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Kushner Plays Inspire CLE Event at Guthrie

The dramatic works of playwright Tony Kushner will be the inspiration for Love, Law and Litigation: A Dialog of Bias in American Sexual and Gender Identity, the June 9 national continuing legal education event presented in partnership by the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, and West LegalEdcenter. Love, Law and Litigation complements the Guthrie's landmark theater-wide celebration honoring the plays of Tony Kushner, best-known for his two-part epic, Angels in America. The Guthrie has announced that Kushner - winner of the Pulitzer prize, an Emmy Award and two Tony Awards - will take part in this CLE as a panelist, along with Hamline University School of Law adjunct professor Joni Thome. 

Exploring polarized social attitudes related to sexual orientation and gender identity and their effect on law throughout the United States, the June 9 event for attorneys nationwide will employ live stage performances by Guthrie actors on-stage, along with discussions of excerpts from Kushner's plays by a panel of legal professionals. Attorneys around the world also may access the Love, Law and Litigation event at West LegalEdcenter as a live webcast and then as an on-demand video.

The core question to be explored by the Love, Law and Litigation event will be: "What is it about how we live and love, and how we see ourselves, that creates such deep legal, social and political divides?" Few other social issues remain as polarizing as sexual orientation and gender identity," says Lee Ann Enquist, vice president, West Professional Development. "This course will use the plays of Tony Kushner such as "Caroline, or Change" and "Angels in America," along with first-hand accounts of individuals' experiences with competing legal, social and political forces, to comment upon the effect they are having on state and federal jurisprudence."

This June 9 (2-4 p.m.) event builds upon other collaborations between the Guthrie Theatre and West, including CLE events that utilized William Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice to explore bias, Jeffrey Hatcher's The Government Inspector to provide insight into corruption, and the late Wendy Wasserstein's play Third to explore discrimination against women. This arrangement for continuing legal education is the first of its kind in the world, joining a major professional theatre and a CLE provider in creating original content for attorney's training and development.

Registration Information: To enroll in either the live CLE event at the Guthrie Theater or the live webcast on June 9, visit www.westlegaledcenter.com <http://www.westlegaledcenter.com/> , search by program name and continue through the checkout process. The course, which costs $200, provides 2.0 credits toward the Elimination of Bias requirements in Minnesota, California and Oregon. It provides 2.0 or greater CLE credits toward the Ethics requirements of most other jurisdictions. CPD credit has also been applied for in the United Kingdom.