Programs

Judicial Education

The Williams Institute’s Judicial Education Program provides international, state, and federal judges and court personnel with substantive training on legal issues impacting LGBTQI people. Many questions in sexual orientation and gender identity law present relatively new and complex constitutional issues or require knowledge of the most recent empirical research and data. Our trainings provide judges with the legal theories and relevant data needed to make decisions regarding these issues.

Training Faculty

Our judicial training faculty have extensive experience with teaching sexual orientation and gender identity law and are nationally renowned in the field. Our training program is directed by Todd Brower, who has worked with courts and administrative agencies across the U.S. and internationally.

Cost of Trainings

The Williams Institute will pay all costs for the content of its judicial education programs, including travel costs for the speakers.

Types of Trainings

We offer a variety of education and training formats, with the goal of making our judicial education accessible to as many international, state, and federal judges as possible. Our training formats include 

  • Live training sessions as part of conferences
  • Live and remote stand-alone trainings
  • Web-based trainings
  • Curriculum development
Upcoming Trainings

March 2022
Int’l Assoc. of LGBTQ+ Judges
Racial Justice and the LGBTQ+ Judge
Bi-monthly small group sessions

March 3, 2022
California Administrative Law Judges
1/2 day training
Access and Fairness for Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People in the Administrative Legal System
Bay Area

March 31-April 1, 2022
NASJE Mid-Year Meeting
Santa Fe, NM

May 2022
Int’l Assoc. of LGBTQ+ Judges
Racial Justice and the LGBTQ+ Judge
Bi-monthly small group sessions

May 2, 2022
National Racial Justice Consortium
LGBTQ Youth and Racial Justice in the Criminal Courts
Grand Forks, ND

June 15-17, 2022
New Mexico Judicial Conference
Topic to be decided
Albuquerque, NM

Past Trainings

Thursday, February 4, 2021 
Louisiana State Bar Association
Bostock, the Biden Executive Orders and LGBTQ Issues in Louisiana

Thursday, February 18, 2021
Law School Admission Council
LGBTQ panel on law schools and legal careers – making an impact

Thursday, March 11, 2021
Los Angeles County Judges/California Judges Panel
(facilitator)
Judicial Mentorship Webinar

Wednesday, March 24, 2021
National Association of State Judicial Educators
Board of Directors Presentation – Mid-Year Meeting

Thursday, May 20, 2021
National Association of Court Administrators/Conference of Chief Justices
Purposes and Responsibilities of Courts: Preserving Public Trust and Confidence in a Time of Crisis

Friday, May 21, 2021
Kentucky Judicial College
Plenary session: Who Is in Your Courtroom: LGBTQ People in the Kentucky Courts

May/June
Congreso Latinoamericano de Género
Acceso a la Justicia para las Comunidades LGBTTQI+: Consideraciones Particulares para los Tribunales

May/June 
Congreso Latinoamericano de Género
¿Cómo el Género y/o la Expresión de Género Influyen en la Violencia hacia las Comunidades LGBTTQI+?

July 10-12, 2021
National Association of Court Managers
San Diego, CA

July 28, 2021
Lavender Law-LGBT Bar
LGBTQ Supreme Court Justices panel
Virtual

July 28, 2021
Lavender Law-LGBT Bar
Same-sex Intimate Partner Violence
Virtual

July 29, 2021
Lavender Law / Int’l Assoc. of LGBTQ+ Judges
How to develop LGBTQ judicial education in your state
Virtual

July 29, 2021
Lavender Law-LGBT Bar
LGBTQ Pathways to the Judiciary
Virtual

July 29, 2021
Int’l Assoc. of LGBTQ+ Judges
Workshop on LGBTQ judicial applicants
Virtual

July 30, 2021
Int’l Assoc. of LGBTQ+ Judges
Judicial Institute
Virtual

July 30, 2021
Int’l Assoc. of LGBTQ+ Judges
Racial Justice and the LGBTQ+ Judge
Plenary session

September/November 2021
Int’l Assoc. of LGBTQ+ Judges
Racial Justice and the LGBTQ+ Judge
Bi-monthly small group sessions

October 4-7, 2021
National Judicial College
Creating a Bias-Free Courtroom (4 days x 8 hours)
Reno, NV

October 9-14, 2021
National Assoc. of State Judicial Educators
Various programs and responsibilities, including succession to President of NASJE
New Haven, CT

October 22, 2021
Northeastern University
Salus Populi – Social Determinants of Health
Virtual

December 9, 2021
Gilead Sciences Foundation
Communicable Disease and the Courts: What You Need to Know
Virtual

January 2022
Int’l Assoc. of LGBTQ+ Judges
Racial Justice and the LGBTQ+ Judge
Bi-monthly small group sessions

February 24, 2022
Louisiana State Bar Ass’n
Trans and Gender Non-Conforming Persons and the Courts
Virtual

Contact Information

Todd Brower
Judicial Education Director
tbrower@wsulaw.edu
(310) 267-4382