Marriage and the Struggle for LGBT Rights: Social Justice Fellow James Esseks
2/11/2014, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Free and Open to the Public
Location: Flynn Auditorium (Google map of this location)
2014 Social Justice Fellow James Esseks: "The Road to Windsor: Marriage and the Broader Struggle for LGBT Rights"
Vanderbilt Law School’s Social Justice Program is pleased to welcome James Esseks as our fourth Social Justice Fellow. The Fellowship recognizes an attorney with an outstanding record of devoting his or her career to the public interest. Esseks easily fits that bill.
As Director of the LGBT and AIDS Project of the American Civil Liberties Union, he has helped shape the legal strategy that in the space of just over a decade has moved LGBT persons from extreme subordination — in some states, still running the risk of criminal prosecution for private, consensual sexual activity—to the brink of full legal equality. With US v. Windsor, last summer’s landmark case striking down crucial portions of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, he achieved the win of a lifetime — a victory that immediately and dramatically changed the lives of all LGBT Americans, the ripple effects of which promise to be even more transformative.
In this talk, Esseks will discuss the plan for achieving the freedom to marry for same-sex couples nationwide — how we’ve gotten to this amazing moment, how Windsor fits in, and what the work ahead looks like. He will also talk about how work on marriage fits into the larger agenda on LGBT rights, which includes employment discrimination, parenting rights, transgender equality, school bullying, and more.
Lunch will be served.