Emily Bazelon is an investigative reporter, author, educator, and expert on the social and legal facets of bullying. A graduate of Yale Law School and an accomplished journalist, Bazelon is currently a New York Times Magazine writer, a Slate senior editor, and Truman Capote Fellow for Creative Writing and Law at Yale Law School. Her work has also appeared in The Atlantic, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, and Mother Jones. Her 2010 Slate coverage of the suicide of Phoebe Prince, a Massachusetts high school student whose suicide was linked to bullying, was a finalist for the 2011 Online Journalism Award from the Gannett Foundation and the 2011 Michael Kelley Award for “the fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” In addition to her lecture schedule, Bazelon has appeared on The Colbert Report, PBS Newshour and Today. Her insightful and ground-breaking investigative journalism, coupled with her extensive legal knowledge, has made her one of the leading authorities on the shifting landscape of bullying in the cyber age. By cutting through the news and sensationalism, Bazelon guides audiences on a clear-eyed journey of the most important issues – which school programs work best to combat bullying, what state laws are doing to protect our children, and how parents and kids can keep themselves safe. Insightful and engaging, Bazelon empowers parents, educators and students with the tools to stop bullying, both in the classroom, and online. Her upcoming lectures include a TEDxWomen talk and an on stage interview with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg at Harvard. Random House will publish her first book, Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy in February 2013.
Bazelon brings readers on a deeply researched, clear-eyed journey into the shifting landscape of teenage cruelty and harassment, and its sometimes devastating consequences. She defines what bullying is, showing when it is essential to intervene and helping parents and educators better navigate this tricky terrain.
“Sticks and Stones is a serious, important book that reads like a page-turner. Emily Bazelon is a gifted writer and this powerful work is sure to place childhood bullying at the heart of the national conversation – right where it belongs.”– Susan Cain, bestselling author of Quiet
“Finally! In remarkably clear and friendly prose, Emily Bazelon dives into a difficult, complex topic and emerges with a wise, deeply nuanced, and practical guide to a subject that has us all confused.”– Wendy Mogel, Ph.D, bestselling author of The Blessing of a Skinned Knee
Associate Professor of Law, University of Missouri School of Law
Professor Abrams joined the University of Missouri faculty in 1990. He has written or co-authored five books and the U.S. Supreme Court has cited his law review articles in four decisions. From 1976-78, he served as law clerk to Judge Hugh R. Jones of the New York Court of Appeals (New York's highest court). From 1978-81, he was in private practice with Kaye Scholer, a Park Avenue firm in New York City. From 1982-89, he was an associate professor at Fordham University Law School.
Professor Abrams serves on the bipartisan 15-member Advisory Board of the Missouri Division of Youth Services (DYS), which is considered to be the nation's finest statewide juvenile justice treatment agency. He also serves as treasurer and a member of the board of directors of the Missouri Juvenile Justice Association, which promotes justice for the state's children, youth and families. He is a Fellow of the MU Center for Family Policy and Research.
In 2007-2008, Professor Abrams served on the Governor's Internet Harassment Task Force, which helped draft legislation to curb Internet stalking and harassment in Missouri. He also served on a committee appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to revise the statewide rules of juvenile court practice and procedure.
Nancy Chi Cantalupo comes to Temple University Beasley School of Law from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was Assistant Dean for Clinical Programs. Prior to her Assistant Deanship, she combined teaching and administration as Associate Director of the International Legal Studies Program at American University’s Washington College of Law and practiced administrative law with the firm of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP. Prior to and while studying for her J.D., she was the founding director of the Georgetown University Women's Center, where she built the only university office exclusively devoted to advocating for women students, faculty and staff on issues such as violence against women, sex discrimination, and women’s health. She has developed and taught three courses as an adjunct faculty member: “Rule of Law Promotion & Civil Society in China” (an experiential learning course) at Georgetown Law, “International Human Rights of Women” at George Washington University Law School, and “Gender and Global Laws” for Georgetown University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program. She has served on the board of the Asian/Pacific-Islander Domestic Violence Resource Project, chaired the board of D.C. Law Students in Court from 2007-2010, and acted as “Faculty Counsel” for student complainants in school disciplinary proceedings involving student-on-student sexual assault and relationship violence.
