Keynote Speaker: Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI)
Now that the issue of marriage equality has been definitively settled, not only in Rhode Island but nationwide, some believe that the fight for LGBTQ equality rights has been fought and won. However, there remain several legal challenges facing the LGBTQ community, including challenges in the areas of family law, trusts and estates law, housing, employment, education and other civil rights discrimination, and the rights of transgender individuals.
Local practitioners and legal scholars will convene to examine these challenges from a Rhode Island and a federal perspective, and demonstrate that the fight for basic legal protections to prevent discrimination against LGBTQ individuals is far from over. Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI), who recently co-sponsored and introduced a federal LGBT rights bill (the “Equality Act”) that would explicitly ban anti-LGBT discrimination in all areas of civil rights law, will deliver the symposium’s keynote address.
Symposium Planning Committee: Patrick Smock ’06, Christopher Gerlica'12, Erin Delancey'16, D. Thomas Peterson’16, Joshua Savelkoul'16, Alexandria Richard'17, Nicholas Sung'17, Deborah L. Johnson, Esq. and Chelsie Horne, CMP
Check back for the symposium agenda and registration details. Symposium questions may be emailed to the Office of Programs & Events at firstname.lastname@example.org