OUTLaw Conference Explores New Frontiers, Honors Awardees


OUTLaw, Washington University’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and allies organization, recently hosted its ninth annual Midwest LGBTQ Law Conference, drawing faculty, students, staff, and alumni from law schools across the country. Organized around the theme of New Frontiers in LGBTQ Law, the conference addressed cutting-edge topics ranging from LGBT Client Voices in Immigration, Asylum, & Incarceration, to LGBT Family Law & Estate Planning, Post-DOMA LGBT Rights, and LGBT Rights as International Human Rights.

Opening remarks were delivered by Karen Tokarz, the Charles Nagel Professor of Public Interest Law & Public Service, and Adrienne Davis, the William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law and vice provost. The keynote address was delivered by Stephen H. Legomsky, the John S. Lehmann University Professor and former chief counsel for United States Citizenship and Immigration Services. Susan Appleton, vice dean and the Lemma Barkeloo & Phoebe Couzins Professor of Law, and Leila Nadya Sadat, the Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law and director of the Whitney R. Harris World Law Institute, also spoke.

Other distinguished conference speakers included:

  • A.J. Bockelman, Executive Director, PROMO
  • Mike Colona, State Representative, District 67, Missouri House of Representatives
  • Clem Lee, Staff Attorney, Immigration Equality, NY
  • Kim Allen Murray, Managing Attorney, Immigration Project, Legal Services of Eastern Missouri
  • Scott Sifton, State Senator, District 1, Missouri State Senate and Attorney, Husch Blackwell
  • Arlene Zarembka, Law office of Arlene Zarembka

The keynote program concluded with the presentation of awards:

  • Hon. Lawrence E. Mooney of the Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, OUTLaw President's Award
  • Robert J. Kestelik, JD ’97, attorney at Mattel, Inc.
  • Elizabeth J. Schlesinger, JD ’08, associate at Lewis, Rice & Fingersh

The conference closed with a special networking reception, which also served as a kick-off celebration for the Student Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Week. The conference was co-sponsored by the Career Services Office, Student Bar Association, American Constitution Society, Law and Social Work Society, Immigration Law Society, Black Law Students Association, Women’s Law Caucus, The Charles F. Knight Education and Conference Center, Greensfelder Attorneys at Law, Husch Blackwell, Lewis, Rice & Fingersh, and Stinson Leonard Street. Plans are already in the works for next year’s 10th annual Midwest LGBTQ law Conference and SBA Diversity & Inclusion Week.

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Brent Mueller, Spring 2014