Professor Robert Garda was appointed to the Louisiana State Advisory Commission (SAC) to the United States Commission on Civil Rights. The SAC advises the Commission on Civil Rights on matters pertaining to discrimination or denials of equal protection of the laws. Professor Garda has published The Politics of Education Reform: Lessons from New Orleans in the Journal of Law and Education. He also has authored the report Equitable and Adequate Funding for Special Needs Children in Louisiana on behalf of the Louisiana Appleseed/Louisiana Bar Foundation. The report explains the deficits and inequities of Louisiana’s special education funding mechanism and proposes alternatives.