Ms. Cantalupo received her J.D. cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center and her B.S.F.S. magna cum laude from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service. Her publications include “Burying Our Heads in the Sand: Lack of Knowledge, Knowledge Avoidance and the Persistent Problem of Campus Peer Sexual Violence” (forthcoming in the Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Vol. 43, No. 1, 2011), Campus Violence: Understanding the Extraordinary through the Ordinary, 35 J.C. & U.L. 613 (2009) and Domestic Violence in Ghana: The Open Secret, Geo. J. Gender & L., 531-598 (2006) (co-authored with Lisa Vollendorf Martin, Kay Pak and Sue Shin). Her publications include Lenahan (Gonzales) v. USA & Collective Entity Responsible for Gender-Based Violence, 21 Am. U.J. Gender Soc. Pol'y & L. ___ (forthcoming 2012); Comparing Single-Sex and Reformed Co-Education: A Constitutional Analysis, 49 San Diego L. Rev. 725 (2012); Burying Our Heads in the Sand: Lack of Knowledge, Knowledge Avoidance, and the Persistent Problem of Campus Peer Sexual Violence, 43 Loy. U. Chi. L.J. 205 (2011), reprinted at Women and the Law 551 (Tracey A. Thomas ed., 2012); and Campus Violence: Understanding the Extraordinary through the Ordinary, 35 J.C. & U.L. 613 (2009). She is currently writing on theories of "collective entity responsibility" for gender-based violence in US tort law.
Associate Professor, Division of Education and Human Services, Neumann University
Kathleen Conn, Ph.D., J.D., LL.M., is an Associate Professor in the Division of Education and Human Services, Neumann University, Aston, Pennsylvania USA, teaching and supervising student dissertation research in the Ed.D. program. Conn also teaches Education Law and Special Education Law as an Adjunct Professor at Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, Delaware. A former public school teacher and administrator, Conn is the author of three books and numerous journal articles on public schools’ responsibilities in the areas of students’ and teachers’ First and Fourth Amendment rights, bullying, cyberbullying, student suicides, and sexual harassment. She has recorded four educational DVDs and numerous webinars and audioconferences on those topics, and she consults and serves as expert witness for school districts in related litigation.
Professor of Law and Director of Health Law Institute, Widener Law School
John Culhane is Professor of Law and Director of the Health Law Institute at Widener University School of Law. He also holds the title of Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health.
He is co-author of the recently released “Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies”, a contributing writer for Slate Magazine, the editor and a contributor to “Reconsidering Law and Policy Debates: A Public Health Perspective,” and the author of more than thirty law review articles on a wide range of topics, including: the rights of LGBT couples; compensation of victims of mass disasters; the public health implications of such disparate issues as sports-related concussions, bullying, same-sex marriages, gun policy, and vaccine compensation policy; and a range of tort law issues (including informed consent, product liability, and educational malpractice).
In addition to Slate, his work has appeared in the New York Times, the Huffington Post, Dissent Magazine, and the Philadelphia Inquirer. He has been featured on a number of radio and television shows, including All Things Considered, Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane, American Law Journal, Voice of America, Midday with Dan Rodricks, and The Gil Gross Show. He also appears in the feature-length documentary “America Betrayed”, where he discusses the disparate treatment given to victims of the September 11 terrorist attack and those affected by Hurricane Katrina.
Associate Dean, Beasley School of Law, Temple University
Marylouise C. Esten is the Associate Dean for Students at Temple University Beasley School of Law. In that role, she supervises the offices of admissions, financial aid, student affairs, academic affairs, law school registrar, and career services. She joined the administration of Temple Law School in 1991, serving first as the Assistant Dean for Admissions & Financial Aid, then taking on student affairs in 1995. She was named an Associate Dean in 2008, the same year she received the Peter N. Kutulakis Award from the Association of American Law Schools for providing outstanding service to students. Dean Esten earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1986 and her A.B. summa cum laude from Middlebury College in 1980.
