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University of Denver Law Looks Back: 40 Years After Busing

Jan. 15, 2013—The University of Denver Sturm College of Law is hosting a three-day symposium on the landmark case of Keyes v. School District No. 1, the first school desegregation case from a major city outside of the South to reach the United States Supreme Court. The case was heard 40 years ago and dramatically changed the face of Denver public education, while providing a critical barometer of constitutional and other legal efforts to achieve equality of educational opportunity in the nation's public schools.

The symposium is organized by the Denver University Law Review and the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education, in conjunction with area law firms and foundations, among others. Distinguished participants include not only many of those involved in the Keyes and ongoing Lobato v. State of Colorado litigation, but also some of the nation's most prominent law school deans, university presidents, and land use, education, and civil rights scholars in the nation.

The first part of the event will take place on January 31, 2013 at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit in the Byron White U.S. Courthouse, with a panel discussion from those who lived through the case. The second part of the event will take place on February 1–2, 2013 at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. Scheduled sessions include discussions on the role of land use policies and "de facto" segregation; an evaluation of metropolitan K–12 education; and a discussion of both the legacy of the Keyes case and the potential impact of the ongoing Lobato case, which could impact school funding in Colorado for decades to come.

What: Denver University Law Review Symposium, "Forty Years since Keyes v. School District No. 1"

When: January 31–February 2, 2013


Where: January 31, 2013: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit, Byron White U.S. Courthouse, 1823 Stout Street, Denver

February 1–2, 2013: University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Ricketson Law Building, 2255 East Evans Avenue, Denver

Information: Visit the Law Review page for more information and a full schedule.