Events and Offerings

OutLaws sponsors a suite of programming every year, including:


  • Blood drive tabling protesting bans against blood donations from men who have had sex with men in the last year
  • Panels discussing the deconstruction of DOMA and its effect on same-sex binational couples
  • Pro bono opportunities with organizations focused on LGBTQ issues
  • Roberta Kaplan ’91 lunchtime talk
    •  Ms. Kaplan successfully argued on behalf of Edith Windsor in the landmark U.S. Supreme Court case, United States v. Windsor. In Windsor, the Court struck down section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) and opened the door to Obergefell v. Hodges two years later. Ms. Kaplan will be joined by several litigators who successfully argued against an anti-gay marriage and anti-transgender law in Mississippi (HB 1523) this year. They will discuss new frontiers in the fight for LGBTQ+ equality: confronting the resistance of some states to marriage equality; and fighting against state laws that discriminate against members of the LGBTQ+ community – such as North Carolina’s anti-transgender bathroom bill.

Professional development:

  • Dinners with law firms
  • LGBTQ Bar Association’s Lavender Law Conference
  • Mentoring programs
  • Out in the Workplace dinner
  • Resume review workshops
  • Non-profit and government agency dinner


  • Graduation party
  • OutLaws and QTPOC Retreat held at a private estate in upstate New York
  • Mixers with other Columbia graduate schools
  • Mixers with NYC-area law schools


  • Peer Mentoring
  • OutLaws’ Library
  • Database listing professors of Outlaws’ members
  • Outlines, Cover Letter, and Resume Bank

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