Dean, Beasley School of Law, Temple University
JoAnne Epps has been Dean of the Temple University Beasley School of Law since 2008. She has been a frequent speaker on Evidence and Advocacy both domestically and internationally, and is frequently consulted on issues involving legal education.
In 2007 and 2008, Dean Epps traveled to London as the only academic member of a nine-person American team which provided training to Sudanese lawyers representing victims of the Darfur crisis. The training included substantive International Criminal Law, with special focus on practice before the International Criminal Court, as well as Evidence and Advocacy. In 2005 and 2006, along with Temple Law School Professor Edward Ohlbaum, Dean Epps taught Jury Trial Advocacy to 20,000+ members of the Japanese Bar Association. These programs were offered in anticipation of the 2009 re- institution of jury trials in criminal cases in Japan. In 2003, Dean Epps joined other international faculty to teach advocacy skills to prosecutors at the United Nation's ICTR (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda) in Arusha, Tanzania. Dean Epps has also taught courses in advocacy in Beijing, China to Chinese lawyers enrolled in Temple's LL.M. program and to lawyers from the Beijing Supreme People's Procuratorate (the Chinese Prosecutor's Office). Domestically, she was a presenter at "Trial Evidence in the Federal Courts" in New York in 2007 and "Witness Preparation" in Los Angeles, CA in 2006, and moderated panels on "Public Speaking" (Hawaii, 2006) and "Prosecutorial Discretion" (Philadelphia, 2007). Along with colleague David Sonenshein, Dean Epps has annually offered "Evidence for Lawyers," a six-hour review of current issues in trial evidence. She is also a long-time member of the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and ALI-ABA. Dean Epps is the author or co-author of a number of academic publications, including THE WINNING ARGUMENT and THE TWELVE SECRETS OF PERSUASIVE ARGUMENT, both written with Paul Mark Sandler and Ronald J. Waicukauski.
Dean Epps is a member of the American Law Institute and is active in several professional organizations. She is an officer of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation, and has completed terms as a member of both the ABA Nominating Committee and the Steering Committee of the Nominating Committee. She is currently a member of the ABA Standing Committee on Constitution and Bylaws and the ABA Presidential Commission on the Impact of the Economic Crisis on the Legal Profession and Legal Needs. She has been a member of the Advisory Committee to the ALI-ABA Program Committee since 1996 and was appointed in 2006 to ALI-ABA's Litigation Advisory Panel. Dean Epps also serves on the Planning Committee for the AALS Section for the Law School Dean Program at the 2010 Annual Meeting. In 2009, Dean Epps became a member of the Advisory Council for the Pennsylvania Prison Society; she also sits on the Advisory Board of the Public Interest Law Center. In July 2009, Dean Epps represented the National Association of Women Lawyers by offering testimony at the Senate confirmation hearing of United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Before her appointment as Dean, Dean Epps was a member of the Temple Law Faculty for twenty-three years and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs for nineteen of those years. Before joining the Temple faculty in 1985, she was a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles and an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Dean Epps' primary teaching areas include Criminal Procedure, Evidence and Trial Advocacy. She has also taught Criminal Law and Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation. Dean Epps received her B.A. degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. in 1973 and her J.D. degree from Yale Law School in 1976.
Director of Development and Finance
Larry joined SeniorLAW Center in November 2003 as Development Coordinator. As Director of Development and Finance, he works on individual giving, special events, and pursuing foundation and governmental sources of funding, as well as managing agency finances. He previously was Associate Director at the AIDS Law Project of Pennsylvania for 8 years, where he managed agency finances and operations, as well as assisting clients and doing trainings on legal issues for social service and health care providers. In 1994 Larry graduated from the evening division of Temple University School of Law and his undergraduate Bachelor of Business Administration is also from Temple University. He is active on various Philadelphia Bar Association committees, previously in the leadership positions of Chair of Public Interest Section and C0-Chair of LGBT Rights Committee. He currently is a Vice President of the executive board of the Temple Law Alumni Association and is the former chair of the board of Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia (GALLOP). Larry was one of the co-organizers of the first Gay Community Evening with the Phillies in August 2003.
