The Benefits of Diversity for White Students" at a lecture sponsored by the Education Law Students Association on Feb. 2. As author of a recently published article in the Florida Law Review on a similar subject, Garda's lecture focused on the academic and social benefits white students receive in multiracial schools. Earlier in the day, Garda was a guest teacher at professor Sonja West’s Constitution Law class and presented a paper regarding special education in charter schools, based on an upcoming article in the North Carolina Law Review.

On Feb. 3, Garda discussed "The White Interest in School Integration” at the College of Education, which was sponsored by the Dean's Council on Diversity. He also spoke to high school students and educators at Clarke Central High School about economic and racial integration.

A Loyola College of Law faculty member since 2002, Garda is the author of numerous articles and reports on education law. His legal scholarship covers a variety of topics, including the rights of disabled students, affirmative action, integration in K-12 education, special education spending and legal issues surrounding charter schools. He is a graduate of Duke University Law School, where he served as articles editor of the Duke Law Journal. He clerked for Justice Michael Zimmerman of the Utah Supreme Court and served as a partner at the Salt Lake City firm Fabian & Clendenin, where he focused on education law, commercial litigation and employment law.

Garda is the past national chair of the Association of American Law Schools' Section on Education Law and currently serves on its executive committee. He is a member of the Louisiana Advisory Committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the Board of Directors for Louisiana Mental Health Advocacy Services. He has worked on projects with the Louisiana Bar Foundation and Louisiana Appleseed. He collaborates with national and local public interest groups on education and disability issues and is a frequent commentator in the Louisiana media on education issues. Garda was awarded the 2010 Good Apple Award from the Appleseed Network and the 2009 Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Public Service Award.

Garda's recent article, "The White Interest in School Integration," is also available to read.

For more information, contact Garda at rgarda@loyno.edu.

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