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Gwendolyn M. Leachman

Sears Law Teaching Fellow, The Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy

Gwendolyn M. Leachman B.A. UC Santa Cruz, 2004
J.D. UC Berkeley, 2011
Ph.D. UC Berkeley, expected 2014
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Gwendolyn Manriquez Leachman is the Sears Law Fellow with the Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy.  Leachman’s research focuses on the influence of law and litigation on the organization of sexual politics and on cultural constructions of sexuality.  Her current project, which is supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation, examines the impact of legal strategies on the LGBT movement’s dominant goals, priorities, and message.  Leachman earned her J.D. from UC Berkeley and was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2011, and she is currently completing her Ph.D. in UC Berkeley’s Jurisprudence and Social Policy program.  Her work won the Law & Society Association Graduate Student Paper Prize in 2009.  During law school, Leachman was a member of the California Law Review and she served as Senior Articles Editor for the Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law.  Her scholarship has appeared in the Annual Review of Law & Social Science and in Studies in Law, Politics, & Society. Her forthcoming article, “From Protest to Perry: How Litigation Shaped the LGBT Movement’s Agenda,” will appear in the UC Davis Law Review (April 2014).