Lambda Legal Hosts Fair Courts Forums in Des Moines and Iowa City

Forums to Focus on Preserving Fair and Impartial Courts in the Wake of Last Year's Ouster of Three Iowa Supreme Court Judges

Date

Date: 
10/26/2011

 

(Des Moines and Iowa City, IA, October 26, 2011) - Lambda Legal, along with several Iowa-based legal organizations, will host two forums on how best to preserve a fair and impartial judiciary after last year's ouster of three Iowa Supreme Court justices. The events will take place at public libraries in Des Moines and Iowa City.

Meredith Palmer, Fair Courts Project Manager for Lambda Legal, will talk about how the LGBT community relies on a fair and impartial court system to protect its civil rights - whether combating discrimination in the workplace and in our schools, accessing health care, or securing marriage equality.

WHO: Lambda Legal, ACLU of Iowa and One Iowa

WHAT: Panel and debate exploring the continuing controversies over how to best secure a fair and impartial judiciary

WHERE/WHEN: Wednesday, October 26, 2011 4:30-7:30PM at the Des Moines Public Library, 1000 Grand Des Moines, IA 50309 and Thursday, October 27, 2011 5:30-8:30PM at the Iowa City Public Library, 123 South Linn St., Iowa City, IA 52240

Each event will include three areas of discussion: 1) legislative officials and journalists will discuss legislative responses (i.e. impeachment of judges) to the courts and the media coverage of these attacks; 2) judges will provide their perspective on how to respond to attacks, the restrictions and ethical limitations imposed on them in their response, and ways judges can proactively interact with the community before attacks happen; and 3) community members will share their perspectives about what fair and impartial courts mean to their community and ways to further engage their community in these issues.

Participating and sponsoring organizations include Lambda Legal, Justice at Stake, American Judicature Society, Justice Not Politics, ACLU of Iowa, One Iowa, Drake Law LGBT Student Association, American Constitution Society - Iowa Lawyer Chapter, American Constitution Society - Drake University Law School Chapter, Outlaws - University of Iowa College of Law, American Constitution Society - Iowa Lawyer Chapter, American Constitution Society - University of Iowa College of Law Student Chapter, University of Iowa Journal of Gender, Race & Justice, and Law Students for Reproductive Justice.

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Contact Info

 

Erik Roldan 312-663-4413 ext. 359; Email: eroldan@lambdalegal.org

Lambda Legal is a national organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy work.