Dallas Bar Association

DBA Symposium to Focus on Future of Public Education in Dallas With Keynote Speaker Senator Royce West

The Dallas Bar Association will host its annual education symposium on Monday, October 29, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at the Pavilion at the Belo Mansion to bring together community leaders in the interest of improving public education in the Metroplex.

The half-day event will include a student panel, consisting of several DISD students will be conducted on the topic of “What Kids Want and Need.” The panel will be moderated by Frank E. Stevenson, partner at Locke Lord LLP.

Other panels include: “Getting Involved and Making an Impact: Education PACS and School Board Leadership,” conducted by Mark Melton,Educate Dallas, and Dan Micciche, Dallas ISD Trustee; and “Elements for Reforming Public Education in Dallas: Challenges, Solutions and Progress,” will be conducted by Charles Glover, Dallas ISD Human Resource Chief;Mike Morath, Dallas ISD Trustee; Todd Williams, of Dallas Commit!; and Brad Weber, of Locke Lord LLP, moderator.

Additional featured speakers include: Dr. Karon Cofield, Dallas ISD Executive Director, who will discuss “Dallas ISD Leadership Academy: Developing Transformational School Leaders.”

“The Dallas Bar Association has been committed to supporting education for years, and has a long-standing relationship with the Dallas Independent School District,” said Dallas Bar Association President Paul K. Stafford. The Education Symposium promotes education and highlights the collaboration between the DISD and the DBA.”

The “Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership” will be presented during the Symposium luncheon. The award is named for the founder of TDIndustries, who served as the first chairman of the Dallas Alliance Education Task Force, a multi-racial group dedicated to a broad-based community solution to achieve desegregation in DISD. The luncheon keynote speaker will be Senator Royce West.

Vickery Meadow Learning Center, a nonprofit adult literacy program designed to improve the communication and life skills of non-English speaking adults and children, will be presented with the “Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership” during the Symposium luncheon. Vickery Meadow Learning Center provides free educational programs for approximately 1,000 adults and 200 preschool children who reside in low-income, highly diverse areas in Dallas. This award will be given to Vickery Meadow Learning Center in recognition of its exemplary leadership in promoting literacy in Dallas. You can find out more about Vickery Meadow Learning Center at www.vmlc.org.

The public is invited and encouraged to participate in the symposium. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and the registration fee of $35 includes lunch. If you would like to attend, but cannot afford the registration fee, please contact Alicia Hernandez at ahernandez@dallasbar.org to request a fee waiver for the event.

The Belo Mansion is located at 2101 Ross Avenue, in Downtown Dallas (in the Arts District). Parking is available in the Pavilion Garage for $4 (enter from Olive Street). Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, register online at www2.dallasbar.org/events/register/edu_symposium_signup.asp orRSVP to Alicia Hernandez at ahernandez@dallasbar.org or (214) 220-7499.


The Dallas Bar Association is a professional, voluntary organization of more than 10,000 Dallas-area attorneys. Find out more at www.dallasbar.org.

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