Speaker Bios

Each year, the National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law® conference provides a challenging and rewarding learning experience for our attendees and presenters. To cater to our highly diverse demographic of practitioners, legal scholars, members of the judiciary and law students, the latter of whom make up half of the conference attendees, both introductory and advanced content will be presented.

Distinguished Speakers

In addition to day-long seminars focused on family law and transgender issues (the LGBT Family Law and the Transgender Law Institute), the 2012 conference will feature workshops on cutting edge legal issues affecting LGBT individuals, families and the community.


Corporate Counsel

Private Practice

Government Agencies





Career Counselors


Keynote Speaker

Eric Holder – Eric H. Holder, Jr. was sworn in as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on February 3, 2009 by Vice President Joe Biden. President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Mr. Holder on December 1, 2008. In 1997, Mr. Holder was named by President Clinton to be the Deputy Attorney General, the first African-American named to that post. Prior to that he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. In 1988, Mr. Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Mr. Holder, a native of New York City, attended public schools and graduated from Stuyvesant High School where he earned a Regents Scholarship. He attended Columbia College, majored in American History, and graduated in 1973. He graduated from Columbia Law School in 1976. While in law school, he clerked at the N.A.A.C.P. Legal Defense Fund and the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division. Upon graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the Department of Justice as part of the Attorney General’s Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state and federal levels. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Mr. Holder was a litigation partner at Covington & Burling LLP in Washington. Mr. Holder lives in Washington with his wife, Dr. Sharon Malone, a physician, and their three children.


Corporate Counsel

Hope Adams – Hope Adams is Senior Counsel, Investment Management and Securities, for PNC Bank, National Association, and is located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Prior to joining PNC Bank, Ms. Adams was a Counsel at Reed Smith LLP in Washington, D.C., where she was a member of the Investment Management and Alternative Funds practice groups, and a Partner at Venable, LLP,  where she was a member of the Corporate and Securities practice group.  Ms. Adams received a J.D. from Campbell University and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Florida.  She is admitted to the Bars of North Carolina, District of Columbia and Pennsylvania.

Charles A. Berardesco – Charles A. Berardesco is senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, or NERC, which is an international, independent, not-for-profit organization, whose mission is to ensure the reliability of the bulk power system in North America.  He has primary responsibility for legal and regulatory affairs and compliance enforcement. Prior to joining NERC, Mr. Berardesco was senior vice president, general counsel, corporate secretary and chief compliance officer of Constellation Energy, a Fortune 200 diversified energy company. Mr. Berardesco received his J.D., with high honors, in 1983 from George Washington University, where he was the managing editor of The George Washington Law Review, and his A.B., magna cum laude, in 1980 from Duke University. He is active in a number of charitable organizations, including having served as chairman of the board of the Woodbourne Center, president of the Presbyterian Home of Maryland, chair of the Church Council of Foundry United Methodist Church and vice chair of the board of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington. He is also a member of the Business Council of the Human Rights Campaign. In 2010, Mr. Berardesco was awarded the “Out & Proud” Corporate Counsel Award from the National LGBT Bar Association and was named one of the top 10 “GC’s to Watch” by Corporate Board Magazine.

Wendell Chambliss – Wendell Chambliss is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Mission, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs (MLRA) Department for Freddie Mac. MLRA provides legal and strategic advice on a broad range of legislative and regulatory issues affecting Freddie Mac and the financial services industry. In addition to a traditional legislative and regulatory practice, MLRA counsel on the unique challenges of operating a business in conservatorship, advise on mission-related requirements specifically applicable to the GSEs, provide governance support and obtain regulatory approvals for new corporate initiatives, and partner on risk management matters. In addition, on February 12, 2012, Mr. Chambliss was named Executive Director of the Freddie Mac Foundation. Mr. Chambliss’ main responsibilities are to develop and execute a plan that provides the company, FHFA and the communities we serve certainty on how and when the Foundation will complete its work. In this role Mr. Chambliss works closely with the Dwight Robinson, Senior Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer of Outreach, Diversity and Inclusion Office and with the Freddie Mac Foundation board. Before joining Freddie Mac in 1999, Mr. Chambliss spent 10 years working on Capitol Hill serving both the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives as legislative counsel and legislative director to members of the Alabama Delegation. Mr. Chambliss received both his B.A. and J.D. from Tulane University.

