Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference


11th Annual Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference | Rights Beyond Borders

Washington University School of Law | St. Louis, Missouri

Friday, February 19, & Saturday, February 20, 2016

Up to 6.0 Free Missouri CLEs

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Join law students, faculty, practitioners, and community members from the greater Midwest at Washington University School of Law in St. Louis to discuss contemporary social, political, and legal issues facing the LGBTQ community around the world.

The Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference is free, open to members of the public, and provides Missouri CLEs. We also feature an employer networking reception on Friday, February 19, at 5:00 PM in the Crowder Courtyard at Washington University Law.

Employers interested in participating in the employer networking reception on Friday, February 19, should register for the conference below and indicate their attendance at the reception.


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Friday, February 19, 2016

Dr. Frank Mugisha | Executive Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda | Nobel Peace Prize Nominee and Recipient of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dane Lewis | Executive Director, Jamaica Forum for Lesbians, All-Sexuals and Gays (J-FLAG) | Co-Chair, Caribbean Forum for Liberation and Acceptance of Genders and Sexualities


Pooja Gehi | Executive Director, National Lawyer’s Guild | Former Director of Immigrant Justice, Sylvia Rivera Law Project 

Clement Lee | Staff Attorney, Detention Program, Immigration Equality

Estrella Sánchez | Activist, Trans Latina Coalition

Dredge Byung’chu Kang | Post Doctoral Fellow in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Washington University in St. Louis

Bob Kestelik | Director of International Legal Affairs, Mattel, Inc.

Morgan Hazelton | Assistant Professor of Political Science, Saint Louis University


Friday, February 19, 2016

All Events on the Third Floor of Anheuser-Busch Hall (the Law School)
Free Parking On Campus in Yellow Zones After 5 PM | MetroLink: U. City-Big Bend.

Registration | 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks | 3:00 pm – 3:15 pm

Keynote Speaker | Dr. Frank Mugisha | 3:15 pm – 5:00 pm
Building Hope and Moving Forward in Uganda
Sponsored by Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, Public Interest Law & Policy Speaker Series

Networking Reception | 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sponsored by Thompson Coburn

 *** Dinner Break (On Your Own) ***

Night Out in The Grove, St. Louis’ LGBTQ District | 9:00 pm
Erne’s 32º, 4200 Manchester Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63110
Sponsored by Edward H. Rasp III, Class of 2007

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Saturday Speaker Series Sponsored by Armstrong Teasdale
All Events in the Danforth University Center (DUC)
Free Parking On Campus in Yellow Zones All Day | MetroLink: U. City-Big Bend

Registration and Breakfast | 9:00 am – 10:00 am
Sponsored by DUC Presents

Welcome and Opening Remarks | 10:00 am – 10:10 am

Pooja Gehi, Clement Lee, & Estrella Sánchez | 10:10 am – 11:15 am
Making Immigration Inclusive in the United States: Personal Journeys and Legal Battles

*** Mid-Morning Break ***

Keynote Speaker | Dane Lewis | 11:30 am – 12:35 pm
Toward an Appreciation for Sexual and Gender Diversity in the Caribbean

Awards Presentation | 12:35 pm – 12:50 pm
John DeGregorio | Class of 1988 | Distinguished Alumni
Stephen H. Legomsky | John S. Lehmann University Prof. Emeritus | President’s Award
Jeffrey Mittman | Executive Director, ACLU of Missouri | Champion for Equality

Lunch and Breakout Sessions | 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Breakout #1: Pooja Gehi | Understanding the LGBTQ Movement’s Place in the Progressive Coalition
Breakout #2: Bob Kestelik | The Globalization of LGBTQ Issues in the Employment Realm: A Practitioner’s Perspective
Breakout #3: Morgan Hazelton | The Unexpected Scalia Vacancy and the Fight for Equality in U.S. Courts
Sponsored by Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale

Dredge Byung’chu Kang | 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm
Trans Identity and the Limits of Citizenship in Thailand

Closing Remarks | 3:10 pm – 3:20 pm

Night Out in The Grove, St. Louis’ LGBTQ District | 8:30 pm
Rehab Bar & Grill, 4054 Chouteau Ave., St. Louis, Missouri, 63110


Thompson Coburn

Armstrong Teasdale

Husch Blackwell

Lewis Rice

Capes Sokol

Edward H. Rasp III

Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute 

Charles and Bunny Burson Student Activities Fund

Washington University Law Public Interest Law and Policy Speaker Series

Washington University Center for Diversity and Inclusion

Washington University Law Center for Career Development

Washington University Law Student Bar Association

+PLUS (People Like Us)

Washington University Pride Alliance

Washington University Law American Constitution Society

Saint Louis University Law OUTLaws



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