2012 Symposium Participants

Review of Law & Social Change is honored to host:

David Boies of Boies, Schiller and Flexner LLP.  Mr. Boies is widely recognized as one of then nation’s premier trial lawyers.  He graduated magna cum laude from Yale Law School and received an LL.M. from New York University School of Law.  In 2000, Mr. Boies served as lead counsel for former Vice President Al Gore in Bush v. Gore.

Theodore B. Olson of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher.  Mr. Olson is a preeminent appellate advocate and former Solicitor General of the United States.  He has argued several cases in front of the Supreme Court, including Citizens United and Bush v. Gore, where he represented former President Bush.  Mr. Olson graduated from the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall), where he was a member of Order of the Coif.

In 2011, Mr. Boies and Mr. Olson received the ABA Medal, the highest honor from the American Bar Association.

Rachel Maddow, Host of “The Rachel Maddow Show” on MSNBC.  Ms. Maddow is a political commentator, television host, and author who has received numerous awards for her work.  She received a B.A. in public policy from Stanford University and a doctorate in political science from Oxford University, which she attended on a Rhodes Scholarship.

Reva Siegel, Nicholas deB. Katzenbach Professor of Law, Yale Law School.  Professor Siegel is a constitutional law scholar who draws on legal history to explore questions of law and inequality.  She is currently writing on the role of social movement conflict in guiding constitutional change.

Andrea J. Ritchie, Co-Coordinator of Streetwise and Safe.  Ms. Ritchie is a police misconduct attorney and organizer in New York City.  She co-coordinates Streetwise and Safe (SAS), a multi-strategy initiative for LGBTQ youth.  She is also co-author of Queer (In)Justice: The Criminalization of LGBT People in the United States.

Adam Umhoefer,  Executive Director of the American Foundation for Equal Rights. Prior to joining AFER, Umhoefer worked on President Obama’s 2008 campaign and as a public relations and strategic philanthropy consultant for nonprofits at Andy Spahn & Associates, Inc. In 2011, Umhoefer was named by The Advocate magazine as one of its top “Forty Under 40.”

Evan Wolfson, Founder and Director of Freedom to Marry.  Before launching Freedom to Marry in 2003, Mr. Wolfson litigated important LGBT rights cases at Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.

Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University School of Law.  Professor Yoshino is a specialist in constitutional law, antidiscrimination law, and law and literature.  He is the author of Covering: The Hidden Assault on Our Civil Rights.

Matt Coles, Director, The Center for Equality, ACLU.  From 1995 until 2010, Mr. Coles was director of the ACLU’s LGBT Project.  Mr. Coles served as counsel in Romer v. Evans and counsel for amici in Lawrence v. Texas.

Jon W. Davidson, Legal Director, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.  Mr. Davidson is responsible for strategically guiding the work of Lambda Legal, the nation’s oldest and largest LGBT legal rights organization.  In 2010, the National LGBT Bar Association honored Mr. Davidson with the Dan Bradley Award, its highest honor.

Jennifer C. Pizer, Senior Counsel & Director, Project on Law & Policy, Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund.  Ms. Pizer formerly was Senior Counsel and the National Marriage Project Director at Lamdba Legal.  She has recently return to Lambda as Senior Counsel and Director of the Project on Law & Policy.  Ms. Pizer is a graduate of NYU School of Law, where she was an Arthur Garfield Hays Civil Liberties Fellow and member of the Review of Law & Social Change.

Paul M. Smith, Partner, Jenner & Block.  Mr. Smith is one of the nation’s leading appellate litigators.  He successfully argued Lawrence v. Texas in 2003.  Mr. Smith is a member of the Board of Directors for Lambda Legal and was previously Co-Chair of that organization.

Roberta A. Kaplan, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP.  In 2006, Ms. Kaplan argued Hernandez v. Robles, the case challenging the inability of same-sex couples to marry in New York before the New York Court of Appeals.  She is currently involved in litigation challenging the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act.

Erwin Chemerinsky, Founding Dean, University of California, Irvine School of Law.  Dean Chemerinsky is an expert on constitutional law and civil rights.  Previously, he taught at Duke Law School and the University of Southern California School of Law.

David Cruz, Professor of Law at University of Southern California Gould School of Law.  Professor Cruz is a constitutional law expert focusing on civil rights.  He is a 1994 graduate of NYU School of Law.

William Eskridge, Jr.John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School.  Professor Eskridge has published widely on the rights of sexual and gender minorities.  His most recent book is Gay Marriage: For Better or For Worse?, co-authored with Darren Spedale.

Melissa Murray, Professor of Law at University of California, Berkeley School of Law.  Professor Murray is an expert in family law and the criminal regulation of family life.  Her article, “Marriage as Punishment,” won the Association of American Law Schools’ 2010-2011 Scholarly Papers Competition.

Therese Stewart, Chief Deputy Attorney, City & County of San Francisco.  In 2004, Stewart defended San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom’s order authorizing almost 4,000 same-sex unions at City Hall.  Before joining the San Francisco City Attorney’s office, Ms. Stewart was a partner at Howard, Rice, Nemerovski, Canady, Falk & Rabkin.