Transgender Lives and the Law: Contemporary Legal & Policy Battles

A symposium presented by OutLaw at UCI Law in collaboration with the Orange County Lavender Bar Association

Friday, March 23 & Saturday, March 24, 2018
EDU 1111, UC Irvine School of Law (map)


About the Symposium

Transgender people are facing legal challenges in the United States. In recent years, private lives have been held up for legislative scrutiny, even as long-fought battles for basic protections have seen some success. Transgender people in different parts of the country experience wildly disparate legal treatment: contrast North Carolina’s HB2 and the Trump administration’s attempted ban on transgender people from serving in the military with Obama-era federal guidelines on the use of bathrooms in schools and California’s new Gender Recognition Bill. While large swaths of the country aim to marginalize their transgender residents, other states are increasing legal services and protections. Advocates have responded by deploying a wide range of legal and non-legal strategies.

OutLaw will highlight and explore these fights in a collaborative symposium. We will bring together academics, organizers, and community members to address both theoretical and practical concerns about legal issues facing transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people. Symposium sessions will cover a variety of topics, including education, employment, immigration, healthcare, non-binary frontiers, identification documents, public accommodations, and the prison industrial complex. The symposium will expose participants to a diversity of perspectives on these legal issues, emphasizing intersectionality and collaboration. Together we will examine the challenges and possibilities facing those in Southern California and across the nation, now and in coming years.

Keynote Speakers

Judge Victoria Kolakowski

Kylar W. Broadus

Symposium Agenda

(Schedule and speakers subject to change)

Friday, March 23

8:00 – 8:30      


8:30 – 8:45      

Welcome and Opening Remarks by OutLaw President and Symposium Chair

8:45 – 10:15

Title: Policing & Incarceration

Moderator: Helen Boyer

Panelists: Song Richardson, Tasha Hill, Laura Kanter

10:15 – 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 – 12:00

Title: Identity Documents

Moderator: Zackory Burns

Panelists: Dannie Ceseña, Stephen Hicklin, Jordan Aiken, Zackory Burns

12:00 – 1:30


1:30 – 3:15

Title: Immigration

Moderator: Jules Gaffney

Panelists: Karina A. Gutierrez, Eden Silva Jequinto, Keren Zwick, Roberto Herrera, Luis Fernando Gómez

3:15 – 4:45      

Title: Healthcare

Moderator: Avery Kunstler

Panelists: Michele Goodwin, M. Dru Levasseur, Lynn Hunt, Jordan Aiken


Brief Recap of Day 1

Saturday, March 24

8:00 – 8:30


8:30 – 9:15

Welcome and Keynote Speaker: Kylar W. Broadus

9:15 – 10:45

Title: Education

Moderator: Shirley Diaz

Panelists: Christian Arroyo, Mark Rosenbaum, Jay Austin, Elvira Diaz

10:45 – 11:00

Coffee break

11:00 – 12:30

Title: Employment

Moderator: Brandon White

Panelists: Angela P. Harris, Bennett Kaspar, Stephen Hicklin, Dannie Ceseña

12:30 – 1:30

Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Honorable Victoria Kolakowski

1:30 – 3:00

Title: Non-binary Persons and the Law

Moderator: Caspian Nash

Panelists: Dru Levasseur, Madin Lopez, Roberto Herrera, Caspian Nash


Title: Closing Remarks – Where to go from here?

Speaker: Dannie Ceseña

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To request reasonable accommodations for a disability, please contact UC Irvine School of Law at (949) 824-0066

Free to attend. RSVP encouraged. CLE credit available through the OC Lavender Bar Association