Past Events

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Lambda Kickoff Dinner

September 12, 2013

Come join HLS Lambda as it starts the year with dinner and drinks, and learn how to get involved!  Join us directly afterwards at the Queen’s Head Pub for a chance to mingle with other LGBTQ and allied students at HLS.

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.

Provincetown Retreat

September 20-22, 2013

Every year, Lambda escapes from the non-stop hecticness of HLS to go to Provincetown: the Fire Island equivalent of Boston/Massachusetts.  It’s a great time where we can hang out at a bed and breakfast, check out the stores, and read on the patio.  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 upperclassmen better.

Desserts at Professor Bordone’s House

October 5, 2013

Save the date! 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, has generously offered to host a welcome dessert night at his home in Cambridge.  Please join Lambda for an evening of good food and good company.  Stay tuned for details.

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

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October 18, 2013

Come celebrate the 35th anniversary of an LGBTQ student group at HLS with Lambda and the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender!  Events include a conversation by alumni from the 80s, 90s, and 00′s to discuss the changing experience of being LGBTQ at HLS including the founder of COGLI–Lambda’s predecessor organization, panels with leading experts from across the country on what the LGBTQ-rights movement has achieved and 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 DOMA unconstitutional.

OutLaw Dance

October 19, 2013

Mark your calendars for Lambda’s biggest social event, and one of the largest LGBTQ events in Boston!  Enjoy a night of dance, food, and drink at the Sheraton Commander–just across the Cambridge Commons.

“HoliGay” Party

December 5, 2014

Join Lambda for its final social gathering of the semester: our annual “HoliGay” Party! Celebrate the conclusion of the fall semester with a little merriment and great company. Light fare and drinks provided.

Ice Skating @ Frog Pond

Jan. 20, 2014

Spend part of your day off by joining HLS Lambda for a Boston winter tradition: ice skating at Frog Pond. Lambda will cover the costs of ice skate rental.

Utah Marriage Equality Lunch Discussion

Jan. 21, 2014

Join Lambda and members of the Law and Social Change program of study for a student-led discussion regarding the recent same-sex marriage developments in Utah. Lunch provided!

Lambda Pub Crawl

Jan. 25, 2014

Join Lambda in a last hurrah before the new semester starts with a pub crawl! Further details and a pub itinerary forthcoming.

General Body Meeting

Jan. 29, 2014

Lambda’s first general body meeting of the new semester will be held on January 29. Dinner will be provided, and we will be discussing the upcoming events we have planned for this semester.

Pan-Harvard LGBTQ Conference

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February 1-2 

The inaugural Pan-Harvard LGBTQ Conference will be held February 1-2, 2014. This promises to be a memorable weekend, with confirmed speakers thus far including Kristin Beck, Kenji Yoshino, Caitlin Cahow, and many others. Check out the lineup and activities at

Transgender Rights Impact Litigation

Feb. 13, 2014

Zack Paakkonen, an attorney from Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, will speak 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. His full biography can be found at This session will also briefly discuss efforts to have HLS convert some restrooms on campus to gender neutral bathrooms. Non-pizza lunch will be provided.

Cosponsored with ACLU and the WLA.

Lambda Game Night with Prof. Glenn Cohen

February 15, 2014

Join Lambda for a night of merriment, food, and drinks at the home of faculty sponsor Glenn Cohen! The evening, which more likely than not will include Cards Against Humanity in addition to other fun options, is one you will not want to miss!

Pride @ Milbank Lambda Reception

February 18, 2014

Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy, LLP, would like to invite all Lambda members to a special reception just for Lambda members. All members, not just 1L’s, are invited to drop by! The reservation is under “Milbank – Craig Gibson” and dress is casual..

Global Dispatches: LGBTQ Updates and Activism Around the World

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February 24, 2014

Join HLS Lambda and LL.M. candidates from the class of 2014 for a lunch talk on LGBTQ updates and activism war stories from around the world. The lunch aims to provide students, advocates, and interested members of the Harvard community an opportunity to hear directly from international students regarding the ongoing efforts to ensure the health, dignity, security and justice for members of the LGBTQ community around the world. Hear perspectives on the LGBTQ battles being waged on foreign fronts directly from those who’ve been in the trenches: 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.

Lesbians of Color Symposium

March 1, 2014

HLS Lambda is proud to co-sponsor the third annual Lesbians of Color Symposium with the Lesbians of Color Symposium Collective, Inc. The day’s agenda features a wealth of invigorating panels and breakout sessions. All Lambda members who attend are eligible for ticket reimbursement fromLambda. To register and find more information, please visit!2014-locs-registration/c17j2.

Lambda Spring Conference 2014

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March 7, 2014

Visit our conference page here.

“Toilet Training” Screening and Discussion with Gabriel Arkles

March 26, 2014

Join 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 30-minute film addresses the persistent discrimination, harassment, and violence that people who transgress gender norms face in gender-segregated bathrooms. It focuses on bathroom access in public space, in schools, and at work. A discussion will follow the presentation. Lunch will be provided.

Weil Gotshal Lambda 1L Dinner and Cocktails

March 26, 2014

Grafton Street, 1230 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge

“Out in the Workplace” Panel

April 2, 2014

A panel of attorneys will provide insights about their experiences being out at work and answer questions from the audience. Confirmed panelists thus far include Brent Byars, HLS ’09 (Cravath, Swaine & Moore), Lisa Lofdahl, HLS ’99 (Sullivan & Cromwell), and Jamie Hoag (Deputy Legal Counsel to Massachusetts Mayor Deval Patrick). Lunch will be served!