New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to Discuss Legal Issues in Education

| By: Shannon Chapala

20091208_gov_medium New Jersey Governor Chris Christie delivered the keynote address during a day-long symposium titled "Educational Innovation and the Law" Nov. 18 in the Patrick F. McCartan Courtroom at the Notre Dame Law School.

The event is part of the 2011-12 Notre Dame Forum, "Reimagining School: To Nurture the Soul of a Nation," a year-long discussion of the profound and challenging questions that shape the national debate about K-12 education. Governor Christie’s address can be viewed in its entirety on Notre Dame’s YouTube channel.

Hosted by the Notre Dame Law Review, the symposium discussed whether the law impedes innovation in education and considered a wide range of legal issues related to education, including the education gap, school choice, charter schools, labor issues, and the effects of the current state and local fiscal crisis on public education. Two panels of legal scholars presented and discussed issues surrounding educational innovation and the law.

Christie is New Jersey’s 55th governor and formerly served as the state’s U.S. Attorney. He drew national attention for his efforts in battling political corruption, corporate crime, human trafficking, gangs, terrorism, and polluters. He led a widely acclaimed charge against public corruption, winning convictions or guilty pleas from more than 130 public officials – both Republican and Democrat – without losing a single case.

The Notre Dame Forum features a series of panel presentations, symposia, and workshops spanning the entire academic year. A complete listing of events is available on the Forum website, which will be updated throughout the academic year.

Established in 2005 by Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., Notre Dame’s president, the Forum has brought leading authorities to campus to discuss substantive issues of the day. Past forum topics have included the global marketplace and its impact on the common good, immigration, sustainability, global health and the role of religious faith in a plural world.