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Personal Biography

Julie Underwood, a nationally recognized authority on school law, became the eighth dean of the UW-Madison School of Education in August 2005.


Education

1984 - Ph D, School Law, School Finance
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

1979 - JD, , Cum laude
Indiana University
Bloomington, Indiana

1976 - BA,
DePauw University
Greencastle, Indiana


 

 

Grants and Sponsorships

  • 1989 - "Innovative Course Proposal "legal Aspects Of Educating At-Risk Children"," Awarded By: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Julie K. Underwood.
  • 8/1/1989 - Amount: $7,788.88, "Search And Seizure: An Analysis Of Developing Legal Standards In The Education Context," Awarded By: University of Wisconsin Graduate School, Julie K. Underwood.
  • 8/1/1988 - Amount: $7,598.00, "Establishment Of Religion: An Investigation Of Possible Changes In Standards And Application," Awarded By: University of Wisconsin Graduate School, Julie K. Underwood.
  • Amount: $86,749.00, "A Program To Institutionalize Law-Related Education In Wisconsin," Awarded By: U.S. Department of Education, Sponsor Type: Federal, Julie K. Underwood; Jr Henry Lufler.

Publications

  • Underwood, J.K. (2013). Legal Talk: Contracts, Unions and Strikes. Educational Horizons, 91(3), 30.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2012). Legal Talk: Legal Protection for Victims of School Bullying. Educational Horizons. 91(2), pg 30.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2012). Legal Talk: Challenges to Diversity Programs. Educational Horizons. 91(1), pg 30.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2012). Legal Talk: Ensuring High Quality Teachers. Educational Horizons. 90(4), 28.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Mead, J.F. (in press). A smart ALEC threatens public education. Phi Delta Kappan. 93(6), 51-55.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Underwood, J.K. (2012). Legal Talk: Parents and Schools. Educational Horizons. 90(3), 28.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2011). Legal Talk: Social Networking. Educational Horizons. 90(2), 28.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2011). Your Life v. Your Job: Can Personal Choices Get You Fired? Educational Horizons. 90(2), 16-20.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2011, November 17). Education cuts will have long lasting effects. Milwaukee Journal Sentinal.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2011). Legal Talk: The Supreme Court and Schools. Educational Horzions. 90(1), 28.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2011). Starving Public Schools. The Nation. 293(5/6).
  • Underwood, J.K. (2011). Legal Talk: Who controls public schools? What rules affect you? Educational Horizons. 89(3).
  • Underwood, J.K. (2011). Legal Talk: When should teachers say something? Educational Horizons. pp. 28.
  • Darling-Hammond, L., & Underwood, J.K. (2009). From Inequity to Quality: The Future of Public Schools. Columbus, OH: Wiley Press.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Jorgensen, S. (2009). Horace Mann League: Creating Common Schools for the 21st Century. Creating Common Schools for the 21st Century. Josey Bass.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2008). School Money Trials. Journal of Law & Education. 37(4), 609-612.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Webb, L. (2006). School Law for Teachers: Concepts and Applications. School Law for Teachers: Concepts and Applications. Columbus, OH: Prentice Hall.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2005). 30th Anniversary of Goss v. Lopez. Education Law Reporter.
  • Underwood, J.K. (in press). American Civil Liberties Union of Kentucky v. McCreary County, KY. Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case 545 U.S. 844.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2005). Jackson v. Birmingham Board of Education. Amicus Brief in U.S. Supreme Court Case U.S. 544 U.S. 167.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2005). No Child Left Behind Resource Documents. Alexandria, VA: National School Boards Association.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Collen, A. (2005). Taking Adequacy to the Courts: A look at current trends in school finance legislation. Leadership Insider.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2004). Legal Protections Gay Students Must Receive. The Education Digest. 70(4), 16-26.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: An article condensed from Dealing with Legal Matters Surrounding Students' Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, which was published in November 2004 to provide practical guidance on schools' legal rights and responsibilities with respect to students, programs, and curriculum. Advice is provided for schools on how to deal with a wide range of issues relating to programs, clubs, and activities pertaining to sexual orientation and gender identity.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2004). School Violence: From Discipline to Due Process. School Violence: From Discipline to Due Process. Chicago, IL.: American Bar Association Publishing.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2004). The Unfulfilled Promise of Brown v. Board of Education. In Council of Attorneys (Eds.), School Law in Review. Alexandria, VA: National School Boards Association.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). No Child Left Behind Resource Documents. Alexandria, VA: National School Boards Association.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). Supreme Court Update. In Council of School Attorneys (Eds.), School Law in Review. Alexandria, VA: National School Boards Association.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). The Legal System: Understanding & Limiting School Board Member Liability. In Council of School Attorneys (Eds.), The School Law Review. Alexandria, VA: National School Boards Association.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Supreme Court Update: School Law in Review. In Council of School Attorneys (Eds.), School Law in Review. Alexandria, VA: National School Boards Association.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Supreme Court News: Final Opinions Issued. Inquiry & Analysis.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Stainback, J. (2002). Private Funding of School Construction. Inquiry & Analysis.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). Choice, The American Common School, and Democracy. In Soder, R., Goodlad, J., & McMannon, T. (Eds.), Developing Democratic Character in the Young. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Mead, J.F. (2001). Lemon Distilled with Four Votes for Vouchers: An Examination of Mitchell v. Helms and its Implications. Education Law Reporter. 149(3).
