About the ELC
Dr. John Dayton
ELC Director

     The Education Law Consortium (ELC) is a non-partisan pro bono research group dedicated to advancing knowledge and practice in education law.  Thomas Jefferson famously declared: “I think by far the most important bill in our whole code is that for the diffusion of knowledge among the people.  No other sure foundation can be devised for the preservation of freedom and happiness . . . establish and improve the law for educating the common people."  The ELC is dedicated to acting on Mr. Jefferson's directive to improve education law and policy for the public good.


     To promote the public good and support educational improvement, the Education Law Consortium (ELC) provides non-partisan information and scholarly analyses of significant state, regional, national, and international education law and policy issues.  The ELC brings together a multi-disciplinary assemblage of leading scholars, policy analysts, and practitioners to cooperate in the production and dissemination of world-class research and analyses of significant education law and policy issues.


To achieve this mission the ELC provides services including:

ELC Lectures and Seminars

ELC Publications

ELC Law and Policy Briefs


     The ELC was founded in 1998 by Professors John Dayton and Anne Dupre, founding Co-Directors of the ELC.  Professor Sylvia Hutchinson chairs the ELC Board of Directors.  Professors Mel Hill and Doug Toma were founding members of the original ELC staff.  Since then the ELC has included a multi-disciplinary assemblage of leading scholars, lawyers, policy analysts, and research associates in the pro bono work of the ELC for special projects and the ongoing work of the ELC.

Professor Anne Dupre, ELC Co-Founder

     Professor Anne Proffitt Dupre, ELC Co-Founder and Co-Director, passed away in 2011.  She is fondly remembered by everyone with the ELC as a great champion for children and education.  We seek to honor her good work and good example in improving education through law and policy improvement in the ongoing pro bono work of the ELC.  Professor Dupre was the Hosch Professor of Law at the University of Georgia, School of Law.  After graduating from the University of Georgia Law School first in her class and editor-in-chief of the Law Review, she served as a judicial law clerk for Judge J.L. Edmondson of the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta and then for Justice Harry A. Blackmun at the United States Supreme Court.  After practicing law in Washington, D.C., Professor Dupre joined the faculty of her alma mater, where she focused her scholarship on issues relating to law and education.  Professor Dupre published extensively, often with Professor Dayton, in the area of education law, and was nationally and internationally recognized as a leading scholar on legal issues concerning education.  Professor Dupre was a public school teacher for five years before entering law school.  She is loved and remembered by all of her students and colleagues. 

John Dayton, J.D., Ed. D.

     John Dayton is a Professor of Education Law and Policy, Adjunct Professor of Higher Education, Editor-in-Chief of the Education Law & Policy Review, and the Director of the Education Law Consortium, a non-partisan pro bono research group dedicated to advancing knowledge and practice in education law.  Professor Dayton is an internationally recognized expert on law and policy.  He is a lawyer with experience in public and private legal practice.  He has also served as a judicial clerk, and as a public school teacher and Program Director.  In recognition of his academic achievements he was offered academic scholarships from many outstanding law schools including the Indiana University-Bloomington School of Law in his home State.  Professor Dayton holds both a law degree and a doctoral degree in educational administration and policy from Indiana University.  Dr. Dayton has taught law and policy courses for over two decades including education law; higher education law; special education law; medical law; and professional ethics.  Dr. Dayton is currently a professor at the University of Georgia where he was the first recipient of the Glickman Award for excellence in research and teaching and is a member of the University Teaching Academy.  Dr. Dayton is the author of over a 100 law review articles, books, and other publications on law and policy.  He is an internationally recognized author and speaker on law and policy issues.