Federal Policy Director, Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network (GLSEN)
Shawn Gaylord is the Director of Public Policy for the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network (GLSEN). GLSEN’s mission is to create safe schools for all students and the focus of the policy department is the passage of legislation at the local, state and federal level as well as advocacy with federal and state administrative bodies. Shawn received his degree in English from The State University of New York in Buffalo and his law degree from Georgetown University. Prior to coming to GLSEN, Shawn worked as an associate at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg and Eisenberg, LLP. He has a background in human rights work and has been engaged in the work of Amnesty International for many years, serving in both staff and volunteer leadership roles.
Professor of Law, Florida Coastal School of Law
Duane Morris, LLP
Natalie F. Hrubos is an associate attorney in the Employment, Labor, Benefits and Immigration Practice Group of Duane Morris LLP. She represents and counsels management clients in all aspects of labor and employment law. Her litigation experience ranges from single plaintiff employment discrimination cases to multi-state wage and hour class and collective actions. Ms. Hrubos also counsels and trains management on a wide range of employment law matters, including wage and hour compliance, personnel policies and procedures, and diversity and inclusion initiatives. She frequently provides training and advice on workplace matters pertaining to LGBT employees.
Ms. Hrubos also serves on the Legal Advisory Board for the Legal Services Department at the Mazzoni Center and maintains an active pro bono practice representing low-income transgender and gender variant individuals in legal name changes and gender marker corrections. In 2011, Ms. Hrubos received the Craig M. Perry Service Award from the Young Lawyers Division of the Philadelphia Bar Association, and in 2012, she was named as one of Pennsylvania’s Lawyers on the Fast Track by The Legal Intelligencer.
I. Herman Stern Professor of Law and Director of D.C. Programs. Beasley School of Law, Temple University
Nancy J. Knauer is the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law. She teaches in the areas of Political & Civil Rights, Property, Sexuality & the Law, and Taxation. Her scholarship engages issues related to identity, sexuality, gender, and the law. Professor Knauer received a Dukeminier Award and the Stu Walter Prize from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School for her article LGBT Elder Law: Toward Equity in Aging, 32 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 1 (2009). Her book, Gay and Lesbian Elders: History, Law, and Identity Politics in the U.S. (Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. 2010) focuses on the unique challenges facing gay and lesbian elders.
Professor Knauer was selected as one of 25 law professors across the nation to be featured in an upcoming study titled "What the Best Law Teachers Do." Selections were made from more than 250 nominees teaching at more than 100 law schools. The study will be co-authored by Gerry Hess at Gonzaga, Sophie Sparrow at New Hampshire, and Michael Schwartz at Washburn and will be published by Harvard University Press in late 2012 or 2013.
In 2002 Professor Knauer was named a University "Great Teacher" and, with her colleague Eleanor Myers, received the first annual CPR Dispute Resolution Award for teaching problem solving in the law school. Professor Knauer is also a four-time recipient of the George P. Williams Award for excellence in teaching. In 2004 Professor Knauer received the Friel-Scanlan Award for scholarship for her article Science, Identity and the Construction of the Gay Political Narrative, 12 Law & Sexuality 1 (2003). She has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and is the former Peter J. Liacouras Professor of Law. Professor Knauer's most recent publications can be accessed through SSRN at http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/cf_dev/AbsByAuth.cfm?per_id=359355.
