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National Students Rights Conference

Fall Symposium

(Use the Reserve link above to register for the conference.)

We are excited to  present a full day of learning and social engagement across the US.  

Participants will include Legal Scholars:

  • Catherine J. Ross, professor at George Washington University Law School, where she specializes in constitutional law (with particular emphasis on the First Amendment).  She is the author of Lessons in Censorship: How Schools and Courts Subvert Students’ First Amendment Rights (Harvard University Press, 2015)
  • Steven M. Brown, Executive Director of the JFTF,
  • David Hudson, Jr. author and Assistant Professor of Law, teaches Legal Information and Communication at Belmont University. 
  • Daniel Weddle joined the UMKC Law School in 1996, and serves as director of academic support. 
  • Mike Hiestand, Senior Legal Counsel, Student Press Law Center (SPLC).
  • Vic Walczak.Legal Director, ACLU Pennsylvania & attorney involved in Brandy Levy "Cheerleader" U.S. Supreme Court case.

Student Case Representatives

We will present two separate, formal/academic lectures, followed by a moderated conversation during which Audience Members have ask questions or make comments.

After a lunch break, we will present breakout conversations.  Audience Members will have the opportunity to register for 1 breakout session, which shall be announced in the upcoming weeks.

Also, check out our Essay Contest open to all participating Middle and High School Students.


Due to public health concerns and the continuing COVID epidemic, on-site seating will be limited to 70 participants.

Registration for these seats will be on a "first come, first served" basis.

Pressing the reserve button on the page will take you to a ZOOM EVENT Registration Page.  Please select In-person or Zoom only.

Participants can order a box lunch through UMKC Catering or it can be on your own.  If you are familiar with the area and have a favorite lunch spot, you are not obligated to stay on campus for the lunch break.

There is complete program information in the PDF below.