Eighth Annual Urban Child Symposium

John and Frances Angelos Law Center

The Sayra and Neil Meyerhoff Center for Families, Children and the Courts presents its eighth annual Urban Child symposium, which focuses on education. There are few, if any, aspects of a community's well-being than the quality of its public education. Education has an impact on every aspect of life: from employment rates to crime rates, from the number of houses bought to the number of teen pregnancies. We know that to have healthy and productive communities, education must be our first priority, particularly in low-income, urban neighborhoods, This symposium examines some of the most difficult challenges facing Baltimore and other large urban areas as they confront troubled schools and the children and families they serve.

James Cole, Jr., general counsel, delegated duties of deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, will serve as keynoter for the symposium.

At the U.S. Department of Education, Cole serves as the chief operating officer and chief legal officer, and oversees a broad range of operational, management, policy, legal and program functions, including the Department's work on President Obama's My Brother's Keeper Task Force, which seeks to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color, and to ensure that all young people are able to reach their full potential.

Cole was the first in his family to graduate from college. He credits a high school English teacher with inspiring and convincing him to pursue higher education. Cole went on to receive his B.S. in finance with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his J.D. from the University of Chicago, where he served as a comment editor of the University of Chicago Law School Roundtable. He clerked for the Hon. Stephanie K. Seymour of the U.S. Court of Appeals Tenth Circuit. Cole has held several previous positions focusing on educational achievement, access and opportunity for all students.

From 2004 to 2011, he served on the board of directors of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. From 2005 to 2011, he also served on the board of trustees of Prep for Prep, a New York City-based youth leadership development program that identifies and prepares students of color for the rigors of independent day and boarding schools. In addition, he has mentored high school and college students since graduating from Dunbar Vocational High School, located on Chicago's South Side.

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