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). Facilities Use After Good News v. Milford. Inquiry & Analysis.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). Graduation Issues. Inquiry & Analysis.
  • Russo, C.J., Underwood, J.K., & Cambron-McCabe, N. (2000). The Top Ten Education Law Cases: The Supreme Court's Impact on Schooling. International Journal of Educational Reform. 9(1), 21-31.
    Abstract: Although the U.S. Supreme Court does not establish law the way legislative bodies do, it pervasively influences educational practices by interpreting constitutional and statutory provisions as exemplified in the top 10 cases listed, from "Brown v Board of Education" (1954) to "New Jersey v TLO" (1985). Runners-up are also listed. (Contains 66 references.) (MLH)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1999). Vouchers-A Legal Draw. A Response to Benjamin Dowling-Sendor. American School Board Journal. 186(2), 14-15.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: A court-approved Milwaukee voucher program permits up to 15% of the city's public schoolchildren to attend private/religious schools at state expense. This represents no victory for vouchers. Although the Wisconsin Supreme Court found vouchers constitutional, it may not believe they are valid under the federal constitution. (MLH)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1997). Four Implications of IDEA's Reauthorization. School Administrator. 54(10), 24-27.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: Reviews major changes for school districts under the reauthorized 1997 Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Amendments. The new amendments allow disabled children to be disciplined more effectively, require individual education plans to include a student-evaluation component, limit district responsibility for attorney fees, encourage voluntary mediation, and change the funding distribution formula. (MLH)
  • Underwood, J.K., Dodge, J., & Weatherly, C. (1996). Individuals with Disabilities Education Act: A Legal Primer.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: The concept of integrating children with disabilities into public school classrooms has paralleled the movement to integrate children of different races. In 1975, Congress enacted the Education for All Handicapped Children Act of 1975 (EAHCA), which became effective in 1977. Through regulations detailing precise procedural guidelines, EAHCA has attempted to define the major components of a free appropriate public education (FAPE) for children with disabilities. In 1990, Congress reauthorized the EAHCA and changed its title to the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990 (IDEA). This guidebook describes court litigation defining the application of the act with respect to the following areas: eligibility, assessment, individualized education program (IEP), appropriateness, least restrictive environment, related services, residential placements, changes in placement, expulsion, private schools, due process procedures, and remedies for violations. Appendices contain subchapters I and II of IDEA, selected federal regulations, and a U.S. Department of Education memorandum on discipline of children with disabilities. (LMI)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1996). Changing Establishment of Religion Analysis Within and Outside the Context of Education. Howard Law Journal. 21(1), 53-112.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Mead, J.F. (1995). Legal aspects of special education and pupil services. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Meredith, B. (1995). Irreconcilable differences? Defining the rising conflict between regular and special education. Journal of Law & Education. 24(2), 195-226.
    Abstract: The writers examine the political and philosophical causes of the conflict between regular and special education in the U.S. and suggest how the conflict might be alleviated. They analyze the fundamentally different paradigms or assumptions developed by regular and special education that govern the way teachers relate to students, parents, governmental bodies, and each other. The writers discuss the problems involving the allocation of resources between special and regular education programs, discipline problems in the ?mainstreamed? classroom, and the judicial response to problems of competing and conflicting classroom rules and expectations. They argue that certain emerging political trends indicate that the current regular and special education models must be modified in certain areas if they are to remain politically viable.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1995). School Finance Adequacy as Vertical Equity. University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform. 28(3), 493-520.
  • Fernandez, L., & Underwood, J.K. (1994). Sexual harassment in our schools (Book Review). West's Education Law Reporter. 94, 1141-1142.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Underwood, J.K. (1994). School finance litigation: legal theories, judicial activism, and social neglect. Journal of Education Finance. 20(2), 143-162.
    Abstract: A review of the legal theories relied upon by previous school finance litigation to determine themes and future directions. For the past 50 years, the aim of school finance litigation has been fiscal equity, which is evaluated by per-pupil expenditure for each district. Due to differences among districts, this has proved to be an inadequate measure of equity. In general, there are three theories in litigating finance equity cases. The first two deal with the constitutional doctrine of equal protection, and the third theory asserts that the state legislature has failed to live up to the state obligation to provide children with an education. By refocusing on the role of the judiciary in setting standards, litigants can design better strategies to reform school finance. The U.S. should also develop and fund strong children's policies before any definition of equal or adequate educational opportunities can be achieved.
  • Camp, W., Underwood, J.K., Connelly, M., & Lane, K. (1993). The principle's legal handbook. In Camp, W., Underwood, J., Connelly, M., & Lane, K. (Eds.), Topeka, KS: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1993). Sexual harassment: what is it and why should I care? West's Education Law Reporter. 82, 3-Jan.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Underwood, J.K. (1992). Choice is NOT a Panacea. Education Law Reporter. 71, 606-607.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Sparkman, W.E. (1991). School Finance Litigation: A New Wave of Reform. Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy. 14(2), 517-544.
  • Noonan, M., & Underwood, J.K. (1991). Curriculum Reform in Educational Administration: Fantasy or Frustration. Baltimore, MD: UCEA.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: A comprehensive curriculum reform effort to improve the administrator preparation program at the University of Wisconsin at Madison is described in this paper. Stages in the shared, reflective review process are described, which include: (1) development of a conceptual schema based on Robert L. Katz's framework to identify program knowledge bases, skills, and attributes; (2) development of a three-sphere framework to examine curriculum content; and (3) "mapping the curriculum" to create a new core sequence. A conclusion is that benefits of preparing educational leaders outweigh the frustrations of the restructuring process. Attachments include the Katz conceptual framework, definition of terms, three-sphere framework, an example of "mapping the curriculum," and course proposal. (13 references) (LMI)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1991). The Financial Toll of Choice. School Administrator. 48(8), 16, 18-19.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: The Milwaukee Parental Choice Plan permits up to 1,000 low-income Milwaukee students to attend private, nonsectarian schools, paying participating schools about $2,500 for each participant. However, handicapped students received scant accommodation, and educational standards applying to public schools are not required of private schools. Privatization is not the solution to public school problems. (MLH)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1991). Choice: Wisconsin Style. Education Issues. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Center for Educational Research.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: In March 1990, the Wisconsin legislature passed into law the Milwaukee Parental Choice Program. Its enactment made Wisconsin the only state in the nation with a private school voucher plan. Litigation concerning the constitutionality of the program has involved the following actions: (1) the Wisconsin Supreme Court refused to hear the case; (2) the Dane County Circuit Court ruled the law was constitutional on its face; (3) the Wisconsin Court of Appeals held the program violated the Wisconsin Constitution; and (4) the Wisconsin Supreme Court accepted the petition for review in March 1991. Arguments that have been raised during this process deserve further attention since they will be raised in similar situations across the nation. First, must there be a system of accountability to ensure that children who participate receive an adequate education? The choice program does not require that schools abide by the statutory minimum public school standards. Second, must all the students' individual rights be ensured? In the area of education of handicapped children, the County Circuit Court judge held that participating choice schools should not be obligated to provide an appropriate education for handicapped students who wish to participate. Finally, but foremost, if the answers to the first two questions are no, can choice programs square with the notion of public schooling traditionally held in the United States? (35 notes) (MLF)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1991). Choice in Education: The Wisconsin Experience. West's Education Law Reporter. 68(2), 229-47.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: The Milwaukee Parental Choice Program (1990) permits 1,000 low-income students to attend private, nonsectarian schools that are paid $2,500 for each student enrolled. A lawsuit raised three state constitutional issues involving the state education clause, the public purpose doctrine, and the legislative process. This article analyzes the case and choice versus common school issues. (35 references) (MLH)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1990). Changing establishment analysis within and outside the context of education. Howard Law Journal. 33(1).
  • Underwood, J.K., & Noffke, J. (1990). Good News: The Litigation Scales Are Tilting in Your Favor. Executive Educator. 12(3), 16-20.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: A survey form mailed to a random sample of 1,000 superintendents nationwide aimed at determining how much litigation schools are involved in, the nature of those actions, and the results. Negligence is the most common basis for lawsuits followed by employment issues. Three charts summarize the findings. (MLF)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1989). Legal protections for at risk children. Springfield, IL: Charles C Thomas.
  • Camp, W., Underwood, J.K., & Connelly, M. (1989). Principals' handbook: Current issues in school law. In Camp, W., Underwood, J., & Connelly, M. (Eds.), Topeka, KS: National Organization on Legal Problems of Education.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Verstegen, D. (1989). The Impacts of Litigation and Legislation on Public School Finance: Adequacy, Equity and Excellence. The Impact of Litigation and Legislation on Public School Finance: Adequacy, Equity and Excellence.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1989). The School and the Courts. College Administration Publication. 15(1,2,3).
  • Underwood, J.K. (1989). The Right to Privacy and Unwed Pregnancy. Journal of Law & Education. 18(3), 537-546.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Underwood, J.K. (1989). Changing equal protection analyses in finance equity litigation. Journal of Education Finance. 14, 413-425.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Underwood, J.K. (1989). Establishment of Religion in Primary and Secondary Schools. West's Education Law Reporter. 55(3), 807-818.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: A modified analysis of the "Lemon" test as set forth in Supreme Court opinions is explained, and relevant lower court cases are reviewed. Determines that the modified standard is heightened and consistently applied within K-12 education activities. (MLF)
