Bill Smith Lecture with Associate Professor Dean Spade Thursday, February 28, 2019, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Campus Location:King Hall
Location of Event:UC Davis Campus
Event Type:Free Events, Lectures and Seminars
Presented by:UC Davis School of Law
Sponsored by:Lambda Law Students Association

In mainstream US culture, and particularly in law schools, law and policy reform are revered as the most important strategy for transforming conditions facing marginalized groups. In this lecture, Dean Spade will argue not only that the focus on changing law is misplaced, but also that models of mutual aid are crucial to both the survival of queer and trans people, and the mobilization of powerful social movements we need if we aim to transform current conditions.

Dean Spade is an associate professor at the Seattle University School of Law. In 2002, he founded the Sylvia Rivera Law Project, a non-profit collective that provides free legal help to low-income people and people of color who are trans, intersex and/or gender non-conforming and works to build trans resistance rooted in racial and economic justice. He is the author of Normal Life: Administrative Violence, Critical Trans Politics and the Limits of Law (Duke University Press 2015). His video projects and writing are available at

The lecture ends at 7 pm with a reception that follows immediately.

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