The Columbia Law School Association and the Center for Gender & Sexuality Law invite you to attend and participate in  CLE program, Supreme Court Roundup: LGBTQ Rights and Religious Liberty in the 2017 Term, to be held at Sony Music Entertainment.

Registration by Eventbrite is Required.  Please register at:

Tuesday, October 31 | 9:00-10:00 a.m.
*Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. so the program can begin on time. 

Co-Hosted by OutLoud at Sony Music Entertainment
and the Diversity Committee of Citi Private Bank

Event Host: Wade Leak ’89*, Senior Vice President, Deputy General Counsel,
Chief Compliance, Ethics and Privacy Officer
Sony Music Entertainment

The Sony Building, 25 Madison Avenue (at 25th Street)
27th Floor

Speaker: Professor Katherine Franke,
Isidor and Seville Sulzbacher Professor of Law, Columbia Law School
Director, Center for Gender & Sexuality Law
Faculty Director, Public Rights/Private Conscience Project


This term the Supreme Court has before them two cases of great significance for LGBTQ rights. Professor Franke will provide an overview of these cases, the specific legal questions at issue, and the larger stakes for civil rights law more generally. The first case, Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, the Colorado Civil Rights Commission ruled that the owner of a bakery who refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple violated Colorado’s anti-discrimination law. The baker claims that this ruling abridges his First Amendment rights to religious liberty and free expression insofar as the ruling imposes a substantial burden on his sincerely held religious belief that marriage is a sacrament between a man and a woman, and abridges his right to artistic expression. The Court is also considering whether to take an important sexual orientation discrimination case: Evans v. Georgia Regional Hospital. In this case the 11th Circuit ruled that the prohibition in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against employment discrimination “because of . . . sex” does not encompass discrimination based on an individual’s sexual orientation. The 7th Circuit had previously held that sexual orientation discrimination claims were actionable as a form of sex discrimination under Title VII, so the Court is faced with a circuit split on this issue.

*Wade Leak ’89 oversees compliance in areas such as radio promotion, online marketing, code of conduct, privacy, parental advisory labeling and records management.  He also handles important company litigations and advises the company’s business units on a variety of legal issues.  Wade began working in the music industry in January 1999 when he joined the Zomba Group of Companies as in-house counsel and handled various legal issues for the recorded music and music publishing companies, including litigation, employment, trademark and corporate governance.  In 2003, he joined the Legal and Business Affairs department of BMG Music as head of litigation after Bertelsmann’s acquisition of Zomba.  Wade received his undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University, and after graduating from Columbia Law School in 1989, was a judicial clerk for Justice Christine M. Durham of the Utah Supreme Court.  He then worked at the law firms of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher and Bodian & Eames before joining Zomba.

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