  • Monk, D., & Underwood, J.K. (1988). Microlevel school finance: Issues and Implications for Policy. In Monk, D., & Underwood, J. (Eds.), Yearbook of the American Education Finance Association. Cambridge, MA: Ballinger Publishing Company.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1988). Review of Public School Law. Journal of Education Finance, 13(3), 524-526.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1988). Special Education Discipline: Changing Practices after "Honig v. Doe". Journal of Law and Education. 17(3), 375-386.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: Consistency in legal opinions provides administrators a framework for dealing with the discipline of handicapped students. Determination should be made by the individualized educational program team to ensure that students not be disciplined merely because they are handicapped. (MLF)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1988). Public school law (Book Review). Journal of Education Finance. 13, 524-526.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Underwood, J.K. (1987). Child abuse reporting. School's Advocate. 2(8), 113-118.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1987). Review of Equal education under law. Journal of Education Finance, 12(2), 306-309.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1987). End Sexual Harassment of Employees, or Your Board Could Be Held Liable. American School Board Journal. 174(4), 43-44.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: Defines sexual harassment and reminds school boards of their moral and legal obligation to protect employees and maintain an intimidation-free workplace. Offers several tips for preventing sexual harrassment and for launching investigations into complaints. (MLH)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1987). The Yearbook of School Law: Finance. The Yearbook of School Law. pp. 199-232.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: The United States Supreme Court decided two cases in the area of school finance in 1986. It addressed student financial assistance under a vocational rehabilitation program for tuition at a sectarian postsecondary institution in Washington; it also decided a case challenging a state finance program. Cases were heard by other courts in an attempt to follow recent U.S. Supreme Court cases in areas of public school personnel working in parochial schools and the recovery of improperly spent federal funds. Some cases represent attempts by state legislatures to implement, and by courts to interpret, taxpayer revolt legislation and other efforts to curb the growth of government spending. Several challenges to the use of funds for programs for handicapped children were presented to the Department of Education. And there was continued litigation on the taxing and spending authority of school districts. These cases, discussed in this chapter, fall under three major topics: public funds for private schools, sources and allocations of public funds, and school tax issues. (TE)
  • Underwood, J.K. (1986). Issues in special education law: Related Services [Monograph]. pp. 34 pages.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1986). Equal education under law (Book Review). Journal of Education Finance. 12, 306-309.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Underwood, J.K. (1986). Legal Liabilities of Administrators. Principles of School Business Management, Underwood, J.K. (1986). Legal Liabilities of Administrators. Principles of School Business Management.
    Online Publication/Abstract
    Abstract: This chapter of "Principles of School Business Management" discusses the implications of several court cases for legal issues affecting the role of the school business official. The issues addressed include civil rights, negligence, contracts, criminal liability, tuition and fees, and student records. The chapter opens with a brief overview of trends in litigation during the 1960s, 70s, and 80s. The broad topic of torts is addressed next. Particular attention is paid to individual rights and the extent of the personal or institutional liability of those who violate these rights; court interpretations of negligence in cases involving schools are also examined carefully, appropriate defenses are noted, and malpractice issues are considered. The chapter then looks at contracts, reviewing the five elements necessary for contract validity. Criminal liability is touched on briefly before the chapter turns to a treatment of the handling of public funds, including assessing and collecting fees and authorizing expenditures. The final topic is the handling of student records, covering factors requiring or limiting the distribution of specific types of information. Endnotes provide 115 citations to the court cases discussed. (PGD)
  • Underwood, J.K. Comparable worth: Issue of the 80's. Use this legal briefing to assess your board's position on comparable worth. Unpublished Manuscript, University of Wisconsin, Madison. 172(8), 26-27.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1985). Issues in special education law: What is an appropriate education? [Monograph]. pp. 43 pages.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1985). Pay equity: An issue for the 80's. Updating School Board Policies. 16(7), 1-3.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1985). Use this legal briefing to assess your board's position on comparable worth. The American School Board Journal. 172, 26-27.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Underwood, J.K. (1985). State aid to sectarian higher education. Journal of Law & Education. 14, 181-209.
    Online Publication/Abstract
  • Underwood, J.K. (1984). Guide to student rights in North Dakota [Monograph]. pp. 56 pages.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1984). When to hire your own lawyer. Executive Educator. 6(7), 15, 26.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1983). An ounce of prevention can save you a legal pounding. Executive Educator. 5(8), 22-23.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1983, September 10). Review of Liability of school officials and administrators fo civil rights torts. American School Board Journal.

