This listing is for past 2008-09 events. Please see the Events menu for Upcoming Events.

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Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Williams Institute Spring Reception
Embassy of Finland
3301 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington D.C. 20008

Educational Program (CLE): 5:30–6:30pm
Cocktail Reception: 6:30–8:00pm

Special performance by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington’s Potomac Fever!

For more information or to RSVP, please call (310) 267-4382 or email Louise Lee at: Leed@law.ucla.edu

Wednesday, May 6, 2009
“I want to be just like you, Mommy”: Anxiety Over the Mimetic Reproduction of Parents’ Identities
Work-in-Progress Series
Kim Pearson, Law Teaching Fellow, The Williams Institute
UCLA School of Law, Room 2448

Friday, May 1, 2009
National Legal Panel – As part of the Equality Forum 2009 
Prince Music Theater
1412 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA

Moderated by: Nan Hunter, Legal Scholarship Director, Williams Institute, Professor of Law, Georgetown University Law Center

Panelists: Chris Anders, Senior Legislative Counsel, ACLU; Chai Feldblum, Director, Federal Legislation Clinic, Georgetown University; Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director, Lamda Legal; and, Tobias Wolff, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School

April 20-21, 2009

A Primer on Empirical Research on Sexual Orientation
By Application Only

Presented annually by the Williams Institute’s M.V. Lee Badgett and Gary J. Gates, this training is directed at graduate students who are or will be conducting empirical research on sexual orientation. The two-day workshop provides participants with the skills to identify the principal ways in which sexual orientation is identified on surveys; critically examine data that include identification of sexual orientation; and identify and access existing empirical data, including U.S. Census data, that permit the identification of sexual orientation. Susan Cochran, professor of Epidemiology, UCLA School of Public Health will also be presenting.

Monday, April 20, 2009

How Big Are Gay/Straight Gaps in Outcomes? Evidence from Orientation, Attraction, Behavior, and Partnership
Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter, Assitant Professor of of Economics/Public Policy, University of California, Irvine
Work-in-Progress Series
UCLA School of Law, Room 2448
*presentation part of A Primer on Empirical Research on Sexual Orientation training.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Business Impact of Extending Marriage, Civil Unions, and Domestic Partnerships to Same-Sex Couples
UCLA Anderson School of Management, Korn Auditorium
6:00-7:30 PM
Co-sponsored by: UCLA Anderson School of Management

Friday, April 17th
Mapping LA: Bringing Visibility to Same-Sex Families
as part of Women, Genders and Sexualities Studies Consortium Series
Christopher Ramos, Researcher, The Williams Institute
Naomi Goldberg, Public Policy Fellow, The Williams Institute
CSU Los Angeles IHC seminar room, King Hall Room 4050
10:30am -1:00 pm

Talk will also include Towards an Intersectional Transfeminism: A Politico-Theoretical Model
Talia Bettcher, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Cal State L.A.

Please RSVP by April 9th to AMarche@exchange.calstatela.edu

April 17-18, 2009

OUT for Work
UCLA Campus
The OUT for Work organization is dedicated to educating, preparing, and empowering LGBT college students and their allies for the workplace.  Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute Senior Research Fellow will speak on the UCLA campus. For more information and updates, please visit:

 dynamic discussion with SPEAKER NANCY PELOSI
Thursday, April 16th
6:00-7:30 PM
UCLA, Dodd Hall 147

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Lesbians and Gay Men in Federal, State, and Local Government: Under-Represented and Underpaid?
Work-in-Progress Series
Gregory B. Lewis, Professor of Public Management & Policy, Georgia State University
UCLA School of Law, Room 2448

Thursday, April 16

DOMA and the Internal Revenue Code
Pat Cain, Santa Clara Law School
UCLA School of Law, Room 2448

Co-sponsored by: The UCLA Colloquium on Tax Policy & Public Finance

March 11-14, 2009

8th Annual Update: The Global Arc of Justice: Sexual Orientation Law Around the World
CA CLE Credit Available
UCLA School of Law & City of West Hollywood

