Laura R. McNeal

Assistant Professor of Law

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Professor Laura McNeal joined the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law in Fall 2012 as an Assistant Professor of Law.  She teaches civil procedure, education law and employment discrimination courses. Her scholarly interests examine issues of access and equity in employment and education law, with a particular emphasis on issues of access and equity for individuals from traditionally marginalized populations. Professor McNeal has worked with the Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race and Justice at Harvard Law School since 2012 where she conducts national empirical legal studies that explore the intersection of law, education reform, and school disciplinary policies (school-to-prison pipeline). Professor McNeal has served as an invited speaker and panelist at several conferences such as the Law and Education Institute at Penn State University Dickenson School of Law, and Harvard Law School’s, Advocates for Education Conference. She has received numerous fellowships, honors, and awards, including the Washington University Employment Law Achievement Award and a two-year Stafford Faculty Fellowship for the National Institute on Leadership, Disability and Students Placed at Risk. Recently, McNeal was inducted into the Illinois State University Hall of Fame for her innovative work in the area of education law and policy. 

 

Prior to teaching at the Brandeis School of Law, Professor McNeal served as an Assistant Professor of Urban Education in the highly recognized Department of Teacher Education and Educational Policy at Michigan State University. She also served on the faculty at Georgia State University where she taught education law, policy and leadership courses.  While at these institutions, Professor McNeal helped develop the curriculum for a $5 million education pipeline program grant to help at risk students successfully matriculate into college. Additionally, during her career, she has contributed more than 35 peer reviewed articles, book chapters and presentations to the education field. Professor McNeal has contributed to the national debate on law, education policy, and race relations through op-eds and radio and television news features for CNN, CBS, NBC, NPR and various other news networks.

Courses Taught

 

Civil Procedure I & II

Employment Discrimination

Education Law 

Publications

Editor

Gooden, M., McNeal, L., Eckes, S. & J. Mead  (Eds.) (2013). Principal’s Legal Handbook (5th ed.).

Gooden, M., Eckes, S., Mead, J.F. & McNeal, L (Eds.) (2012). From the Courtroom to the Schoolhouse: Recent Advancements in School Law and Implications for School Leadership [Special Issue]. Journal of School Leadership.

Other Publications

McNeal, L. (Forthcoming, Fall 2014). “From Hollow Hope to New Beginnings: Equal Education Opportunity in the 21st Century”. Ed. Kimberly Robinson, et al. 40 Years After Rodriguez: A Look Back. (N.Y.U. Press 2014). 

McNeal, L. (Fall, 2013). Total Recall: The Rise and Fall of Teacher Tenure, Hofstra Labor and Employment Law Journal.

 McNeal, L. & Gooden. M. (2013).  Legal Issues for Diverse and Equitable Schools. In Tillman, L. & Scheurich, J. (Eds.), AERA Division A Handbook of Research on Educational Leadership for Diversity and Equity. London: Lawrence Erlbaum. (Peer Reviewed)

Dunbar, C. & McNeal, L. (2012). A League of Their Own, Urban School Principals’ Rejoinder to NCLB Law. In J. Moore & Lewis, C. (Eds.) Urban Schools: Critical Issues and Solutions for Achievement.

 McNeal, L. & Dunbar, C. (2010). In the Eyes of the Beholder: Urban Student Perceptions of Zero Tolerance Policy. Urban Education Journal. (Peer Reviewed Journal)

 McNeal, L. (2010). Access Granted: The Winkelman Case Ushers In A New Era in Parental Advocacy, Brigham Young University Education Law Review.

McNeal, L. & O”Rourke, C. (2009). Legal Foundation of Special Education. Special Education for All Teachers. Kendall/Hung: Dubuque, IA.

 McNeal, L. (2009). Turning Back the Hands of Time: The Legality of Voluntary Integration Plans, Education & Urban Society. (Peer Reviewed Journal)

 McNeal, L. (2012). Labor Unions, Collective Bargaining Agreements and NCLB: The Calm Before the Storm. Journal of School Leadership. (Peer Reviewed Journal)

Work-in-Progress

Extreme Make-Over: Re-Envisioning Education Equity in the Post-Fisher Era

Presentations

Keynote Speaker, Harvard Law School, From Hollow Hope to New Beginnings: Achieving Educational Equity in the Post-Milliken Era. 40 Years After Milliken: Remedying Racial Disparities in Post-Racial Society Conference. (April, 2014)

 

Invited Speaker, Harvard Law School, The Enduring Legacy of Charles Hamilton Houston. (September, 2013)

 

Panelist, Self-Promotion in the Mode of Abraham Lincoln—not P.T. Barnum, SEALS Conference (August, 2013)

 

Invited Speaker, Kentucky Bar Association Convention, Implicit Bias, Ethics and the Courtroom. (June, 2013)

 

Invited Speaker, Harvard Law School, Taking It Back: Reclaiming the Purpose, Refocusing the Debate, and Recapturing the Dream". (March, 2013) 

 

Invited Speaker, University of Richmond School of Law, Rodriguez at 40: Exploring New Paths to Equal Educational Opportunity. (March, 2013). 

 

Keynote Speaker, Rice University, Urban Education Symposium. (February, 2013)

Invited Speaker, Black Educator Alliance Conference, Dismantling the School to Prison Pipeline, Northeastern University. (March, 2012)

 

Invited Speaker, Advocates for Education Conference, Closing the School to Prison Pipeline: Redirecting our Future at Harvard Law School. (March, 2012)

 

Invited Speaker, The Law and Education Institute at Penn State University Dickinson School of Law. (June, 2010)

 

Legal Issues for Diverse and Equitable Schools. Panel presentation at the Education Law Association Conference, Vancouver, Canada. (2010)

 

The Role of Economic Globalization on the Need for High Quality Education in Racially Isolated Public Schools. Panel presentation at the Education Law Association Conference, Louisville, KY. (2009)

NCLB Reconstitution: A Parasite to the Recruitment and Retention of Teachers of Color. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, San Diego, CA. (2009)

 

Access Granted: An Analysis of the U.S. Supreme Court Winkelman Case and the Implications for School Leadership. Paper presented at the University Council for Educational Administration Conference, Los Angeles, CA. (2009)

 

Hollow Hope: Urban School Leaders Unveiled. Paper presented at the University Council for Educational Administration Conference, Los Angeles, CA. (2009)

 

Navigating Change: Urban School Principals Discuss Challenges in Creating Effective School Culture. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, New York, NY. (2008)

 

Turning Back the Hands of Time: The Legality of Voluntary Integration Plans. Paper presented at the American Educational Research Association Conference, New York, NY. (2008)

 

Urban Student Perceptions of School Leadership Unveiled. Paper presented at the University Council for Educational Administration Conference, Washington, D.C. (2007)

University and Community Service

Treasurer, AALS Education and the Law Section 2013-2014

Communications Committee (Brandeis School of Law)

International Committee (Brandeis School of Law)

Diversity Committee (Brandeis School of Law)