Keynote Speaker: Karen Thompson
Legal Commentator: Kate Kendell, JD, Executive Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights
Medical Commentator: Eric Widera, MD, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at UCSF, Director of the Hospice & Palliative Care Service at the San Francisco VA Medical Center, Program Director for the Geriatrics Fellowship at UCSF
About the Keynote Speaker: Karen Thompson retired after 36 years as a professor at St. Cloud State University. She gained national recognition following the November 13, 1983 car accident of her partner Sharon Kowalski. Sharon sustained a traumatic brain injury after a drunk driver hit her car. Following the accident, Sharon’s biological family refused to acknowledge or accept Sharon’s relationship with Karen and kept them apart for more than 3 ½ years.
As a result of these actions, Karen came out and began her nearly decade long legal battle for guardianship and for Sharon’s right to come home. She spoke across the country not just to tell the story of her fight for Sharon to move home, but also to raise awareness for legal protection for lesbian and gay relationships.
Co-Sponsors: UCSF/UC Hastings Consortium on Law, Science & Health Policy, UC Hastings Faculty Colloquium Series,OUTLAW Student Organization
Update: This event was recorded and part 1 can be found here.