4th Annual Harvard Lambda Legal Advocacy Conference

  • Lambda_Queering the Health Gap_conference poster_2009.tif

    Poster from the 4th Annual Harvard Lambda Legal Advocacy Conference

  • Harvard Law School Lambda Letter, November 8, 1994, HOLLIS 15136127

    Harvard Law School Lambda Letter, November 8, 1994, HOLLIS 15136127

    This single page document comes from a collection of HLS ephemera, much of which was collected by a former Library staff member.

  • This article was published about a year after the Committee on Gay Legal Issues (COGLI) formed.

    Harvard Law Record, vol. 71 no. 4 (October 17, 1980), p.2

    This article was published about a year after the Committee on Gay Legal Issues (COGLI) formed.

  • 1978 also marked the year GLAD—Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders was founded, a group that COGLI worked with.

    Harvard Law Record, vol. 71 no. 4 (October 17, 1980), p.13

    1978 also marked the year GLAD—Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders was founded, a group that COGLI worked with.

  • José Gómez, 1981 Harvard Law School Yearbook

    José Gómez, 1981 Harvard Law School Yearbook

    Gómez (J.D. 1981) founded the Committee on Gay Legal Issues (COGLI) in the fall of 1978.

February 27-28, 2009
Queering the Health Gap: LGBT Health Disparities and the Law
Harvard Law School Poster Collection, 1972- : Box 3A, Folder 3
HOLLIS 15136142

Today, Lambda is “a community of lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans*, queer and allied students at Harvard Law School” (2018 website). Its roots can be traced back to the fall of 1978 when José Gómez (J.D. 1981) founded the Committee on Gay Legal Issues (COGLI).

The organization went through two more name changes before it became Lambda in 1993 (each representing greater inclusivity by adding Lesbian and Bisexual to its moniker). The group has taken on issues related to employment, criminal law, military service, and family law as they specifically relate to the gay and lesbian community, as well as faculty hiring and diversity, and the difficulties of being out at Harvard Law School. Since 2006, Lambda has held an annual Legal Advocacy Conference. Past conference topics include: law schools and the military, experiences and goals in LGBT law, LGBT rights and the first amendment, and LGBTQ advocacy in religious America.