Speakers and Events

All events free and open to the public. Refreshments provided.

Fall 2013 

Profiling, Race, and Masculinity: Florida, Massachusetts, and Beyond
Join us as we continue the important national dialogue about race and profiling in the wake of the Trayvon Martin killing and the trial and acquittal of George Zimmerman.
   • Attorney Luke Ryan '05, who has represented criminal defendants in cases where racial profiling was an issue 
   • Officer Charles Youmans, Community Police Advocate for the Springfield Police Department
   • Billy Townsend, Florida journalist and author of Age of Barbarity, about the history of racial violence in Florida.  
   • Detective Leon Laster, Narcotics Division, Montague Police Department      
Wednesday, September 25, 2013, at 12:00 noon
Law School Common

Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Professor Laura Briggs, Chair, Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Department, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
   • Tracey A. DeMeyer, Shawnee-Cherokee author, journalist, and blogger
   • Professor Barbara Atwood, Mary Anne Richey Professor Emerita of Law, University of Arizona, via Skype       
Monday, September 30, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. 
Law School Common 

Past Events


Using U.S. Courts to Protect Human Rights Abroad: A Community Discussion of Sexual Minorities Uganda v. Scott Lively
Presented by Attorney Pam Spees, Center for Constitutional Rights, discussed the pending case and the emerging role of U.S. courts as a venue for protecting human rights abroad. With an introduction by Professor Matthew Charity.
April 9, 2013

Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: Reflecting on the Oral Arguments
Excerpts from the gay marriage oral arguments, as well as the virtual presence of Professor Erwin Chemerinsky, a renowned scholar of Constitutional Law, who presented his analysis and took questions.
April 3, 2013

March 13
“Gay Marriage and the Supreme Court: A Public Discussion
A panel of experts from the law school discussing the complex and exciting issues in the two marriage equality cases before the U.S. Supreme Court this term: Hollingsworth v. Perry (California's Proposition 8) and United States v. Windsor (the Defense of Marriage Act).
March 13, 2013

Telling Amy’s Story (video)
A documentary about domestic violence presented by Detective Deirdri Fishel of State College, PA. Hosted in conjunction with Hampden County District Attorney Mark G. Mastroianni L'89.
January 23, 2013

Bullying in Schools: How Should the Law Protect Students? (video)
Panelists: Anne Littlefield and Kevin Roy, Attorneys in Shipman & Goodwin's School Law Practice Group • Gabrielle Viator, Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts • Alexander Rosas, Professor of Political Science, Western New England University
October 3, 2012

Building the Arc of Justice: The Life and Legal Thought of Derrick Bell Symposium
Watch a video of the symposium.
September 28, 2012

Spring 2012 

(Cohosted with the Clason Speaker Series:)

You're telling me it's wrong to do to the prisoners what the Army does to its own soldiers?" Gender Performance Requirements of the U.S. Military in the War on Islamic Terrorism (video)
Mary Anne Case
March 6, 2012

Massachusetts’s New Transgender Rights Law: Strategies for Compliance and Advocacy (PDF)
February 14, 2012
Watch a video of the panel.

Campus Rape, Title IX and the New Guidelines: New Clarity and New Controversies (video) 
Wendy Murphy
January 19, 2012