The Global Arc of Justice Conference is a four-day international conference on LGBT rights with a special focus on Latin America. Topics covered will include international efforts to advance legal recognition for same sex couples; the repeal of sodomy laws in former British Colonies; efforts by national governments to end homophobia; implementation of the Yogyakarta Principles; and advancement of the rights of transgender people. Conference activities will include strategy working groups, paper presentations, plenary sessions, and various networking opportunities and celebrations. More than 300 speakers and attendees will participate in the conference, including academics, litigators, judges, public officials, advocates, students, and members of the community. The conference will offer simultaneous translation in English and Spanish. We hope you can join us at the conference.

Co-sponsored by the International Gay and Lesbian Law Association (ILG Law) & The City of West Hollywood

Founder’s Dinner
The Williams Institute will also host the Los Angeles Founder’s Dinner at the home of
Roy Eddleman, a supporter of the Williams Institute and longtime advocate of the LGBT community.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Friday, March 13, 2009
Annual Reception
Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library, UCLA Law

Saturday, February 21, 2009
5th Annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, Preliminary Rounds
UCLA School of Law

Twenty-six teams from law schools across the United States will gather at UCLA School of Law to compete. Participants will address the question of the constitutionality of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the use of foreign precedent by U.S. Courts.

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Law Moot Court Executive Board

Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Straight Scrutiny
Catherine Smith, 2009 Williams Institute Visiting Scholar, Associate Professor, Sturm College of Law, University of Denver
Work-in-Progress Series
UCLA School of Law, Room 2448

Saturday, January 31, 2009
The National Conference on LGBT Equality: Creating Change
Lies, Damn Lies, and Statistics
Denver, CO

M.V. Lee Badgett, Research Director, The Williams Institute
Naomi Goldberg, Peter J. Cooper Public Policy Fellow, The Williams Institute
Christopher Ramos, Research Assistant, The Williams Institute
Brad Sears, Executive Director, The Williams Institute

For more information, please visit: http://www.thetaskforce.org/events/creating_change
Sponsored by The National Gay and Lesbian Task Force (NGLTF)

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Did the Defense of Marriage Act Repeal the Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act?
Barbara J. Cox
Work-in-Progress Series
Clara Shortridge Foltz Professor of Law, California Western School of Law
UCLA School of Law, Room 2326

Sunday, January 18, 2009
Jazz and Champagne Brunch
Please join us to kick off the 8th Annual Update at the home of Mike Gleason & Dave Kettel.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

The Williams Institute Winter Reception
Hunt Slonem’s Studio
545 W. 45th St. 4th Flr.
New York, NY 10036
Educational Program (CLE) – 5:00 p.m.
Cocktail Reception – 6:00 p.m.
View Invitation Here

*CLE credit provided by Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Washington, D.C. Policy Circle
New Social Science Research on LGBT Parenting
UC Washington Center, Rm AB

This panel will bring together social scientists who study children in LGBT families, lawyers, and legal scholars. The panel will discuss existing studies on parenting and future research directions. For more information or to RSVP, call (310) 267-4382.

Thursday, November 13, 2008
Election 2008: A New Administration, the LGBT Vote, and Proposition 8
UCLA School of Law Room 1347

The Williams Institute presents a panel of experts discussing the outcome of Election 2008 and the implications for LGBT rights legislation. Confirmed panelists include (more to be announced):

• Jill E. Darling, Associate Director of Polling, Los Angeles Times
• Patrick Guerriero, Executive Director, Gill Action
• Geoff Kors, Executive Director, Equality California
• Patrick Sammon, President, Log Cabin Republicans & Liberty Education Forum
• Brad Sears, Executive Director, The Williams Institute
• Kenneth Sherrill, Professor of Political Science, Hunter College
• Winnie Stachelberg, Senior Vice President for External Affairs, Center for American Progress
• Tobias Barrington Wolff, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

For more information or to RSVP, call (310) 267-4382.

To watch the event, click here.

