Media Advisory: Williams Institute Scholars, Experts in LGBT Law and Policy, Available for Comment on Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Media Advisory:
January 31, 2017

Media Contact:
Noel Alumit,
alumit@law.ucla.edu
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Williams Institute Scholars, Experts in LGBT Law and Policy, Available for Comment on Trump Supreme Court Nominee

Supreme Court pick could impact the lives of millions of LGBT adults, youth, and families

LOS ANGELES —President Trump will announce his nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court this evening.  The Supreme Court may decide numerous cases significant to LGBT people in the near future, including whether various state laws disadvantaging LGBT people are constitutional, whether federal anti-discrimination laws prohibit sexual orientation discrimination and gender identity discrimination, and whether constitutional and statutory provisions require exemptions from anti-discrimination laws for religious adherents.

Williams Institute Scholars, experts in LGBT law and policy, are available for comment.

  • Adam P. Romero is Senior Council and Arnold D. Kassoy Scholar of Law at the Williams Institute, where he is an expert in anti-discrimination law, family law (including marriage), and constitutional law.  He successfully represented the plaintiffs in Cooper-Harris v. USA, the first case in the nation to declare unconstitutional laws barring the federal government from recognizing same-sex marriages in the veterans-benefits context.
  • Douglas NeJaime is Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law, Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, and Faculty Director of the Williams Institute.  He teaches in the areas of family law, law and sexuality, constitutional law, and legal ethics. His recent article with Reva Siegel, Conscience Wars: Complicity-Based Conscience Claims in Religion and Politics, appeared in the Yale Law Journal in 2015 and explores conflicts between LGBT equality and religious liberty.

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