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2009 Woodside Speaker Announced
April 23, 2009
Contact: Barbara Peck, (614) 292-0283
The Pro Bono Research Group (PBRG) at The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law would like to announce Matthew Cregor, a staff attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center, as the 2009 Woodside Speaker. Cregor will present his speech on Thursday, April 30 during the juvenile law symposium presented at Moritz entitled, “Reinventing Juvenile Law: A New Construct for Practice and Policy," co-sponsored this year by the Justice for Children Project, Center for Interdisciplinary Law and Policy Studies, and PBRG.
Cregor works on federal, state, and local policy efforts to improve school climate (e.g., school discipline code reform, expansion of state-level structures for Positive Behavior Supports, and federal law/policy initiatives to improve school climate). Cregor also co-facilitates the Dignity in Schools Campaign’s Alternatives to Zero-Tolerance Working Group – a national coalition of teachers, parents, and advocates working to expand practices that improve school climate and reduce suspension, expulsion, and referrals to law enforcement. Cregor taught fifth grade in the Bronx, N.Y., as a Teach for America Corps Member and is a 2006 graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center.
Cregor will present his speech, “Using the Economic Stimulus to Stop the School-to-Prison Pipeline: Strategies to Use Stimulus Education Funds to Improve School Climate,” at 3 p.m., Thursday, April 30 at the Moritz College of Law’s Barrister Club, 25 W. 11th Ave.
He will join an impressive list of speakers as part of the two-day juvenile law symposium, which is sponsored by The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law’s Justice for Children Project. Keynoting the symposium will be Ohio First Lady Frances Strickland. To learn more about the event and to register to attend, visit http://moritzlaw.osu.edu/jfc/symposia/index.php.
Dr. Frank C. Woodside III has contributed generously to the Pro Bono Research Group. The most wonderful aspect of his gift is the endowment that ensures perpetual support for PBRG. The Pro Bono Research Group is able, through his contributions, to provide an excellent experience for law students where they can apply what they have learned in the classroom to issues concerning Americans today. In addition, his gift provides the support necessary for PBRG to present the Woodside Speaker Series, an annual symposium dedicated to raising awareness on poverty law issues.