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286.8 sec. 1 - Sexual Orientation and the Law (Spring 2013)

Instructor: Anne M. Tamar-Mattis  (view instructor's teaching evaluations)
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Units: 2
Meeting Time: Tu 3:35-5:25
Meeting Location: 129

Course Start: January 08, 2013
Course Control Number (1Ls): 50036 (section 2)
Course Control Number (Non-1Ls): 50033

This course will explore legal doctrines specifically affecting the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The law is currently in flux and varies considerably from state to state, with regards to such issues as employment discrimination, relationship recognition, parenting, and determination of legal gender. We will cover these topics with a particular focus on constitutional doctrines, including equal protection and due process/privacy. Transgender legal issues will be integrated throughout the course. Course readings will include cases, legal theory, news articles, and activist writing, and we will examine current "hot" topics with an eye to understanding how the law developed, what choices activists and attorneys made in shaping legal arguments, and how future developments in the law will affect the lives of real people (LGBT and otherwise).

Anne Tamar-Mattis is the Executive Director of Advocates for Informed Choice, a nonprofit that advocates for the civil and human rights of children born with intersex conditions. She is in demand nationally as a speaker and consultant on issues of intersex rights, bioethics, and health law.

Exam Notes: P
Course Category: Social Justice and Public Interest

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Required Books are in blue

  • Sexuality, Gender and the Law, 3d
    William N. Eskridge, Jr., Nan D. Hunter,
    Publisher: Foundation Press
    ISBN: 9781599414126
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: $100.25
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Folletts prices are unavailable at this time.
  • Transgender rights
    Paisley Currah, Richard M. Juang, and Shannon Price Minter, editors
    Publisher: Minneapolis : University of Minnesota Press, c2006.
    ISBN: 9780816643127
    Copyright Date: To Be Determined
    Price: 7.18
    Note: prices are sampled from internet bookstores. Ned's prices are unavailable at this time.

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