From Social Movements To Legal Reform


Breakfast, 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM 

Opening Remarks, 9:00 AM – 9:20 AM

  • Ann Kirby, Counsel for Leon Brown (2014)

Panel #1: Social Movements and the Law, 9:25 AM – 10:35 AM 

  • Marc Dixon, Associate Professor of Sociology at Dartmouth College
  • Linus Owens, Associate Professor of Sociology at Middlebury College
  • Jessica West, Professor of Law at Vermont Law School
  • Mary Burke, Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at University of Vermont

Panel # 2: Transgender Rights, 10:40 AM – 11:50 AM 

  • Sky Kergil, Trans youth activist, musician, and artist
  • M. Dru Levasseur, Director of the Transgender Rights Project at Lambda Legal
  • Jennifer Levi, Director of the Transgender Rights Project at Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders
  • Kylar Broadus, Senior Public Policy Counsel of the Transgender Civil Rights Project at National Gay and Lesbian Task Force

Lunch, 11:55 AM – 12:55 PM 

Keynote Address, 12:55 PM – 1:45 PM 

  • Alisha Williams, Director of the Prisoner Justice Project at Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Coffee Break, 1:45 PM – 2:00 PM 

Panel # 3: Criminal Justice Issues and Prison Reform, 2:05 PM – 3:15 PM 

  • John Gorczyk, Former Commissioner of Corrections of Vermont
  • Cathleen Price, Senior Cooperating Attorney at Equal Justice Initiative
  • Dr. Nazgol Ghandnoosh, Research Analyst at The Sentencing Project
  • Gabriel Arkles, Professor at Northeastern University School of Law and Core Collective Member at Sylvia Rivera Law Project

Activist Workshop, 3:20 PM – 4:20 PM  

  • Facilitated by Alisha Williams

 Reception, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM