Location, Map, and Parking Information
All sessions of the Many Voices Symposium will take place in the Courtroom of the University of South Dakota School of Law. The Law School is located on Cherry Street across the parking lot from the Muenster University Center.
Metered parking is available outside the Law School on a limited basis. See the USD Campus parking map for additional parking options.
About the Symposium
From the University press release:
The South Dakota Law Review and the OUTlaws Organization will be holding back to back events focused on LGBT issues.
Thursday, March 26 at 5:30pm, the OUTlaws will hold their third annual Lavender Lecture in the Law School Courtroom. On Friday, March 27, the South Dakota Law Review will hold three panel discussions as part of their annual symposium, this year entitled “Many Voices: A Discussion of LGBTQ Marriage Rights and Transgender Rights.” Invited panelists for the symposium have written from both sides of the debate.
“These are cutting-edge legal topics broadly reported by the media. We have cases at all levels of our court system about these issues and it’s great to see our students continue the conversation,” said Dean Tom Geu of the law school, “It’s just this sort of discussion that is essential to legal education.”
The Lavender Lecture will feature Professor Ryan Scott from Indiana University’s Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. His presentation will elaborate on the unsuccessful uses of the "gay/trans" panic defense and his discussion about ways a recent ABA resolution might lessen the effectiveness and use of the defense.
Professor Ryan Scott teaches Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, and Federal Jurisdiction at the Maurer School of Law. He is also co-chair of the LGBT Committee of the ABA Criminal Justice Section. Professor Scott, as a member of the ABA Criminal Justice Section, assisted in the American Bar Association's resolution, which has been adopted by the House of Delegates, urging legislation to curtail the use and availability of the "gay/trans" panic defense. He earned his B.A. at Macalester College in 1998 and his J.D. in 2005 from the University of Minnesota.
The South Dakota Law Review’s Symposium will focus on same sex marriage and transgender issues. The symposium will be composed of three panels in the law school courtroom from 10:00am-11:30am, 1:00pm-2:30pm, and 3:00pm-4:30pm. Speakers will include legal scholars, professors, and practitioners.