UC Davis Lambda Law Students Association

Bill Smith Memorial Lecture

15th Annual Bill Smith Memorial Lecture
October 11, 2016
Lecture Starts at 5pm, Reception to immediately follow in Courtyard
Kalmanovitz Appellate Courtroom

This year's lecture will feature Bennett Klein. Ben Klein is a Senior Attorney and has been the AIDS Law Project Director at GLAD since 1994. Ben has litigated cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts establishing legal protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and people living with HIV. Ben was lead counsel in Bragdon v. Abbott, a 1998 U.S. Supreme Court decision that established protection against discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act for all people with HIV. In Massachusetts, Ben won a decision before the Division of Medical Assistance Board of Appeals in 2001 ensuring equal access to liver transplants for HIV-positive individuals under the Commonwealth's MassHealth program.  

Klein will discuss "Sexuality, Disability and Irrational Fear: Lessons from HIV Litigation" 

Named after a beloved and now passed alum, Bill F. Smith (’98), the Memorial Lecture was established with the generous support of his family. In his brief career as an attorney, Bill Smith championed the rights of the underrepresented in the labor and employment context. At King Hall, Bill Smith was the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service Award winner as well as an active and beloved presence at King Hall. Now in its twelfth year, the event honors Bill Smith’s memory by presenting cutting edge issues affecting the LGBT community.

Bill F. Smith (’98) Memorial LGBT Rights/Disability Rights Public Interest Program

The Lambda Law Students Association at UC Davis School of Law—King Hall (Lambda LSA) and the King Hall Legal Foundation (KHLF) are proud to present the Bill Smith Memorial Public Interest Fellowship. The Public Interest Fellowship is a joint sponsorship project of KHLF and the Lambda LSA. Fellows must demonstrate 1) an active interest in LGBT issues and 2) have secured a position in the area of LGBT rights or disability rights law with a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Fellows will be awarded between $500 and $1000 for work completed during the summer.