The Columbia Journal of Race and Law, The Columbia Journal of Gender and Law, and Queer and Trans People of Color at Columbia Law School present Meeting at the Margins: Legal Issues at the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Sexuality.
Through this event, we aim to center the experiences and legal issues of people whose marginalization is compounded by their race, gender, and/or sexuality. Because of their multidimensional identities, they are effectively erased by our single-axis legal systems and traditional frames of critical legal analysis. Professor Kimberlé Crenshaw first applied an intersectional lens to Black women in her seminal piece, Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory and Antiracist Politics, opening the door to future applications of intersectional analysis and shining a light on and deciphering the nuances of these often forgotten and distorted experiences.
Our event will feature speakers who have worked throughout their legal careers to elevate legal issues at the intersection of race, gender, and/or sexuality, including:
- Chinyere Ezie, United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission;
- Evie Litwok, Witness to Mass Incarceration;
- Kyle Rapiñan, Sylvia Rivera Law Project;
- Richard Saenz, Lambda Legal;
- Porsha Venable, Neighborhood Defender Services of Harlem
Our panelists will speak to the particular experiences and challenges of their advocacy.
Please join us on November 8th in Jerome Greene Hall 104 from 6:30 p.m. –9:00 p.m. for dinner and discussion with these litigators and advocates who are working to progress civil rights.