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Faculty Affiliate Tim Stewart-Winter Wins John Boswell Prize

Congratulations to our faculty affiliate, Tim Stewart-Winter, for winning the John Boswell Prize for Outstanding Book on LGBTQ History! Read more about Tim’s book, Queer Clout: Chicago and the Rise of Gay Politics, and this honor here.

Winter-Stewart was a guest for the Center’s Lunch Lecture Series in Fall 2016. He was joined by his colleagues at the Queer Newark Oral History Project, Whitney Strub and Naomi Extra.

Transnational Legal Initiative Internship Deadline is January 31st!

The Transnational Legal Initiative will fund summer internships at two Latin American non-governmental organizations working on issues of sexual orientation and gender identity: Colombia Diversa and Fundación Iguales. TLI will provide students with stipends of up to $4,500 to cover transportation, housing, and living expenses. Students will spend up to 6 weeks in Bogotá or Santiago working on strategies to advance LGBTI rights both at the domestic and international level.

Applicants must agree to work full-time at one of the two organizations for at least 4 weeks. Upon return, the student must submit a three- to five-page report on the experience. To apply, students must submit the following materials:

1) Resume
2) Statement of interest detailing the relevance of the internship to past experience and professional goals
3) One letter of recommendation from a faculty member
4) Current transcript

Applications must be submitted to by January 31, 2017. Please be sure to use “TLI Summer Internship” in the subject line of your email. All Rutgers Law students are eligible. A committee comprised of Professors Carlos Ball, Jorge Contesse, Stuart Deutsch, and Suzanne Kim will elect the TLI summer interns. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jorge Contesse at

Celebrating Diversity in Leadership – A Panel Discussion

On Thursday, November 17, 2016, Debevoise & Plimpton, LLP and Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality Law and Policy with Rutgers Center for Corporate Law and Governance co-hosted, “Celebrating Diversity in Leadership.” This panel discussion featured Mary Beth Hogan, Rutgers Law, ‘90, Co-Chair of Litigation, Debevoise & Plimpton LLP; Natalie R. Williams, Managing Director and General Counsel for Responsible Banking and Data, JP Morgan Chase & Co; and Jen Wong, Chief Operating Officer, Time Inc., and President, Digital, Time Inc., and was moderated by Suzanne A. Kim, Professor of Law and Judge Denny Chin Scholar, Rutgers Law School and Director, Rutgers Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy.

Panelists spoke about pipelines and pathways to leadership positions, sharing stories about their career. Discussion also included changes observed in diversity in leadership in various sectors and strategies for career development and accessing leadership opportunities. The conversation addressed the importance of role models and mentorship and how those relationships can benefit the mentor, mentee, and the culture of the workplace.

The event was open to Rutgers Law alumni and students. Alumni who are interested in future collaborations with the Center for Gender, Sexuality, Law and Policy should email the Center at

A Workshop on Legal Migrations, Vulnerability, and Resilience – December 9-10, 2016

A Workshop on Legal Migrations, Vulnerability, and Resilience
December 9-10, 2016
Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, GA

This workshop will interrogate the experience of traversing borders between legal forms through the lens of vulnerability theory. Contemporary legal scholarship most often devotes attention to status categories conceived as static positions of relative privilege or disadvantage. Vulnerability theory, which challenges the dominant conception of the universal politico-legal subject as an autonomous, independent, and static adult, shifts us toward a dynamic lens of analysis. Vulnerability theory focuses on the evolution of human needs across a life course, asking how law does and should respond to dependence and foster resilience over time. The theory recognizes that human beings are constantly susceptible to change, positive and negative, in our bodily, social, and environmental circumstances. This workshop will explore how we might understand the processes of ‘legal migration’ as dynamic responses to human and institutional vulnerability.

The workshop is being convened by:
Deborah Dinner (; Suzanne Kim (;
and Martha Albertson Fineman (

Please register here.

Friday, December 9, 2016
4:30 – 6:30 pm Individuals, Collectives, and the Responsibilization of Migration Between Legal Status
  • Vulnerability and Undocumented Migrations: The Role of Political Organizing | Kathy Abrams (University of California Berkeley School of Law)
  • From Unprotected to Protected: The Reach, and Limits, of American Antidiscrimination Law | Suzanne Goldberg (Columbia Law School)
  • Relational Migration Redux | Suzanne Kim(Rutgers School of Law)
  • Toward a Constitutional Theory of Resilience: Access to Collective Power for Substantive Change | Martha T. McCluskey (University of Buffalo School of Law)

6:30-8:00 pm Dinner

Saturday, December 10, 2016
8:30 – 9:00 am BREAKFAST
9:00 – 11:30 am Identifying Migrations in the Context of Vulnerability
  • Shifting Understandings of the Vulnerable |
    Sean Coyle (University of Birmingham, Birmingham Law School)
  • Legal Migrations of Labor Status in the University Risa Lieberwitz
    (Cornell University School of Industrial and Labor Relations) Rana Jaleel (University of California Davis, Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies)
  • Class Migrations Lisa R. Pruitt
    (University of California Davis School of Law)
  • Childbirth and Migration | Shana Tabak (Emory University School of Law)
11:30 am – 12:30 pm LUNCH

12:30 – 2:30 pm Permeable Boundaries BetweenMarket and State
  • Manorial Liberty: Feudalism, Statelessness, and Reproductive Freedom | Jack Jackson (Whitman College)
  • Vulnerability and Labor Market Transitions: Refocusing on the Temporal Dynamics of Employment | Jedidiah Kroncke (São Paulo Law School)
  • Black, Brown, and Green: Citizenship and Resilience Lua Kamal Yuille (The University of Kansas School of Law)
2:30 – 2:45 pm COFFEE BREAK
2:45 – 4:45 pm The Coercive vs. Responsive State 
  • Law as Categorical Thinking and Health as Resilience? | Christina S. Ho (Rutgers School of Law)
  • Vulnerability, Access to Justice, and the Fragmented State | Elizabeth MacDowell (University of Nevada-Las Vegas William S. Boyd School of Law)
  • The Prison-Mother and Vulnerability Theory | Sara Matthiesen (Brown University, Department of American Studies)