Conference on "Progressive Family Values" April 21 at Yale Law School

The Yale Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society will host a conference on “Progressive Family Values” on April 21 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Yale Law School.

The conference, co-sponsored by the Yale University Women Faculty Forum and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy’s national office, is free and open to the public.

“In recent times, the term ‘family values’ has come to be understood as opposed to progressive thought and advocacy,” said conference organizer and Yale Law School student Stephen Ruckman. “This conference challenges that conventional wisdom. Bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners on family issues, the conference aims to highlight the ways in which progressives are fighting—on principled grounds—for policies that support the American family in all its forms.”

The event begins with a welcome from Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh at 10 a.m., followed by three panel discussions moderated by alumnae of Yale Law School. It concludes with a reception at 4 p.m. and dinner at 5 p.m.

Panel I, 10:10 a.m.–11:40 a.m.
“What Are Progressive Family Values?” Panelists are Representative Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, 3rd District; Hofstra University School of Law Professor Linda McClain; and University of California at Berkeley Professor George Lakoff, Senior Fellow, the Rockridge Institute. Moderator: Yale Law School Professor Reva Siegel.

Panel II, Noon–1:40 p.m.
“What’s Not Working for Families?” Panelists are Mark Greenberg, Center for Law and Social Policy and Center for American Progress; Yale University Professor Jacob Hacker; and Professor Robert Lerman of American University and the Urban Institute. Moderator: Yale Law School Professor Anne Alstott.

Panel III, 2–3:40 p.m.
“Advocating Our Family Values” Panelists are Karen Kornbluh, policy director for the Office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama; Georgetown University Law Center Professor Nina Pillard; and Judy Scott, General Counsel, Service Employees International Union. Moderator: Columbia Law School Professor Ariela Dubler.

To register for the conference, visit or email Advance registration is required for the lunch and the dinner.

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is engaged in the effort to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality and access to justice are central in American law.

The Yale Women Faculty Forum seeks to promote scholarship on gender and research about and by women; to foster gender equity throughout the university; and to encourage collegiality and networking on these issues.

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