Wednesday, May 27, 2015

          Acclaimed LGBTQ Scholar Aaron Belkin Joins UC Hastings Faculty

          Sample alt tag.

          Professor Aaron Belkin will join UC Hastings as a visiting professor in the fall of 2015.

          Belkin is Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University and the founding director of the Palm Center, a leading gay rights non-profit originally affiliated with UC Santa Barbara. 

          Belkin is the author of five books and numerous articles on military diversity. He was instrumental in the public education campaign leading to the 2010 legislative repeal of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy which punished openly lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the armed forces. Now, he and the Palm Center have turned their focus to the military’s ban on transgender personnel.

          While at UC Hastings for a one-year visiting professorship, Belkin will teach social science research and LGBTQ rights litigation in the spring semester while continuing his research. As one of the few non-JD faculty at UC Hastings, Professor Belkin will bring an interdisciplinary perspective to examining cases dealing with marriage equality, family law, and sexuality in the military.

          “There’s a powerful relationship between litigation strategies and lobbying, public education and grassroots organizing,” he said. “‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’ is seen by some advocates as a textbook example of how to pursue a range of strategies which enhance the chances of the court case’s success.” He recalled how the federal district court judge who overturned “don’t ask, don’t tell” cited the exact arguments that the community had been advancing in the media as part of its public education campaign. “Social science empowered the litigation, and vice versa, and we will explore that in the course,” he said.

          Belkin has previously collaborated on projects and papers with Provost & Academic Dean Elizabeth L. Hillman, who considers Belkin’s appointment a way to diversify academic offerings at UC Hastings. “Aaron has been singularly successful in advocating for LGBT rights,” Hillman said. “The social science focus of his course will show students who are committed to making change that effective legal strategies often involve disciplines outside legal doctrine and beyond the courtroom,” she said. His appointment is independently funded. 

          For his part, Belkin is delighted to be joining the UC Hastings faculty and working again with Hillman. “I’m also looking forward to meeting and working with a wide range of other faculty members whose work involves social justice and the intersection of law and social science,” he said.

          To read more about Professor Belkin and his work at the Palm Center, see: http://aaronbelkin.org and http://www.palmcenter.org

          Go to News Archive

          Share this Story

          Share via Facebook
          Share via TwitterShare via EmailPrint Friendly Version

          Other Recent Stories/ RSS

          Friday, July 14, 2017

          Silicon Valley Star: Jonathan Runyan '06 is Helping Startups Succeed

          After representing hundreds of tech firms and venture funds, Runyan decided to join one.
          Friday, July 07, 2017

          When Irish Eyes are Advocating: Rising 3L interns at the Adoption Authority of Ireland

          Gracie Wright assists with inter-country adoptions, researches 'mother and baby home,' and learns to balance the emotional and legal aspects of people searching for their families.
          Thursday, July 06, 2017

          Annual Research Roundup - 2016

          Message from Professor Scott Dodson, Associate Dean for Research, Harry & Lillian Hastings Research Chair
          Wednesday, July 05, 2017

          Thinkers & Doers: June 2017

          Sherlock Holmes Syndrome -- Clara Foltz lounge is the new (temporary) KQED TV studio -- Professor Joan C. Williams on a talk radio tour -- Why Do We Work for Justice? -- Politico says Trump Hearings Launch Kamala Harris -- #SummerOfLaw -- Was alum a potential running mate for President John F. Kennedy? -- and much more
          Tuesday, June 27, 2017

          Message from Dean Faigman: Celebrating Justice on the 4th

          As we head into the Fourth of July weekend, a time when we celebrate the victory of law over tyranny, it is worth contemplating the role of the modern law school.
          Go to News Archive