The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law organizes and co-sponsors a number of events every academic year. Our annual spring symposium honors someone who has made outstanding contributions to the field of gender and sexuality law, our colloquia expose students to cutting-edge legal scholarship, and our feminist and queer theory workshops allow students to explore a series of questions with several scholars over the course of a single semester. All of our events are free and open to the public.
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 All Day Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge
The Religious Exemption Convening will bring together leading religion law scholars to discuss the increasing use of legislative religious accommodations, and whether they conflict with other constitutional rights.
Monday, December 5, 2016 8:30 am - 12:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall | Room 103
Focus Features, Columbia Law School and the Columbia Center for the Study of Law & Culture invite you to a special screening of LOVING, Monday, December 5th, 2016.
The 6:00 pm screening will be followed by an 8:00 pm panel discussion with Professors Kendall Thomas and Rose Cuison Villazor of Columbia Law School.
The screening will inaugurate several months of theatrical and documentary film screenings about the legal, political and cultural issues raised in the Loving case. The semester long program will culminate in a half-day symposium on Monday, 10 April, 2017, the 50th anniversary of the Supreme Court Oral Argument in Loving v. Virginia.
This program is co-supported by the Columbia Center for the Study of Law and Culture, the Center for Institutional and Social Change, the Office of Student Life at Columbia University, the Black Law Students Association at Columbia Law School, the Latino/a Law Students Association at Columbia Law School, and the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law.
Professors Rose Cuison Villazor, Elora Mukherjee and Jason Parkin are coordinating a group Teach-in/Learn-in to discuss and share how to protect, support and advocate for the rights of immigrants, including those currently protected under DACA, those who are undocumented, and those subject to racial and religious profiling.
In the weeks since the election, calls for sanctuary campuses have become central to the preemptive organizing to protect the rights of undocumented people and other vulnerable populations now at intensified risk. What does sanctuary mean in the contemporary United States? An idea with antecedents in medieval religious practice, sanctuary was most recently recuperated in the movement to protect Central American refugees in the 1980s and in the contemporary idea of sanctuary cities. This interdisciplinary panel explores sanctuary's legal, political, social, and historical connotations as well as its strategic uses. What could the designation of sanctuary spaces on university campuses mean for strategies of mobilization and resistance now and in the future?
With the growing success of the LGBT rights movement in industrialized nations is often celebrated as a series of civil and human rights victories; in majority of the countries worldwide, LGBT persons' are frequently denied basic human rights. LGBT community members remain one of the most vulnerable groups worldwide and are often political, social and economic scapegoats; on a global scale LGBT "issues" are frequently politicized and manipulated to push political, social and economic agendas.
This discussion focused on the current discourse and realities regarding human rights and the lives of LGBT persons in Armenia, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe. The panelists analyzed the manifold perspectives and narratives around LGBT issues on a global scale, and analyze the similarities and differences amongst different national and local movements and their role in global LGBTI movement.
Felipe Michelini, CLS alumni, Uruguayan representative, and member of the Institute for the Study of Human Rights' Human Rights Advocacy Program discussed his work with The International Criminal Court's Trust Fund for Victims on Tuesday, November 22nd.
Per their website, "The [Trust Fund for Victims] envisions a world where the rights of individuals are fulfilled and where survivors of the gravest human rights violations are empowered to live a life of hope, dignity and respect." The organization's mission statement is "To support programs which address the harm resulting from the crimes under the jurisdiction of the ICC by assisting victims to return to a dignified and contributory life within their communities."
Join us for the Women's Summit: Ending Sexual Violence in the Workplace, bringing together diverse stakeholders — including employers, workers, advocates, legislators and policymakers — to lift up the need for one fair minimum wage and several other gender equity policy proposals at the intersection of sexual violence and economic justice. Additionally, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United will unveil their new employer-designed workplace policy on sexual harassment and violence.