Larry Chanen – Larry Chanen is a Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel in the JPMorgan Chase Legal and Compliance Department, where he handles a number of large bankruptcy/workout litigation matters for the firm. In addition, he manages the Litigation Department’s internal electronic discovery group. For many years, he has been a Senior Sponsor of the JPMorgan Chase Pride employee networking group. Larry has long been active in the LGBT community organizations in the New York area, most recently serving as co-Chair of the Board of Directors of SAGE (Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders), the nation’s oldest and largest organization dedicated to the LGBT older community. He is now the founding co-chair of SAGE’s National Leadership Council and last year received SAGE’s Community Service Award. Among his other activities, Larry served as a member of the Board of the Empire State Pride Agenda, was a member of the Legal Advisory Committee and a Cooperating Attorney for Lambda Legal, and co-founded the Lesbian and Gay Community Mediation Service, which became the Center Mediation Service. He has also served as a peer counselor and board member of Identity House, a LGBT peer counseling organization. In November 2010, Larry was the recipient of the “Out and Proud Corporate Counsel Award” from the National LGBT Bar Association; in 1999 Larry was honored by LeGaL, the LGBT Bar Association of Greater NewYork.  Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Larry was at Pan American Word Airways, Inc. and a partner at Whitman and Ransom. He received his B.A. from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from New York University School of Law. He resides on Roosevelt Island, New York with his partner of 19 years, Jack Burkhalter.

Christian Dowell – Christian currently serves as Legal Director of Global Brand & IP Litigation at Yahoo! Inc. As a member of Yahoo!’s Intellectual Property Asset Management team, Christian’s role is a global one, in which he is responsible for managing a heavy docket of domain name enforcement, anti-counterfeiting, trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, domestic and international trademark litigation, as well as focusing on Yahoo!’s anti-phishing and anti-spam efforts. In addition, Christian manages Yahoo!’s consumer facing portfolio of brands, including Yahoo!, Flickr, and Maktoob. He also sits on the IP Litigation and Conflict team, where he handles both defensive and offensive patent litigation matters for the company. Prior to joining Yahoo!, Christian was at the firm of Keats McFarland & Wilson LLP in Beverly Hills, California. While at KMW, Christian enjoyed the distinct opportunity to work with some of the world’s most recognizable brands and intellectual property content providers, including major motion picture studios, multi-platinum Grammy award-winning artists, and leading video game producers. Christian handled intellectual property licensing deals and general commercial litigation matters in both state and federal court, which included defending Yahoo! in multiple class action cases. While at KMW, Christian also supervised takedown measures for the illegal posting of copyrighted content and coordinated nationwide street enforcement campaigns for motion picture releases. Prior to practicing law, Christian’s career in the field of electronic commerce led him to work for companies such as LowerMyBills.com, where he held the position of E-Commerce Sales Manager, establishing leading-edge cost-per-acquisition business deals with consumer services vendors in the growing online marketplace.

Roni Epstein – Roni F. Epstein is Counsel, Legislative and Regulatory Affairs at the New York Power Authority (“NYPA”) where she develops regulatory policy on behalf of NYPA and public power entities through precedent setting proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, facilitates regulatory support for energy infrastructure development, facilitate and develop NERC compliance procedures, policies and processes. Prior to joining NYPA Roni was Assistant General Counsel at the Long Island Power Authority. Roni started her career at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the Office of General Counsel, Division of Electric Rates and Corporate Regulation.

J.D. Fugate – J.D. Fugate is Assistant General Counsel for the Dynamics and HealthVault product teams in the Microsoft Business Division. J.D. has supported other products in his Microsoft career, helping to bring many versions of Windows to market since 1998, leading and contributing to cross-company teams on healthcare compliance, silicon partner strategy, contract simplification, and more relevant to Lavender Law, attracting and retaining diverse employees. He joined Microsoft after counseling the company externally for several years from the Seattle office of K&L Gates, LLP.  J.D. spent his formative years raising cattle on his family’s farm inTennessee before earning degrees at Wake Forest University and Yale Law School. He sings upper bass with Seattle Men’s Chorus, and show-tune solos to his longsuffering partner and their Miniature Australian Shepherd, Sophie.

Brian Friedman – Brian is the Manager, Litigation counsel for JetBlue. His specialty is commercial litigation, risk management, litigation management, and cost-effective solution management. Before working with JetBlue Airways, Brian was an associate at Sidley Austin LLP for four years and at LeBoeuf Lamb Greene & MacRae LLP. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and holds a bachelor’s in History from Columbia University.

Ted Furman – Ted Furman is a Vice President in the GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) Legal Department managing a global team handling GSK’s Consumer Healthcare, Dermatology, and Ophthalmology patent matters, having joined GSK in 2002. Ted has a total of 31 years in the patent profession. Ted is co-chair of GSK Legal’s Diversity and Inclusion Steering Team which includes members from around the world. Under Ted’s leadership that Steering Team has succeeded in implementing programs and practices including the leveraging of GSK’s external legal spend to promote diversity in the profession,  providing summer internships for diverse law students,  providing a Young Inventors Program for grade school children, and providing Career Days for law students,  to name a few. These and related efforts have led to GSK being the first Pharma company to sign on to the Law Society’s (UK) Diversity and Inclusion Charter in 2010 and GSK scoring a 100 on HRC’s ‘Best LGBT Places To Work’  list for 7 consecutive years. GSK Legal’s Diversity efforts under Ted have also garnered the ACC’s 2011 award for Outstanding Commitment to Diversity by a Law Department in the Philadelphia area (DELVACCA) as well as the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2012 Out and Proud Corporate Counsel Award recently in Philadelphia. Also, for the past 8 years Ted has served as Executive Sponsor for GSK’s Philadelphia-area LGBT Employee Resource Group, SPECTRUM, and is proud to have led or sponsored successful efforts to obtain health coverage for gender reassignment surgeries for transgender employees, to provide Safe Zone training within GSK, and to include LGBT into GSK’s Supplier Diversity efforts.

