Past Events

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35th Anniversary Colloquium:  A Retrospective and a Way Forward: LGBTQ Rights and Activism at HLS and Beyond

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October 18, 2013

Lambda joined the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender to celebrate the 35th anniversary 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.


The Inaugural LGBTQ Conference at Harvard

February 1-2, 2013

For the first time ever, LGBTQ groups across Harvard’s graduate schools came together to explore, share and develop ideas and strategies for critical issues LGBTQ communities face. Bringing together leaders from across disciplines and walks of life – including Ash Beckham, Kristin Beck, Kenji Yoshino, and Cailtlin Cahow – the Inaugural LGBTQ Conference at Harvard explored what’s next for the movement and created a promising new tradition for our community. Check out more details about the memorable weekend and about the upcoming 2015 LGBTQ Conference at Harvard at


Lambda Spring Conference 2014: Marginalization and Mobilization in LGBTQ Communities

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March 7, 2014

Our 9th annual Harvard Lambda Legal Advocacy conference explored issues affecting marginalized groups within the LGBTQ community. Featuring a TED-X-style speaker series, the conference brought together a diverse mosaic of lawyers, scholars, activists, and multi-disciplinary experts to exchange ideas on building a more inclusive LGBT rights movement. Visit our Spring 2014 conference page to find out more.



Using the Constitution to Litigate on the Rights of LGBTI Persons: A Case Study of Uganda: A Talk by Ugandan Lawyer and Advocate Adrian Jjuuko 

September 19, 2013

Mr. Jjuuko is a Ugandan human rights lawyer and advocate. He is the Executive Director of Human Rights Awareness and Promotion Forum (HRAPF), a human rights NGO providing legal aid services to LGBTI, sex workers and other marginalized groups in Uganda. He has been instrumental in bringing cases challenging the constitutionality of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill, and is the petitioner in a challenge to a provision of the Equal Opportunities Commission Act denying LGBTI persons, sex workers and other minorities access to the Equal Opportunities Commission. Co-sponsored with the Human Rights Project.


Transgender Rights Impact Litigation

February 13, 2014

Zack Paakkonen, an attorney from Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, spoke about impact litigation focusing on transgender rights. Mr. Paakkonen joined GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project in 2013 after several years of advocating for the rights of the LGBTQ community through private practice in Maine. He specializes in representing LGBTQ clients in matters of family law, discrimination in school and employment, and within the penal system. This session also briefly discussed efforts to have HLS convert some restrooms on campus to gender-neutral bathrooms.


Global Dispatches: LGBTQ Updates and Activism Around the World

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February 24, 2014

HLS Lambda and LL.M. candidates from the class of 2014 led a lunch talk on LGBTQ updates and activism war stories from around the world. The lunch provided students, advocates, and interested members of the Harvard community an opportunity to hear directly from international students who have been on the trenches on the LGBTQ battles being waged on the foreign front, including litigation on India’s Sodomy Law; Hong Kong’s transgender marriage case; recent developments in UK jurisprudence and legislation on discrimination and equality; Intersex activism in Israel; LGBTQ activism in Georgia and “Corrective Rape” in South Africa.


“Toilet Training” Screening and Discussion with Gabriel Arkles

March 26, 2014

Lambda welcomed Professor and trans*-rights activist Gabriel Arkles for a screening of “Toilet Training,” a Sylvia Rivera Law Project documentary about the vital import of gender-inclusive bathrooms. The film addressed the persistent discrimination, harassment, and violence that people who are perceived to transgress gender norms face in gender-segregated bathrooms. It focused on bathroom access in public spaces, in schools, and at work.


“Out in the Workplace” Panel

April 2, 2014

A panel of attorneys provided insights about their experiences being out at work and answered questions from the audience. Panelists included Brent Byars, HLS ’09 (Cravath, Swaine & Moore), Lisa Lofdahl, HLS ’99 (Sullivan & Cromwell), and Jamie Hoag (Deputy Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Mayor Deval Patrick).



Provincetown Retreat

September 20-22, 2013

Every year, Lambda escapes from the fast-paced excitement at HLS to go to Provincetown: the Massachusetts equivalent of Fire Island. As a 2L/3L, it’s an expenses-paid get-out-of-Cambridge weekend with other Lambda members, and for 1Ls, it’s a great opportunity to get out of Cambridge, hang out with other 1Ls, and get to know the rest of Lambda.

Desserts at Professor Bordone’s House

October 5, 2013

Professor Bob Bordone, the Thaddeus R. Beal Clinical Professor of Law, Director of the Harvard Negotiation and Mediation Clinic, and one of our illustrious faculty sponsors, generously hosted a welcome dessert night at his home in Cambridge.

OutLaw Dance: Masqueerade

October 19, 2013

The Outlaw dance – Lambda’s biggest social event, and one of the largest LGBTQ events in Boston – was a resounding success this year, drawing in hundreds of people for a night of dance, fun, and community.

“HoliGay” Party

December 5, 2014

Lambda celebrated the end of the fall semester with a little merriment and some great company at its annual “HoliGay” Party.”




HLS Lambda Statement on Scott Lively’s Recent Appearance at Harvard Law School (March 13, 2013)