This program is supported by the Restaurant Opportunities Center of New York, with the Ms. Foundation for Women, and several other organizations. Full details regarding the program and a list of all of the sponsors and supporters may be found at the Eventbrite page: here.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Jerome Greene Hall 646
Lunchtime Talk with Lois Uttley, MPP, Director, MergerWatch Supported by the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project and the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
Lois Uttley, MPP and Director, MergerWatch will speak on the important work that MergerWatch is doing to protect individuals' rights. Per their website, "MergerWatch is dedicated to the principle that health care should be guided by accurate medical information and the patient’s own religious or ethical beliefs. In medical decision-making, the patient’s rights must come first."
Ms. Uttley has more than 30 years professional experience, including having served as President of the Public Health Association of NYC; Director of Public Affairs at the New York State Department of Health; Vice President of Family Planning Advocates of NYS and, earlier, as Executive Editor for City and State Coverage at the Albany Times Union newspaper.
Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Jerome Greene Hall 104
[From the film website]: '"The Uncondemned" tells the gripping and world-changing story of a group of young international lawyers and activists who fought to make rape a crime of war, and the Rwandan women who came forward to testify and win justice where there had been none. Up until this point, rape had not been prosecuted as a war crime and was committed with impunity...."The Uncondemned" beautifully interweaves the stories of the characters in this odyssey, leading to the trial at an international criminal court--and the results that changed the world of criminal justice forever.'
For much of the 20th century, eugenics was a widely-accepted practice in the US, endorsed by the Supreme Court of the United States in the 1927 Buck v. Bell decision. Thirty states (including New York) sterilized citizens with the aim of reducing poverty and getting rid of "the unfit". North Carolina ran one of the most aggressive eugenics programs, sterilizing more than 7,600 men, women and children between 1933 and 1974. ‘The State of Eugenics’ follows the journey of survivors, legislators, and journalists working together to obtain compensation for the survivors of these injustices.
The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law joined Columbia Law School's If/When/How: Lawyering for Reproductive Justice, IRWGS, and representatives from the Mailman School for Public Health for a film screening of the award-winning documentary, JACKSON. JACKSON looks at the last abortion clinic remaining in Mississippi, the crisis pregnancy center across the street, and the lives of three women navigating the issues around access to abortion. This intimate and unprecedented look at abortion access is a welcome addition to the conversation about reproductive justice.
The screening was followed by a panel discussion moderated by Professor Yasmine Ergas, of Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Jerome Greene Hall - Lenfest Café
Barriers to Trans Survival and Self-Determination The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law is pleased to offer co-support to student organization, QTPOC, as they host an important, timely afternoon symposium on the barriers to self-determination, which will include a panel, a short film screening, and the opportunity to speak with NYC advocates.
The panel will include attorneys and community organizers from the Sylvia Rivera Law Project and the Audre Lorde Project, as well as transgender and gender non-conforming community members from the New York City area. The conversation will center around barriers to self-determination, and the work that lawyers and community activists do to bring greater justice and access to the trans community.
The panel will be followed by a screening of Toilet Training, a short film produced by the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, that brings into conversation how impinging on bathroom access denies self-determination which necessarily institutionalizes transphobia and transmisogyny.
Thursday, October 27th, 2016 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall - Room 103
Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall - Room 103
The Right to Legally Exist - A Lunchtime Talk with Dana Zzyym October 26th is Intersex Awareness Day. The day is honored internationally, with action being led by non-profit, advocacy and education-focused organizations to raise awareness of intersex persons, and to advocate for their rights in legal systems around the world.