Presentations

  • Underwood, J.K. (2012, January 12). Privatization of Public Schools, CASE Conference, CASE, Orlando, FL.
  • Underwood, J.K., & Mead, J.F. (2011, October 19). Privatization of Public Schools, PDK Webinar, Phi Delta Kappa, Online.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2011, March 23). Trust and Teamwork, Showcase 2011, UW Madison, Memorial Union.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2010). The State of K-12 Education: The Changing Landscape, Women's Philanthropy Council.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2010, September 15). Current Changes and Challenges for Public Education, United Educators, Alexandria, VA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2010). State of Education, Women's Philanthropy Council, Women's Philanthropy Council, Rosemont, IL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2009). The Challenge of Special Education, Madison Civics Club.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2008, May 22). Exemplary Teaching: Theory & National Legal Trends, Teaching and Learning Symposium, Pyle Center, UW Madison.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2008, March 29). K-12 Project and Science Outreach, Chancellors BoV, UW Madison, Madison Club.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2008, March 28). Education, Kids and Law (general and hot topics), Children's Justice Project.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2007, September 20). Top Challenges in Education, Superintendents Conference.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2007, February 7). Public Support of Public Education, West Side Rotary, Madison, WI.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2004). Supreme Court Update, Education Law Association's 50th Annual Conference, Education Law Association, Tucson, AZ.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2004). An Exploration of Recent Decisions from the State and Federal Courts Affecting Public Schools, NSBA's Council of School Attorney's Advocacy Seminar, NSBA Council of School Attorneys, Savannah, GA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2004, May 20). Negotiating Superintendent's Contracts, COSA & OGC Audio Conference.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2004). Supreme Court Update and National Legal Trends, National School Boards Association 64th Annual Conference, National School Boards Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2004). An Update from the Courts, NSBA's Council of School Attorney's 2004 School Law Seminar, NSBA's Council of School Attorney's, Orlando, FL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). No Child Left Behind: What Everyone Should Know, Education Law Association's 49th Annual Conference, Education Law Association, Savannah, GA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). Supreme Court Update, Education Law Association's 49th Annual Conference, Education Law Association, Savannah, GA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). The Future of School Finance Litigation, National Education Association's Western Region Leaders Conference, National Education Association, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). Supreme Court Update and Hot Topics, NSBA's Council of School Attorneys' 2003 Advocacy Seminar, National School Board Association, Litchfield Park, AZ.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). Supreme Court Update, NSBA's Technology and Learning Conference, National School Board Association, Anaheim, CA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). The Role of National Organizations, Office of National Drug Control Policy's Drug Testing Summit, Office of National Drug Control Policy, Washington, D.C.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). Women's Leadership, Oxford Round Table: Women's Leadership, St. Anthony's College, Oxford University, England.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). A Deeper Look at..Schools and the Law: Religion, National School Boards Association 63rd Annual Conference, National School Boards Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). Supreme Court Update, National School Boards Association 63rd Annual Conference, National School Boards Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). Supreme Court Update, National School Boards Association Council of Attorney's Annual Conference, National School Boards Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). Establishment of religion, American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, American Education Finance Association, San Antonio, TX.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2003). Race, Religion and Choice, Institute for Educational Inquiry Journalist/Educator Fellows Program, Institute for Educational Inquiry, Seattle, WA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). No Child Left Behind, The Ford Foundation, The Ford Foundation, New York, NY.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Roles and Responsibilities of School Board Members, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Annual Conference, National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, Washington, D.C.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Making Sense of Today's Legal Issues, NSBA's 16th Annual Technology + Learning Conference, National School Board Association, Dallas, TX.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Supreme Court Update and Hot Topics, NSBA's Council of School Attorneys' School Law Seminar, National School Board Association, Denver, CO.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Zero Tolerance Program, American Bar Association's 125th Annual Meeting, American Bar Association, Washington, D.C.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Special Education, Oxford Round Table: Special Education, St. Anthony's College, Oxford University, England.