2016-17

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    April 20 – Religious Liberty, Religious Discrimination, and the Future of LGBT Rights

    Panelists include: Candace Bond-Theriault, Policy Counsel for Reproductive Rights, Health and Justice, National LGBTQ Task Force; Walter Dellinger, Partner, O’Melveny & Myers, Former Assistant U.S. Attorney General, Former Acting U.S. Solicitor General; Honorable Jamie Raskin U.S Congressman, Maryland, 8th District; Bishop Gene Robinson, Senior Fellow, Center for American Progress; and Adam Romero. Director of Legal Scholarship and Federal Policy, and Arnold D. Kassoy Scholar of Law, The Williams Institute

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    May 17 – Spring Reception in Washington DC

    Moderated by Washington Post Writer Jonathan Capehart. Panelists include new Executive Director, Jocelyn Samuels, Stuart Delery, and Gautam Raghavan. Cocktail reception remarks by Brad Sears. Founders Dinner remarks by Congressman Mark Takano.

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    June 22 – Webinar: Collecting Data about Gender Identity

    The webinar explores the challenges in identifying transgender and gender minority people in large surveys conducted in countries around the world, such as those used by governments and development agencies. Panelists will discuss the “science of measurement” and give examples of questions used on surveys to measure gender. Examples of best practices will be presented, along with cross-cultural and safety considerations which may require the development of further guidance for researchers and advocates.

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    April 7 – Annual Update: LGBT Rights & The Trump Administration

    As we near the end of Trump’s first 100 days in office, what is the impact on LGBT rights? Panelists will discuss issues such as the repeal of protections for transgender students and a proposal for a broad religious exemption to non-discrimination protections, the impact of a new justice on the Supreme Court, and the increased number of anti-LGBT bills in states across the country.

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    April 7 – Annual Update: Changing the Landscape on Gender Identity Data Collection

    Never in history have we had so much data about transgender and other gender minority people in the United States. Panelists will discuss new data from the United States Transgender Survey (USTS), the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), and other large surveys. This will be the first time that new CHIS data on gender identity and expression among people in California are presented – a project that we, with the support of our UniTy donors, have been working toward for the last two years.

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    April 19 – Gender and Objectivity

    This talk will consider whether policymakers and legal interpreters must ignore gender identity in favor of ostensibly more “objective” criteria for defining people’s sex. Featuring David Cruz, Visiting Scholar at the Williams Institute and Professor of Law at USC Gould School of Law.

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    April 19 – LGBT Exclusion in Indonesia and Its Economic Effects

    Discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) Indonesians in workplaces, schools, and social opportunities is pervasive and will limit their ability to fully contribute to the Indonesian economy.

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    January 12 – The Afterlife of Homophobia

    Cosponsored by the Critical Race Studies Program. This event will feature Russell Robinson, Professor of Law at Berkeley Law, who maps evolving legal and social conceptions of gay sexuality in a post-marriage equality landscape (in an article co-written with David M. Frost). Thursday, January 12, 2017 12:20 PM – 1:30 PM UCLA School of Law …

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    January 15 – Jazz and Champagne Brunch

    The Williams Institute invites you to its Annual Jazz & Champagne Brunch on Sunday January 15, 2017. We are no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. 11:30 am – 2:30 pm View pics of the 2016 Jazz & Champagne Brunch on FLICKR.

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    February 4 – 13th Annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition

    The 13th Annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition, Preliminary Rounds Saturday, February 4, 2017 UCLA School of Law September 26, 2016 – Registration opens November 18, 2016 – Registration closes November 21, 2016 – Problem released January 3, 2017 – Last day for questions/problem clarification January 8, 2017 – Briefs due February 4, 2017 – …

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    February 9 – Winter Salon in DC

    Click Here to RSVP to the Winter Salon. Deadline to RSVP is February 7. We are no longer accepting RSVPs for this event. 

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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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