The mission of the Global Project for LGBTQ Rights and Feminism at the Chapman University Fowler School of Law is to:
- Bring leading scholars and policymakers to Chapman University to discuss a wide range of issues related to family law, marriage equality, discrimination based on sex and sexual orientation, international human rights, and the profound impact that gender and sexual orientation have on law and society
- Address the complex questions evoked by feminist theory and LGBTQ rights through an interdisciplinary approach
- Provide an important forum for international dialogue about gender and sexual orientation
The vision of the Global Project for LGBTQ Rights and Feminism is a world safe for all persons, regardless of gender, gender identification or sexual orientation.
The Global Project for LGBTQ Rights and Feminism frequently hosts a number of talks by scholars who address topics encompassed by the Project's mission. Guests for 2011-2012 (pdf) included:
- University of Michigan Law Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon, who will give a talk on "Trafficking, Prostitution and Equality,"
- Steven Cohen, the former secretary to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, an instrumental player in the passage of that state's marriage equality laws.
Past guests (pdf) have included June Rose Carbone, Katherine M. Franke, Catherine E. Smith and Dean Spade.
Professor Marisa S. Cianciarulo is the Director of Chapman's Family Violence Clinic, in which upper-level law students represent survivors of domestic violence, rape, and other crimes in petitions for restraining orders and applications for immigration relief. She is a specialist in clinical teaching and immigration law with a human rights focus. Professor Cianciarulo taught in the Villanova Clinic for Asylum, Refugee and Emigrant Services for three years prior to joining the faculty at Chapman. She previously served as a Staff Attorney with the American Bar Association's Commission on Immigration in Washington, D.C., was a partner in a law firm specializing in immigration matters, and served as interim legal director of a non-profit immigration services provider in Arlington, Virginia. She publishes on the intersection of gender and immigration with an emphasis on vulnerable immigrant populations. Professor Cianciarulo received her B.A. from the Catholic University of America, her JD from American University Washington College of Law, and her M.A. from American University School of International Service. She teaches the Family Violence Clinic, Gender & the Law, Refugee Law and Civil Procedure.