In Case You Missed It

Abortion as the Curriculum (Watch on YouTube)

The First Year Curriculum often strikes 1L students as separate from and unrelated to the most pressing legal issues of the day. The opposite, however, is true.

On October 19th, Columbia Law School faculty teaching 1L classes “taught their subject” through the lens of the right to abortion, showing how their subject is critical to the legal questions surrounding a right to abortion, reproductive autonomy, or sexual liberty.


  • Professor Katherine Franke, Torts

  • Professor Maeve Glass, Property

  • Professor Olatunde Johnson, Civil Procedure Professor

  • Professor David Pozen, Constitutional Law Professor

  • Professor Carol Sanger, Contracts & Criminal Law

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The ERA Project & Milbank Present "The Future of Gender Justice: Working Around the Supreme Court"

The Future of Gender Justice: Working Around the Supreme Court (Watch on YouTube)

The Center for Gender and Sexuality Law’s ERA Project partnered with Milbank LLP to host a thought-provoking conversation on the Equal Rights Amendment, the potential and promise it carries, along with the challenges ahead and the role each of us plays in making the vision of inclusive and equitable gender justice a reality.

Ting Ting Cheng, Director of the Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) Project at Columbia Law School masterfully facilitated the discussion between Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor at Slate and author of Lady Justice: Women, the Law, and the Battle to Save America, and Professor Katherine Franke, Director of the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law at Columbia Law School.

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Join Us for These Upcoming Events

Dobbs & The Roberts Court’s Racial Common Sense with Professor Khiara M. Bridges

Thursday, October 27, 2022, 1:00 - 2:30pm ET

William and June Warren Hall, Room L107 (basement level)

RSVP REQUIRED (note this event is in person only, limited seats available)

In this talk, Professor Khiara M. Bridges CLS ‘02 (UC Berkeley School of Law) will explore the theory of racism that the Roberts Court has embraced and deployed in recent Terms to accomplish regressive political ends, focusing specifically on the way that the Court used this racial theory to justify its decision to reverse Roe v. Wade.

Co-presenters: Institute for the Study of Sexuality and Gender at Columbia University (ISSG), Columbia Law School Center for Gender & Sexuality Law, and the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW)

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We Just Want to Exist: Anti LGBTQ+ Legislation and LGBTQ+ Youth

Wednesday, November 2, 2022, 12:00 - 1:30pm

Butler Library, 535 W. 114 St., Room 523, New York, NY 10027 (lunch will be served)

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Recent anti-LGBTQ+ legislation in Alabama, Texas, and Florida, followed by school-policy bills seeking to prohibit schools from discussing topics of gender identity or sexual orientation have garnered international attention for targeting transgender youth in schools, safe spaces meant to provide a sense of inclusion and belonging. Please join our faculty panel to discuss recent anti-LGBTQ+ legislation and their impact on LGBTQ+ youth, gender identity, and the legal battles ahead.


  • Katherine Franke, James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia Law School and Director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

  • Jon Freeman, Associate Professor of Psychology, Columbia University and Director of the Social Cognitive & Neural Sciences Lab

  • Yannik Thiem, Associate Professor of Religion, Columbia University


  • Che Gossett, Racial Justice Fellow, Initiative for a Just Society, Center for Contemporary Critical Thought, Columbia University, and visiting fellow at Harvard Law School’s Animal Law and Policy Program

This event is sponsored by the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Council, the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, and the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement.

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Maintaining the Resilience of Our Teams While Providing Support for LGBTI People Fleeing Conflict

Monday, November 14, 12:00 - 1:30pm ET

Harriman Institute, International Affairs Building, 420 W. 118th St, Room 1219 (Please note that access to this event requires a Columbia University ID.)

The Institute for the Study of Human Rights, the Harriman Institute and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law invite you to a talk with 2014 Advocate Iulia Marcinschi of Moldova, Sr. Programmes and Policy Officer with ILGA-Europe.

Iulia Marcinschi (she/her) will discuss ILGA-Europe’s approach to the Ukraine crisis as well as offer some lessons learned. She will discuss the challenges LGBTI groups and organizations faced when they had to rapidly restructure their work to provide direct support to people in especially difficult circumstances (refugees, survivors of torture, people fleeing from conflict zones).

Iulia attended the 2014 Human Rights Advocates Program at ISHR.

Moderator: Jack Snyder, Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations.

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Attack on Bodily Autonomy: Health Policy, Anti-Trans Legislation, and the Fall of Roe

Wednesday, November 16, 1:00 - 2:30pm ET

A panel discussion via Zoom, with an in-person viewing event followed by a reception at the School of Nursing, 7th floor event space. Register on Zoom here.

Speakers include:
Kate Steinle, MS, WHNP, Chief Clinical Officer at FOLX Health
Krystal Redman, DrPH, MHA, Executive Director of SPARK Reproductive Justice
Ezra Cukor, JD, Senior Staff Attorney at the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF)

Katherine Franke, James L. Dohr Professor of Law, Columbia Law School and Director of the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law

Sponsored by the Center for Health Policy and the Center for Sexual and Gender Minority Health Research, Columbia School of Nursing.

Co-sponsored by the Columbia Population Research Center, the Heilbrunn Department of Population and Family Health, Mailman School of Public Health; Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Council; and the Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, Columbia Law School.

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