Who We Are

OutSummit is hosted by the CUNY School of Law, Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice, and OutRight Action International.

About the Sorensen Center for International Peace and Justice

The Sorensen Center trains social justice lawyers to work from the local to the global levels, protecting rights of those affected by instability, conflict, and repression. We advance scholarship, intellectual exchange, and advocacy for international peace and justice.

Through seminars led by Scholars-in-Residence, an annual meeting on Communications for Peace, and global summer internship placements, the Sorensen Center equips students with international experience and expertise to become leaders in the field. We collaborate with other institutions around the world.

The Sorensen Center fosters the legacy of Ted Sorensen, long-time close advisor and speechwriter to President John F. Kennedy, by nurturing students committed to practicing public interest law. Ted went on to help emerging democracies embrace and carry out the principles of freedom as a partner at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison by continuing his desire to be a servant of international peace and justice.

As the first named center at CUNY Law, the Sorensen Center builds on and enhances the Law School’s 30-year tradition of training lawyers to serve the underprivileged and disempowered and to make a difference in their communities.

About CUNY School of Law

CUNY School of Law is the premier public interest law school in the country. It trains lawyers to serve the underprivileged and disempowered and to make a difference in their communities.

CUNY Law pioneered the model of integrating a lawyering curriculum with traditional doctrinal study. The school has been praised in a study by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, “Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law,” for being one of the few law schools in the country to prepare students for practice through instruction in theory, skills, and ethics.

About OutRight Action International

OutRight Action International fights for human rights for LGBTIQ people everywhere. We are registered as a 501c3 non-profit in the US, have staff in six countries and work alongside LGBTIQ individuals across four continents in the Global South toward lasting change.

We were founded in 1990 as the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (IGLHRC) and changed our name in 2015 to reflect our longstanding commitment to advancing the human rights concerns of all LGBTIQ people. Our full name is OutRight Action International, or OutRight for short.