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Transgender Rights, Criminal Justice Issues Headline Oct. 3 Vermont Law Review Symposium

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


The daylong program will include panels and workshops on social movements and the law, trans* rights, and prison reform and criminal justice issues.

"We will discuss how social movements can further legal change and how we can be stronger advocates for the transgender community and for criminal justice and prison reform," said Adam Schmelkin '15, Vermont Law Review symposium editor. "The symposium will conclude with an activist workshop that emphasizes skills we can use to remedy injustice in these areas."

"The Vermont Law Review is pleased to welcome panelists who bring diverse personal and professional backgrounds to the symposium," said Symposium Editor Eviana Englert '15. "They include a trans* youth artist-activist, a former senior correctional officer, and legal and academic scholars from the University of Vermont, Middlebury, and Dartmouth."

Ann Kirby, defense lawyer for the recently exonerated Leon Brown, will provide opening remarks. And Alisha Williams, director of the Prisoner Justice Project at the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, will deliver a keynote address on issues affecting trans* inmates and facilitate activist workshop simulations.

The Vermont Law Review Symposium is open to the public and press. For more information about the symposium, including registration and Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits, visit or email Eviana Englert at or Adam Schmelkin at Registration closes at end of day Friday, Sept. 26. For more information about the Vermont Law Review, visit​