UC Davis Lambda Law Students Association

The King Hall Lambda Law Students Association is composed of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and allied students, faculty and staff at King Hall. Lambda's mission is community, education and activism. To that end, Lambda sponsors events that raise awareness of LGBT legal issues on campus and in the community. The group also provides a supportive space for LGBT students at King Hall through academic and professional support programs and a variety of social opportunities. Lambda additionally strives to attract and retain LGBT law students.


12th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Lecture: Featuring Therese Stewart

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 in Room 1001 from 5-6:30pm, Reception immediately follows in Courtyard

This year we are excited to bring Therese Stewart to speak to us about her involvement with same-sex marriage litigation in California. Ms. Stewart is the Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco and a graduate of UC Berkeley School of Law. As an attorney for San Francisco, Ms. Stewart has defended the city's position that same-sex couples should have the right to marry since February 2004, when then Mayor Gavin Newsom directed city officials to permit same-sex marriages. Ms. Stewart continues to be a stalwart for same-sex marriage, delivering the oral argument for San Francisco's position before the California Supreme Court in 2008 and, most recently, arguing on behalf of the city before the 9th Circuit in Perry v. Schwarzenegger.

Please join us for this very special event on Tuesday, April 9th at King Hall and help us honor the spirit of caring and compassion through an evening committed to learning and serving the public good. For more information, please contact Bradley Showman at beshowman@ucdavis.edu

The Supreme Court and the Struggle for Marriage Equality: Reading the Tea Leaves

Thursday, April 4, 2013 in Room 1001 from 12-1pm

On March 26 and 27, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in two same-sex marriage cases. In this panel, Professors Courtney Joslin (UC Davis), Lawrence Levine (McGeorge), and Peter Nicolas (University of Washington) will engage in a lively discussion about the cases and their possible outcomes.  

Co-sponsored by UC Davis Lambda Law Students Association, McGeorge Lambda, and UC Davis School of Law.

Lambda Announces 2013 Bill Smith Fellowship

Bill F. Smith (’98) was a Lambda alum who passed away 12 years ago and was active in LGBT and disability rights law.  To honor Bill’s memory, this fellowship program consists of one grant awarded to eligible first and second year law students for otherwise unpaid summer legal work in the LGBT and/or disability rights arena.

Please click here for the application form.  Applications are due in Bradley Showman's 2L mailbox no later than 5 pm on Friday, March 29th.  If you have any questions, please contact Bradley at beshowman@ucdavis.edu.

Lambda Bakesale on Thursday, March 14, 2013 and New T-Shirts!

Thursday, March 14, 2013, 9:00am - 2:00pm

Please join Lambda for our Spring Bakesale!  Please use this link to sign up for tabling shifts and baked goods.  We'll also have a credit card reader! All proceeds go to our Bill Smith scholarship for public interest work in the area of disability or LGBT rights, so please sign up and show your support. 

ALSO!  Our new Lambda t-shirts have come in, so please talk to one of our lovely board members about purchasing one of these beauties for $20!

2013 Lambda Tshirt

11th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Lecture: Featuring Judge Vaughn Walker

Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

The Lambda Law Students Association at UC Davis School of Law-King Hall is proud to present the 11th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Lecture.

This year's speaker is Judge Vaughn Walker. Prior to his retirement last year, the Honorable Vaughn R. Walker was chief judge for the Northern District of California. Judge Walker served on the federal bench for 22 years. In 2010, Judge Walker presided over a three week trial on the constitutionality of California’s voter approved ban on same-sex marriage, known as Proposition 8. After hearing testimony from dozens of witnesses, Judge Walker authored an opinion striking down Proposition 8 under equal protection and due process grounds, along with 80 findings of fact and order about the importance of marriage as a social institution for all.

Invitation: Front, Back

For more information, please visit here.

Lambda co-sponsored event

Screening of the documentary Subjectified: Nine Young Women Talk about Sex, followed by a discussion with the Director and one of the interview subjects!
Subjectified is a grassroots documentary that presents a real, human picture of the diversity of sexual experiences from women around the U.S. In a culture surrounded by images of female sexuality, the voices of women themselves are surprisingly absent. Do you think you know why women have sex (or don’t)? Are you sure?
Thursday 9/22/11 @ 7:00 p.m. @ Giedt Hall Room 1002

Marriage is a Fundamental Right: Perry v. Schwartzenegger

Wednesday, September 7 · 3:00pm - 5:00pm
King Hall, Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

Theane Evangelis Kapur, with the law firm of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, will give a presentation on the highly publicized federal challenge to Prop. 8, which amended the California Constitution to eliminate marriage rights for same-sex couples. Ms. Kapur and her law firm are representing the plaintiffs, who claim that Prop. 8 violates the right to equality and the fundamental right to marry guaranteed by the United States Constitution. On August 4, 2010, a federal judge in San Francisco struck down Prop. 8 on grounds that it violates the federal Constitution, and that decision is currently on hold pending an appeal. Ms. Kapur will provide an inside perspective on this groundbreaking case and its implications.


'Don't Ask Don't Tell' repealed

September 20, 2011
See President Obama's official statement here


Get an LGBTA legal mentor! Any student interested in a BALIF mentor should email the Young Lawyers & Student Program Chair, Dennis Raglin (UCD ’95), at younglawyers@balif.org.

SacLEGAL (Sacramento LGBT Bar Association) Diversity Scholarship Due 9/28/2011