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Many Voices: A Discussion of LGBTQ Marriage Rights and Transgender Rights - 2015 USD Law Review Symposium  

This guide provides information about the South Dakota Law Review Symposium held March 27, 2015, as well as additional research resources related to the Symposium topic.
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Professor Teresa Collett

Teresa Collett is a Professor of Law at St. Thomas University School of Law.  A passionate advocate for the protection of human life and the family, Professor Collett is a nationally sought-after scholar and speaker on the topics of marriage, religion and bioethics. She has published numerous legal articles and is the co-author of a law casebook on professional responsibility and co-editor of a collection of essays exploring "catholic" and "Catholic" perspectives on American law .

Professor Collett is an elected member of the American Law Institute, and has testified before committees of the United States Senate and House of Representatives, as well as before legislative committees in several states.  In 2009, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI appointed Collett to a five year term on the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Recently she represented Congressman Ron Paul and various medical groups in the defense of the federal ban of partial-birth abortion, and the Governors of Minnesota and North Dakota defending the N.H. requirement of state parental involvement prior to performance of an abortion on a minor before the United States Supreme Court. She is often asked to represent the interests of government officials before federal appellate courts. She has served as special Attorney General for the States of Oklahoma and Kansas, as well as assisting other state Attorneys General in defending laws protecting human life and marriage. Prior to joining St. Thomas in 2003, Professor Collett taught at the South Texas College of Law where she established the nation's first annual symposium on legal ethics.


Professor Vincent Samar

Vincent J. Samar is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law and also an Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at both Loyola University Chicago and Oakton Community College.  He is the author of Justifying Judgment: Practicing Law and Philosophy (University Press of Kansas, 1998), The Right to Privacy: Gays, Lesbians and the Constitution (Temple University Press, 1991), and editor of New York Times, 20th Century in Review: Gay Rights Movement (2001).  He has also published numerous articles and review articles on matters of law, philosophy, same-sex marriage, gay rights, and human rights.  Samar holds a PhD (Philosophy) from the University of Chicago, an LL.M. from Harvard Law School, and joint J.D./M.P.A. degrees from Syracuse University.  Samar also teaches “Sexual Orientation and the Law” at IIT: Chicago-Kent College of Law.


Professor Aaron Fellmeth

Aaron Fellmeth is Professor of Law at Arizona State University’s Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law.  Professor Fellmeth has studied international law from an interdisciplinary perspective since 1991. His research and teaching focus on international law jurisprudence and the formation of rules of customary international law in contested subjects, such as evolving human rights issues, espionage and covert action, psychological manipulation, new technologies in conventional and asymmetrical armed conflict, and the internationalization of intellectual property rights. Professor Fellmeth also is a leading expert on the law and regulation of international business transactions and intellectual property with a special focus on patent law and technology. He teaches Public International Law, International Business Transactions, Research Methods in International Law, International Trade Law, and Patent Law.

Professor Fellmeth's work has been cited several times by federal courts and in testimony before Congress. He has served as an Executive Advisory Committee member of International Legal Materials and is currently chair of the International Law Association (American Branch) International IP Law Committee.  In 2005, he was awarded the Lasswell Prize for Best Policy Sciences Paper.

Before coming to ASU, Professor Fellmeth clerked for the Office of the General Counsel of the U.S. International Trade Commission and at the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs. He then spent seven years at international law firms practicing international business transactions, public international law, and intellectual property law.


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