Past Trainings

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April 23, 2014
Marriage for Same-Sex Couples in Utah after US v. Windsor (2013) and Kitchen v. Herbert (DC Utah, 2013): What Judges Need to Know Now
Utah Statewide Trial Judges’ Conference
Bryce Canyon, UT

March 28, 2014
The Demographic and Legal Landscape on LGBT Issues
U.S. Central District of California Judicial Retreat
Los Angeles, CA

March 28, 2014
The Demographic and Legal Landscape on LGBT Issues U.S. Central District of California Judicial Retreat
Los Angeles, CA

March 21, 2014
Same-Sex Interstate Marriage Recognition Issues for Louisiana Judges and Lawyers
Louisiana Diversity Conclave
New Orleans, LA

March 6, 2014
New Developments in Marriage and Relationship Recognition for Same-Sex Couples in Nevada after US v. Windsor (2013): What Judges Need to Know
Nevada Statewide Family Law Conference
Ely, NV

March 5-6, 2014
New Developments in Marriage and Relationship Recognition for Same-Sex Couples in Nevada after US v. Windsor (2013): What Judges Need to Know
Nevada Statewide Family Law Conference
Ely, NV

March 4, 2014
Marriage and Divorce Post DOMA/Windsor
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Monterey, CA

March 4, 2014
Interstate Same-Sex Marriage Validity Post DOMA: Practical Tools for Emerging Complexities in LGBT Family Law
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Monterey, CA

October 24-15, 2013
LGBT Legal Issues in Your Courtroom
Alaska Statewide Judicial Conference
Girdwood, AK

October 9, 2013
What Do the Supreme Court Marriage Decisions in Hollingsworth & Windsor Mean for Your Court?
National Judicial College
Webinar

October 7-10, 2013
Creating a Bias-Free Courtroom (4 day program, 8 hours a day)
National Judicial College
Reno, NV

August 22-24, 2013
International Association of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Judges
Lavender Law
San Francisco, CA

August 11-14, 2013
National Association of State Judicial Educators
Annual Conference
Little Rock, AR

June 5-7, 2013
Same-Sex Domestic Violence
New Hampshire Domestic Violence Conference
Concord, NH

May 30, 2013
Emerging Issues in LGBT Law Series: Adoption as Battleground
American Bar Association
Webinar: Chicago, IL

May 29-June 1, 2013
Riding the Wave of the Future: Global Voices, Expanding Choices
Same-Sex Families and the Courts
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts: 50th Anniversary Conference
Los Angeles, CA

April 17, 2013
Emerging Issues in LGBT Law Series: Advance Directives and Estate Planning for LGBT Older Adults
American Bar Association
Webinar: Chicago, IL

March 14-15, 2013
Perceptions of Justice Conference
American Bar Association
Chicago, IL

March 8, 2013
Emerging Issues in LGBT Law Series: Divorce, Dissolution, and Consensual Dispute Resolution: Resolving Same-Sex Issues
American Bar Association
Webinar: Chicago, IL

February 13, 2013
Emerging Issues in LGBT Law Series: Trends in Employment Discrimination Against LGBT Individuals
American Bar Association
Webinar: Chicago, IL

January 29, 2013
LGBTQ Legal Issues
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Los Angeles, CA

December 13, 2012
Emerging Issues in LGBT Law Series: Transgender People and Family Law: Current Legal Challenges and Best Practices
American Bar Association
Webinar: Chicago, IL

October 24, 2012
LGBT People in Your Courtroom
National Judicial College
Webinar: Reno, NV

October 22-25, 2012
Creating a Bias-Free Courtroom (2 day program, 8 hours a day)
National Judicial College
Reno, NV

September 12-13, 2012
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Domestic Violence — What DV Professionals Should Know
California Statewide Domestic Violence Conference
San Diego, CA

August 24, 2012
Judicial Education Programming in Your Jurisdiction
Lavender Law – LGBT Bar
Washington, DC

August 5-8, 2012
Challenges in Fairness Education for the Courts
National Association Of State Judicial Educators
Boston, MA

June 21, 2012
Same-Sex Marriage and Relationship Recognition
Iowa Statewide Judicial Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 20, 2012
LGBT Issues in the Iowa Courts: Practical Approaches to Current Issues and Future Challenges
Iowa Statewide Judicial Conference
Des Moines, IA

