(PRWEB) January 31, 2014
LGBT persons living in Russia have faced increased attacks and discrimination following Russia’s adoption of an anti-gay propaganda law.
A panel during the American Bar Association Midyear Meeting in Chicago will discuss responses to that law, including effects on corporate sponsors of the Olympic Games, and what efforts can be made to improve the human rights situation for LGBT persons in Russia.
Professor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, a commissioner on the ABA Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI), will lead a discussion on the Russian legislation, athletes’ free speech rights at international events and the protection of human rights.
The panel will be held Friday, Feb. 7, 2014, the same day as the opening ceremonies of the Sochi
Winter Olympics. The panelists are:
- Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School in Chicago
- Prof. Elvia R. Arriola, Northern Illinois University College of Law
- Prof. David Austin, California Western School of Law, San Diego
- Nancy Hogshead-Makar, 1984 Olympic Swimming Champion and Senior Director of Advocacy for the Women’s Sports Foundation
- Steven J. Thompson, partner, Ungaretti & Harris LLP, who has represented athletes in Olympic selection disputes
Who: Prof. Mark E. Wojcik, The John Marshall Law School
What: Olympian Troubles: Responses to Russia’s Anti-Gay Legislation During the Sochi Winter Olympics
Where: Hyatt Regency Chicago, Plaza Ballroom A, Lower Level, East Tower
When: 2 to 3:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7
If you would like to speak to Professor Mark E. Wojcik before the Feb. 7 panel, please contact Christine Kraly at ckraly(at)jmls(dot)edu