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January 18 & 19, 2013
UCLA School of Law
Room 1357

10.5 Units of California CLE Credit Available. Registration and hotel information below.
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As we commemorate the anniversaries of two landmark Supreme Court decisions, Roe v. Wade and Lawrence v. Texas, the conference will bring together leading experts on gender and sexuality to analyze the past, situate current conflicts, and contemplate the future of sexual liberty and equality. The conference schedule includes the following panels and speakers:


Friday, January 18, 2013

PANEL I – Sexual Freedom, 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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As we contemplate the fortieth anniversary of Roe v. Wade and the tenth anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas, what does sexual freedom mean in 2013?  In what ways does our society protect non-procreative sexual expression, and what principles and values justify these choices?  How has our understanding of these principles and values changed over the last several decades of political and social conflict?  Have recent debates shown that Americans are willing to assert and defend claims of sexual freedom?

Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School (moderator)
Katherine Franke, Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School
Nan Hunter, Legal Scholarship Director, The Williams Institute & Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Professor of Law, Georgetown Law Center
Kristin Luker, Faculty Director, Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice, Elizabeth Josselyn Boalt Professor of Law and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Berkeley
Dean Spade, Associate Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law

PANEL II – Constitutional Frameworks, 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
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What is the best account of the various constitutional rights recognized in cases like Griswold, Eisenstadt, Roe, Casey, and Lawrence?  Does a core constitutional value (or a connected set of values) undergird these decisions: Liberty?  Equality?  Dignity?  Do courts and the general public reason about these questions differently?  What do recent conflicts in constitutional politics portend about the development of this area of law?

Dawn Johnsen, Walter W. Foskett Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law (moderator)
Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Director, The Information Society Project, Yale Law School
Matt Coles, Deputy National Legal Director, American Civil Liberties Union
Neil Siegel, Professor of Law and Political Science, Duke University School of Law
Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor, University of Chicago Law School

PANEL III – Social Movements, 2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
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How have the women’s and LGBT movements reconstituted the meanings—both as a legal and cultural matter—of gender, sexual orientation, and family?  What role have conservative countermobilizations played?  How do movements shape the conditions under which their adversaries can argue?  Is this movement-countermovement dynamic the ordinary condition of politics?  Or is “backlash” a special, pathological feature that can and must be avoided?  Is this process triggered by any form of legislative rights recognition, or primarily by judicial recognition of rights?

Jon Davidson, Legal Director, Lambda Legal (moderator)
Cary Franklin, Assistant Professor, University of Texas School of Law
Linda Greenhouse, Senior Research Scholar in Law, Knight Distinguished Journalist-in-Residence, Joseph Goldstein Lecturer in Law, Yale Law School
Douglas NeJaime, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles
Priscilla Ocen, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School, Los Angeles

PANEL IV – Religious Liberty/Conscience, 4:30 p.m. – 6:15 p.m.
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What bodies of law govern claims of conscientious objection by people who object to same-sex marriage, contraception, and abortion?  What are the roots of the conscientious objection concept?  Should religious claims of conscience be treated differently than nonreligious claims of conscience?  How do religious objections regarding LGBT rights and reproductive freedom relate to each other, and how do they differ?  What is the best way to successfully accommodate claims of conscience and rights of access to marriage, contraception, and abortion?

David Cruz, Professor of Law, USC Gould School of Law (moderator)
Louise Melling, Director, The Center for Liberty, ACLU
Jennifer Pizer, Law and Policy Project Director, Lambda Legal
Eugene Volokh, Gary T. Schwartz Professor of Law, UCLA School of Law

Saturday, January 19, 2013

PANEL V – Families, 9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
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Conservative mobilizations have often discussed issues of sexuality as issues of family and family values.  What are the consequences of this framing?  How does the right to marry intersect with other rights related to the family, such as the right to procreate?  In what ways can the recognition and protection of families extend to nontraditional forms?  Can activists promote marriage recognition and marriage alternatives at the same time?  When should law defer to private ordering in the family and when should law intervene, for example, to disrupt inequalities?  To what extent can or should law attempt to change the conditions of family life?

Kim BuchananAssociate Professor of Law and Gender Studies, USC Gould School of Law (moderator)
Ariela Dubler, George Welwood Murray Professor of Legal History, Columbia Law School
Melissa Murray, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Nancy Polikoff, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law, NYU School of Law

PANEL VI – Information, 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
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Issues of sexual freedom and family formation are often tied to debates over the production and dissemination of information about sexuality, sexual orientation, STDs, HIV/AIDS, contraception, and abortion.  How does the politics of sexuality affect the politics of information creation and dissemination?  What role has technological change played in access to knowledge about sexuality and family formation?  How does the First Amendment apply to state regulation of health care professionals to provide (or not to provide) information to their patients?

Jack Balkin, Knight Professor of Constitutional Law and the First Amendment, Director, The Information Society Project, Yale Law School (moderator)
Gary Gates, The Williams Distinguished Scholar, The Williams Institute
Maya Manian, Professor, University of San Francisco School of Law
Ilan Meyer, Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute
Alice Miller, Associate Professor of Law and Co-Director, Global Health Justice Partnership, Yale Law School
Robert Post, Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law, Yale Law School


The conference is free for students. The registration fee for lawyers and non-student attendees is $50. 10.5 units of California CLE credit is available to registered lawyers.


Conference participants can make reservations at the W Hotel in Westwood. To make a reservation, call (310) 208-8765 and mention “Liberty/Equality Conference.”

Cosponsored by

The Information Society Project and
The Program for the Study of Reproductive Justice at Yale Law School

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