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Legal Issues: School Board Association View, The National Academies Center for Education Board on Testing and Assessment Conference, The National Academies Center for Education Board on Testing and Assessment, Woods Hole, MA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Confidentiality of Student Records: Issues of Law, Policy and Practice, The School Law Institute, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Supreme Court Update, National School Board Association's 62nd Annual Conference, National School Board Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). Supreme Court Update, NSBA's Council of School Attorneys' Annual Conference, National School Board Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2002). School Choice, Charters and Vouchers: Critical Issues of Today and Tomorrow, University of San Diego, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). Selective Vision: Blocking and Filtering under the Children's Internet Protection Act and Trials and Tribulations of Off Campus Websites, NSBA's 15th Annual Technology + Learning Conference, National School Board Association, Atlanta, GA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). School Finance/Equity and Supreme Court Update, Association of School Business Officials International 87th Annual Conference, Association of School Business Officials International, Baltimore, MD.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). Judicial Overview, National School Funding Network Planning Conference, Rockerfeller Foundation, New York, NY.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). Balancing School Safety, Rights and Community Culture, Teachers College, Columbia University, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, NY.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). Current and Emerging School Law Issues - A Frontline Report from the Other Washington, Washington School Law Academy, Washington School Law Academy, Yakima, WA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). Supreme Court Update, National School Board Association's 61st Annual Conference, National School Board Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2001). Supreme Court and Legal Update, NSBA's Council of School Attorneys' Annual Conference, National School Board Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (2000). Providing Children Education to Participate in a Democracy, Oxford Round Table: Education Policy Public School Law, St. Anthony's College, Oxford University, England.
  • Underwood, J.K., Gruenewald, L., (1989). Special Education Law, The Danforth Foundation Federal Judges Seminar, Danforth Foundation, Point Clear, Al.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1989). Establishment of religion, American Education Research Association Annual Conference, American Education Research Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1988). Supervising special education programs, National Academy for School Executives, American Association of School Administrators, Arlington, VA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1988). Hypothetical case study: Remedies in finance equity litigation, American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, American Education Finance Association, Tampa, FL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1988). Legal theories of finance equity litigation, American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, American Education Finance Association, Tampa, FL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1987). Career and family choices, Conference of Women School Executives, American Association of School Administrators, Chicago, IL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1987). School finance, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education Annual Conference, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, New Orleans, LA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1987). Child abuse reporting, Eighth Institute on Legal Problems of Educating the Handicapped, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1987). School finance litigation, American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, American Education Finance Association, Washington, DC.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1986). Impact of new U.S. Supreme Court rulings: Sexual harassment, National Coalition of Women School Executives Annual Conference, National Coalition of Women School Executives, Chicago, IL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1986). Comparable worth, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education Annual Conference, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Las Vegas, NV.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1986). Recent school finance cases, American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, American Education Finance Association, Washington, DC.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1985). The impact of new U.S. Supreme Court rulings: Searches in schools, National Coalition of Women School Executives Annual Conference, National Coalition of Women School Executives, New Orleans, LA.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1985). Legislative trends in school reform, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education Annual Conference, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Chicago, IL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1985). Related services in special education, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education Annual Conference, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Chicago, IL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1985). Pay equity, American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, American Education Finance Association, Phoenix, AZ.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1984). Special education law, American School Board Journal National Workshop: The Legal Rights and Risks of School Board Members, American School Board Journal, Orlando, FL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1984). Excellence and equity, American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, American Education Finance Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1983). Negligence, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education Annual Conference, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1983). School discipline, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education Annual Conference, National Organization on Legal Problems of Education, Colorado Springs, CO.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1983). Tax credits/vouchers: Selected legal implications of church and state, American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, American Education Finance Association, Washington, DC.
  • Underwood, J.K. (1983). Trends in state funding of private higher education, American Education Finance Association Annual Conference, American Education Finance Association, Washington, DC.

