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12 Dukeminier Awards: Best Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review 1 (2012-2013)

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Welcome to the eleventh annual publication of The Dukeminier Awards: Best Sexual
Orientation and Gender Identity Law Review Articles. Each year, hundreds of scholars,
lawyers, judges, and law students publish articles on law and policy regarding sexuality,
sexual orientation, and gender identity. The Dukeminier Awards, produced by The
Williams Institute and students at the UCLA School of Law, recognizes the best among
these articles.

We publish The Dukeminier Awards to advance the following goals:

    *  To encourage scholars to begin or continue writing about sexuality and gender
       identity law and public policy, and to provide valuable support and recognition to
       those who do so;
    *  To disseminate superb scholarship regarding sexuality and gender identity to the
       general public, as well as to lawyers, judges, legislators, and policymakers; and
    *  To encourage critical thought on cutting-edge topics in legal, political, and
       academic debate.

Producing The Dukeminier Awards also offers a unique educational experience to
students here at UCLA. Among the numerous courses at the UCLA School of Law that
address sexuality and gender, the Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Workshop is an
annual seminar, taught by the senior Williams Institute Law Teaching Fellow, which
focuses specifically on legal scholarship. Students in this seminar read, think critically
about, and ultimately vote on which articles constitute the best sexuality and gender
identity scholarship of the year.

This year, the seminar's structure was overhauled to improve the student learning
experience and the process for selecting Dukeminier Award winners. In fall 2012, a
committee of law professors from various institutions reviewed every legal article
published between January 2012 and September 2012 that substantially relates to
sexuality and gender identity law. 1 From an initial pool of over 100 articles, this
committee, as well as students and professors from all over the country, nominated
approximately twenty-five articles for a Dukeminier Award. An additional panel of law
professors then reviewed that list and selected thirteen articles to advance to the final
stage of review-the Sexual Orientation Workshop.    These thirteen finalists thus
comprised the core readings for the seminar.

1      The faculty committee reviewed articles that were published during a truncated period in 2012
because of a new change in the timeframe for when articles qualify for an award in any given year.
Previously, The Dukeminier Awards operated on a calendar year; going forward, The Dukeminier Awards
will operate on an academic year. For example, in 2014, The Dukeminier Awards will recognize articles
that were published between September 2012 and August 2013.

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