Professor Stacey Sobel spoke on a panel regarding lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) activism in the new millennium at the Gender, Work and Organization (GWO) Conference held at Keele University, Staffordshire, UK, June 29 – July 1. The GWO Conference provides an international forum for debate and analysis of a variety of issues related to gender studies. More than 400 international scholars from 38 nations attended the interdisciplinary conference. Professor Sobel’s presentation, “Culture Shifting at Warp Speed: How the Law, Public Engagement, and Will & Grace Led to Social Change for LGBT People,” was based on her recent article in the St. John’s University Law Review.
Professor Stacey Sobel was featured in an article in the July issue of Lawyer and Statesman, an annual publication of the National Jurist magazine. In the article, “So you want to be a leader in your industry?”, in which four lawyers with different legal backgrounds were interviewed about their experiences in becoming experts in their fields, Professor Sobel spoke about the importance of networking and volunteering for legal organizations as a young public interest attorney.
Professor Sobel also has been quoted in a recent article regarding transgender employees in the workplace. In “Transgender Employees Seeking Greater Workplace Protections,” at Mainstreet.com, she discussed how employers can assist workers who are transitioning on the job by having inclusive workplace non-discrimination policies and a human resources department that is prepared to work with their employees, and urged employers to educate themselves on the law where they are based and conduct business.
Professor Stacey Sobel’s article, “When Windsor Isn’t Enough: Why the Court Must Clarify Equal Protection Analysis for Sexual Orientation Classifications,” has been published in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. This article explores why the Supreme Court needs to provide guidance for courts hearing sexual orientation discrimination claims under the federal Equal Protection Clause and the differing standards of review applied by courts in sexual orientation-related cases in the past. Professor Sobel’s article concludes that sexual orientation classifications merit heightened scrutiny analysis which would provide fairness, predictability and protection for lesbian, gay and bisexual people.