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After Marriage
Florida State University College of Law
January 31, 2014

PROGRAM

8:30 - 8:45: Opening Remarks

Donald J. Weidner, Dean and Alumni Centennial Professor, Florida State University College of Law
Courtney Megan Cahill, Donald Hinkle Professor, Florida State University College of Law

8:45 - 10:45: Panel I – After Windsor

What does the Supreme Court’s most recent gay rights decision, United States v. Windsor, mean for LGBT rights, marriage equality, alternative family structures, marriage equality arguments (in future marriage equality cases), and anti-discrimination law?  What are Windsor’s strengths and weaknesses?  Will it precipitate backlash in the court of public opinion akin to that precipitated by Brown v. Board of Education?  If not, then why not?

Courtney Megan Cahill, Donald Hinkle Professor, Florida State University College of Law (moderator)
Michael Klarman (by videoconference), Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law, Harvard Law School
Mary Anne Case, Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law, University of Chicago Law School
Laura Rosenbury, Professor of Law and the John S. Lehmann Research Professor, Washington University School of Law
Deborah Widiss, Associate Professor of Law, Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Douglas NeJaime, Professor of Law, University of California – Irvine School of Law

10:45 - 11:00: Break

11:00 - 12:45: Panel II – After Marriage Equality

What will achieving marriage equality mean for the LGBT community and for anti-discrimination law more generally?  What are the shortcomings/inadequacies of the marriage equality movement and what are the unintended consequences of a marriage equality victory?  Are there ways to reconceptualize marriage once same-sex couples are in it?  In short, what are the larger social, legal, and normative implications of a marriage equality victory and what does achieving marriage equality mean for gay and lesbian coupling – indeed, for all coupling? 

Mary Ziegler, Assistant Professor, Florida State University College of Law (moderator)
Angela Onwuachi-Willig, Charles M. and Marion J. Kierscht Professor of Law, The University of Iowa College of Law
Melissa Murray, Professor of Law, University of California – Berkeley School of Law
Marc Spindelman, Isadore and Ida Topper Professor of Law, The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
Martha Ertman, Carole & Hanan Sibel Research Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

12:45 - 2:00: Lunch (Law School Rotunda)

2:00 - 3:00: Keynote Address, Cinderella’s Sequel:  After Marriage Equality, What Next for Family Law?

William N. Eskridge, Jr., John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School

3:00 - 3:15: Break

3:15 - 5:15: Panel III – LGBT Rights Moving Forward: On the Ground Perspectives

What has been the experience of marriage equality/LGBT rights advocacy and what are the challenges moving forward? What role have the children of same-sex couples played in marriage equality advocacy?  Are there alternative ways to access courts when divorce is legally unavailable?  What has the attitude of the bench been toward same-sex couples and LGBT persons in (and beyond) the marriage equality context?  What are some of the Florida-specific issues affecting same-sex couples and LGBT families? 

William N. Eskridge, Jr., John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence, Yale Law School (moderator)
Kara S. Coredini, Esq., Executive Director, MassEquality (Boston)
Dennis G. Collard, Partner, Kessler & Solomiany Family Law Attorneys (Atlanta)
Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director, Lambda Legal (New York)
Elizabeth F. Schwartz, Esq., Elizabeth F. Schwartz Attorneys & Mediators (Miami)
Mary L. Bonauto, Esq., Civil Rights Project Director, Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (Boston)

5:15 - 5:20: Closing Remarks

Courtney Megan Cahill, Donald Hinkle Professor, Florida State University College of Law