In an effort to combat hate crimes and achieve justice for murder victims, San Francisco District Attorney Kamala D. Harris, in partnership with state and national associations including the National District Attorney’s Association and California District Attorney’s Association, is convening experts from around the country to discuss ways of confronting “gay panic” courtroom strategies. The strategies exploit negative stereotypes in an attempt to blame LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) victims for the murder and violence committed against them.

The event was inspired by a similar conference hosted last year in Atlanta by Fulton County District Attorney Paul Howard. DA Howard’s conference was sparked by the murder of one of his prosecutors, Ahmed Dabarran. The defendant in that case claimed he was forced into a sexual encounter with Ahmed and was acting in self-defense when he killed Ahmed. A jury acquitted the defendant of murder charges in 2003.

According to the 2004 California Attorney General’s report, San Francisco has the second highest number of hate crimes in the state, with 144 crimes reported. Los Angeles County reported the highest number of hate crimes at 501.

During the two-day conference, academics, law enforcement officials and even an Emmy-award winning film maker will present sessions on the psychology of the “panic strategies,” the dynamics of these strategies, and how law enforcement and the community can work together to hold criminals accountable. Speakers include Chris Lamiero, lead prosecutor in the Gwen Araujo case; Dave O’Malley, former Police Chief of Laramie, Wyoming and the lead investigator in the Matthew Shepard case; and nationally renown civil rights attorney Gloria Allred.

The conference will be held Thursday, July 20th and Friday July 21st at Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco. In addition, the District Attorney is hosting a Town Hall meeting for the community at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, July 20th at the LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street in San Francisco. The Town Hall meeting is free and open to the public.

CONFERENCE DAY ONE: Thursday, July 20, 2006—FULL DAY at Hastings

7:30 – 9:00 am:
• REGISTRATION— 1st Floor Lobby
• CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST— 2nd Floor Hallway (with refreshments throughout the day)

9:00 – 9:15 am:
• WELCOME & INTRODUCTORY REMARKS

Hon. Kamala D. Harris, District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco

9:15 – 9:30 am:
• WHAT ARE “PANIC” STRATEGIES? (Sponsored by The Williams Institute)

o Panel Title: “ ‘Panic’ in the Courtroom: What are ‘Panic’ Strategies?”

Panelists:
• Professor Angela Harris, Boalt Hall School of Law
• Professor Cynthia Lee, George Washington University School of Law

Moderator: Professor Holning Lau, The Harvey S. Shipley Miller Teaching Fellow,
The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, UCLA School of Law.

9:30 – 10:30
• HOW “PANIC” STRATEGIES WORK (Sponsored by The Williams Institute)

o Panel Title: “Bias, Prejudice and Ignorance: The Dynamics of ‘Panic’ Strategies”

o Explanation of psychology underlying gay & transgender “panic” claims
o Theory of contemporary “panic” strategies and how contemporary “panic” strategies have departed from original “homosexual panic” diagnosis; why “panic” strategies are psychologically suspect.
o Legal analysis of contemporary “panic” strategies, their evolution, why they are doctrinally suspect.

Panelists:
• Professor Angela Harris, Boalt Hall School of Law
• Professor Cynthia Lee, George Washington University School of Law

Moderator: Professor Holning Lau, The Harvey S. Shipley Miller Teaching Fellow,
The Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy, UCLA School of Law.

10:45 – 12:30:
• CASE STUDY: THE GWEN ARAUJO PROSECUTION

o Panel Title: “The Araujo trial—a Case Study”

Panelists:
• Christopher Lamiero, Alameda County Assistant District Attorney and Lead Prosecutor in the Araujo case
• Michael Thorman, Counsel for Defendant Michael Magidson
• William Du Bois, Counsel for Defendant Jose Merel

Moderator: District Attorney Kamala D. Harris

12:30 – 1:30 pm
• LUNCH— “The Beach” at Hastings

1:30 – 3:00 pm “The Struggle for Transgender Civil Rights”

