Speakers and Events

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

Past Events

Spring 2015

Fair Housing Rights: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues
Speakers included Meris Berquist, Executive Director, Massachusetts Fair Housing Center; Assistant Attorney General Ann Lynch, Massachusetts Attorney General's Office; Lauren Wilhote, Esq., U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity; and Commissioner Sunila Thomas-George, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination.
Thursday, April 16, 2015

Fall 2014

Domestic Violence and the National Football League: A Public Discussion with Professor Michael McCann
The Center for Gender & Sexuality Studies presented a timely discussion of the intersection of domestic violence and the culture of sport through the example of recent events involving the National Football League. Professor Michael McCann will be the lead discussant, with contribution from Professor of Law Erin Buzuvis. 
Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Spring 2014

Domestic Violence Series 
Film: Crime After Crime with introduction from Bonnie G. Allen L'93
Crime After Crime tells the story of the legal battle to free Debbie Peagler, an incarcerated survivor of domestic violence. Over 26 years in prison could not crush the spirit of this determined woman, despite the wrongs she suffered, first at the hands of a duplicitous boyfriend who beat her and forced her into prostitution, and later by prosecutors who used the threat of the death penalty to corner her Into a life behind bars. Debbie’s story takes an unexpected turn two decades later when two rookie land use attorneys step forward to take on her case pro bono. Springfield attorney Bonnie Allen will introduce the film.
Monday, February 17, 2014
Cosponsored by Career Services

Discussion of Gender Inequities in the Treatment of Intimate Partner Violence
Attorney Wayne Thomas from the Gay Men's Domestic Violence Project in Boston, copresenting with Professor Jennifer Levi about the MCAD v. The R.O.S.E. Fund case, which involves a male victim of intimate partner violence who allegedly was denied services on the basis of gender.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Sponsored by OutLaw. 

Discussion of Domestic Violence Issues for Non-citizens and Immigrants
Attorney Hema Sarangapani from Boston, joined by Attorney Hisham Leil of Community Legal Aid, discuss the Violence Against Act Reauthorization Act of 2013.
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Cosponsored by Women’s Law Association

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

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,  


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

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