June 5, 2012
Presenting Judicial Education on Fairness Topics
National Association of State Judicial Educators
Webinar: NASJE

April 19, 2012
Presented in partnership with the ABA Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Committee and ABA Judicial Division
New Relationships in Court: Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Unions Inside and Outside Your Jurisdiction
American Bar Association
Webinar: Chicago, IL

April 4, 2012
LGBT Domestic Violence Training
Office of the Inspector General – Los Angeles Police Department
Los Angeles, CA

February 24, 2012
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender People in Your Court: Practical Approaches to Current Issues and Future Problems
Pennsylvania State Trial Judges Conference
Philadelphia, PA

January 15, 2012
Current Issues for LGBT Persons in the Courts
Los Angeles County Bar Association
Los Angeles, CA

December 15, 2011
Same-Sex Domestic Violence
California Center for Families, Children and the Courts
San Francisco, CA

December 8, 2011
Access to Justice and Fairness in the Courts:  Sexual Orientation
Minnesota Statewide Judicial Education Conference
Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN

December 7, 2011
LGBT Jury Issues
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minneapolis, MN

October 26-27, 2011
National Judicial College: Creating a Bias-Free Courtroom
(2 day program, 8 hours a day)
Reno, NV

September 13, 2011
Same-Sex Domestic Violence
American Judges Association
San Diego, CA

July 30, 2011
Federal Immigration Administrative Law Judge Training
Atlanta, GA

This intensive all-day training looked at the role of the judge and decision-making, specifically as they relate to Petitions for Asylum for LGBT people. Through review of records on LGBT asylum cases, the training included the collection of evidence and relevant and appropriate questioning of LGBT witnesses, as well as more general information on the treatment of sexual minorities in immigration cases and society at large.

July 18-21, 2011
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges – Family Domestic Violence Department
New Orleans, LA

May 28, 2011
International Conference on Sexual Minorities in the Balkans Judicial Training Law Enforcement Training
Belgrade, Serbia

May 20, 2011
OH Judicial College
Dayton, OH

March 2011
Relationship Recognition, Youth, Hate Crimes, Surrogacy and Assisted Reproduction (All Day Training)
Sexual Orientation Component for the North Dakota Benchbook
New York

February 2011
Judicial and Court Officer Trainings (2 sessions)
Miami-Dade, FL

December, 2010
Family Courts (Full Day Session. Received Highest Score in Family Courts Training)
Washington D.C.

October 2010
American Judges Association Conference
Denver, CO

Creating a Bias-Free Courtroom (2 day program, 8 hours a day)
National Judicial College
Reno, NV

August 2010
National Association of State Judicial Educators, Annual Conference
San Antonio, TX

May 2010
Annual Domestic Violence Conference
New Hampshire, CT

April 9, 2010
Ohio Judicial College
Columbus, OH

March 16, 2010
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, National Conference on Juvenile and Family Law
Las Vegas, NV

March 5, 2010
Nevada Family Law Conference
Ely, NV

October 14, 2009
Gay in the Courtroom: Breaking Barriers To Equal Access
El Paso, Texas

The purpose of this training was to educate lawyers, judges and key court personnel regarding issues involving lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in court – whether as witnesses, parties or jurors. In multiple sessions, participants learned (1) basic terminology that is associated with LGBT people and their identities, including information about sexual orientation and gender identity, in order to facilitate constructive discussion on sensitive and complex matters involving LGBT people in the court system; (2) how issues involving LGBT people often arise in court – in civil, criminal, family and juvenile context; and (3) LGBT issues pertaining to domestic violence.

Judge Maria Salas Mendoza, 120th Judicial District Court
Judge Alma Trejo, County Criminal Court at Law #1
Sam Aguilera, PUENTES LGBT Resources
Dr. Gary Gates, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Jody Marksamer, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Kristin Tucker, Program Manager, Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse
Darren Mitchell, Legal Resource Center on Violence Against Women, Takoma MD
Judge Kathleen Anderson, Assoc. Judge, 383rd District Court

August 11, 2009
National Association of State Judicial Educators’ Annual Meeting Roundtable Discussions and Workshops for Judicial Educators
Asheville, North Carolina

The curriculum for this training dealt with difficult judicial education topics.

Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

June 24-27, 2009
New York Gay Officers’ Action League: 2009 Conference of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Criminal Justice Professionals
John Jay College of Criminal Justice
New York, New York

Training # 1: Participants learn practical information and tools to prevent sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination in the workplace. They also learn how to document and substantiate cases for successful litigation and administrative agency outcomes. In addition, as LGBT law enforcement officers rise through the ranks, they may be the targets of harassment or litigation over sexual orientation policies. This session will give practical tips on how to employ best practices in the area to avoid these conflicts.

Tom Ude, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal (NY)
Rae Koshetz, Esq.
Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

Training # 2: With the issue of same-sex couples’ marriage and relationship recognition in the news, in statehouses and courtrooms, the courts are increasingly on the frontlines in the treatment of these couples. The impact of out of state same-sex marriages and civil unions, dissolution and custody issues, parental rights, benefits disputes and discrimination questions are all present in courtrooms across the US. This panel presented an overview of the national legal cases and trends on same-sex marriage and civil unions as well as how these issues specifically affect courts now and in the future. In addition, the speakers discussed the most recent demographic studies showing the characteristics of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples and families nationally to identify the potential for LGBT issues to appear in general civil litigation as well as divorce, parenting and custody matters before courts throughout the United States.

Prof. Ed Stein, Cardozo School of Law, former Williams Institute Scholar
Prof. Joanna Grossman, Hofstra School of Law
Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

March 13, 2009
LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: Accurate Data, Practical Techniques and Best Practices
National Center for Juvenile and Family Court Judges Program
Orlando, Florida

Recent studies indicate that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system and their experiences differ from those of their heterosexual peers. This course trains judicial officers to: (1) Identify who LGBTQ youth are and where they are present in the courts, in foster care, in child welfare settings, and in the juvenile justice system; (2) Evaluate policies and practices in these systems that may lead to inappropriate treatment, bias, or abuse; (3) Create a tool-box of best practices and practical strategies for supporting LGBTQ youth within these systems to allow them to grow and thrive; (4) Put individual LGBTQ youth’s behavior and experiences in context, and tailor disposition plans to meet each individual’s unique needs; and (5) Develop self-monitoring techniques to eliminate negative stereotyping and preconceptions.

Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Gary Gates, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
*Joint collaboration with the National Gay and Lesbian Judges Association.

January 15, 2009
Proposition 8 and the Legal Challenge Against It
Orange County UCLA Alumni Association
Orange County, CA

The presentation reviewed the In Re Marriage opinion from the California Supreme Court, which extended marriage to same-sex couples; the vote on Proposition 8; the basis for the subsequent legal challenge to Proposition 8 and whether the measure applied retroactively.

Doug NeJaime, Law Teaching Fellow, Williams Institute
Brad Sears, Executive Director, Williams Institute

October, 2008
Sexual Orientation: Issues for the Courts
Washington State Annual Judicial Conference
Washington

In preparation for a court-wide judicial education program, the Williams Institute integrated its anti-bias curriculum (described above) into the State of Washington’s judicial education training program. Specifically, the Williams Institute helped develop appropriate exercises and scenarios for judges to work through related to the state’s domestic partnership statute and other matters related to sexual orientation law.

October 22 – 23, 2008
Building a Bias-Free Environment in Your Court
National Judicial College Program
Reno, Nevada

The purpose of this course, which is designed for all judges and judicial educators, is to help judges understand and overcome biases to make reasoned, fair and just decisions. As with other skills-based courses, participatory and interactive exercises are used to build skills and practice techniques. An important part of the course is the use of video to give each participant an objective confidential record of the participant’s capabilities, strengths and weaknesses. Another important part of the course focuses on new and emerging issues in various bias areas, including some review of techniques and methods, which have been effective in the past.

May 12, 2008
12th Annual International Conference of Gay & Lesbian Criminal Justice Professionals
Washington, D.C.

Popular media often fosters stereotyped images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) population and their families. The Williams Institute’s presentation provided a demographic portrait highlighting the complexity and diversity of the LGBT community. The presentation also offered a summary of some current LGBT legal and policy issues of particular interest to criminal justice professionals. These issues included employment discrimination (focusing on case law involving criminal justice professionals), the particular challenges of transgender individuals in the criminal justice system, and a national overview of trends in hate crimes.

