35th Anniversary Colloquium

35th Anniversary Colloquium

A Retrospective and a Way Forward: LGBT Rights and Activism at HLS and Beyond
October 18, 2013

The 35th Anniversary Colloquium, co-hosted with JLG, celebrated 35 years of an LGBTQ student group at HLS. Events included a conversation by alumni from the ’80s, ’90s, and ’00s to discuss the changing experience of LGBTQ activism at HLS, including the founder of COGLI (Lambda’s predecessor organization) panels; discussions by leading experts from across the country on where the LGBTQ rights movement has come and what it still has left to do; and dinner with a keynote address by Roberta Kaplan, counsel for Edie Windsor in the landmark case Windsor v. United States, in which the US Supreme Court held § 3 of DOMA unconstitutional.


Opening Remarks
  • Martha Minow (moderator), Dean and Jeremiah Smith, Jr. Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Panel 1: LGBTQ at HLS: A Three-Decade Reunion
  • Prof. Jose Gomez, ’81, Professor, Evergreen University
  • Prof. Bradley Sears, ’95, Director, Williams Institute at UCLA Law
  • Amanda Goad, ’05, ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project
Panel 2: Marriage Equality: What We’ve Achieved
  • Prof. Jeannie Suk, Harvard Law School (moderator)
  • James Esseks, Director, ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project
  • Paul Smith, Partner, Jenner & Block (argued Lawrence v. Texas)
  • Prof. Laurence Tribe, Harvard Law School (argued Bowers v. Hardwick)
Panel 3: Future Challenges: Where We Go From Here
  • Janson Wu, GLAD (moderator)
  • Prof. Jennifer Levi, GLAD, Director, Transgender Rights Project
  • David Codell, Legal Director, Williams Institute at UCLA Law
  • Pat Brady, former Chairperson, the Illinois Republican Party, consulted for the ACLU on marriage equality in IL


  • Roberta Kaplan, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison (argued Windsor v. United States)