Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference


10th Annual Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference | After Marriage Equality

Washington University School of Law | St. Louis, Missouri

Friday, February 20 & Saturday, February 21, 2015


Thank you to our speakers, sponsors, and participants for making 2015 the best conference yet. Videos of both days are available further down on this page. Make sure to Like us on Facebook and Follow us on Twitter to get updates about the 2016 Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference.


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Registration for the 2015 Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference is closed. Thank you to all who registered. We look forward to seeing you at Washington University School of Law on Friday, February 20 and Saturday, February 21. Email us at outlaw@wulaw.wustl.edu if you were unable to register but are interested in attending the conference.


The Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference is an annual gathering of students, faculty, practitioners, and community members from the Midwest at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law.

Our goals are to present a diverse array of speakers from inside and outside the traditional legal community and facilitate real discussion about the status of LGBTQ rights.

The conference is free, open to members of the public, and provides five free MCLE credits.



All events will take place in Anheuser-Busch (AB) Hall unless otherwise indicated.

Friday, February 20, 2015

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | AB 310:  Conference Registration

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. | AB 310:  Professor Laurence R. Helfer, Duke University School of Law | LGBT Rights in International and Comparative Law: Progress and Contestation

Sponsored by Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C., Washington University Law Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series, and Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute

4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. | AB Crowder Courtyard: Networking and Welcome Reception & Awards Ceremony | Honoring Edward H. Rasp III, Class of 2007 and Conference Founder, and Professor Adrienne Davis, William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law and Vice Provost of the University

Sponsored by Thompson Coburn LLP

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Saturday Speakers Sponsored by Bryan Cave LLP

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. | AB 305: Conference Registration

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. | AB 305: Chase Strangio | Staff Attorney | American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) LGBT & Aids Project

11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. | AB 305: Marc Solomon | National Campaign Director | Freedom to Marry | Where Do We Go From Here? Lessons From the Marriage Battles

12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. | AB Crowder Courtyard: Lunch (Provided) & Book Signing | Winning Marriage: The Inside Story of How Same-Sex Couples Took on the Politicians and Pundits – and Won | Marc Solomon

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. | AB 305: Carmen Berkley | Civil, Women, and Human Rights Director | American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) | Dreaming Together

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. | AB 305: Ilona Turner | Legal Director | Transgender Law Center

8:00 p.m. | Erney’s 32° – 4200 Manchester Avenue: Night Out in the Grove

Sponsored by Edward Rasp


Platinum Sponsors

Charles and Bunny Burson Student Activities Fund

Student Bar Association

Thompson Coburn LLP

Bryan Cave LLP

Edward H. Rasp III

Gold Sponsors

Sandberg Phoenix & Von Gontard P.C.

Silver Sponsors

Armstrong Teasdale LLP

Husch Blackwell LLP

Representative Mike Colona

Bronze Sponsors

Capes Sokol Goodman Sarachan P.C.

Stinson Leonard Street LLP

Shulenburger Law Firm P.C.

Career Services Office

John De Gregorio

Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute

Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series


Greensfelder Hemker & Gale P.C.

Professor Karen Tokarz

Professor Russell K. Osgood

Professor Adrienne Davis

American Constitution Society

Saint Louis University Law OUTLaws

University of Missouri Law Lambda Legal Society

Washington University Center for Diversity and Inclusion


  • Friday Speakers: [link]
  • Saturday Speakers: [link]


  • Hotels and Travel Information: [link]
  • Campus Parking: [link]
  • Public Transportation: [link]
  • Gender Inclusive Bathroom Map: [link]



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2015-2016 Officers

Brigid Hurn-Maloney | b.hurn-maloney@wustl.edu
Kevin Flannery | kevin.flannery@wustl.edu

Jae Ryu | jae.ryu@wustl.edu

Jesse Deggendorf | jdoggen@wustl.edu