April 17, 2008
Sexual Orientation Law Issues in Wisconsin
Family Law Seminar
Green Bay, Wisconsin

Wisconsin family court judges and court commissioners participated in an interactive session with a panel that included: 1) a demographer from The Williams Institute; 2) an attorney from Madison with a background in social work, expertise in sexual orientation law, and particular familiarity with Wisconsin statutes governing adoption and guardianship; and 3) a state Supreme Court judge. In the first portion of the program, the judges and commissioners took a self quiz. This was followed by a presentation on the demographics of the state. The second part of the program involved break-out groups where the judges examined three hypotheticals involving family units headed by same sex parents. The scenarios covered issues such as factors to be considered when determining placement schedules when same sex couples with children are managing joint legal custody arrangements as well as the validity of contracts of “intended parents.” The judges also considered issues surrounding petitions to grant or terminate guardianship, grant visitation, or those seeking child support when only one parent is biologically related to the child.

Gary J. Gates, Senior Research Fellow, The Williams Institute
Michele Perrault, Attorney, Madison, Wisconsin
Honorable Shelley Gaylord, Dane County, Wisconsin

March 12-13, 2008
Dissolution of Same Sex Partnerships and the Current Legal Landscape for LGBT Individuals in Nevada
Family and District Court Judges Statewide
Ely, Nevada

Nevada Family Court judges confront sexual orientation law issues, but there is little statutory guidance on how to manage cases coming before the Nevada Bench. A highly experienced local practitioner with expertise in same sex family law matters facilitated discussion regarding the challenges judges face in a legal environment where — with little legislative guidance — case law is rapidly evolving. The Williams Institute panel presented an overview of national trends on same sex marriage, civil unions, and domestic partnerships with a focus on states neighboring Nevada. A social scientist presented the most recent demographic studies showing the characteristics of lesbian and gay couples and their families.

Gary J. Gates, Senior Research Fellow, The Williams Institute
Clifford Rosky, Law Teaching Fellow, The Williams Institute
Caren Jenkins, Esq.

Dec 7, 2007
Family Court Judges Statewide
Concord, New Hampshire

Background for New Hampshire Family Court Judges – Anticipating January 1, 2008 Civil Unions

The legal system in New Hampshire confronts new challenges as same sex couples joined in civil unions (as of January 1, 2008) come before New Hampshire’s family court judges, special masters, and magistrates with issues that have traditionally faced opposite sex couples. Issues include dissolution of civil unions as they impact division of property, child custody, and child support. As part of a panel that included a Vermont judge and a New Hampshire law professor and practitioner, Williams Institute speakers provided an interactive self-test for the judges that prompted discussion about the practical challenges judges face as civil unions go into effect. Williams Institute speakers discussed the most recent demographic research studies showing the characteristics of New Hampshire same-sex couples and families to provide participants with accurate information that can be used to craft practical solutions to issues that arise in the courts.

Brad Sears, Executive Director, The Williams Institute
Judge William Cohen, Vermont Supreme Court
Mary Pilkington-Casey, Franklin Pierce School of Law

May 22, 2007
New York Judicial Institute
New York, NY

Issues in New York Family Law (Sexual Orientation)

The legal system in New York increasingly confronts sexual orientation law issues, particularly as they relate to current state of the law in New York State on custody and adoption for and by same-sex-couples. Panelists discussed how sexual orientation and same-sex couples may affect family law, including national trends and how issues may arise in the New York courts, and special considerations, if any, in these cases.  In addition, speakers discussed the most recent demographic research studies showing the characteristics of New York same-sex couples and families to provide participants with accurate information that can be used to craft practical solutions to issues that arise in the courts and provide guidance on how to approach these issues in their courtrooms.

Prof. Suzanne Goldberg, Columbia Law School
Dr. Gary Gates, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Hon. Clark Richardson, New York State Supreme Court

Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

Who are the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth already within the juvenile justice system?  Judges received current and accurate demographic data on these youths in New York and nationally. The panel also discussed when and how LGBT youth self-identify and disclose their minority sexual orientation and gender identities and provided guidance on how judges may appropriately deal with that information.  The course explored the various risk factors and issues facing LGBT youth in the juvenile justice system and provided strategies to better address the needs of LGBT youth.