Panelists:
• Theresa Sparks, San Francisco Police Commissioner
• Tamara Ching
• Susan Stryker, Historian & Filmmaker
• James Green, Activist & Speaker
• Yosenio Lewis
• Shannon Minter, Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
• Isabella Ventura

3:00 -3:15 pm Break

3:15 – 4:30 pm
• MASTERING THE DIALOGUE: “Media—Telling Victims’ and Survivors’ Stories Respectfully and Fully”

Panelists:
• Gloria Allred, Civil Rights Attorney & Victim Advocate
• Dave O’Malley, former police chief from Laramie, Wyoming and lead investigator on Matthew Shepard case
• Zak Szymanski, Bay Area Reporter
• Yomi Wronge, San Jose Mercury News

Moderator: Coral Lopez, Southwest Media Regional Manager, the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD)

3:15 – 4:30 pm
• MASTERING THE DIALOGUE: Youth Panel (panel B)
Panel discussion for youth about how to 1) get information to youth about gay and trans “panic” and hate crimes in order to prevent hate-based violence, and 2) take what is learned at the conference and incorporate that information into school-based and other diversity/hate crimes curricula.

5:00 – 6:30 pm
• RECEPTION at The LGBT Center, 1800 Market Street (sponsored by NLGLA)
o Remarks: State Senator Carole Migden
o Invitees: Conference Participants, Elected Officials, Community Leaders, LGBT Community, Law Enforcement Community

6:30 – 8:00 pm
• TOWN HALL MEETING / MODERATED COMMUNITY FORUM at The Center
Moderator: District Attorney Kamala D. Harris

Panelists:
• Dave O’Malley, former Laramie, Wyoming Police Chief
• Sylvia Guerrero, mother of Gwen Araujo
• California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber
• Robert Haaland, Community Activist
o Invitees: Conference Participants, Elected Officials, Community Leaders, LGBT Community, Law Enforcement Community

NOTE: Opening remarks by San Francisco Supervisors Bevan Dufty and Chris Daly

CONFERENCE DAY TWO: Friday, July 21, 2006— HALF-DAY at Hastings College of the Law.
Multi-Track begins at 10:15.

9:00 a.m. – 1:15 pm:
• MASTERING THE CASE: Countering “Panic” Strategies in the Courtroom

9:00– 10:00 a.m. (one panel for all registrants)

Panel Title: “Understanding the LGTB Communities”

Panelists:
• Jeff Montgomery, Triangle Foundation
• Cecilia Chung, Deputy Director, Transgender Law Center
• Tina D’Elia, Community United Against Violence
• Calvin Gipson, Past President of the San Francisco LGBT Pride Parade & Celebration
• Dave O’Malley, former Laramie, Wyoming Police Chief

10:15 - 12:15 p.m. (Multi-Track Panels based on profession)

Panel A Title: “Conducting the Investigation”– Law Enforcement / Investigators
• TBA Special Agent, San Francisco Office of the FBI
• Milanda Moore, Inspector, SFPD Hate Crime Unit
• Kathleen Boyovich, Inspector, Alameda County District Attorney’s Office
• Dave O’Malley, former Laramie, Wyoming Police Chief

10:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Panel B Title: “Supporting Families in the Face of Hate”– Victim / Witness Personnel
• Sean Reynolds, San Francisco District Attorney Victim/Witness Advocate
• Erin Osanna, Alameda County District Attorney Victim/Witness Advocate
• Sylvia Guerrero, Mother of Gwen Araujo

Moderator:
Connie Champaign, Community United Against Violence

10:15 - 12:15 p.m.

Panel C Title: “Securing Justice—Motions, Trial Issues & Restitution”– Prosecutors
• Christopher Lamiero, Assistant District Attorney, Alameda County (Jury Selection/Trial Strategy)
• Marshall Khine, Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco (Motions/Trial Issues)
• Joyce Dudley, Assistant District Attorney, Santa Barbara (Hate Crime Enhancements)
• June Cravett, Assistant District Attorney, San Francisco (Restitution)

Moderator: District Attorney Kamala D. Harris

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.
• CLOSING REMARKS

Hon. Kamala D. Harris, District Attorney, City and County of San Francisco