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Coen Lecture: Yale Law Prof. William Eskridge presents "Discrimination to Protect Liberty"

Boulder – William N. Eskridge, Jr., the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School, has been named the 54th Annual John R. Coen lecturer.

Eskridge’s speech, Discrimination to Protect Liberty, will be presented on Wednesday, March 16 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Wittemyer Courtroom at the University of Colorado Law School. A reception will immediately follow in Boettcher Hall.

Between 1990 – 1995, Eskridge represented one of the first gay couples who sued for recognition of their same-sex marriage. Since then, he has published a field-establishing casebook, three monographs and dozens of law review articles, providing a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities.  

The historical materials in Eskridge’s book Gaylaw: challenging the apartheid of the closet, formed the basis for a brief he drafted for the Cato Institute and for much of the Supreme Court’s (and the dissenting opinion’s) analysis in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which invalidated consensual sodomy laws.

His most recent book, written with Darren Spedale, is Gay Marriage: For Better or For Worse? Eskridge received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Davidson College, his masters in History from Harvard and his J.D. from Yale.

The John R. Coen Lecture Series was established through a trust in 1955 for an annual lecture by a prominent and distinguished lawyer, jurist or scholar on a legal subject of interest and benefit to the profession.

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