For Immediate Release:  Nov 11, 2008
2008, 11, 11

Hofstra Law hosts Colloquium on Law and Sexuality

Hofstra Law hosts Colloquium on Law and Sexuality

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law School is hosting the second annual Colloquium on Law and Sexuality.  During the 2008-09 academic year, seven scholars from across the country will descend on Hofstra to present scholarly works-in-progress.  The events will be held at Hofstra Law Scool during the lunch hour.  For more information,

The works-in-progress range in topic from marriage to employment discrimination, from critiques of current law to critiques of mainstream advocacy strategies.  Launched in 2007, the colloquium is designed to advance the cutting edge of scholarship on law and sexuality.

“The colloquium serves as both a platform for existing leaders in the field and as a venue for cultivating new talent,” said Hofstra Associate Professor of Law Elizabeth M. Glazer who along with Associate Professor of Law Holning Law serve as co-directors of the colloquium

The colloquium is an extension of Hofstra Law’s established commitment to furthering the human rights of sexual minorities.  In 2002, Hofstra developed an unprecedented fellowship program for law students dedicated to furthering lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights.  Fellows receive tuition assistance and summer stipends totaling up to $75,000 per person. 

Together, the fellowship program and the colloquium make Hofstra Law School a unique and exciting place to study how the law constructs and regulates sexuality.

The schedule of speakers follows:

Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Darren Rosenblum
Associate Professor of Law, Pace Law School
“Unsex CEDAW”

Wednesday, January 28, 2009
Suzanne Goldberg
Clinical Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
“Categorical Instability: Identity-Based Discrimination and the Adjudication Constraint”

Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Marc Poirier
Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School
“The Standardization of Legal Kinship Forms: What Numerus Clausus Theory May (or May Not) Have to Offer the Civil Union / Same-Sex Marriage Controversy”

Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Darren Hutchinson
Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
“Sexuality, Politics, and Doctrinal Evolution”

Monday, March 9, 2009
Dean Spade
Assistant Professor of Law, Seattle University School of Law
“Discrimination, Recognition, and the Politics of Impossibility”

Monday, March 23, 2009
Kees Waaldijk
Senior Lecturer, Meijers Graduate School of Legal Studies, Leiden University
“Methods for Comparative Research on Sexual Orientation Law”

Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Catherine Smith
Associate Professor, University of Denver Sturm College of Law
“Straight Scrutiny”

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