Sheilah D. Vance, Esq.
President and General Counsel
Sheilah D. Vance, Esquire, President and General Counsel of the Institute
for Educational Equity and Opportunity, has a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, DC and a B.A.
in Communications, magna cum laude, from Howard University in Washington, DC. Vance is an adjunct professor at Villanova University
School of Law, where she has taught Education Law for the past ten years. Vance previously spent ten years at Villanova Law
School as Assistant Dean for Academic Support and as a legal writing professor. She also maintains a private law practice
in Philadelphia and in Paoli, Pennsylvania.Vance has published and presented extensively in the areas of public education and legal education, including at
conferences at Oxford University in England, the American Association of Law Schools, the Education Law Association, the Law
School Admissions Council, and the Pennsylvania Bar Institute. She was the principal editor of two IFEEO
books—Education in the 50 States: A Deskbook of the History of State Constitutions and Laws About
Education (2008), and A Quality Education for Every Child: Stories from the Lawyers on the Front Lines
(2009).Vance has worked
in the area of education for many years. Among previous employments, she was Project Manager for the American Cities Foundation
Best Practices in Urban Education Report (2004-2005), Special Assistant to the Pennsylvania Secretary of Education (1987-89),
and Editor for Higher Education Publications for the National Education Association (1981-84).
An active member of numerous
professional and civic organizations, Vance received the 2006 Woman of Distinction Award from the Barristers Association of
Philadelphia, the local affiliate of the National Bar Association, for “exemplary service to the community through the
practice of law” and “impressive personal accomplishments as an African American attorney.” Vance is also
the author of two novels, Chasing the 400, and Land Mines, and two non-fiction books.
Board of Directors
Constance Cannon Frazier, M. B. A., Chief Operating Officer, American Advertising
Federation, Washington, DC
Marciene S. Mattleman, Ed. D., President
After School Activities Partnerships, Philadelphia, PA
Gilhool, Esq., Former General Counsel, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia; Former Secretary of Education of the Commonwealth
Mark Paige, J. D., Ph. D., Assistant Professor, University
of Massachusetts-Dartmouth, School of Education, Public Policy, and Civic Engagement
Chaka Fattah (D-PA)
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