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GWENDOLYN LEACHMAN, University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • When: April 5, 2017
  • Where: ABF Woods Conference Room, 750 N. Lake Shore Drive, 4th Floor, Lakeside, Chicago IL 60611

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Cooperating Counsel? Private and Public Interest Lawyering for Marriage Equality

Courtesy of the University of Wisconsin Law School

Gwendolyn M. Leachman is an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin Law School and a Faculty Affiliate with the Sociology Department at the University of Wisconsin. Professor Leachman's research examines how the interaction between law and social movements affects patterns of inequality and social change. Much of her recent work investigates how impact litigation has affected the LGBT movement, including the power dynamics among LGBT movement organizations, public perceptions of the LGBT movement, and the compatibility of the mainstream movement's goals with the more underrepresented segments of the LGBT community. She is currently working on comparative projects that investigate how litigation shapes the strategies, goals, and outcomes of social movements of various types.

Professor Leachman received her B.A. with highest honors in Legal Studies and Linguistics from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She received her Ph.D. and her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served in editorial positions at the California Law Review and the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law, and provided bilingual legal aid to Spanish-speaking clients at La Raza Employment Law Clinic and the Legal Aid Society-Employment Law Center. Prior to joining the UW faculty, Professor Leachman was a Williams Institute Law Fellow at the UCLA School of Law, where she taught courses to law students and served as the director for the Williams Institute National Moot Court Competition.

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