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Legal Research and Writing- Historical Society of NY Courts -Garfinkel Contest 2015: Research Paper Topics

Use this guide to conduct research for the 2015 Garfinkel Essay Contest sponsored by the Historical Society of New York Courts.


How have the New York Courts addressed equal human rights for the LGBT Community?

Select  one of the four topics below and discuss the role and impact of significant cases and legislation on the LGBT community. Your analysis should draw on events leading to these cases & laws, who (activists, attorneys and judges) was involved, and how the issues were addressed. You may discuss current and historical events.

1. Family Law: How has the law addressed LGBT families? Your essay can cover issues including, but not limited to: civil unions & marriage, adoption, spousal benefits and inheritance.

2. Educational Law: Discuss anti-discrimination statutes and case law that concern LGBT students on campus.

3. Employment Law: What types of discrimination have LGBT individuals faced in the workplace and how have rights in this sphere evolved?

4. Criminal Law: Examine events of your choice in the evolution of New York’s criminal law that impacted LGBT individuals from the Stonewall Rebellion (1969) to the present. This can include the development of hate crimes legislation.


In Memoriam

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This research guide was created by Professor Beth Seelick (1955-2019).
"A teacher affects eternity; she can never tell where her influence stops." ― Henry B. Adams