Coming soon– JGSPL Spring Symposium 2017

Please check back later for additional details on our upcoming spring symposium.




Thank you to all who attended our fall symposium “Sexual Assault: Legal Responses and Institutional Realities”, and a special thank you to the panelists for bringing a wealth of knowledge and insight to the discussion.

Please check the site later for the Digital Copy of Volume 26, Issue 1, dedicated to sexual assault topics related to our Fall Symposium. Digital copies of our publication can be found here.


Below is the event’s program from October 10th.

This event may contain sensitive material.  Discussion subjects may include sexual assault, sexual violence and/or sexual abuse which may be triggering to survivors.  If you feel triggered, please feel free to step out. Advocate resources can be found in the event program.

Symposium Agenda

12:00: Lunch is served

Enjoy sandwiches, salads, chips, cookies and refreshments with JGSPL staff.

12:30-12:40: Opening remarks

12:40-2:00: Panel 1

Sexual Assault and Trial: How Sexual Assault Issues are Dealt with in the Courtroom

Moderator:  Elizabeth Lippy, Assistant Director for Trial Advocacy, Washington College of Law

Panelist:  Anthony Matthews, D.C. Public Defender Service

Panelist:  Peter Taylor, U.S. Attorney’s Office for D.C.

Panelist: Judge Rhonda Reid-Winston, Superior Court for D.C.

Discussion: Panelists will discuss issues in trial, focusing in particular on evidentiary issues like Federal Rule of Evidence 412, why certain types of evidence are admissible in sexual assault trials.

2:00-2:15: Break

2:15-3:45: Panel 2

Institutional Responses to Sexual Assault

Moderator: Brenda V. Smith, Professor of Law, Washington College of Law

Panelist:  Meaghan Root, Sexual Assault and Response Coordinator, 70 Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, United States Air Force

Panelist:  Regina Curran, Title IX Program Officer, American University

Discussion: Panelists will discuss how each institution they represent responds to allegations of sexual assault, the rights of the accuser, and the rights of the accused. They will also discuss what changes are being implemented and how they believe policy should evolve to better respond to current issues.

3:45 – 4:00: Closing remarks

4:00: Closing reception