May 8, 2014

Lawyer for Civil Rights

The 2013 decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is a watershed moment for human rights, one whose reverberations are both immediate and far-reaching. Lawyer Roberta ("Robbie") Kaplan successfully argued the Supreme Court case Windsor vs. United States that struck down DOMA and changed the course of gay rights in America.

Kaplan will recount the high-stakes trial and trace the significance of the win. What are the parallels between this case and other historic civil rights cases? What are the immediate and long-term ramifications throughout the country? What’s next? Kaplan will answer these vital questions, but the core of her presentation is about two people: Edith Windsor and her late wife Thea Spyer. Their decades-long relationship runs parallel with the changing social, political, legal, and economic context in which gay people lived in the last half century.

This is a rescheduled date. All luncheon ticketholders are invited to attend the luncheon at noon on May 8 to make up for the cancellation of the original event on March 17. There are some seats available for interested students to attend the luncheon at no charge, thanks to a number of generous donations from our regular patrons. Please contact the Office of University Relations at 810-237-6570 if you are interested in attending.

Roberta Kaplan

10:00 a.m. Sullenger Dialogue with Roberta Kaplan

Harding Mott University Center Michigan Rooms

Sponsored by the Ellen Bommarito Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Center