January 22, 2009
Free Program at Touro: Transgender Law--Challenging the Boundaries of Law and Gender
Touro Law Center’s Journal of Race, Gender and Ethnicity presents
Transgender Law: Challenging the Boundaries of Law and Gender
Friday, February 20, 2009
8:30 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Registration for the event is FREE. To register, follow this link.
Co-Sponsored by LeGaL (the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Law Association of Greater New York) and the Long Island GLBT Community Center.
8:30 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:10 a.m. - 9:20 a.m.: Welcome Remarks
- Dean Lawrence Raful, Touro Law Center
9:20 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.: Session 1: Gender and Access to Justice
- Moderator: James G. Durham, Head of Public Services, Gould Law Library, Touro Law Center
- Immigration Law and the Transgender Client, Victoria Neilson, Esq., Legal Director, Immigration Equality
- Eight, Hate or too Late? Did California Transsexuals Survive the Proposition Eight Vote?, Katrina Rose, Esq., Doctoral Candidate, Department of History, University of Iowa
- Transgender Issues in Criminal Law: Finding a Place for Transgender Individuals in Prisons, Benish Shah, Esq., Associate, Stroock & Strook & Lavan, LLP
10:40 a.m. – 10:50am: Break
10:50 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.: Session 2: Gender as Legal Boundary
- Moderator: Mik Kinkead, Trangender Services Coordinator, Long Island GLBT Community Center
- From Sex-testing to the Stockholm Consensus: The Tenuous Lex Sportiva of the Transgender Athlete, Professor Shayna Sigman, Associate Professor of Law, Touro Law Center
- Transgender Access to Healthcare and the Role of Medicine in Transgender Civil Rights, Michael D. Silverman, Esq., Executive Director, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
- Transgender Name Changes and Legal Adjudications of Gender, Franklin Romeo, Esq., Staff Attorney, Sylvia Rivera Law Project
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.: Lunch
1:00 p.m. – 2:50 p.m.: Transgender Identity and Framing Transgender Equality
- Moderator: David Kilmnick, Phd, MSW, Chief Executive Officer, Long Island GLBT Community Center
- The Debate over GID Reform: How does it play out in the Courts?, Dru Levasseur, Esq., Staff Attorney, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund
- Rights to Gender Self-Determination as a Component of the Constitutional Right to Privacy, Dr. Jillian T. Weiss, Esq., Professor of Law and Society, Ramapo College
- Transitional Discrimination, Professor Elizabeth Glazer, Associate Professor of Law, Hofstra Law School
- Interlocking Systems of Oppression: Disability, Gender and Race in the Context of Transgender Legal Claims, Kyle Kirkup, Candidate for Baccalaureate of Law and Senior Editor of Ottawa Law Review, University of Ottawa
2:50 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Closing Remarks
- Professor Meredith R. Miller, Assistant Professor of Law, Touro Law Center
Nigerian Government Passes Law to Ban Same Sex Marriage
The vote of the Nigerian House of Representatives was unanimous: against same sex marriage. "Representatives said that both Islam and Christianity, the prominent religions in Nigeria, condemn homosexual acts." Nigerian MPs Vote to Ban "Immoral" Gay Marriages, pinknews.co.uk (Jan. 19, 2009).