The Leading LGBT Faculty in the Nation

Western New England University School of Law has unparalleled LGBT representation on our faculty and administration, as well as leading scholars and advocates in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity. Sixteen percent of our traditional tenure track faculty and one-third of the female faculty in that group identify as LGBT. Some of these faculty members are pioneers in the area of LGBT rights.

jenniferlevijpgProfessor Jennifer Levi has litigated many important transgender rights cases and served as cocounsel in both the Connecticut and Massachusetts marriage equality cases, Kerrigan and Goodridge. Professor Levi remains actively engaged in precedent-setting litigation including, most recently, representing a lesbian woman whose parentage has been challenged in on-going appeals in Vermont and Virginia, in a case presenting novel questions regarding the impact of the federal Defense of Marriage Act on well-established family law principles.

flyyn_t.jpgProfessor Taylor Flynn has written much-cited scholarly articles in the areas of sexual orientation and gender identity. As a lawyer for the ACLU of Southern California, she litigated groundbreaking cases relating to sexual orientation and gender identity, including a custody case on behalf of a transgender father, believed to be the first successful case of its kind.

goldsteinjpgProfessor Anne B. Goldstein wrote a series of foundational gay rights articles following the Bowers v. Hardwick decision, publishing in journals including the Yale Law Journal and the Virginia Law Review. Professor Goldstein also is the author of the influential article on the narrative construction of lesbianism, Representing the Lesbian in Law and Literature.

BuzuvisAssociate Professor Erin Buzuvis is a dynamic emerging Title IX scholar who speaks nationally on gender discrimination in college athletics, including issues relating to gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.

jfs_100407_4636_1jpgAssociate Professor of Law Giovanna Shay writes and teaches about the legal regimes regulating mass incarceration. Her scholarship touches on many anti-subordination themes, including issues of gender, sexual orientation, and gender identity.