VERMILLION, S.D. -- The OUTlaws at the University of South Dakota School of Law will be hosting the second annual Lavender Lecture at 2 p.m. on April 7 with guest lecturer Dale Carpenter, Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota School of Law. Carpenter writes in the areas of constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law. His presentation will focus on sexual orientation and the law with emphasis on the topic of marriage equality. The event, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the courtroom at the USD School of Law.
In 2007, Carpenter was appointed the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law. He was the Julius E. Davis Professor of Law for 2006-07 and the Vance K. Opperman Research Scholar for 2003-04. He is a frequent television, radio, and print commentator on constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law.Carpenter received his B.A. degree in history from Yale College in 1989 and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School in 1992. At the University of Chicago he was Editor-in-Chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. He received both the D. Francis Bustin Prize for excellence in legal scholarship and the John M. Olin Foundation Scholarship for Law & Economics. He is also a member of the state bars of Texas and California.
The Lavender Lecture was inaugurated by the OUTlaws in 2013 as a venue to bring discussion and education to South Dakota on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender issues and the law. Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit was the first Lavender Lecture speaker. Professor Carpenter continues this newly minted tradition.