Each year, the Center on Applied Feminism convenes feminist legal scholars to discuss current issues.
For nearly 10 years, UB's Center on Applied Feminism has been committed to taking a critical look at how feminist legal theories are applied in every day legal situations. Below are links to past years' conferences and themes. If you would like more information about a certain topic, please contact the Center directly at 410.837.5706.
2019 Conference -- Applied Feminism and #MeToo
Expert in sexual harassment, employment, and whistleblower law, Debra Katz, presented the 2019 keynote address. She has developed extensive litigation experience in federal and local courts and has achieved significant courtroom successes in a number of high-profile cases. She has been recognized as "Civil Rights Lawyer of the Year" for Washington, D.C. by The Best Lawyers© In America for 2018, as one of the “toughest” employment lawyers in Washington, D.C. by Washingtonian magazine
2017 Conference -- Applied Feminism and Intersectionality
We were honored to have Jocelyn Frye, senior fellow, Center for American Progress, as our 2017 keynote speaker. Formerly, Frye was a deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and director of policy and special projects for First Lady Michelle Obama.
2016 Conference -- Applied Feminism Today
We were honored to have Judge Nancy Gertner as our 2016 keynote speaker. She is a former U. S. federal judge who built her career standing up for women's rights, civil liberties and justice for all. She is currently on the faculty at Harvard Law School and is the author of In Defense of Women: Memoirs of an Unrepentant Advocate.
2015 Conference -- Applied Feminism and Work
EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum presented the 2015 keynote address. She has served as a commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 2010, having been nominated to serve by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the Senate, initially for a term ending on July 1, 2013. President Obama nominated her to serve a second term ending on July 1, 2018, and she was confirmed by the Senate on December 12, 2013.
2014 Conference - Applied Feminism and Health
NOW President Terry O'Neill gave the keynote address in 2014. She is a feminist attorney, professor and activist for social justice, and was elected president of NOW in June 2009. O'Neill oversees NOW's multi-issue agenda, which includes: advancing reproductive freedom, promoting diversity and ending racism, stopping violence against women, winning lesbian rights, ensuring economic justice, ending sex discrimination and achieving constitutional equality for women.
2013 Conference - Applied Feminism and Families
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota served as the 2013 keynote speaker. The first woman elected to represent the State of Minnesota in the Senate in 2006, she is a strong advocate for middle-class families on a range of critical issues including economic growth, job creation and fiscal responsibility and accountability in government.