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Umpstead, Regina

Gina Umpstead is interested in the legal aspects of education policy, particularly educational adequacy, special education, and the No Child Left Behind Act. She is supported by a Dean's Scholar Award and a Spencer Research Training Grant.  Gina graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, clerked for the Michigan Supreme Court, and practiced as an attorney in the private sector and with the Michigan Attorney General.

Before entering the Educational Policy program, Gina taught research and writing at Michigan State University's Law School for four years and served as interim director of that program. She will seek a joint appointment in law and education policy at a research institution upon graduation.


Umpstead, R. (2006) Negotiating the tension between IDEA & NCLB: A Disability Studies Perspective. Panel discussion presenter, Disabilities Studies in Education Conference.

Umpstead, R. (2005). Educational “Adequacy” and Michigan’s Constitution, Policy Brief No. 26.  Retrieved from

Umpstead, R. (Under Review). Defining Adequacy: An Overview of the Various Ways Courts Define the States' Responsibility to Provide for the Education of Their Children.


Dean’s Scholar Fellowship, MSU College of Education, 2004-07

Spencer Research Training Grant, 2006-07

Summer Research Fellowship, 2005