40 Years of LGBT Legal Activism: Taking Stock
& Looking Ahead
Forty years ago, legal activism in support of LGBT rights was in its infancy. Law schools were beginning to form gay and lesbian student groups, and advocates were starting to turn to the courts to seek recognition of their rights. The Southern California-based Gay Law Students' Association even filed suit against Pacific Telephone and Telegraph in 1975 to challenge employment discrimination against homosexual people. In the intervening years, after prolonged struggles, the movement has attained some notable achievements. The United States Supreme Court has declared sodomy laws unconstitutional; same-sex marriage is now or soon-to-be recognized in nine states and the District of Columbia; and discrimination in the military against gay and lesbian service members has formally ended.
Notwithstanding this progress, many challenges remain. This symposium therefore seeks to both take stock of the achievements of LGBT legal activism and to bring to the fore some "off-the-radar" issues confronting the LGBT community. In particular, panels will explore: the struggles confronting LGBT people in the criminal justice system, including LGBT prisoner mistreatment and the ongoing targeting of LGBT people by police and prosecutors for a range of vice crimes, like lewd conduct and prostitution; the resistance to LGBT diversity within the legal profession and communities of color; the invisibility of transgender people and issues within the LGBT community itself; and the role of law and social movements in both advancing and harming LGBT rights.
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- $75 - Non-Southwestern Alumni CLE credit
- $50 - Southwestern Alumni seeking CLE credit
- $40 - Those not seeking CLE credit
- Complimentary for Southwestern students, faculty and staff (RSVP required)
RSVP by February 1 to the Student Affairs Office
Please include your name, affiliation and registration fee category (see above) when emailing.
This Symposium offers 7.5 hours of CLE credit. Southwestern is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.
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