Through strategic education, the Williams Institute works to bridge the worlds of law, policy and academia. In addition to making sure that its scholarship meets the highest academic standards, the Institute also ensures its research gets into the hands of judges, legislatures and other policymakers, who are addressing issues relevant to the LGBT community.
Examples of Institute education programs include:
• Judicial Training: Over 2,500 judges in 15 states – including in Colorado, Nevada, Texas, Utah and Wisconsin – have attended Williams Institute judicial training sessions on topics including: LGBT Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, Domestic Violence in Same-Sex Relationships, and Bias in the Courts.
• Annual Update Conference: The Annual Update is the Williams Institute’s signature annual event, which addresses issues at the intersection of sexual orientation and gender identity law and policy. Academics, judges and policymakers have all participated in the conference, and audience members include scholars, students, community leaders, legal and business professionals, and philanthropists. (Continuing Legal Education credit is available to lawyers.)
• LGBT Empirical Training Program: The Williams Institute conducts trainings on empirical methodologies for conducting research related to LGBT populations and issues.The training enables attendees to improve their skills in both conducting and evaluating empirical research focusing on sexual minorities.
• Williams Institute Reading Room: Located in the UCLA Law School Library, the Reading Room houses over 1,500 books, policy studies, films and periodicals in its collection.