12th Annual Update: Lawrence + 10: What’s Next for LGBT Rights?

Friday, April 12, 2013
UCLA School of Law
Room 1347
12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.

3.75 Units of CLE Credit Available

This conference examined where the movement for LGBT rights finds itself on the tenth anniversary of Lawrence v. Texas. Participants  discussed the Supreme Court arguments in the DOMA and Prop 8 cases, new directions in anti-discrimination law, and remaining issues involving criminal law prosecutions against LGBT people and others for consensual sexual activity.

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12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            New Directions in Anti-Discrimination Law
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Although the Lawrence opinion was written in language that emphasizes the equal dignity of LGBT people, it did not address discrimination issues, such as those that arise in the workplace.  This panel will examine new approaches to achieving equality, including the use of Title VII to cover gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination in employment practices.

David Codell, Visiting Arnold D. Kassoy Senior Scholar of Law and Legal Director, The Williams Institute
Cary Franklin
, Assistant Professor, University of Texas School of Law
Suzanne Goldberg
, Herbert and Doris Wechsler Clinical Professor of Law; Director, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School
Mara Keisling
, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality
Emily Martin
, Vice-President and General Counsel, National Women’s Law Center
Moderated by Nancy Polikoff, Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law; former McDonald/Wright Visiting Chair of Law, The Williams Institute

2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.                  BREAK

2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.            Where Lawrence Fears to Tread?
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This panel will examine the continuing criminalization of sex and identity through HIV criminalization, sex-worker persecution, and sex offender registriesDespite dramatic progress in HIV treatments, 34 states and territories criminalize the consensual sexual conduct of HIV-diagnosed individuals.  Panelists will discuss ongoing efforts in response to these laws and to other ways in which the criminal law continues to serve as a cover for institutionalized intolerance of sexual and racial minorities, through targeting of sex workers, sentence enhancements for those with HIV, and dramatically expanded definitions of “sex crimes” that qualify for mandatory sex offender registration.

Kim Buchanan
, Associate Professor of Law and Gender Studies, USC Gould School of Law
Iván Espinoza-Madrigal, Staff Attorney, Lambda Legal
Catherine Hanssens, Executive Director, The Center for HIV Law & Policy
Russell Robinson, Distinguished Haas Chair in LGBT Equity Professor of Law, Berkeley Law
Moderated by Bianca D.M. Wilson, Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute

3:30 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.                  BREAK

3:50 p.m. – 5:10 p.m.            Moot Court Final Round
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Following preliminary rounds of thirty-eight teams from law schools across the country, two final teams will argue the constitutional implications of segregating transgender people in prison.

The Honorable Michael W. Fitzgerald,
Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California
The Honorable Monica M. Márquez,
Justice, Colorado Supreme Court
The Honorable Sabrina S. McKenna,
Associate Justice, Hawaii Supreme Court

5:10 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.                  BREAK

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.            Keynote Address by Michael Klarman
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One of the nation’s leading legal historians, Klarman is the author of From the Closet to the Altar: Courts, Backlash and the Struggle for Same-Sex Marriage. In his keynote address, Klarman will assess the costs and benefits of pursuing gay marriage through litigation.

Michael Klarman, Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School
Nan Hunter (commenter)
, Legal Scholarship Director, The Williams Institute; Professor of Law and Associate Dean, Georgetown University Law Center

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.                Gala Reception & Awards Ceremony

Hugh & Hazel Darling Law Library, UCLA School of Law
Tickets: $125 (non-profit rate $75)


The conference is free and open to the public. Attorneys can earn general continuing education credit (MCLE) for attending the Annual Update. The registration fee for credit is $175 per person (non-profit rate is $105), which includes admission into the Gala Reception.

Gala Reception Tickets are $125 each (non-profit rate is $75). Sponsorship opportunities begin at $1,000.

*Registration is now closed.


The Williams Institute thanks its sponsors for their generous support!

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