Executive Director, Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations
Rue Landau, Esquire is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations (PCHR). The PCHR is the quasi-judicial agency empowered to enforce the City’s civil rights laws and deal with all matters of community conflicts. Prior to her appointment, Rue was a senior attorney in the Housing Unit at Community Legal Services (CLS) in Philadelphia. At CLS she specialized in landlord-tenant law with a focus on public and subsidized housing. In 2002, she authored a chapter entitled, “Criminal Records and Subsidized Housing: Families Losing the Opportunity for Decent Shelter,” for Every Door Closed, a publication addressing the barriers facing parents with criminal records. In September 2006, she was named a Pennsylvania Lawyer on the Fast Track by American Lawyer Media. During her tenure at CLS, Rue was an active member of the Philadelphia Bar Association where she served as co-chair of the Municipal Court Committee and as a member of the Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention. In addition to her professional accomplishments, Rue has served on the boards of Bread and Roses Community Fund, the Women’s Medical Fund and Liberty City Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Democratic Club and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation (PHDC). She currently serves on the board of the International Association of Official Human Rights Agencies (IAOHRA).
Legislative Counsel, Administrative Advocacy, Human Rights Campaign
Robin Maril serves as legislative counsel for administrative advocacy at the Human Rights Campaign. Her work focuses on federal programs and administrative policies that impact the LGBT community.
Prior to joining HRC, Maril served as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D.C. While at HUD, Maril worked on Section 8 voucher policy development, specifically focused on deconcentrating poverty and increasing mobility for voucher holders. Also at HUD, Maril worked as a regulatory attorney in the Legislation and Regulation Division of the Office of the General Counsel, where she drafted the 2010 HUD implementing rule for the Violence Against Women Act conforming amendments. Maril graduated with her bachelor’s degree in women’s studies summa cum laude from the University of Oklahoma, where she was also selected for Phi Beta Kappa. Maril received her law degree from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, where she was named a Rubin Public Interest Law Fellow.
Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Shannon Price Minter is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the nation's leading advocacy organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.
Shannon was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case which held that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry and that laws that discriminate based on sexual orientation are inherently discriminatory and subject to the highest level of constitutional scrutiny.
Shannon was also NCLR's lead attorney on Sharon Smith's groundbreaking wrongful death suit and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country.
In 2009, Shannon was named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer.In 2008, he was named among six Lawyers of the Year by Lawyers USA and among California’s Top 100 Lawyers by the legal publication The Daily Journal. He also received the 2008 Dan Bradley Award from the National Gay and Lesbian Bar Association for outstanding work in marriage cases and was the recipient of the Cornell Law School Exemplary Public Service Award. In 2005, Shannon was one of 18 people to receive the Ford Foundation's "Leadership for a Changing World" award. In 2004, he was awarded an Honorary Degree from the City University of New York School of Law for his advocacy on behalf of same-sex couples and their families. Shannon has also received the Anderson Prize Foundation's Creating Change Award by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the Distinguished National Service Award from GAYLAW, the bar association for LGBT lawyers, law students, and legal professionals in Washington, D.C., Cornell Law School’s Exemplary Public Service Award, the Unity Award from Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom, the Advocacy Award from the San Francisco Bar Association, and the Justice Award from Equality California.
Shannon serves on the boards of Faith in America and the Transgender Law & Policy Institute. He has previously served on the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Shannon received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1993. He is originally from Texas.
Lecturer-at-Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Len Rieser teaches Education Law at Temple and is a Lecturer in Law in the Civil Practice Clinic at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. From 1982 to 2012, he was an attorney, co-director, and executive director at the Education Law Center, a statewide organization that advocates on behalf of children and families in Pennsylvania’s public schools. At ELC, his work focused on the educational needs of poor children, children of color, children with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, and other disadvantaged groups. Before joining ELC, Len was an attorney with the Civil Rights Division of the U. S. Department of Justice. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1976.
Legal Director, the Mazzoni Center
David M.Rosenblum has served as the Legal Director at Mazzoni Center since August 2011, overseeing the provision of direct legal services as part of its mission to provide health and wellness services to members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community (LGBT) in and around Philadelphia. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law, teaching a clinical course on sexual orientation and gender identity law, and co-instructs a unique advanced legal writing experiential practice course at Rutgers School of Law- Camden
For over twenty years, David Rosenblum has practiced in the field of employment law, with a particular emphasis on discrimination and harassment law. For nine years, he was a Trial Attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, litigating cases of employment discrimination on behalf of aggrieved employees. From 2000 through 2008, he worked in the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office, in both the EEO unit and the Employment Counseling Section. From 2008 until 2011, he served as the EEO Officer for the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, overseeing internal investigations of discrimination and harassment.