The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law and The Intersex Campaign for Equality (aka OII USA) presented "The Right to Legally Exist", a lunchtime panel discussion on Intersex Awareness Day, October 26th, 2016 at Columbia Law School. The panel willfeatured intersex activist Dana Zzyym, Associate Director of OII-USA, and Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director of Lambda Legal.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 6:30 pm The New School - Tishman Auditorium | Alvin Johnson/J.M. Kaplan Hall 63 Fifth Avenue | New York, New York 10011
MAJOR! The New York City Premiere “MAJOR!” follows the life and legacy of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a 73-year-old Black transgender woman, a veteran of the 1969 Stonewall Rebellion and organizer who has been fighting for the liberation of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major’s personal story and activism for transgender civil rights, from mobile outreach and AIDS prevention to fighting the prison industrial complex, intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. The screening will include a Q&A with Miss Major and the filmmakers, Annalise Ophelian and StormMiguel Flores.
Monday, October 17th, 2016 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall 6th floor - Outside Office 627
Block Party! Each Fall and Spring, the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law hosts an informal "Block Party" event in the hallway outside our offices on the 6th floor of Jerome Greene Hall. Community members stopped by for drinks and snacks, giving us the opportunity to connect with other folks about our research and programs, as well as about larger issues around gender equity, civil rights, lgbtq rights, and reproductive justice!
Wednesday, October 12th, 2016 12:10 pm - 1:10 pm Jerome Greene Hall - Room 646
Susan Sommer, Lambda Legal National Director of Constitutional Litigation, discussed two Supreme Court cases and their implications for LGBT people: Obergefell v. Hodges won the freedom to marry for same-sex couples, an enormous advance that still leaves work ahead before that ruling’s promise of full equality for same-sex families is a reality throughout the nation. Trinity Lutheran v. Pauley, pending in the Court, illustrates prime terrain on which the ongoing struggle for LGBT rights continues to be waged—claimed religious liberties that may conflict with LGBT rights.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall - Room 102B
Each year, the federal government gives millions of taxpayer dollars to religiously affiliated nonprofit organizations to provide care to children and teens who have crossed the border alone into the U.S., fleeing horrors in their home countries. Some of these religiously affiliated organizations, including those connected to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, restrict access to critical reproductive health care, despite the fact that many unaccompanied immigrant minors are survivors of rape. After an eight-year investigation, the ACLU sued the federal government for violated the Establishment Clause. Amiriwill present a discussion about this case.
Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 12:10 - 1:10 pm Jerome Greene Hall - Room 646
In the 1940s and 1950s, the administrative state served as a powerful engine of discrimination against homosexuals, with agency officials routinely implementing anti-gay policies that reinforced gays’ and lesbians’ subordinate social and legal status. By the mid-1980s, however, many bureaucrats had become allies, subverting statutory bans on gay and lesbian foster and adoptive parenting and promoting gay-inclusive curricula in public schools. This support from civil servants is not just a historic phenomenon, but continues today in the context of transgender student bathroom access rights, with administrative agency officials advocating for transgender students in the face of hostile legislators and vocal public opposition. This talk focuses on how the executive branch--as much as the judiciary--has been and continues to be an important force for LGBT rights.
During this session Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons Randy W. Berry discussed his role U.S. foreign policy as it relates to advancing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons. Special Envoy Berry highlighted key priorities, including reducing violence, building global coalitions, and outreach to the faith and business community.
Randy W. Berry, a career Senior Foreign Service Officer, is the first U.S. Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTI Persons. He assumed responsibility for this new State Department position in April 2015.
Monday, September 12th, 2016 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall - Room 102B
EnGendering Note Topics Professor Katherine Franke held a brainstorming and discussion session with CLS Students on drafting engaging note topics that engender issues including gender justice, lgbtq rights, family law, and reproductive rights.
Thursday, September 8th, 2016 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall - Room 102B
Sex Work and Anti-Carceral Futures A powerful panel of lawyers, activists and advocates discussing how sex workers are organizing for anti-carceral futures we can all inhabit in the face of a carceral "feminism" that reinforces criminalization and oppression under the guise and illusion of "safety". Panelists included Che Gossett, J.M. Kirby, and Kate D'Adamo.
Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm Drapkin Lounge - Jerome Greene Hall - 3rd Floor Mezzanine
Welcome Luncheon! The Center for Gender & Sexuality Law welcomed incoming 1L, LLM, and Transfer students to Columbia Law School. Attendees learned about the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, met our faculty, and heard from student representatives about opportunities to get involved with different organizations on campus.
June 8th 8:30 am - 9:30 am Schulte Roth & Zabel LLP 919 Third Avenue New York, NY 10022
April 18th 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall 107
Gender and Sex Since the Arab Spring: Human Rights, LGBTQ Rights, and U.S. Responsibility Scott Long, Founding director of Human Rights Watch's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights Program; Human Rights Fellow at Harvard Law School
April 13th 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge
Invisible No More: Racial Profiling and Police Brutality Against Women and LGBTQ People of Color Andrea Ritchie, Soros Justice Fellow and co-author of Say Her Name and Queer (In)Justice
April 11th 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall 103
Axing the Tampon Tax: A Panel Discussion With Laura Strausfeld, Jennifer Weiss-Wolf, and Annamarya Scaccia
April 6th 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall 701
Colloquium in Law, Rights & Religion First, Do No Harm: Suing Catholic Hospitals for Putting Pregnant Women at Risk Brooke A. Tucker, ACLU Michigan
March 29th 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall 646
Colloquium in Law, Rights & Religion The Supreme Court Takes up Contraception... Again Brigitte Amiri, Senior Staff Attorney, ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project
March 10th 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge
Colloquium in Law, Rights & Religion The New Emergency Powers: Religious Exemptions After Hobby Lobby Noa Ben-Asher, Visiting Professor, Columbia Law School
March 4th 9:30 am - 4:30 pm Jerome Greene Annex
First Amendment Lochnerism Workshop Coordinated by the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project, with Professor Jeremy Kessler, Columbia Law School
March 2nd 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall 6th Floor
Block Party An Informal Soiree with the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law and the Public Rights/Private Conscience Project
February 29th 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge
Secularism, Gender & The State Dr. Pascale Fournier, University of Ottawa
February 25th 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge
Colloquium in Law, Rights & Religion What is Sanctuary? Should the Left use Religious Exemptions? Rev. Dr. Donna Schaper
November 30th 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall 501
LGBT Rights After Marriage: What's Left? Chinyere Ezie '10, Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center LGBT Rights Project
November 20th 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge
Transgender Day of Remembrance Film Screening, Pay It No Mind: The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson Panel Discussion with Tyler Ford and Suneela Mubayi, moderated by Benjamin I.J. Mintzer
November 18th 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm Jerome Greene Hall 105
Wedlocked: The Perils of Marriage Equality A Panel Discussion with Katherine Franke, Mignon Moore, Kendall Thomas, and Patricia J. Williams Co-presented with the Institute for Research on Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the Institute for Research on African American Studies
November 11th 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge
Jurisprudence on the Ground: What We Can Learn From Feminist Judges in Tanzania About Gender Rights, Judicial Roles, and Grassroots Communication Margaret M. Russell, Professor of Law, Santa Clara Law
November 10th 12:00 pm - 1:20 pm Jerome Greene Hall 103
Religious Liberty and the Supreme Court A Panel Discussion with Katherine Franke, Philip Hamburger, and Walter Olson
November 10th 4:20 pm - 6:00 pm Jerome Greene Annex
Coercive Assimilationism: The Perils of Muslim Women's Identity Performance in the Workplace Sahar F. Aziz, Associate Professor of Law, Texas A&M Law School
November 9th 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge
Policing Testosterone and Other Gender-Based Discrimination in Sport: The Dutee Chand Case and its Aftermath Dr. Payoshni Mitra, School of Media, Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University Government-appointed Advisor to Dutee Chand
October 26th 12:10 pm - 1:15 pm Jerome Greene Hall Case Lounge