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

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 (TBA)
Congreso Latinoamericano de Género
Acceso a la Justicia para las Comunidades LGBTTQI+: Consideraciones Particulares para los Tribunales

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

Past Trainings

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

Thursday, December 3, 2020
“Who is in your courtroom? LGBTQ people in the Texas Justice Courts”

October 12-13, 2020
National Association of Women Judges
LGBTQ Legal Issues
Nashville, TN

September 30, 2020
National Association of Court Managers
Public Trust & Confidence through the Purposes & Responsibilities of Courts

September 23, 2020
International Association of LGBTQ Judges
Follow-up session to racial equity program

September 17, 2020
California Judges Association
LGBTQ Cultural Competency Training

August 15, 2020
International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges
LGBTQ Legal Issues
(3-hour workshop)
Washington, DC

August 14, 2020
International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges
Worlds on Fire: Systemic Racism, BL and LGBTQ Issues

August 14, 2020
International Association of LGBTQ Judges
Ensuring Racial Fairness and Equity – The role of LGBTQ+ Judges

August 13, 2020
LGBT Bar/Lavender Law
Pathways to the Judiciary for LGBTQ Lawyers

August 13, 2020
International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges
LGBTQ Legal Issues
(3-hour workshop)
Washington, DC

August 12-14, 2020
LGBT Bar Association
International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges
“So You Want to Become a Judge?”
(90-minute Introductory Panel)
Washington, DC

August 12-14, 2020
LGBT Bar Association
International Association of LGBTQ+ Judges
The Nuts and Bolts of Becoming and Judge (for LGBTQ Candidates)
(4-hour workshop)
Washington, DC

August 12-13, 2020
National Association of Judicial Educators
Board Meeting
New Haven, CT

August 8-12, 2020
National Association of Judicial Educators
Annual Conference
New Haven, CT

July 25-29, 2020
Conference of Chief Justices/Conference of State Court Administrators
Judicial Education
Portland, OR

July 19-22, 2020
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Panel Discussion on Contemporary Legal Issues
(plenary session)
Reno, NV

July 12-16, 2020
National Association of Court Managers
Judicial Education
New Orleans, LA

July 12-16, 2020
National Association of Court Managers
Judicial Education and Leadership: Serving All Court Users
New Orleans, LA

July 9, 2020
Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts
LGBTQ Judicial Education for Kentucky Judges
Frankfort, KY

May 28-29, 2020
Congreso Latinoamericano de Género
Los Enlaces o Intersecciones Entre las Personas LGBTTTIQ y el Género
La Rama Judicial de Puerto Rico
San Juan, P.R.

May 28-29, 2020
Congreso Latinoamericano de Género
Panel de Discusión Sobre Temas LGBTTTIQ
La Rama Judicial de Puerto Rico
San Juan, P.R.

March 19, 2020
LGBTQ Legal Issues and Communities in Louisiana
Louisiana State University School of Law
Baton Rouge, LA

Contact Information

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