George S. Isaacson

Adjunct Lecturer

Teaching this semester

GOV 2940 / EDUC 2250. Education and Law

George Isaacson
A study of the impact of the American legal system on the functioning of schools in the United States through an examination of Supreme Court decisions and federal legislation. Analyzes the public policy considerations that underlie court decisions in the field of education and considers how those judicial interests may differ from the concerns of school boards, administrators, and teachers. Issues to be discussed include constitutional and statutory developments affecting schools in such areas as free speech, sex discrimination, religious objections to compulsory education, race relations, teachers’ rights, school financing, and the education of those with disabilities.

For over three decades, George Isaacson has been an adjunct faculty member teaching in both the Department of Government and Legal Studies and the Department of Education.  He has taught courses on Constitutional Law, Comparative Constitutional Law, Education and Law, and Mental Health Law.  

Following his graduation from law school, and prior to entering private practice, he was law clerk to Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Thomas E. Delahanty.  Isaacson is past chairman of both the Maine Council of School Board Attorneys and the Maine Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Rules of Evidence and served as a member of the Federal Appellate Court Rules Committee.  He has written, lectured, and testified before congressional committees, on issues relating to the Commerce Clause of the U. S. Constitution, and has argued before state and federal appellate courts throughout the country, including the United States Supreme Court.  

Isaacson received his B.A. in 1970 from Bowdoin College and his J.D in 1973 from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, and has taught at the University of Maine School of Law.