WashULaw Hosts 12th Annual Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference

Protecting and preserving the gains of the LGBTQ community was the focus of the 12th Annual Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference, hosted by OUTLaw, Washington University’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allies organization.

Highlights of the weekend included:

  • An awards ceremony honoring WashULaw’s OUTLaw founders Kim Blankenship, JD ’92, Jay Fisk, JD ’93, John Lapham, JD/MBA ’94, Julia Weber, AB’89, JD/MSW ’94, and Sheila Pont, JD/MSW ’94.
  • A keynote address by Chai Feldblum, Commissioner of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, who spoke on “Protecting LGBTQ+ Progress in Challenging Times.”
  • A panel discussion titled “Civil Rights at Risk” with Professors Susan Appleton, Adrienne Davis, Pauline Kim, Greg Magarian, and Karen Tokarz.
  • A presentation from Raffi Freedman-Gurspan, former outreach and recruitment director for presidential personnel and associate director for public engagement for President Barack Obama. She served as the White House’s LGBT community liaison.
  • A roundtable discussion of consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act with a panel that included Professors Sidney Watson and Fred Rottnek of Saint Louis University, and WashULaw’s Elizabeth Sepper.

The weekend also included a progressive advocacy coalition panel, a networking reception, and a workshop on legal name changes and document updating.