Co-sponsored by: Center for American Progress Action Fund

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Gender Identity Rights
David B. Cruz, Professor, USC Gould School of Law
Works-in-Progress Series
UCLA School of Law, Room 2448

October 12-14, 2008

SAGE’s Fourth National Conference – It’s About Time: LGBT Aging in a Changing World
Williams Institute Research Director Lee Badgett will present recent data on the LGBT elderly population.
Sponsored by the AARP

Thursday, October 16, 2008

HIV/AIDS Discrimination in Health Care
Brad Sears, Executive Director, Williams Institute
Burns Building, Loyola Law School
12:00 PM
For more information, please contact Disability Rights Legal Center (DRLC).
Co-sponsored by the Disability Rights Legal Center and The Health Law & Bioethics Association

October 9-11, 2008

2nd Annual NACCS Joto Caucus Conference
California State University Los Angeles
Friday, October 10th, 2:00 p.m.

Christopher Ramos, Research Assistant at the Williams Institute, will present “California Latinas/os in Same-Sex Couples: A Demographic and Socio-Economic
Overview” on the Queer Documenting, Archiving, and Researching panel.

Co-sponsored by: CalStateLA’s Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities, Chicano Studies Department, Communications Department, and Cross Cultural Center

October 10-11, 2008

Los Angeles Queer Studies Conference
UCLA, Royce Hall
Friday, October 10th, 4:00-5:30 p.m.

The Williams Institute will present a panel on Recent Scholarship on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy. Invited speakers include Doug NeJaime (Sears Law Teaching Fellow, The Williams Institute), Naomi Goldberg (Cooper Public Policy Fellow, The Williams Institute), and Michael Steinberger (Public Policy Fellow, The Williams Institute). 

Presented by the UCLA Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies Program

Thursday, September 25, 2008

UCLA School of Law, Rm. 1430

Monday, October 6, 2008

Cause Lawyering in the ‘Culture War’
Douglas NeJaime, Sears Law Teaching Fellow, The Williams Institute
Works-in-Progress Series
UCLA School of Law, Room 2448

Tuesday, September 9, 2008
A Historic Summer for Same-Sex Marriage: What Does It Mean? Who’s Marrying? And Why?
Washington, D.C. Policy Circle
For more information, please email williamsinstitute@law.ucla.edu.

September 4-6, 2008
Lavender Law
Hyatt Regency Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA

Every year, the sharpest legal minds in the LGBT community gather at the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association’s annual conference and career fair. Hundreds of practicing attorneys, dozens of scholars, over 500 students and many leading members of the judiciary are expected to attend over the course of this year’s events. Williams Institute Executive Director Brad Sears will moderate a panel called Social Science Research and LGBT Litigation/Legislation with panelists Gary J. Gates (Williams Institute), Aaron Belkin (Palm Center), Sharon McGowan (ACLU), and Kathi Westcott (SLDN). Williams Institute Legal Scholarship Director Nan Hunter will moderate another panel called Dukeminier Award Winners: New Scholarship, featuring panelists Sylvia Law (NYU Law), Sonya Shield (South Brooklyn Legal Services) and Doug NeJaime (Williams Institute).

Monday, August 25, 2008
Whither the Court
UCLA Law’s Annual Review of the Supreme Court’s most recent term and its implications for lawyers, academics and citizens.

UCLA School of Law, Room 1347

Professor Stephen Bainbridge
Professor Sharon Dolovich
Professor Cheryl Harris
Professor David Kaye
Professor Eugene Volokh

Moderated by Professor Ann Carlson
Welcoming remarks by UCLA Law Dean Michael Schill

Co-sponsored by the UCLA Law:

Business Law & Policy Program
Critical Race Studies Program
Evan Frankel Environmental Law and Policy Program
David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy
International Human Rights Program
Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy

July 29, 2008
“Demographics of LGBT People Living in the San Francisco Bay Area: Why Does It Matter?” Presented by Commonwealth Club
San Francisco, California

Gary J. Gates, Williams Institute Senior Research Fellow, participates on a panel organized by the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco. The event was recorded and can be watched via the following six segments:

Segment One
Segment Two
Segment Three
Segment Four
Segment Five

Segment Six