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Bowdoin College Offers Colloquium on School Violence

Story posted December 15, 1998


Dec. 7, 1998, BRUNSWICK, Maine -- George Isaacson, senior partner in the law firm of Brann and Isaacson in Lewiston, will speak about schools' legal rights and responsibilities regarding the increased incidence of violence in public schools. The talk, part of a series of colloquia offered by Bowdoin's Education Department, will be held from 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday Dec. 10, at the Nixon Lounge in the College's main library, Hawthorne-Longfellow Hall on Maine and College streets, Brunswick.

The talk, titled "School Violence: Legal Limits and Schools' Responsibilities," is free and open to the public. Area educators are encouraged to attend.

Many school boards and administrators have instituted new and controversial measures to prevent violence in their schools. These measures include such things as conducting locker searches and pat downs of students, installing metal detectors and censoring student newspapers. Isaacson will discuss Supreme Court developments in this area and present the competing views of when a school's responsibility to provide a safe environment infringes on student rights.

Isaacson has been practicing law in Maine for more than 20 years. He is a graduate of Bowdoin College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After graduating from law school, he clerked for Justice Thomas E. Delahanty of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. He is an adjunct faculty member at Bowdoin, where he has taught courses on Law and Education and Constitutional Law.

Isaacson is a member of the National Association of School Board Attorneys and the Education Law Association. He also is past chair of the Maine Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence, and served on the Federal First Circuit Court of Appeals Rules Committee. He is the current chair of the Maine Council of School Board Attorneys, serves as counsel for the Maine School Management Association and represents school departments throughout Maine. He has spoken widely on issues relating to the impact of Supreme Court decisions on the American education system.

For information on the colloquium, contact Lynn Brettler at Bowdoin's Education Department 725-3465.

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