Friday, August 22, 2014

Lavender Law Schedule – Friday

Below is the schedule for Friday, August 22, 2014. Click here to view Saturday’s schedule


8:00am – 5:00pm        Attendee Check-In

Metropolitan West Foyer


8:00am – 10:00am      Corporate Counsel Power Breakfasts (By invitation only)

Hudson Market


9:00am – 10:30am      General Attendance Session 1

Metropolitan East Large

Religious Freedom or a License to Discriminate?

Despite (or because of) the historic gains on marriage equality and nondiscrimination made by the LGBT movement, we are seeing increasing efforts to allow discrimination in the name of religious freedom.  This panel, presented by litigators and legislative counsel who have worked directly on the issue, will address the so-called “religious freedom” legislation introduced in 2014, including Arizona’s now infamous HB 1062, and discuss the issue and prospects for opposing such efforts in the future.  We will also address pending cases involving claims under state and federal Religious Freedom Restoration Acts, including discussing what impact the contraception cases (which will be decided by the Supreme Court by this summer), will have on claims of entitlement to discriminate against LGBT people in the name of religion.

Speakers: Rose Saxe, Doug NeJaime, Jenny Pizer, William Eskridge, Tobias Barrington Wolff


10:00am – 12:00pm      Corporate Counsel Speed Networking (By invitation only)

Central Park East/West

Corporate Counsel Speed Networking provides focused, intimate networking opportunities for corporate legal departments to identify LGBT outside counsel specifically chosen to meet their needs based on area of practice, type of firm and geography. This program is an easy way for in-house counsel facing mandates to diversity their vendors/suppliers and to establish personal connections with outside lawyers in the LGBT community. Law firm associates and partners can practice their interview skills and business development pitches in a safe environment and begin the conversations that can lead to longer-term relationships.


10:45am – 12:15pm     Concurrent Workshops – Session One
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  • Connecting and Disconnecting Marriage and Parentage
  • Basic Estate Planning in Light of Windsor Deciscion
  • Nuts And Bolts Of Charge Filing & Litigation: A Workshop For Employment Counsel
  • CAUCUS: Legal Aid Services for Low-Income LGBT Clients
  • What do the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland Oregon, Anna Nicole Smith, Abraham Lincoln, the City of Detroit, and M.C. Hammer All Have in Common?
  • Scrutinizing our Future: LGBT Americans, Footnote 4, and the Judiciary
  • LGBT Individuals in Jail: Toward an LGBT and HIV Criminal Justice Agenda
  • Transgender Rights Under the United States Constitution
  • Opportunity, Diversity & Change in the U.S. Armed Forces


12:15pm – 2:15pm        International Association of LGBT Judges’ Meeting (By invitation only)

Lenox Ballroom


12:30pm – 1:45pm       Dan Bradley and Frank Kameny Awards Celebration Brunch

Metropolitan East Large


2:00pm – 5:30pm         Corporate Counsel Institute (By invitation only)

Metropolitan West Small


2:00pm – 3:30pm         Concurrent Workshops – Session Two
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  • Where Babies Come From: Helping LGBT Prospective Parents Build Their Families Through Surrogacy
  • Student Privacy: A Multiple Choice Test?
  • Personal, Political and Corporate Aspects of Tax for Same-Sex Couples
  • LGBT Diversity in Law Firms: Managing Partners
  • The New Normal: Legal Issues With LGBT Athletic Participation
  • Puff, Puff, Pass: A Legal, Business and Political Perspective on the Law of Medical and Recreational Marijuana Use
  • Bruised Rainbows: Making Visible LGBT Survivors of Domestic and Sexual Violence in the Legal Community
  • Federal Service as a Civil Rights Career Opportunity


3:45pm – 5:15pm        Concurrent Workshops – Session Three
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  • Till Death Do Us Part: Divorce for Same-Sex Couples in a Changing Legal Landscape
  • After Windsor: The Implications for Litigators, the Aging Network, and LGBT Older Adults
  • Global Legal Challenges To Achieving LGBT Equality in the Workplace
  • Dodd-Frank Developments and Trendspotting
  • Vindicating the Rights of People Living with HIV – Lessons from Litigation
  • Employee Benefits in a Post-DOMA World: What’s New and What’s Next
  • Selection Bias and LGBT Jurors
  • Attorneys as Advocates: How Attorneys Can Assist in Legislative Campaigns on LGBT Issues


3:45pm – 5:15pm     BiLaw Caucus

Conference Room C

The inaugural BiLaw caucus will be held in New York as part of the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2014 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair. BiLaw is a currently informal group of bisexual-identified and bi-allied attorneys, academics, and law students. This inaugural caucus is an opportunity to network with other bi-identified lawyers and discuss areas of the law relevant to bisexual people. All bi-identified and bi-allied attorneys are encouraged to attend.

Organizers: Nancy Marcus, Toby Adams, Ann Tweedy, Heron Greenesmith, Ilona Turner, Diana Adams, Polly Shoemaker


5:30pm – 6:30pm        Finance Reception (By invited application only)

Lenox Ballroom

Join Lavender Law registrants specializing in banking and finance for an informal networking reception.

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5:30pm – 6:30pm        Law School Professors Roundtable Discussion (All scholars invited)

Conference Room J


7:30pm – 10:30pm        Friday Night Out (presented by the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York)

The Out NYC, 510 West 42nd Street

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Click here to view Saturday’s schedule