Boalt’s Center for Social Justice will present University of Southern California Law School Professor David Cruz for a lecture titled “The Courts and Reproductive Ideologies: What’s at Stake for Women, Queers and Transgendered People.” Cruz will deliver the annual Mary C. Dunlap Memorial Lecture on Sex, Gender and Social Justice on February 23 from 5:00-6:30 p.m. in Booth Auditorium at Boalt Hall.
The presentation will focus on the anti-egalitarian implications of various legal arguments deploying gender-based beliefs about reproduction. Eveline Shen, executive director of Asian Communities for Reproductive Justice, will respond to Cruz’s remarks.
A leading scholar in the area of sex, gender, sexual orientation and constitutional law, Cruz received his J.D. from New York University School of Law, and clerked for Judge Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit. He also served as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General in Washington, D.C.
This annual lecture honors the late Mary C. Dunlap, who litigated some of the earliest cases challenging sexual harassment, pregnancy discrimination, the exclusion of girls from boys’ sports and the discharge of gay people from the military. She was a forceful advocate for women, people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, immigrants and people with disabilities throughout her long career as a civil rights lawyer and teacher.