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    February 10 – Lawyers and Social Movements: Reimagining Theory and Practice

    Lawyers and Social Movements: Reimagining Theory and Practice 8:30am – 5:45pm This symposium will explore the role of law and lawyers in contemporary social movements in the United States and beyond. This focus is motivated by dramatic changes in practice and theory that have brought renewed attention to how lawyers can, and should, shape the …

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    March 2 – Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise

    This event features lawyer and author Elizabeth F. Schwartz who will discuss her book Before I Do: A Legal Guide to Marriage, Gay and Otherwise (The New Press). Ms. Schwartz will be in conversation with Nancy Polikoff, Williams Institute Visiting Scholar, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and Visiting Professor of Law …

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    March 15 – DC Young Professionals Mixer

    LGBT Rights Under the Trump Administration, moderated by Adam P. Romero, Senior Counsel and Arnold D. Kassoy Scholar of Law. RSVP by March 13.

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    March 22 – This Child Has Another Parent: The Cost of Erasing Nonbiological Lesbian Mothers When the State Intervenes in the Family

    This event features Nancy Polikoff, a Williams Institute Visiting Scholar, Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law and Visiting Professor of Law at UCLA Law School. At the American University Washington College of Law, she teaches Family Law and a seminar on Children of LGBT Parents. From Fall 2011 through Fall 2012, she was …

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    March 23 – Social Media & Politics

    Our politics and political discourse, long accustomed to traditional media, have had to adjust to the changes brought about by social media; these changes are in turn affecting how social media evolves. Come hear local technologists and thought leaders discuss how we got here and what’s next as social media, entertainment, and politics continue to play off one another.

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    Immigration Policy and the LGBT Community

    April 21, 2016
    Hogan Lovells, Columbia Square

    The Williams Institute and Hogan Lovells invite you to a reception and panel discussion on how immigration policy impacts the lives of LGBT people and their families. Researchers, litigators, and other experts will discuss current immigration policies and practices, ongoing litigation at the Supreme Court over the Obama Administration’s immigration policies, and ways organizations can support LGBT immigrants.

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    15th Anniversary Awards Gala and Founders Dinner

    Friday, April 8, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA

    Guests include members from the legal, corporate, and philanthropic communities; including some of the largest supporters of LGBT initiatives. Guests receive an inside look at the research driving LGBT policies at the local and national level, and enjoy the opportunity to mingle with LGBT advocates, scholars, and funders.

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    15th Annual Update and Anniversary Celebration

    The Annual Update is the Williams Institute’s signature annual event addressing issues at the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy. Participants and audience members include academics, judges, policymakers, students, community leaders, legal and business professionals, and philanthropists.

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    New Frontiers in LGBTI Rights

    March 31, 2016
    Washington, DC

    Co-sponsored by the Women in International Law Interest Group, this roundtable panel explored trends regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and intersex conditions. Legal standards surrounding lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people are rapidly evolving. Panelists gave an update on litigation and advocacy efforts, discussed the efficacy of Western advocacy in the Global South, highlighted emerging trends convening transgender and intersex people, and raised questions about religious freedom arguments.

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    Human Rights, LGBT Rights, and the Alien Tort Statute

    March 9, 2016
    UCLA

    Co-sponsored by the Williams Institute and OUTLaw, this panel will include Pam Spees (Center for Constitutional Rights), Paul Hoffman (Schonbrun DeSimone Seplow Harris & Hoffman, LLP), and Jesse Bernstein (State Department, Global Equality Fund) discussing the intersection of human rights and LGBT rights. Moderated by Professor Douglas NeJaime, faculty director of the Williams Institute.

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    Setting Global Goals for the Well Being of LGBT People

    March 8, 2016
    UCLA School of Law

    International Program Director Andrew Park will propose a method to create an international development agenda related to sexual orientation and gender identity.

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    Reproductive Rights at the Supreme Court: Considering Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellersted

    March 3, 2016

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    WEBINAR: Reproductive Rights at the Supreme Court: Considering Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellersted

    March 3, 2016

    Legal experts from UCLA School of Law, the Williams Institute, and Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California will analyze the critical questions before the U.S. Supreme Court this week in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt. The Court is considering the constitutionality of abortion-provider regulations that threaten to shutter clinics.

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    12th Annual Moot Court Competition

    February 27, 2016
    UCLA School of Law

    Now in its twelfth year, the Williams Institute hosts the only national competition dedicated exclusively to the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity law. The competition provides an opportunity for competitors to write an appellate brief on a current legal topic and to argue the case before a panel of judges. The competition is designed to promote and recognize the finest oral and written advocacy on a significant problem in sexual orientation and gender identity law.

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    Lee Badgett, “The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World”

    February 17, 2016
    UCLA School of Law

    M.V. Lee Badgett, Williams Distinguished Scholar, will discuss her new book The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World. The book offers scholars ways to use their ideas, research and knowledge to change the world. The book gives practical strategies for scholars to become more engaged with the public on a variety of fronts: online, in print, at council hearings, even with national legislation.

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    Winter Salon 2016

    February 11, 2016
    Washington, D.C.

    Featuring keynote remarks by Chai Feldblum, Commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.

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    Coming Out As…

    February 8, 2016
    UCLA Charles E. Young Research Library

    Co-hosted by the Williams Institute and the UCLA Center for the Study of Women, this colloquium explores how the phrase “coming out” has expanded, migrated, and been re-purposed by various marginalized groups, such as transgender individuals, undocumented immigrants, or the plural marriage rights movement.

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    Jazz and Champagne Brunch 2016

    January 17, 2016
    Los Angeles, CA

    The Williams Institute will hold its annual Jazz and Champagne Brunch to celebrate 15 years of research that matters.

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    Jay Borchert, Failing to Extend the Spirit of Lawrence v. Texas to Prisoners and the Persistent Socio-Legal Control of Consensual, Same-sex Sex in US Prisons

    January 15, 2016
    UCLA School of Law

    Jay Borchert, PhD candidate at the University of Michigan, will discuss administrative complaints about consensual sex among prisoners.

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    Oriented: Documentary Film Screening

    April 25, 2016
    UCLA Dodd Hall

    “Oriented” follows the lives of three Palestinian friends exploring their national and sexual identity in Tel-Aviv during the Israel-Gaza conflict of 2014. Khader is a Tel Aviv “darling” from a prominent Muslim family living with his Jewish boyfriend, David, a local LGBT nightlife impresario, and their Dalmatian, Otis, in Tel Aviv. Khader is conflicted by his desire for change in the face of a seemingly hopeless situation. Fadi is an ardent Palestinian nationalist confronted by guilt-ridden Jewish love and Naeem must confront his family with the truth about his sexuality.

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