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Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Symposium


February 7, 2009 8:00am - 5:00pm


Parenting, Gender, and the Law is a symposium sponsored by the Stanford Journal for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, with support from the Clayman Institute, Stanford University Feminist Studies Department, and Stanford Law School. The symposium will provide a forum for academics, legal practitioners, and community organizers and activists to share ground-breaking work on a number of urgent parenthood-related civil rights issues. The Symposium will be open to Stanford students, faculty, and the community at large.

Opening Address

Cherrie Moraga, writer, poet, and playwright, and Artist-in-Resident at Stanford University

Keynote Address

Dorothy Roberts, Kirkland and Ellis Professor at Northwestern University Law School

Panel topics include:

  • New Reproductive Technologies and the Law
  • Parenting and the Criminal Justice System
  • Parenting and Labor
  • LGBT Parenting

Each panel will discuss issues of gender, state views of parenthood, and the legal rights of parents.

MCLE approval pending.


Stanford Law School is pleased to sponsor this conference, which is intended for public interest law faculty, practitioners, educators, and students. Registration is free for all students, faculty, and community members. Professionals are asked to pay $50 to register for this symposium. Professionals should mail a check for $50 made out to the Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties to:

Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
Stanford Law School
559 Nathan Abbott Way
Stanford, CA 94305-8610

No one will be turned away due to financial hardship.

Professionals who would like to request a reduced or waived registration fee should send an e-mail to or outlining their financial situation (e.g., retired, unemployed, limited income). Registration closes on February 5, 2009 at 5 pm PST.