Sep 10, 2012    #112
Contact: John Martellaro

Urban School Closures are Focus of UMKC Law School Presentation

Guest lecturer to examine neighborhood impacts of Chicago Catholic school closures

Public school closures are not the only educational hardships impacting America's urban neighborhoods. A rapid disappearance of Catholic schools from the urban core is another trend driving negative impacts on neighborhoods, and will be the subject of the next John B. Gage Lecture sponsored by the School of Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Nicole Stelle Garnett, a professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, is the author of "Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America" (Yale University Press, 2009) and a senior policy coordinator for the Alliance for Catholic Education. She is a graduate of Yale Law School and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Her address, "What Happens When You Close Urban Schools," will focus on the impacts of Catholic school closings on urban neighborhoods in Chicago. It is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at the E.E. "Tom" Thompson Courtroom in the UMKC Law School building, 500 E. 52nd St.

The lecture is free and open to the public. Additional details and registration are available at CLE credits for attorneys are available.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

The UMKC School of Law is a top 20 "Best Value" law school that prepares students for practice by integrating high level theory and lawyering skills throughout the curriculum. The School provides a supportive academic and professional community offering high level student interaction with faculty and the legal community. UMKC School of Law is a true community of scholars committed to the foundations of good lawyering: respect for people, for knowledge and ideas, and for justice.

About the University of Missouri-Kansas City

The University of Missouri-Kansas City, one of four University of Missouri campuses, is a public university serving more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate and professional students. UMKC engages with the community and economy based on a four-part mission: life and health sciences; visual and performing arts; urban issues and education; and a vibrant learning and campus life experience. For more information about UMKC, visit You can also find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and watch us on YouTube.

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