NYC: Same-Sex Marriage Panel on Thursday March 5 --> Celebrating 20 years of Yale Club Events!
RSVP required to firstname.lastname@example.org Join us on Thursday March 5, 6:30 - 9 PM at the Yale Club for a lively discussion with Marc Solomon (Freedom to Marry), Susan Sommer (Lambda Legal) and James Esseks (ACLU) -- moderated by Professor George Chauncey
A PANEL HOSTED BY YALE GALA AND THE YALE CLUB OF NEW YORK CITY Thursday, March 5, 6:30 pm
When: Thursday, March 5, 2015, 6:30 - 9 PM. 6:30 PM wine & cheese reception, 7-9 PM panel
A short reception at 6:30 pm will be followed by the panel at 7:00 pm examining the cases before the court, how we got here, and the work remaining to be done. As space is limited, reservations are required in advance by emailing email@example.com.
The full bios of our three speakers and our moderator appear below.
This is the first of a series of events to celebrate 20 years of the Yale Club of NYC and Yale GALA working together. The first Yale GALA event at the Yale Club was in 1994: Yale and the Lesbian and Gay Rights Movement’, with Larry Kramer, William Rubinstein, Marty Duberman, Donna Minkowitz, Candida Scott Piel. and Donald Suggs (RIP Donald), and organized by Monty Freeman. TRANSCRIPT URL TO BE ADDED.
1. MARC SOLOMON is the National Campaign Director for Freedom to Marry. He is Yale BK '89, BA in Economics and Political Science (magna cum laude) and Harvard (John F. Kennedy School of Government).
At Freedom to Marry Marc directs the organization’s programs to win marriage nationwide. In thirteen years of work on marriage, he has led the campaign to protect marriage in Massachusetts and played leading roles in New York, Illinois, California, Washington, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Maine, and elsewhere. He has initiated programs to make advances with both the Democratic and Republican parties and has led efforts to enlist elected officials and business leaders to the cause. He is a regular media spokesperson on local and national television, radio and in print, and is quoted frequently inThe New York Times, The Washington Post, Politico, The Associated Press, and elsewhere.
Prior to joining Freedom to Marry, Marc served as Executive Director of MassEquality, where he led the campaign to defeat two constitutional amendments in the first freedom-to-marry state in the nation (Massachusetts), beating back attacks by the Catholic Church, President George W. Bush, Gov. Mitt Romney, and the right-wing anti-gay industry. Following this victory, Marc consulted with state-wide equality organizations in Connecticut, Vermont, and Maine, and served as marriage director of Equality California following the passage of Proposition 8.
Marc has extensive background in advocacy, public policy, and media, having served as a policy adviser to Senator Jack Danforth (R-MO) in Washington, D.C. and researcher for Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward. Marc has won multiple awards for his work on the cause. In May 2009, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick presented Marc with the Massachusetts Democratic Party’s prestigious Franklin Delano Roosevelt Award, given yearly to an individual who espouses FDR’s ideals "with respect to democracy, justice, individual freedoms, and citizenship." In March of 2013, Boston-based Fenway Health presented Marc with its Congressman Gerry E. Studds Visibility Award for service and leadership to the LGBT community. In 1999, the Rockefeller Foundation named Marc one of 24 of America’s next generation leaders and invited him to participate in its prestigious two-year Next Generation Leadership fellowship program.
Susan handles groundbreaking litigation in all areas of Lambda Legal's work, including fighting for equal recognition of same-sex relationships, fighting for the rights of lesbian and gay parents and battling antigay discrimination in employment, housing, public accommodations and law enforcement.
Susan is the director of Lambda Legal's Youth in Out-of-Home Care Project, which aims to ensure that LGBT youth in foster care are safe and supported. She leads a historic joint partnership between Lambda Legal and the Child Welfare League of America that will make LGBT youth a clear priority for state and local children's agencies around the country.
Susan was the lead attorney on Lambda Legal's lawsuit that convinced the Arkansas Supreme Court to strike down the state's antigay sodomy law and clearly identify a right to privacy in the state's Constitution for the first time. She played a key role in Lawrence v. Texas, Lambda Legal's landmark U.S. Supreme Court case that struck down Texas' "Homosexual Conduct" law.
A seasoned litigator, Susan came to Lambda Legal from Lankler Siffert & Wohl in New York, where she specialized in commercial, securities, antitrust, not-for-profit federal and state civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and regulatory and attorney disciplinary proceedings. Earlier, Susan taught at Brooklyn Law School and was a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell. After Yale Law School Susan clerked for U.S. District Court Judge William Schwarzer in the Northern District of California.
James joined the ACLU's LGBT and AIDS Project as Litigation Director in 2001 and has been in his current position since 2010. James oversees litigation, lobbying, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education work nationwide that aims to ensure equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people by the government; equal rights and protections for LGBT couples and families; protection from discrimination in jobs, schools, housing, and public accommodations; and fair treatment by the government of people living with HIV/AIDS. Prior to joining the ACLU, he was a partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., in New York. After Harvard Law School he clerked for U.S. Judge James R. Browning on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and U.S. District Court Judge Robert L. Carter in the Southern District of New York.
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