Law Review: The Evolution of Academic Discourse on Sexual Orientation and the Law

Symposium: The Evolution of Academic Discourse on Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Festschrift in Honor of Jeffrey Sherman
Christopher R. Leslie. 84 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 345 (2009)

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The theme of this symposium is The Evolution of Sexual Orientation and the Law because Professor Sherman played an important role in this history. This introduction will briefly explore the role of legal academics in this evolution. Part One will review some of the many ways that the law affected the lives of gay people and will note the relative absence of legal scholarship discussing these issues for several decades. Part Two will posit some explanations for the dearth of law review articles and examine the significance of those early scholars, including Professor Sherman, who helped create the academic subject of Sexual Orientation and the Law. Finally, Part Three will introduce the articles that compose this symposium and attempt to put them into historical context.