Beyond Marriage Equality Symposium

Oct 30 2015 12:30 pm
Fri, 10/30/2015 - 12:00pm
RWU Law | Bristol, Rhode Island

RWU Law Beyond Marriage Equality Symposium

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.


12:00 PM                 Registration

12:25 PM                 Welcome

12:30 – 1:30 PM        Legal Issues Post Obergefell

1:30 - 2:30 PM          Transgender Legal Issues - Overview 

2:30 – 3:00 PM          Networking Break

3:00 – 4:00 PM          Transgender Legal Issues - Practice   

4:00 - 5:00 PM          Keynote: Congressman David Cicilline                                                            

         RWU Law Beyond Marriage Equality
The keynote will focus on the Congressman’s perspective of the status of LGBT rights and what can be done to continue striving for equality.

$25 per person includes all symposium sessions and 4.5 Rhode Island MCLE credits with zero legal ethics credits.
Symposium Registration Here.

Judiciary, RWU Law Class of 2015 alumni, RWU/RWU Law students and students at area colleges may attend the symposium complimentary but registration is required by October 29, 2015.
Symposium Student/Complimentary Registration Here.

Cancellation & Refund Policy
Symposium cancellations received by Friday, October 23, 2015 are eligible to receive a full refund less a $10 administrative fee. Cancellations received after the stated deadline will not be eligible for a refund. Cancellations are accepted via email at Refunds will be issued via check.

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 a detailed symposium agenda and registration details. Symposium questions may be emailed to the Office of Programs & Events at