La Verne College of Law to Host Transgender Studies Conference

March 1, 2012 by University of La Verne

What: The University of La Verne College of Law will host the Association for Gender Research, Education, Academia & Action’s “Trans*Studies Conference 2012”.

The conference, co-organized by La Verne Law Professor Diane Klein, will examine and explore trans-spectrum studies and activism of all kinds, including the issues of identity, class, health, citizenship and rights. A “track” theme will address the area of trans law, with Continuing Legal Education credit available to attorneys.

When: Friday – Sunday, March 2 – 4, 2012

Where: La Verne Law 320 East D. Street Ontario, CA 91764


Saturday, March 3

10:15 am – 11:15 am  
“Trans Law and Legality,” Jamison Green and Kim Trau

11:30 am – 2:00 pm
LUNCH – “In Conversation With: Judge Phyllis Frye and Judge Victoria Kolakowski,” moderated by Prof. David Cruz (USC Gould School of Law)

This unique panel event will feature the first and only two transgender judges in United States history.

Sunday, March 4

8:45 am – 10:00 am
“Recent Developments in Trans Legal Issues,” Ilona Turner, Legal Director, Transgender Law Center, San Francisco

These events are part of a larger inter-disciplinary and multi-disciplinary conference examining and exploring trans* spectrum studies and activisms of all kinds. Join us as we critically explore: trans* identity, practice, communities and embodiment, etc. in contexts of race, class, (in)accessibility, health, citizenship, higher education, and rights within: legal, activist, medical, anthropological, sociological, psychological, artistic, cinematic, literary, linguistic, moral, social, (geo) political, philosophical, and religious dimensions, among others.

A preliminary list of speakers includes:
– The Honorable Phyllis Frye
– Dr. Sel Hwahng
– The Honorable Victoria Kolakowski
– Professor Dean Spade, Seattle University School of Law
– Dr. Susan Stryker, University of Arizona
– Willy Wilkinson, MPH

Registration for the event is based on a sliding scale, from $10 for AGREAA members, activist, and low-income attendees, to $175 for nonmember legal professionals seeking CLE credit. For information, visit

Contact: For more information, please email: Professor Diane Klein at

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