Law & The Modern Family

UCI Talks Sex and Gender Colloquium

April 20, 2017
12:00 – 1:15 p.m.
Law 3500

The UCI Talks Sex and Gender Colloquium Series unpacks critical and urgent conversations at the intersections of gender, sex, sexuality, law, and society. In its final event of the year, it looks at the modern family and all of its hopeful, stressful, and complicated forms. Today's modern family is not defined by the 1950s television nuclear family model with assigned gender roles. Rather, the modern family is largely defined by divorce, blended families, single parenting, military families with both sexes deployed, and families built through technology. Yet, families are blended not only by second marriages, but also by race, same-sex, religion and international statuses. Today this means more interracial and same-sex couples are married in the U.S. than ever before. However, with breaking barriers, modern families also confront push back and backlash. Some states seek to ban gay parents from adopting. Modern families are policed for their immigrant and legal statuses, and domestic violence remains a vibrant issue. This colloquium offers probing insights into these important issues.


  • Michele Goodwin

    Chancellor's Professor of Law
    Director, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
    UC Irvine School of Law

  • Tamara Austin

    Senior Student Affairs, Gender Education
    UC Irvine
  • Catherine Bolzendahl

    Assistant Professor of Sociology
    UC Irvine School of Social Sciences
  • Julie Marzouk

    Assistant Professor, Clinical Faculty
    Chapman University Dale E. Fowler School of Law
  • Judge Lynne Riddle

    Senior Distinguished Fellow, Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy
    UC Irvine School of Law
  • Pacifico Soldati

    Class of 2019
    UC Irvine School of Law