Public Service

  • National Policy Board of Educational Administration
    Dates of Membership: 2000 - Pres.
  • Chair. Period of Service: 2000 - Pres.

  • Education Law Reporter
    Dates of Membership: 1995 - Pres.
  • Editorial Advisory Board.

  • Journal of Education Finance
    Dates of Membership: 1988 - 1999
  • Legal Editor. Period of Service: 1988 - 1999

  • Schools and the Courts
    Dates of Membership: 1988 - 1995
  • Editor, Journal Editor. Period of Service: 1988 - 1995

  • Education Law Association
    Dates of Membership: 1987 - Pres.

  • American Education Finance Association
    Dates of Membership: 1984 - 1988
  • Board Member. Period of Service: 1984 - 1988

  • Education Law Reporter
    Dates of Membership: 1982 - 1989

  • Journal of Education Finance
    Dates of Membership: 1981 - 1985
  • Assistant Editor. Period of Service: 1981 - 1983
  • Legislative Editor. Period of Service: 1985 - 1988

  • AERA: American Educational Research Association

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education

  • CAEP: Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

  • Council of Academic Deans from Research Education Institutions (CADREI)

  • Horace Mann League

  • International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes
    Accomplishments: The genesis for the International Alliance of Leading Education Institutes (IALEI) is rooted in the shared optimism that the pooling of common experiences and achievements amongst a community of educators can bring about advances in education internationally. Each of the member institutions has its own strengths and achievements and receives international recognition for its teaching programmes and research. Through their investment in ongoing research, they are making - and will continue to make- significant contributions to education in their own countries and internationally. Through the Alliance, ten institutions bring to the table their individual accomplishments and strengths, and together they can be a catalyst for change in the area of education. Thus the Alliance endeavours to: •offer something unique by speaking with a single collective voice and with some degree of authority on educational matters, especially teacher education - thus significantly raising the profile of education in the arenas of public consciousness and government policy •bring synergy to the group in order to collaborate on issues of major concern in education •be a think tank to debate and generate ideas, anticipate trends and future scenarios, and communicate through statements and declarations on critical issues in education that will have an impact on policy decisions in their respective countries as well as in the rest of the world •develop statements and declarations of interest to international funding institutions and organisations and policy makers. .

  • National School Board Association (NSBA)

  • Phi Delta Kappa International

  • University Council of Educational Administration

  • WACTE: Wisconsin Association of Colleges of Teacher Education

  • Wisconsin Association of School District Administrators: WASDA

  • Wisconsin State Bar

Public Service

  • Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra

Awards and Honors

  • Emil H. Steiger Award for Excellence in Teaching
    Organization: University of Wisconsin
    Purpose: Teaching
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date(s): 1994
  • University of Wisconsin Distinguished Teaching Award Nominee
    Organization: Department of Educational Administration
    Purpose: Teaching
    Scope: UW Madison
    Date(s): 1989
  • Woman Who Cares Award
    Organization: North Dakota
    Scope: State
    Date(s): 1986
  • Outstanding Faculty Award for Teaching Finalist
    Organization: University of North Dakota
    Purpose: Teaching
    Scope: Other University
    Date(s): 1985

Memberships

  • American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)
    Position Held: Board of Directors, Executive Committee
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