Hon. Paula Hepner, New York State Supreme Court
Miriam Yeung, NY LGBT Community Center
Susan Hazeldean, Esq., Urban Justice Center
Oswaldo Luciano, MS, GLSEN
Mishi Faruquee, Correctional Association of NY
Rudy Estrada, Esq., LGBTQ Coordinator for the Administration for Children’s Services

Issues And Approaches For New York Courts To The Recognition Of The Same-Sex Relationship Systems In Neighboring States – Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Vermont, Massachusetts – and Canada

New York is uniquely situated with respect to foreign state recognition of same-sex relationships.  Each of the 5 states that border New York have differing systems for those couples’ relationships, ranging from marriage in Massachusetts, to Civil Unions in Connecticut, New Jersey and Vermont, to no recognition in  Pennsylvania.  Additionally, Canada recognizes marriage for same-sex couples.  This session explored concrete approaches to resolve the variety of legal issues likely to appear in the New York courts.  Judges learned how to approach these issues within a framework consistent with past legal precedent and the structure of the legal problems facing the courts.

Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Prof. Edward Stein, Cardozo Law School, NY
Prof. Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern Univ. Law School, IL

September 27, 2007
California Statewide Judicial Branch Mega-Conference, Administrative Office of the Courts, California Center for Judicial Education and Research
Dealing with Diversity in the Courtroom
Anaheim, CA

In this interactive course, judges enhanced their ability to respond in positive ways to incidents of bias in the courtroom.  Participants discussed how stereotypes and bias can hinder individuals and courts in serving California’s diverse and multicultural population.  Trainees evaluated and developed culturally sensitive techniques to communicate effectively with other people and learned to avoid improper biases such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, religion, socio-economic status or national origin.
Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Hon. Ken Kawaichi (Ret.), Alameda Superior Court, CA
Mr. Michael Roosevelt, California Center for Judicial Education and Research

November 21, 2006
Sexual Orientation, Same-Sex Couples and the Courts
New Jersey Statewide Judicial Conference
Bergen County, NJ

The legal system in New Jersey increasingly confronts sexual orientation law issues: the NJ Domestic Partnership Act and Law Against Discrimination, the impact of out of state same-sex marriages and civil unions, dissolution and custody issues, parental rights, and discrimination questions.  Building on the 2005 panel on the NJ Domestic Partnership Act, this panel presented an overview of the national legal cases and trends on same-sex marriage, civil unions and other legal questions to explore how these issues specifically affect NJ courts now and in the future.  In addition, the speakers discussed the most recent demographic studies showing the characteristics of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender couples and families in NJ and nationally to identify the potential for LGBT issues to appear in general civil litigation as well as divorce, parenting and custody matters before the NJ courts.

Hon. Jack L. Lintner, Appellate Division NJ
Prof. Suzanne Goldberg, Columbia Law School (until July 2006 at Rutgers-Newark, School of Law)
Dr. Gary Gates, The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

October 5, 2006
Same-Sex Unions and the Courts
National Association of Women Judges
Las Vegas, NV

Modern America is a mobile society. Accordingly, the effect of interstate travel and relocation is having a significant impact on people, families, and on the developing law. This panel discussed the status of same sex unions and related legal issues currently before the courts.  Panelists explored the New York, and Washington same-sex marriage decisions, and other litigation pending before state supreme courts  in New Jersey , Maryland and California.  This discussion included diversity matters and jurisdictional disputes, as well as cases that one might consider to be traditional family court cases involving mobile couples. Finally, the panel included discussion of demographics and statistics of same sex unions and related issues to provide accurate information about where these issues are arising, who the people are within the legal system, and where same-sex couples live.

Hon. Deborah Schumacher, Washoe County Court, NV
Gary Gates, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Prof. Chai Feldblum, Georgetown Univ. School of Law

September 13, 2006
Same-Sex Couples in Utah and the Family Courts
Utah Judicial Conference
Alta, UT

The legal system in Utah increasingly confronts sexual orientation law issues, particularly as they relate to same-sex couples in the family courts. Panelists discussed how sexual orientation and same-sex couples may affect family law, including national trends and how issues may arise in the Utah courts, and special considerations, if any, in these cases.  In addition, speakers discussed the most recent demographic research studies showing the characteristics of Utah same-sex couples and families to provide participants with accurate information that can be used to craft practical solutions to issues that arise in the courts and provide guidance on how to approach these issues in the courtroom.

