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Wayne Law professor’s essay included in book on integration, race

An essay by Wayne State University Law School Distinguished Professor Robert A. Sedler is included in the recently published book Reclaiming Integration and the Language of Race in the “Post-Racial” Era.

Sedler’s essay, “Integration and Equal Educational Opportunity in the ‘Post Racial’ Era,” discusses the school integration cases Sedler has litigated over the years, particularly the Louisville-Jefferson County cross-district busing case, where a court-ordered desegregation plan was put into effect in 1975 and then was voluntarily accepted by the community.

“Since the overwhelming number of African-American and Hispanic children are enrolled in large and heavy minority and predominantly lower-income large urban school districts, the objective of achieving equal educational opportunity — or perhaps more accurately, improved educational opportunity — for these children must focus on substantially improving the quality of education now provided by the large urban school districts in which these children are enrolled,” Sedler concludes in his essay.

The book, which includes essays from influential scholars, is edited by Dr. Curtis L. Ivery, chancellor of Wayne County Community College District, and Joshua A. Bassett, director of the community college’s Institute for Social Progress.

A faculty member at Wayne Law since 1977, Sedler teaches courses in Constitutional Law and Conflict of Laws. He holds a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and previously was a law professor at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Sedler, an internationally known constitutional law expert, has litigated a large number of civil rights and civil liberties cases in Michigan, Kentucky and elsewhere and has published extensively.


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