Law 165 - Using Empirical Research and Narrative to Inform LGBT Law and Policy

Nancy Polikoff

Nancy Polikoff

Visiting Professor
B.A. University of Pennsylvania, 1972
M.A. George Washington University, 1980
J.D. Georgetown Universtiy Law Center, 1975
Course Description:

This course will explore the relevance of empirical research and narrative to LGBT law and policy issues. The course will feature scholars and research of the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.  Themes explored throughout the course may include: doctrinal and other reasons why research has become more central to LGBT legal advancements in the past decade; the different types of public policy research in terms of methodologies; the limitations of current data and research on LGBT issues; the difficulties in translating social science research into evidence in the courtroom; the impact that the dominant LGBT rights frame of equality has on social science research; the challenges in conducting objective research that informs the objectives of two or more competing movements; and the effective presentation of social science research before legislators, judges, juries, media, and other audiences.  By the end of the course, students will have an introduction to LGBT law and related public policy research; will have explored the practice-based issues faced by lawyers, social science researchers, and decision-makers when working in this area; and will have read materials that combine narrative, empirical research, and law to inform and influence others.


Course Information:
​Faculty Term Course Section ​Schedule ​Units Requisite Satisfies SAW
Nancy Polikoff 17S 165 LEC 10 W 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM 1.0 No No
  Class will meet on 2/1, 2/15, 3/1, 3/15, 4/5, 4/19, in room 2448.
Textbook Information:
Textbook for Spring 2017 LEC 10
Ball, Carlos The Right to be Parents    
ISBN: 9781479803163. New York University Press. REQUIRED $24.00