ISBA People’s Law School - Brown v. Board of Education

ISBA People’s Law School - Brown v. Board of Education

The Iowa State Bar Association, the Iowa National Bar Association, the Polk County Bar Association and the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys co-sponsored this virtual community event together in honor of Black History Month 2022. This video includes a presentation on the case “Brown v. Board of Education,” the 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision that stated that separate schools for blacks and whites are inherently unequal, followed by a discussion with panelists who attended segregated and integrated public schools.



ISBA People’s Law School - Brown v. Board of Education


ISBA People’s Law School - Brown v. Board of Education Speakers in order of appearance:

Speakers appear solely in their personal capacity. The views and opinions expressed do not represent the views of any of their past, present or future employers. This video is available for informational purposes only and does not serve as legal advice. Laws, policies and practices relating to this video may change. Please conduct your own research.

Henry Hamilton III is a federal Administrative Law Judge. He has also served as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Magistrate Judge for the State of Iowa, City Prosecutor for the City of Des Moines and as a private practitioner with the Parrish Law Firm. Hamilton is a voting rights enthusiast. He has served as an international election observer, and as a longtime member of the Election Protection coordinating committee. Hamilton is a 1988 graduate of Drake University and a 1992 graduate of Drake University Law School. He currently serves as President-elect of The Iowa State Bar Association.

Tim Gartin is a partner in the Ames firm of Hastings, Gartin & Boettger, LLP. He has a general practice that includes, but is not limited to, real estate. He received his B.A. from Iowa Wesleyan College, his M.A. from Iowa State University, and his J.D. from Northern Illinois University. Tim is a 25-year member of the Story County and Iowa State Bar Associations and served two years as Chair of the Real Estate and Title Law Section Council of The Iowa State Bar Association and now chairs the Section Council. He also chairs the Section’s legislative subcommittee. Tim also serves on the Ethics and Practice Guidelines Committee. Tim is a Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers. He is serving in his third term on the Ames City Council and teaches business law to undergraduate students at Iowa State University.

Hon. Odell McGhee 
was appointed as a District Associate Judge in February 2002. He received his bachelor’s degree from Cornell College in 1974 and his Juris Doctorate from Drake University Law School in 1977. Judge McGhee has worked as the Program Planner for the Iowa Commission of the Aging, Administrative Hearing Officer with the Iowa Department of Environmental Quality and most recently in the Polk County Attorney’s Office. Judge McGhee is a member of The Iowa State Bar Association, Polk County Bar Association, the National Bar Association, the National Association of District Attorneys and the National Association of Prosecutors. He is a Commissioner on the Iowa Supreme Court’s Continuing Legal Education Commission and an officer of the National Association of Prosecutors (NAP).

Emily Chafa 
is active in several national, state and local bar associations, including the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys (I.O.W.A.), Polk County Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, Blackstone Inn of Court and the ABA Judicial Division National Conference of Administrative Law Judiciary. Chafa received the Iowa Supreme Court Voice for Justice Award. To date, seven Iowa attorneys received this award for their support and contributions to the administration of justice. Chafa serves as the ISBA Diversity and Inclusiveness Committee Chair. She enjoys learning and telling the stories of Iowa women trailblazers and other relatively unknown history makers. 


ISBA People’s Law School - Brown v. Board of Education. Resources.

The information presented is current as of the date of recording, February 21, 2022, or date of publication. Laws, policies and practices relating to this information may change. Please conduct your own research.

Here Is a link to the written materials, “Brown v. Board of Education – An Overview and Conversation,” by Tim Gartin, for this ISBA People’s Law School. These materials may be helpful to use when watching the event recording and include questions that groups and educators may use for discussions.

“A Lesson on Critical Race Theory,” by Janel George, ABA Human Rights Magazine, Vol. 46, No. 2.

The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together, by Heather McGhee (2021, One World)

Schoolhouse Burning: Public Education and the Assault on American Democracy, by Derek Black (2020, PublicAffairs)

The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story, by Nikole Hannah-Jones (2021, One World)

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