1 comment  

Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic can boast another victory – this time on behalf of a gay parolee in Massachusetts.  The Massachusetts Parole Board agreed last week to give Bruce Wilborn, an openly gay inmate, a new parole hearing to settle the sexual orientation discrimination charges he brought against the board more than a year ago. The settlement comes after Federal District Court Judge Patti Saris rejected the Parole Board’s attempt to dismiss Wilborn’s claims that the parole board singled him out and treated him worse than other parole applicants because he is gay. Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic and the law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP serve as counsel for Wilborn.

As a result of this week’s settlement, Wilborn will receive a new parole hearing this spring, more than two years before he would otherwise have been entitled to a hearing.
“This result is groundbreaking for gay prison inmates,” said Suzanne B. Goldberg, director of the Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic. “This settlement, along with earlier decisions in the case, makes clear that parole boards may not single out gay applicants and deny them fair and equal treatment.”
Wilborn said, “It makes me very happy to know that the parole board can’t treat me differently from anybody else just because I’m gay.”

The settlement follows a federal district court decision last October in which Judge Saris adopted Magistrate Judge Dein’s opinion recognizing that “federal anti-discrimination guarantees apply to parole decisions.” The decision affirms that anti-gay bias is impermissible in the parole context.

“This settlement is monumental for Mr. Wilborn,” added Keren Zwick, one of the Columbia Law Students representing Wilborn. “For more than 25 years, he has been a model inmate, and now he will finally have a fair chance to present his case without being harassed because of his sexual orientation.”


Wilborn is represented by Neal Minahan and Lisa Linsky of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. Clinic students Mollie Kornreich ’09, Keren Zwick ’09, Abram Seaman ’10, Adam Pulver ’08, Amos Blackman ’08, and Katherine Harris ’09 have all worked on the case. Kornreich and Zwick argued against the dismissal of Wilborn’s case before Judge Saris.

One comment

  1. Thank you very much for sharing this information, I read this post and happy to know about Columbia Law School’s its really good job. That Columbia Law School’s Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic and the law firm McDermott Will & Emery LLP serve as counsel for Wilborn.

Add a comment


Comments are subject to moderation and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of
Columbia Law School or Columbia University.

FEATURED POSTS

CATEGORY CLOUD

"Homeland" Security Abortion Rights Activism Adoption adultery Advocacy Affordable Care Act Alien Tort Claims Act Amicus Brief Asylum Bankruptcy BDS Bullying Census Politics Children Citizenship Civil Unions Clinic Columbia Law School Compulsory Marriage Condoms Contraception Contraception Mandate Cordoba House Criminal Law Cures for Homosexuality Defense of Marriage Act Disability Rights Discrimination Divorce Domestic Partnership Domestic Violence Domestic Workers Don't Ask Don't Tell Earth Day Economic Justice Education Egypt Elections Employment Discrimination ENDA Estate Planning Events Family Law Fellowships femininity Feminism Free Speech Gender and Technology Gender Identity Discrimination Gendering the Economy Gender Justice GSL Online Haiti Hate Crimes Health Care Hilary Clinton Hillary Clinton HIV HIV Discrimination Hobby Lobby Homelessness Homophobia Housing Human Rights Identity Politics Illegitimacy (sic) Immigration Reform In-ing Incest India International Law Intersectional Feminism Islamophobia Israel Jobs Justice Sotomayor King & Spalding Labor Trafficking Land Reform Law School Legal Profession Legal Scholarship Lesbian & Gay Parenting LGBT Parenting Marital Status Discrimination Marriage Marriage Equality Masculinity Medicaid Michelle Obama Migration Military National Security Obama Administration Obama Appointments Obergefell Outing OWS Palestine Parenting Pinkwashing Policing Politics of the Veil Polyamory Popular Culture Pornograpy Pregnancy Presidential Politics Prisons Privacy Products Liability Profanity Prop 8 Prosecutorial Discretion Publications Public Rights/Private Conscience Public Rights/Private Conscience Project Queer Theory Queer vs. Gay Rights Race and Racism Racial Stereotyping Rape Religion Religious Accommodation Religious Exemption Religious Exemptions Religious Freedom Restoration Act Religious Fundamentalism Reproductive Rights Reproductive Technology RFRA Romania Rwanda Sartorial Commentary Schools Sex Discrimination Sex Education Sex Stereotyping Sexting Sex Trafficking Sexual Assault Sexual Duplicity Sexual Harassment Sexual Health Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic Sexual Orientation Discrimination Sex Work Silencing of voices SMUG Sodomy Law Reform Solidarity Sports Supreme Court Surrogacy Technology Title IX Trafficking Transgender Uganda Uncategorized Violence Women and Poverty Women of Color Work Zimbabwe

Academic Calendar  |  Resources for Employers  |  Campus Map & Directory  |  Columbia University  |  Jobs at Columbia  |  Contact Us

© Copyright 2009, Columbia Law School. For questions or comments, please contact the webmaster.