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Internationally Recognized Legal Scholars to Discuss Privacy, Equality and the Law After Lawrence v. Texas
Symposia set for November 7
November 3, 2003
In June, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down — on constitutional privacy grounds — a Texas law that made same-sex sexual conduct a crime. The decision in Lawrence v. Texas has generated debates on the future of lesbian and gay rights, re-igniting decades-old legal and cultural battles over the constitutional roles of privacy and equality in America.
On November 7, 2003, nationally and internationally known constitutional law scholars will participate in one of the most comprehensive symposia exploring the issues surrounding Lawrence v. Texas. “Equality, Privacy, and Lesbian and Gay Rights After Lawrence v. Texas” will be held at The Ohio State University’s Moritz College of Law, 55 West 12th Avenue.
Participants at the symposium will discuss the case’s constitutional privacy and equality implications, as well as its significance in the area of lesbian and gay rights.
Professor Cass R. Sunstein, the Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor of Jurisprudence at the University of Chicago Law School, and Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon, the Elizabeth A. Long Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School and Long-Term Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School, will give in-depth presentations to open and close the event.
A series of panel discussions, focusing on different aspects of the Supreme Court’s Lawrence opinions, will take place throughout the day.
Panelists are: Professors Mary Becker, DePaul University School of Law; Martha A. Fineman, Emory University School of Law; Edward B. Foley, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; Lino Graglia, University of Texas Law School; Berta Hernández-Truyol, University of Florida Levin College of Law; Christopher Kendall, Murdoch University (Australia) School of Law; Andrew Koppelman, Northwestern University School of Law; L. Michael Seidman, Georgetown University Law Center; Marc Spindelman, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law; and Francisco Valdes, University of Miami School of Law.
Moritz College of Law Dean Nancy Rogers invites the public to attend. “This symposium brings together outstanding constitutional law scholars from around the world. This is a great opportunity to debate issues raised by the Supreme Court's ruling and to address emerging issues in legal theory and practice.”
The symposium is sponsored by the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University, The Center for Law, Policy, and Social Science, and the Ohio State Law Journal. Conference proceedings will be broadcast on the World Wide Web. For registration information, contact Patrick Brodhead, symposium editor, at (614) 292-5589 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since 1891, the Moritz College of Law has played a leading role in the legal profession through countless contributions made by alumni and faculty. Graduates of the school reside in all 50 states and 20 other countries and include justices of the Ohio Supreme Court, current and former U.S. Senators and Representatives, managing partners in law firms of all sizes, chief executive officers of Fortune 500 corporations, and attorneys with non-profit organizations and public interest law firms.