Law School Symposium to Address Sexual Orientation and the Law

Lexington, VA Monday, February 04, 2008

On Friday, February 29, beginning at 10:00 a.m. in the Millhiser Moot Court Room, the Washington and Lee University School of Law will host a symposium titled "A Queer Definition of Equality: Exploring Major Issues in Sexual Orientation and the Law."  The symposium is open to the public and is jointly sponsored by the Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice (CRSJ) and the Frances Lewis Law Center.

Symposium organizer and CRSJ Editor-in-Chief Diane Meier '08L hopes the symposium will give students some exposure to inequities in the law with regards to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transsexual community.

"The symposium will feature some of the most prominent practitioners and scholars in the field and should address some of the biggest issues in sexual orientation law in both theoretical and pragmatic ways," says Meier.

The schedule for the symposium is as follows:

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Marc Poirier (Seton Hall)

Discussing marriage and family issues. Visiting Professor Caprice Roberts will give comments. Audio
11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Lee Badgett (UCLA Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law)

Discussing the economic implications of gender and LGBT status. Visiting Professor Josh Fairfield will give comments. Audio
12:00 p.m. - 1: 00 p.m. Judi O'Kelley (Southern Regional Director of Lambda Legal)

Discussing recent litigation Lambda Legal has participated in. Audio
 
LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED by the Southern Inn.
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Brad Sears (Director of the UCLA Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law)

Discussing HIV status and healthcare issues.  Professor Tim Jost will give comments. Audio
2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Kathi Westcott  (Deputy Director for Law for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network)

Discussing military issues such as "Don't Ask, Don't Tell".  Dean Smolla will give comments. Audio

The Washington and Lee Journal of Civil Rights and Social Justice is a research and reference publication focusing on legal issues that have an impact on racial and ethnic minorities. The Journal concentrates on legal realities and reports on developments in both statutory and case law in an effort to monitor their impact on minority communities.

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