R. Bradley Sears, Executive Director, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Commissioner Hon. Michelle Blomquist, Utah Courts
Prof. Laura Kessler, Univ. of Utah Law School

May 19, 2006
Sexual Orientation and the Courts
Colorado Office of the Child’s Representatives Domestic Relations Conference
Denver, CO

The Colorado Office of the Child’s Representative’s Domestic Relations conference for attorneys who provide best interest representation to children who are victims of abuse, are subject of a delinquency matter, or are the subject of a high conflict divorce, and CASA volunteers, county attorneys, judicial officers and other professionals who serve the Colorado courts.

The legal system in Colorado increasingly confronts sexual orientation issues – including parental rights, the impact of out of state same-sex marriages and civil unions and other family law topics.  This panel presented an overview of the national legal cases and trends as well as how these issues specifically affect Colorado courts now and in the future.  In addition, the speakers also discussed the most recent demographic studies showing the characteristics of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families nationally and in Colorado to identify the potential for LGBT issues to appear in divorce, parenting and custody matters before courts throughout the state.

Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Prof. Laura Spitz, Univ. of Colorado school of Law
Ms. Gina Weitzenkorn

May 18, 2006
Colorado Judicial Institute – Family Issues Conference
Sexual Orientation and the Courts
Vail, CO

The legal system in Colorado increasingly confronts sexual orientation issues- including parental rights, the impact of out of state same-sex marriages and civil unions and other family law topics.  This panel presented an overview of the national legal cases and trends as well as how these issues specifically affect Colorado courts now and in the future.  In addition, the speakers also discussed the most recent demographic studies showing the characteristics of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender families nationally and in Colorado to identify the potential for LGBT issues to appear in divorce, parenting and custody matters before courts throughout the state.

R. Bradley Sears, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Prof. Laura Spitz, Univ. of Colorado School of Law
Ms. Gina Weitzenkorn

May 12, 2006
District of Columbia Judicial Conference
Rocky Gap, MD

Sexual Orientation:  An update on recent DC and national cases and issues for judges

R. Bradley Sears, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Prof. Joan Shaffner, George Washington Law School, DC
Hon. Juliet McKenna, DC Superior Court

Sexual Orientation:  DC Demographics, Public Policy and Workplace Issues for judges and senior court administrators

Dr. Gary Gates, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law
Prof. Darren Hutchinson, American University School of Law, DC
Hon. Kaye Christian, DC Superior Court
Prof. Todd Brower, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

September 8, 2005
AB 205 Domestic Partner rights and Responsibilities
California Statewide Judicial Branch Conference
San Diego, CA

Same-sex Couples in California: Data from Census 2000

The demographics of same-sex couples including issues of childrearing and different patterns among minority couples, retirement and military service

Dr. Gary Gates, Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law

AB 205: The Civil Partnership Act. History, Overview, Applications and Critique
AB 205 and the presentation of particular legal issues that judges may encounter in family law cases involving California registered same-sex domestic partners

Prof. Grace Blumberg, UCLA School of Law, CA
Hon. Margaret Johnson, CA Superior Court, Santa Clara County

December 2, 2005
Working Towards Equality: Responding to Sexual Minority Domestic Violence, Oregon Judicial Branch Conference
Portland, OR

The Williams Institute presented an overview of domestic violence issues in gay and lesbian relationships at a judicial conference for Oregon judges and other key personnel from the judicial and criminal justice system.

September 21, 2004
From Gay Marriage to Domestic Violence to Hate Crimes:  What You Need to Know About the Cases Coming to Your Court
47th Washington Judicial Conference
Spokane, WA

Justice Barbara Madsen, Chair, Gender and Justice Commission introduced the training in which Brad Sears and William B. Rubenstein from the Williams Institute presented a full morning training on sexual orientation matters, including Demographics of the Gay Community in Washington State, An Overview of Sexual Orientation Constitutional Law in the U.S, a Family Law Panel with Judge Marlin Appelwick, Court of Appeals, Div. I; Judge Kenneth Kato, Court of Appeals, Div. III; Judge Mary Yu, King County Superior Court; Professor Lisa Brodoff, Seattle University School of Law; Ms. Barbara Wechsler, Family Law Attorney, a Domestic Violence/Youth/Hate Crimes Panel with Judge Annette Plese, Spokane County District Court, Ms. Connie Burk, Northwest Network; Ms. Jennifer Stapleton and Mr. Teague Griffith, Spokane Domestic Violence Consortium, a panel on Ethical Considerations In Managing Your Courtroom with Mr. Lindsay Thompson, Gender and Justice Commission, and Judge Mary Yu.