Friday, September 7, 2012

Go On! Addressing sexual assault in U.S. military

(Go On! is an occasional item on symposia and other events of interest)

The Hastings Women's Law Journal, based at my home institution, the University of California Hastings College of the Law, soon will host an important symposium on an aspect of sexual violence.
Entitled "Fixing a Broken System: Rape and Sexual Assault in the Military," the symposium will take place on Friday, September 28, 2012, at the law school, 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, California. Organizers hope to generate ideas to repair a system that too often fails to meet the demands of its many constituencies, including persons who suffer sexual assault by service members.
The daylong conference, for which MCLE and CLE credit will be available, will open with a keynote address by U.S. Rep. Jackie Speier (left) (D-California). (photo credit) Three panels will follow, on the following subjects:
► U.S. military justice system
► Impact on survivors and veterans, as well as the employment context of military service versus civilian workplace
► Assessment of policy and reform
Yours truly, Elizabeth L. Hillman, California-Hastings Professor of Law, will take part in the program, along with many other noted speakers: John D. Altenburg, Jr., Major General, U.S. Army (Ret.); Philip D. Cave, Commander, U.S. Navy (Ret.); Josh Connolly, Deputy Legislative Director, Office of Congresswoman Jackie Speier; Kathleen Gilberd, Co-Chair, National Lawyer’s Guild Military Law Task Force; Maia Goodell, Chair, New York City Bar's Military Affairs and Justice Committee; Victor M. Hansen, Professor of Law, New England Law Boston; Shira Maguen, Health Sciences Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California-San Francisco; Rachel Natelson, Legal Director of SWAN, the Service Women’s Action Network; Teresa Panepinto, Director of Legal Services, Swords to Plowshares; Kate Weber, a survivor of military sexual trauma; and Bridget J. Wilson, an attorney and Major, California Guard, U.S. Army Reserve, Enlisted (Ret.).
Cosponsors include the National Institute of Military Justice, a nongovernmental organization for which I serve as President, along with the Combat Paper Project, the O’Brien Center for Scholarly Publications, and the UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy.
For further information, please contact Gina Gribow, the Journal's Executive Symposium Editor, at

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