Women and the Law Conference 2019

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Date: Friday, February 1, 2019 - 12:30pm

Friday, February 1, 2019

12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Thomas Jefferson School of Law

701 B St. Suite 110, San Diego, CA 92101


Upon arrival, take the elevator to the second floor. Registration is in the Student Lounge. The conference will be held in room 229.


Parking is available in 701 B Street for a fee. The entrance to the garage is on 7th Avenue between B and C Streets. Parking is also available for a fee in nearby parking lots, including a lot on B Street between 8th and 9th Avenues.



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Thomas Jefferson School of Law’s 19 th  Annual Women and the Law Conference, The Way Forward: Gender, LGBTQIA Rights, and Religious Liberties, will be held on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. This conference brings together leading experts and practitioners to discuss critical federal and state legislative, executive, and judicial developments affecting women, the LGBTQIA community, and people concerned about religious liberties.  At a time when public discourse about these issues seems irreconcilably polarized, this event will focus on means to resolve these opposing views.

Former EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum will deliver the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture. Before her appointment, Commissioner Feldblum was a law professor at Georgetown University Law Center.  Feldblum continues in a long line of illustrious speakers who have been honored as the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecturer, a lecture series Justice Ginsburg generously established for Thomas Jefferson School of Law in 2003.

Other speakers include:  Alan Brownstein, Emeritus Professor of Law at UC Davis School of Law; Julie Greenberg, Emeritus Professor of Law at Thomas Jefferson School of Law; Pamuela Halliwell, therapist at the San Diego LGBT Community Center; Shannon Minter, Legal Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights; Jocelyn Samuels, Executive Director at the Williams Center UCLA School of Law; Maimon Schwarzchild, Law Professor at the University of San Diego School of Law; and Mattheus Stephens, Founding Partner of the Progressive Law Group.


12:30 – 12:45  

Welcoming Remarks


Linda Keller, Interim Dean and Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Susan Bisom-Rapp, Associate Dean and Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

12:45 – 2:15 

Connecting the Dots: Learning from the Transgender and Intersex Communities about Challenging Gender Discrimination


Julie Greenberg, Professor Emeritus, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Pamuela Halliwell, The San Diego LGBT Community Center

Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights

Mattheus Stephens, Founding Partner, Progressive Law Group

MODERATOR: Danna J. Cotman, President, ARC IP Law, PC; President, Lawyers Club of San Diego

2:15 – 2:30


2:30 – 3:15

Seventeenth Annual Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture


The Honorable Chai Feldblum, former U.S. EEOC Commissioner

Religious Liberty and LGBTQIA Rights: Finding the Balance

INTRODUCTION: Susan Bisom-Rapp, Associate Dean and Professor, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

3:15 – 4:45

Balancing LGBTQIA Rights and Religious Liberties – Commentary on the Ruth Bader Ginsburg Lecture


Alan Brownstein, Professor Emeritus, UC Davis School of Law

Jocelyn Samuels, Executive Director, The Williams Center, UCLA School of Law

Maimon Schwarzschild, Professor, University of San Diego Law School

MODERATOR: Paula S. Rosenstein, Judge California Superior Court

4:45 – 5:00

Closing Remarks


Julie Greenberg, Professor Emeritus, Thomas Jefferson School of Law

5:00 – 6:00




Please note: Advanced registration required. Fees are non-refundable and include the reception.

  • FREE   All students with valid photo ID
  • FREE   Thomas Jefferson School of Law Faculty and Staff
  • FREE   Prospective Students
  • $30     Thomas Jefferson School of Law Alumni (with or without MCLE credit)
  • $30     Lawyers Club Members (with or without MCLE credit)
  • $30     Tom Homann LGBT Law Association Members(with or without MCLE credit)
  • $30     Attorneys in Practice less than 5 years (not seeking MCLE credit)
  • $40     General public (not seeking MCLE credit)
  • $45     All others (seeking MCLE credit)

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Requirements: Must submit camera-ready artwork. Color, JPG or PDF format, 300ppi image resolution recommended. File size must be under 10MB.

  • $400  Full page ad - 8.5"w x 11"h
  • $200  Half page ad - 8.5"w x 5.5"h
  • $100  Quarter page ad - 4.25"w x 5.5"h




3.75 hours MCLE Credit

Thomas Jefferson School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider. This program qualifies for Minimum Continuing Legal Education Credit (MCLE) by the State Bar of California.







If you have any questions, please contact Susan Bisom-Rapp at susanb@tjsl.edu.