Briefing Room


Are public schools becoming Constitution-free zones?

March 6, 2020 | Events

Thank you for your interest in the lecture. After careful consideration, we have decided to postpone this event due to growing concerns over COVID-19.

Featuring Professor Justin Driver, Yale Law School

Thursday, April 9
4- 5:30 p.m.
Drake Performance and Event Center
Presented by the College of Education and Human Ecology

Free speech, corporal punishment, random drug tests, strip searches and transgender students accessing restrooms. The Supreme Court’s treatment of these incendiary topics in schools has indelibly shaped public education and the constitutional rights of students around the country. In his new book, The Schoolhouse Gate: Public Education, the Supreme Court, and the Battle for the American Mind, Professor Justin Driver maintains that the Supreme Court has regularly abdicated responsibility for protecting students’ rights since the 1970s, risking transforming public schools into Constitution-free zones and in turn jeopardizing our basic constitutional order.

The Schoolhouse Gate was named a Notable Nonfiction Book of the Year by the Washington Post, an Editors’ Choice by the New York Times Book Review, a finalist for the American Bar Association’s Silver Gavel Award and was shortlisted for Phi Beta Kappa’s Ralph Waldo Emerson Book Award. A panel and period of Q&A will follow Professor Driver’s lecture featuring Moritz College of Law Professors Kimberly P. Jordan and Daniel P. Tokaji and College of Education and Human Ecology Professors Philip T.K. Daniel and Christopher Thomas of Frost Brown Todd LLC.