UM’s Constitution Day Lecture to Focus on Transgender Equality, Dignity

September 11, 2017

MISSOULA – In celebration of Constitution Day, the University of Montana will host a lecture by the executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana on transgender equality and dignity.

“Transgender Equality and the Constitutional Right to Dignity,” delivered by Caitlin Borgmann, will take place at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in UM’s Alexander Blewett III School of Law Room 101. The lecture is free and open to the public and sponsored annually by the Office of the Provost and the School of Law to commemorate the U.S. Constitution’s signing on Sept. 17, 1787.

Borgmann leads the legal, policy, communications, fundraising and administrative operations and programs of the ACLU of Montana. Previously a law professor at the City University of New York School of Law and a senior fellow at the Columbia University Center for Gender and Sexuality Law, she also served as the state strategies coordinator at the ACLU’s Reproductive Freedom Project for six years.

Borgmann focuses on protecting constitutional rights in the courts and legislatures, especially reproductive rights. She has worked as executive editor of the New York University Law Review, clerked for federal judge Robert P. Patterson Jr. and spent four years as a litigator. With extensive experience in nonprofit governance, she has served on the boards of the National ACLU, the ACLU of New Jersey and the National Abortion Federation.

Established 40 years ago, the ACLU of Montana works in courts, legislatures and communities to defend, advance and preserve the individual rights and civil liberties for all Montanans granted by the U.S. Constitution. For more information visit

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Contact: Kali Taylor, UM Office of the Provost, 406-243-2538,