James H. Shelton III, Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education to Speak About the Future of Education at New York Law School on April 16, 2011

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New York Law School and Harvard Law School will present the final conference of Future Ed, their year-long contest and event series to uncover the best ideas for the future of legal education. James H. Shelton III of the U.S. Department of Education is the keynote speaker.

New York Law School and Harvard Law School will present the final conference in their year-long contest and event series, “Future Ed: New Business Models for U.S. and Global Legal Education,” to uncover the best ideas for the future of legal education on Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16, 2011. James H. Shelton III, the Assistant Deputy Secretary for Innovation and Improvement in the U.S. Department of Education is keynote speaker on Saturday (from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.) His talk, titled: “Everything will Change: Even Law School” will discuss two themes: Commoditization of “Expertise” and the Pace of Change in Society and Learning. Shelton’s full bio can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/news/staff/bios/shelton.html.

Thirty proposals were presented at Harvard Law School in October of last year; the best were refined and will be presented at New York Law School. Final designs will be presented and winners of the contest will be announced at the close of the conference. Teams will have seven minutes to pitch their idea, three minutes to respond to in-group competitors, and 10 to 15 minutes for questions and comments from the audience. Everyone who attends the conference will receive $1 million in virtual currency and will decide which group to back and how much money to allocate towards the project. Read the proposals here.

For a full schedule and to learn more about Future Ed, please click here.

DATE: Friday, April 15 from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday, April 16, 2011 from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

LOCATION: 185 West Broadway (between Worth and Leonard Streets)

Members of the media may RSVP by e-mailing LaToya Jordan at latoya(dot)jordan(at)nyls(dot)edu.

About New York Law School
Founded in 1891, New York Law School is an independent law school located in lower Manhattan near the city’s centers of law, government, and finance. New York Law School’s renowned faculty of prolific scholars has built the School’s strength in such areas as constitutional law, civil and human rights, labor and employment law, media and information law, urban legal studies, international and comparative law, and a number of interdisciplinary fields. The School is noted for its nine academic centers: Center on Business Law & Policy, Center on Financial Services Law, Center for International Law, Center for New York City Law, Center for Professional Values and Practice, Center for Real Estate Studies, Diane Abbey Law Center for Children and Families, Institute for Information Law & Policy, and Justice Action Center. New York Law School has more than 13,000 graduates and enrolls some 1,500 students in its full- and part-time J.D. program and its four advanced degree programs in financial services law, real estate, tax, and mental disability law studies. http://www.nyls.edu

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