Southwestern Law School Los Angeles, CA

News Release

January 12, 2005
Leading Legal Scholars and Advocates to Discuss LGBT Civil Rights Issues at Southwestern Law School

The American public is becoming increasingly aware of issues that affect Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered (LGBT) people. At the same time that many states are amending their constitutions to ban same-sex marriage, some people within the civil rights community, including scholars and activists, are questioning whether LGBT issues fit within the civil rights agenda at all, and, if so, how.

This timely issue will be explored during "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered Issues and the Civil Rights Agenda," a symposium sponsored by the Southwestern University Law Review, in association with the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers of Los Angeles (LGLA), the Native American Law Student Association (NALSA) and OUTlaw, on Friday, February 4 from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. at Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles.

The symposium will attempt not only to discuss the on-going discrimination faced by LGBT people in their everyday lives, but also to situate LGBT issues within the larger framework of the civil rights agenda, and will feature members of the Southwestern faculty and experts in civil rights, family law and other related areas from universities and organizations focused on LGBT issues. Scheduled panelists include Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, Duke University; La Donna Childress, Esq., Clerk of the Nevada Supreme Court; Professor David Cruz, University of Southern California; Professor Donna Greschner, University of LaVerne; Elton Naswood, Esq., University of California, Los Angeles Tribal Law and Policy Center; Jennifer Pizer, Esq., Lead Counsel of LAMBDA Legal Defense and Education Fund; Professor Margaret Russell, Santa Clara University; Professor R. Bradley Sears, Director of The Williams Project of the University of California, Los Angeles; Jamie Stroops, Esq., Vorzimer, Masserman & Chapman; Professor Wesley Thomas, Indiana University; and Pat Washington, Ph.D., President of the San Diego County Chapter of the National Organization for Women.

The symposium offers 5.75 hours of CLE credit, including one hour for Elimination of Bias. Registration is $150, $100 to Southwestern Alumni and LGLA members, and $40 to attendees not seeking CLE credit. The event will be held on the Southwestern campus at 3050 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles. Parking is available for $5.

Articles written in coordination with the symposium will be published in the Law Review; copies of the issue will be sent to participants. They will also be available for purchase from the Law Review office. Subscriptions to Law Review may be ordered via the symposium registration form at a cost of $34 for domestic and $38 for foreign addresses or by visiting the Law Review web page. For further information, contact Southwestern’s Student Affairs Office.