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Conference on “Progressive Family Values” April 21 at Yale Law School

The Yale Law School Chapter of the American Constitution Society will host a conference on “Progressive Family Values” Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at Yale Law School. The conference is co-sponsored by the Yale University Women Faculty Forum and the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy's national office and is free and open to the public.

“In recent times, the term ‘family values’ has come to be understood as opposed to progressive thought and advocacy,” said conference organizer Stephen Ruckman ’08. “This conference challenges that conventional wisdom.  Bringing together leading thinkers and practitioners on family issues, the conference aims to highlight the ways in which progressives are fighting—on principled grounds—for policies that support the American family in all its forms.”

The event begins with a welcome from Yale Law School Dean Harold Hongju Koh at 10:00 a.m., followed by three panel discussions throughout the day. It concludes with a reception from 4:00 -5:00 p.m. and dinner from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

Panel I, from 10:10 a.m. - 11:40 a.m., is titled "What Are Progressive Family Values?" Panelists are Representative Rosa DeLauro, D-CT, 3rd District; Professor Linda McClain, Hofstra University School of Law; and Professor George Lakoff, University of California at Berkeley, and Senior Fellow, The Rockridge Institute. The moderator is Professor Reva Siegel, Yale Law School.

Panel II, from 12:00 p.m. - 1:40 p.m., is titled "What's Not Working For Families?" Panelists are Mark Greenberg, Center for Law and Social Policy and Center for American Progress; Professor Jacob Hacker, Yale University; and Professor Robert Lerman, American University and Urban Institute. The moderator is Professor Anne Alstott, Yale Law School.

Panel III, from 2:00 p.m. - 3:40 p.m., is titled "Advocating Our Family Values." Panelists are Karen Kornbluh, Policy Director, Office of U.S. Senator Barack Obama; Professor Nina Pillard, Georgetown University Law Center; and Judy Scott, General Counsel, Service Employees International Union. The moderator is Professor Ariela Dubler, Columbia Law School.

To register for the conference, visit or email Advance registration is required for the lunch and the dinner. 

The American Constitution Society for Law and Policy is engaged in the movement to ensure that the fundamental principles of human dignity, individual rights and liberties, genuine equality, and access to justice are in their rightful, central place in American law. 

The Yale Women Faculty Forum seeks to highlight the presence of women at the university and the accomplishments of Yale alumnae.