He is a 1988 graduate of Brandeis University, where he received a B.A. in philosophy with a legal studies minor, and received his J.D. from Villanova University School of Law in 1991. His article “Custody Rights of Lesbians and Gay Parents” was published at 36 Villanova Law Review 1665 (1991).
Director of Adult Protective Services, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging
Joe has been the Director of Older Adult Protective Service at Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) since 1993 where he administers the largest protective services unit for older adults in the state. PCA is the fourth largest Area Agency on Aging (AAA) in the United States and the largest private non-profit AAA in the country.
Joe is active on the local, state, and national level with membership on various committees and task forces.
Joe has testified as an expert witness on Elder Abuse and Protective Services before Congress on numerous occasions. Joe addressed the United Nations at the first World Elder Abuse Awareness day.
Joe has co-created a successful banking project and model with Wachovia Bank that was used as the basis for a national fraud prevention toolkit with Financial Services Roundtable. Joe is currently heading a Task Force with the Police Department and District Attorney’s Office and the banking industry in Philadelphia to combat abuse and financial exploitation. Joe was a participant at the White House Event on Abuse and Exploitation and is an original member of the National Elder Financial Exploitation Advisory Board.
Joe has served on the Board of Directors for the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA) since 1999 holding a variety of positions including President. Joe is currently the Public Policy Chair for NAPSA. NAPSA is the only national organization that represents the interests and concerns of adult protective service staff and the clients that they serve.
Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law
Professor Stone teaches Employment Discrimination, Employment Law, Labor Law, and Contracts at the FIU College of Law. After receiving a B.A. in English and Comparative Literature from Columbia University, magna cum laude, Professor Stone received her Juris Doctorate from NYU School of Law, where she was named a Robert McKay Scholar and served as the Developments Editor of the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.
She has served as a law clerk to the Honorable Michael H. Dolinger in the Southern District of New York, the Honorable Julio M. Fuentes and the Honorable Maryanne Trump Barry, both of whom sit on the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Newark, New Jersey. Professor Stone was then associated with the law firm of Proskauer Rose in New York, New York, at which time she was appointed to the Federal Legislation Committee of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York. She served as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University’s School of Business in Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Professor Stone then became an Honorable Abraham L. Freedman Teaching Fellow and Lecturer in Law at Temple University’s Beasley School of Law.
Her research focuses on examining anti-discrimination jurisprudence, and her work has appeared or will appear in the Hastings Law Journal, the NYU Annual Survey of American Law, the Yale Journal of Law and Feminism, the Akron Law Review, the Loyola Law Review, the Kansas Law Review, the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy, the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law, and the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, among other journals. She is an officer of and an advisor to the Rosemary Barkett Appellate Inn of Court, and she was recently appointed as a Research Fellow of NYU’s Center for Labor and Employment Law and as a Contributing Editor for Jotwell’s Labor & Employment Law Section.
Director of Federal Government Relations, Services & Advocacy for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual & Transgender Elders (SAGE)
Aaron currently serves as the Director of Federal Government Relations for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), where he advocates for LGBT-inclusive federal aging policies that account for the unique needs of LGBT older adults. Until June 2011, Aaron served as the Legal Director at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the leading organization challenging “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) in Congress and in the courts. He began as a staff attorney in 2006, and for nearly five years at SLDN, he took part in a multifaceted approach to advancing the civil rights of LGBT service members through law, policy, outreach, and education. As the Legal Director, Aaron was responsible for running the legal services program at SLDN, the only organization providing free legal services to service members impacted by DADT and related forms of discrimination, including those who are HIV positive and/or transgender. Prior to joining SLDN, Aaron spent three years working for the Department of the Army in the Office of EEO and Civil Rights, the first two years as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). As a PMF, he worked for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany, and served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. A graduate of Cornell University with honors and distinction and the George Washington University Law School with honors, he currently resides in Washington, DC.
