Atkinson LGBTQ Law and Policy Colloquium

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The Atkinson LGBTQ Law and Policy will host an annual series of prominent speakers who are working on a diverse range of LGBTQ law and policy topics of interest to the Arkansas community. The colloquium will provide a forum for scholars to present cutting-edge research and engage with both law and non-law students who enroll in the colloquium at the University of Arkansas.

The colloquium will fund a student research assistant for the academic year who will assist the faculty director on LGBTQ-related research and help to support broader LGBTQ inclusion goals at the law school and campus community.

2021 Atkinson Colloquium began on Jan. 27 and concluded on April 7. This year’s speakers included:

  • Kyle Velte, associate professor of law at the University of Kansas School of Law, discussed "The Nineteenth Amendment and Religious Exemptions."
  • Andrew Flores, assistant professor of government at the American University School of Public Affairs, discussed "Trends Involving LGBT individuals from the National Crime Victimization Survey."
  • Marie Amelie George, assistant professor of law at the Wake Forest School of Law, discussed "Gender identity issues involving children in custody decisions."
  • Anibal Rosario Lebron, assistant professor at Howard University School of Law, discussed "Crisis Theory and LGBTQ Mobilization."
  • Vanessa Panfil, associate professor of sociology and criminal justice at Old Dominion University, discussed "Qualitative Research on Gay Gang Members."
  • Kaiponanea Matsumura, associate professor of law at ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, discussed "Contract Theory Perspectives and LGBTQ Families."