13th Annual Update: LGBTQ Youth and The State Conference

This conference will focus on the experiences of LGBTQ youth and their interactions with government institutions, including child welfare, homelessness services, law enforcement, and criminal detention facilities. Conference panelists will analyze emerging social science research on the experiences of LGBTQ youth navigating these systems, with attention to the extent to which sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression are significant in explaining disproportionality and disparities. Speakers on each panel will also provide a legal framework for discussion about the implications of research findings for law and public policy reform.

Friday, April 11, 2014
UCLA School of Law
Room 1347
12:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
*Continuing Education Credit Available

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 Continuing Education
Conference meets the qualifications for 3.25 hours of continuing education credit for LCSWs, MFTs, LEPs and LPCCs, as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. There is no cost to receive continuing education credit.

Attorneys can earn 2.5 units of continuing education credit (MCLE). The registration fee for MCLE credit is $250 person, which include admission to the Gala Reception. UCLA School of Law is a state bar of California approved MCLE provider.


11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.                Registration & Boxed Lunch

12:15 p.m. – 12:30  p.m.       Opening remarks

12:30 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.          Homelessness, Child Welfare, and Socioeconomic Stability
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Researchers and social service providers have estimated that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the child welfare system and among youth experiencing homelessness.  Family rejection and violence is one oft cited reason for the vulnerability that leads to the disproportionate representation of LGBTQ youth in these populations. Once in these settings, these youth experience high rates of violence, physical abuse, sexual exploitation and poor health.  Further, there are entrenched relationships between these systems that create cycles of instability and poverty.

Currey CookNational Director, Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project, Lambda Legal
Margaret RosarioProfessor of Psychology, City University of New York
Bianca D.M. Wilson, Williams Senior Scholar of Public Policy, The Williams Institute

1:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                  Break

2:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.             Law Enforcement and Incarceration
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Research shows that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system. Higher rates of family rejection, homelessness, school harassment and bullying, and a host of other factors related to their sexual orientation and gender identity put them at increased risk of involvement with the system. Once in juvenile detention, LGBTQ youth are susceptible to the selective enforcement of criminal laws against them and longer lengths of detention.

Angela Irvine, Director of Research, National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Laurie Schaffner, Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Illinois at Chicago
Alisha Williams, Director of Prisoner Justice Project, Sylvia Rivera Law Project

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                  Break

3:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.             Final Round: 10th Annual Williams Institute Moot Court Competition
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Following preliminary rounds of thirty-five teams from law schools across the country, the two final teams from University of Pennsylvania Law School and Georgetown University Law Center will argue the constitutionality of sodomy statutes and the due process rights of teenagers to engage in private, consensual sexual conduct.

The Honorable Rosalyn H. Richter, Associate Justice, Appellate Division, New York State Supreme Court
The Honorable Beth Robinson
, Associate Justice, Vermont Supreme Court
The Honorable A. Wallace Tashima, Senior Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

4:50 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.                   Break

5:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.              Keynote Address
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In the California State Assembly, Assemblymember Tom Ammiano has authored bills critically important to the well-being and protection of LGBT youth. Those signed into legislation include laws requiring school districts to establish a range of policies and actions to protect children from bullying and harassment, mandating cultural competency and sensitivity training for LGBT youth service providers in the foster care system, and the clarification of existing state anti-discrimination laws as they apply to transgender children in schools.

The Honorable Tom Ammiano, Member, California State Assembly

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6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.      
Hammer Museum in Westwood

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Tickets: $120 ($95 tax deductible)
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*Shuttle service provided to conference participants.

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