Associate University Counsel, Temple University
Fay Trachtenberg joined the Office of University Counsel in January of 2005. Her practice focuses primarily on Employment and Employment Discrimination matters within the University and the Temple University Health System. This includes; immigration, affirmative action, equal opportunity law, and disabilities law. Ms. Trachtenberg is a frequent lecturer and trainer on employment law issues throughout the University and the Health System.
Prior to joining Temple, Ms. Trachtenberg practiced Employment law for fifteen years. She has taught at both Temple and Rutgers law schools.
Ms. Trachtenberg sits on the board of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group and is a founding member of Impact100 Philadelphia. She also sits on the Honorary Awards Committee for the Mount Holyoke College Alumnae Association.
Ms. Trachtenberg received a B.A from Mount Holyoke College and her J.D. from Temple University School of Law.
Clinical Professor of Law and Director of Academic Support, UMKC School of Law
Daniel Weddle joined the UMKC Law School in 1996, and serves as director of academic support. A former high school teacher and administrator, Weddle has focused his research on issues in educational law, especially those concerning violence and bullying in schools. In 1999, Professor Weddle took a leave from the law school to serve as interim dean of operations for the UMKC School of Education. While there, he worked closely with the Kansas City, Missouri School District (KCMSD) in a pilot project placing seniors from the School of Education in the KCMSD schools as full-time teachers with KCMSD faculty mentors.
Professor Weddle graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in 1995, serving as the editor-in-chief of the Law Review’s Criminal Procedure Review. Prior to joining the law school, he practiced with the Wirken Group, P.C., in Kansas City, Mo., where he specialized in business, family law and tort litigation. Prior to beginning his legal career, Weddle served as academic dean and English instructor at Maranatha Academy in Kansas City for 12 years. He teaches the courses Governmental and Legal Aspects of Education, Legal Aspects of Higher Education, Scholarly Writing, Litigation Drafting, Practical Skills and Introduction to Lawyering Processes.
Professor of Law and Director New Workplace Institute, Suffolk University Law School
Professor David Yamada is a tenured Professor of Law and founding Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston. Professor Yamada is an internationally recognized authority on the legal implications of workplace bullying. He has written leading law review articles on the topic and drafted the Healthy Workplace Bill, model anti-bullying legislation that has been introduced in over a dozen state legislatures. He has been an affiliated scholar with the Workplace Bullying Institute (www.workplacebullying.org) since 1998. His legal advocacy on workplace bullying has been covered in leading periodicals such as the New York Times, Boston Globe, and ABA Journal.
In 2007 Professor Yamada served as Chair of the Section on Labor Relations and Employment Law of the Association of American Law Schools, the primary national academic society for law professors. He is on the Editorial Board of the Employee Rights and Employment Policy Journal, a peer-review journal published by Chicago-Kent College of Law, and the Editorial Advisory Board of Perspectives on Work, published by the Labor and Employment Relations Association. At Suffolk, Professor Yamada is a two-time recipient of the Thomas J. McMahon Award for outstanding dedication to the student body. He was the founding director of both the Rappaport Honors Program in Law and Public Policy, a highly selective, grant-funded summer fellowship program for law students attending law school in the Greater Boston area, and the SPILG Summer Public Service Fellowship Program.
A long-time civic and political activist, Professor Yamada serves on the National Board of Americans for Democratic Action (www.adaction.org), the long-time progressive policy and advocacy group. He is a graduate of LeadBoston, a professional fellowship program sponsored by the Boston Center for Community and Justice. Professor Yamada earned his J.D. from New York University School of Law, where he was on the Journal of International Law and Politics and received the Arthur T. Vanderbilt Medal for extraordinary contributions to the law school community. Prior to joining the Suffolk faculty in 1994, he served as a coordinator of the first-year Lawyering Program at NYU and practiced at the New York Attorney General's Office and The Legal Aid Society of New York.