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  Sep 21, 2014   |   Last update: August 4, 2014 @ 8:21 am

Kate Kendell: Windsor, Amendment 3, and the Future of the LGBT Fight for Justice and Equality

About the event:

12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m., Sutherland Moot Courtroom

Kate Kendell (’88), Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), will be speaking about the Supreme Court rulings on Prop 8 and DOMA, the recent federal court ruling that Utah’s Amendment 3 is unconstitutional, and the path ahead for marriage and other issues important to the LGBT community and our allies.

1 hour CLE. Lunch provided. Registration requested >>

This event is free and open to the public.

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Sponsored by the OUTlaws student organization

Kate Kendell leads the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a national legal organization committed to advancing the civil and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families through litigation, public policy advocacy, and public education.

Through direct litigation and advocacy, NCLR works to change discriminatory laws and to create new laws and policies benefiting the LGBT community.

Growing up Mormon in Utah, Kate learned about the complexities of religion and politics from an early age. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1988 and a few years practicing corporate law, she pursued her real love—civil rights advocacy—and became the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. There she directly litigated many high-profile cases focusing on all aspects of civil liberties, including reproductive rights, prisoners’ rights, free speech, the rights of LGBT people, and the intersection of church and state. In 1994 she joined NCLR as legal director, and was named executive director two years later.

Under her leadership, NCLR’s programs, budget, and impact have grown exponentially, and the issues facing the LGBT community—from homophobia in sports to immigration policy—have taken center stage in our nation’s discussion of civil rights and justice. Kate is a nationally recognized spokesperson for LGBT rights and has an active voice in major media, including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Advocate, NPR, CNN, and many others. Despite the national success of NCLR under her tenure, her most rewarding responsibilities still include fostering alliances on the community and organizational levels, and advocating from a grass-roots perspective on issues concerning social justice.

For questions about this event contact Miriam (801-585-3479).

Limited meter parking available in the College of Law parking lot. Pay parking available at Rice-Eccles Stadium or take TRAX University Line to the Stadium stop and walk a half block to the north.