Saturday, August 23, 2014

Lavender Law Schedule – Saturday

Below is the schedule for Saturday, August 23, 2014.


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

Metropolitan West Foyer


9:00am – 10:30am      General Attendance Session 2

Metropolitan East Large

LGBT Youth in Crisis: What Can You As A Lawyer Do?

Our community has not faced a crisis of this proportion since the AIDS holocaust in 1980’s and 1990’s.This session is not meant just to call attention to the crisis. Rather it will focus on providing attorneys from all parts of the country with a “toolbox” of ideas that they can take back to their own locality to make a difference. The session will start with a description of the breadth of the issue. Then, through personal testimony, two speakers will give a sense of what challenges there are for out of home, homeless or aging out of foster care LGBT young people. Following them, one speaker will describe initiating programs for judges, judicial staff and other governmental workers to make them culturally competent on issues with LGBT youth. A Family Court judge will speak about how individual lawyers can act to make a difference in the courtroom, discuss making alliances with other professional groups and expanding the scope of non-discrimination statements to include sexual orientation and gender identity and expression. Other speakers will offer suggestions for action such as lobbying on specific legislation federally and more locally, use of the media and education of the LGBT community and opportunities for lawyers to provide pro bono representation to individual LGBT youth.

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Speakers: William Singer, Nancy Knauer, Kimberly Forte, Deb Guston, Judge Paula Hepner, Shannan Wilber, Jarel Melendez, Tee Emmanuel


10:45am – 12:15pm     Concurrent Workshops – Session Four
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  • Mediation and Collaborative Law: The Benefits of Negotiated Settlements for LGBT Clients in an Uncertain Legal Environment
  • Prosecutors and Public Defenders Talk Gay and Trans “Panic” Legal Defenses
  • IP Assets: How to Obtain and Protect
  • Diversity and Inclusion: The Importance of Straight Allies in the Legal Profession
  • LGBT Healthcare: Challenges, Protections & Resources
  • Serving All of our Community: Legal Aid Services for Low-Income LGBT Clients
  • From Selma to Stonewall and Beyond: Bayard Rustin as a Catalyst for Intersectional Diversity
  • Pathways to the Judiciary
  • LGBT Employment Law and Human Resource Practice: Where They Were, Where They Are Now, and Where They Might Go


12:15pm – 1:15pm        Student Award Ceremony and Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Lunch

Metropolitan East Large


12:15pm – 3:00pm       Affiliates Congress Meeting

Lenox Ballroom

This meeting is open only to invited representatives of regional, state or local LGBT voluntary bar associations.


1:30pm – 3:00pm        Concurrent Workshops – Session Five
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  • Ethics and the Happily Ever After: Marriage Equality in Recognition states and Broader Ethical Issues
  • Cutting Edge Issues in Transgender Law
  • Using Diversity to Help You Successfully Build a Book of Business
  • Federal EEO Law Update: LGBT
  • Teaching Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and the Law: A Roundtable Discussion
  • A New Urgency in Asylum Law: In light of the recent wave of anti-gay legislation around the world, are U.S. refugee protections enough?
  • The Impact of Criminalization of Sex Work on LGBT Sex Workers, Trafficking Survivors, and People Living with HIV
  • Junior Scholars


1:30pm – 3:00pm         Tax Think Tank (Application only)

Conference Room F

The Tax Think Tank is designed for those with extensive experience in LGBT tax law. A roundtable discussion format allows participants to discuss issues facing the LGBT community and brainstorm about ways to improve the tax situation.


3:15pm – 4:45pm         The Importance of LGBT Representation in Law Schools and the Legal Community: Apply to Law School Now!

Conference Room F

This session is being presented in collaboration with the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC).  Individuals considering attending law school, interested in learning more about the law school academic curriculum or who have already decided to apply to law school are strongly encouraged to attend. Attendees will also receive general information about the myriad of services offered by the LSAC.

Speaker: José Bahamonde-González


3:15pm – 4:45pm         General Attendance Session 3

Metropolitan East Large

International LGBT Rights

Legitimization of homophobia is affecting the global LGBT community on an unprecedented scale. In many cases, this discrimination is being led by US-based evangelical churches. In Russia, a law “banning the propaganda of nontraditional sexual relations to minors” was passed last year and now similar style laws are taking root in Eastern Europe. In Africa, countries such as Nigeria and Uganda have signed into law bills outlawing LGBT relationships and mandating jail terms for some violations. In India, a 150-year old law criminalizing homosexuality overturned five years ago was ruled constitutional, effectively legitimizing colonial-era homophobia. And in Jamaica, hate crimes are faced with impunity because of entrenched institutional bigotry. This panel will discuss the reasons these problems persist and how activists are working to prevent further legitimization of homophobia and persecution of the global LGBT community.

Speakers: Cole ParkePam Spees, Scott Skinner-Thompson, Regina Waugh, Shawn Gaylord


5:00pm – 7:00pm        Farewell Reception

Metropolitan West Small