Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

Symposium Schedule

40 Years of LGBT Legal Activism: Taking Stock & Looking Ahead


8:00 - 9:00 a.m.

Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m.

Welcome and Introductions 

9:15 - 10:45 a.m.

Out and Proud in the Profession: Stories of Success


This panel is first and foremost a celebration. It marks some of the strides that LGBT people have made in the legal profession. The panel also provides an opportunity for panelists to candidly discuss past, present and future obstacles on the way to success within the profession. (Moderated by Danielle Kie Hart, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School)

  • Kellye Y. Testy, Dean and James W. Mifflin University Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law
    Jay W. Gendron, Visiting Associate Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School and Former Vice President of Business Affairs and Legal Affairs, Warner Brothers
    James D. Nguyen, Partner, Davis, Wright, Tremaine, LLP
    Hon. Lisa M. Ginoza, Associate Judge, Intermediate Court of Appeals, State of Hawaii

11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

LGBT Diversity and Resistance


This panel explores often overlooked spaces where LGBT diversity and resistance intersect, spaces like the governing bodies of the legal profession (i.e., the ABA/AALS/LSAC), police departments, communities of color, and the LGBT community itself. Because resistance can and often does lead to conflict and discord, this panel attempts to bring these overlooked spaces and the issues in them to the forefront of our discourse. (Moderated by John Heilman, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School)

  • James G. Leipold, Executive Director, The National Association for Law Placement (NALP)
    Adele M. Morrison, Associate Professor, Wayne State University Law School
    Robert M. Saltzman, Associate Dean, USC Gould School of Law and Commissioner, Los Angeles Police Department
    Russell Robinson, Professor of Law, Berkeley Law School

12:30 - 2:00 p.m.

Luncheon and Keynote Speaker

  Hon. Michael W. Fitzgerald, Judge, United States District Court, Central District of California

2:00 - 3:30 p.m.

Off-the-Radar Issues in Criminal Justice


This panel explores important criminal law issues that are usually not on the front-line of LGBT rights advocacy and litigation but should be. Police departments around the country, for example, continue to target gay men in high-profile lewd conduct sting operations and LGBT people for prostitution, while simultaneously ignoring complaints of same-sex intimate partner abuse. LGBT people continue to be mistreated in the nation's prisons. And LGBT youth continue to be bullied and even killed in our schools. This panel will cast light on the challenges that continue to confront the LGBT community in the criminal justice system and point the way forward on many of these issues. (Moderated by Catherine Carpenter, Irving D. and Florence Rosenberg Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School)

  • J. Kelly Strader, Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School
    Cynthia Lee, Charles Kennedy Poe Research Professor of Law, The George Washington Law School
    Giovanna E. Shay, Professor of Law, Western New England School of Law
    I. Bennett Capers, Professor of Law, Brooklyn Law School

3:30 - 5:00 p.m.

LGBT Social Movements and the Law: History and Future


This panel explores the use of law, including litigation, by LGBT social movements. How successful have impact litigation and other attempts to affect the law by the social movements been, and how have the law and lawyers in turn affected the social movements? Has this history been good for LGBT causes? Has it set them back? Or is there a more complicated story? Are there any lessons to learn from this history for the future of these social movements or uses of impact litigation? (Moderated by Priya S. Gupta, Associate Professor of Law, Southwestern Law School)


  • Douglas NeJaime, Associate Professor of Law, Loyola Law School Los Angeles
    Dr. Scott Barclay, Department Head and Professor, Department of History and Politics, Drexel University
    Yvonne Zylan, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology, Hamilton College
    Gabriel Arkles, Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering, New York University School of Law

5:00 - 5:15 p.m.

Closing Remarks