Symposium: Persisting Discrimination in the Legal Academy

Event Date: January 4, 2015 Publication Date: October 16, 2015

This Symposium, hosted by the AALS, grew out of the ideas of a group of faculty members from all over the country, inspired by a suggestion from Professor Meera Deo of Thomas Jefferson School of Law. These faculty banded together to propose a “crosscutting program” at the 2015 meeting of the AALS that would draw from empirical data, legal research, litigation strategy, and personal experience to both further conversations about the persistence of discrimination in the legal academy and activate strategies for addressing continuing problems. The articles published in this Symposium issue arose from the presentations made at the event, which took place in January 2015.

Symposium: Marriage Equality and Reproductive Rights: Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead

Event Date: February 28, 2014 Publication Date: April 2015

Hosted by the Columbia Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, this half-day public conference will highlight lessons learned through the successful, multifaceted challenge to the federal Defense of Marriage Act and explore how those lessons might apply in ongoing gender and sexuality law work on marriage equality and reproductive rights.  Among the speakers will be Bridgette Amiri, Mary Bonauto, James Esseks, Nancy Northup, Jessica González-Rojas, Sharon McGowan, Hilary Rosen, Heather Sawyer, Rachel Sussman, Evan Wolfson and Edie Windsor.

Symposium honoring Patricia Williams

Event Date: March 1, 2013 Publication Date: December 2013

Hosted by the Columbia Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School celebrated the work of Professor Patricia Williams. The symposium included three panels that covered a wide range of topics from race, gender and the law, to ethics and the body, and Williams delivered a keynote address at the end of the day. Panelists included: Anita Hill, Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s Studies at Brandeis University; Lani Guinier, Bennett Boskey Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; and Anna Deavere Smith, Professor of Performance Studies at New York University.

Symposium honoring Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Event Date: February 10, 2012 Publication Date: March 2013

Hosted by the Columbia Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School honored the 40th anniversary of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg joining the Columbia law faculty as the first female tenure-track professor. This gathering marked not only this important milestone, but also the foundational contributions Justice Ginsburg has made, as jurist, as advocate, and as scholar, to the law of gender-based justice and equality.