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Texas Tech School of Law to Host Lunch Panel, Film Screening on Legacy of Matthew Shepard

George Watson

October 14, 2016

The Wyoming teen’s beating death paved the way to LGBT hate crime legislation.


WHAT: Texas Tech University School of Law lunch panel and film screening on Matthew Shepard's legacy

WHEN: Tuesday (Oct. 18); Noon lunch panel; 6 p.m. film screening with reception to follow

WHERE: Lanier Auditorium, Texas Tech University School of Law, 1802 Hartford Ave.

EVENT: Scholars from Texas Tech University will host a lunch panel and an evening film screening of the movie "Matthew Shepard Is a Friend of Mine" to examine the legacy of Matthew Shepard, a student at the University of Wyoming who was beaten, tortured and left to die near Laramie, Wyoming, in 1998. The murder of Shepard, who was gay, led to the passing of federal hate crime legislation in 2009.

The noon lunch panel is titled "Matthew Shepard's Legacy: How a Hate Crime Changed the Legal and Political Landscape for LGBT Americans." It will feature Matthew Shepard's parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, as well as Texas Tech School of Law Visiting Assistant Professor Kyle C. Velte and Associate Professor Tracy Pearl.

The film screening will begin at 6 p.m. with a reception to follow.

CONTACT: Sarah Salazar, director of communications, School of Law, Texas Tech University, (806) 834-5074 or sarah.e.salazar@ttu.edu

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