Scott Griffin – Scott Griffin is Associate Counsel for Technology and Intellectual Property for Aflac US. Scott reviews and negotiates Aflac’s transactions and contracts with its technology vendors and strategic partners in the United States as well as global professional services agreements; manages Aflac’s patent litigation matters; and coordinates Aflac’s trademark and patent programs. He also advises clients regarding data security and privacy and the risks of using various types of technology and moving data to the cloud. Scott was recently appointed to Aflac’s Diversity Council, which is tasked with attracting and retaining diverse talent to Aflac and serving as a resource to senior management for community involvement and employee career development. Before Aflac, Scott was a patent and trademark prosecutor and litigator with several Atlanta firms, including Kilpatrick Townsend and Stites & Harbison. Scott serves on the Corporate Counsel Subcommittee for the National LGBT Bar Association and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia, which is the LGBT voluntary bar association in Georgia. Scott is a member of the patent bar, a cum laude graduate of the Georgia State University College of Law, where he was Student Writing Editor of the Georgia State Law Review; and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Tech.

Cisselon Nichols Hurd – Cisselon Nichols Hurd currently serves as Senior Litigation Counsel for Shell Oil Company in Houston, Texas, where she handles environmental litigation. Prior to joining Shell, she served as Senior Counsel at ConocoPhillips, formerly Conoco Inc., where she managed mass toxic tort litigation matters. Ms. Hurd also previously served in a variety of governmental positions in the U.S. Virgin Islands including Counsel to the Attorney General and Assistant Attorney General for Environmental Enforcement. Prior to her work in theVirgin Islands, Ms. Hurd clerked for U.S. Magistrate Judge Harry W. McKee in the Eastern District of Texas.  She also worked at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Attorney General’s Honors Program as a Trial Attorney in the Environment and Natural Resources Division and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Texas where she prosecuted environmental crimes. Ms. Hurd obtained her B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of Texas at Austin. She also received her law degree from the University of Texas.

Therese Lee – Therese Lee is Global Ethics & Compliance Counsel at Google Inc., where she is responsible for legal and regulatory compliance matters, particularly Google’s worldwide compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (“FCPA”) and international anti-bribery laws. She speaks regularly at industry and policy conferences on anti-corruption. Prior to Google, Therese practiced at the law firm of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Washington, DC, where she specialized in FCPA matters, international litigation, and human rights cases. Therese also has worked in the Appeals Section of the Office of the Prosecutor at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, researched Singapore and Malaysia’s anti-terrorism laws as a Fulbright Scholar, analyzed East Asian security issues at the Center for Strategic & International Studies, and served as foreign policy adviser to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D-NY, 1977-2001). Therese holds a Masters in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, a law degree from UC Berkeley, and a bachelor’s degree from Stanford University. She is a member of the Bars of California, the District of Columbia, the Supreme Court of the United States, and the U.S. Air Force Court of Criminal Appeals.

Kevin A. Madden – Mr. Madden is Employment Counsel for BJ’s Wholesale Club, Inc., a Fortune 250 general merchandise and food retailer that employs 25,000 team members across fifteen states.  As Employment Counsel, Mr. Madden represents and defends the company before both federal and state fair employment practice agencies in all employment litigation matters, including claims of sex, sexual orientation, race, age, national origin, and disability discrimination and harassment.  Mr. Madden also provides counsel to the company’s executive and senior management teams and human resources professionals on all aspects of the employment relationship including wage and hour matters, workplace accommodations, leaves of absence, discipline and terminations, and labor relations.  Additionally, Mr. Madden develops and conducts training for the company’s human resources teams, including training on the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the National Labor Relations Act.  Prior to joining BJ’s, Mr. Madden served as Assistant Corporation Counsel for New York City’s Office of Corporation Counsel under Mayor Michael Bloomberg where he was trial counsel for employment litigation cases before the Southern and Eastern U.S. District Courts of New York and the Supreme Court of New York.

Paul S. Marchegiani Paul serves as Director, Business Affairs for NBCUniversal inLos Angeles, where he negotiates high value TV talent and rights deals for Bravo, Oxygen, and Style Media. Previously, Paul served as Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs for the NBC broadcast network’s TV contracts group. Prior to moving to Los Angeles in 2008, Paul worked as a litigation attorney in the San Francisco offices of Morrison & Foerster and Orrick, where he focused on securities, white collar, IP, commercial and civil rights litigation (including co-authoring an international law amicus brief for the 2008 California Supreme Court marriage cases). Paul holds a J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and both a B.A. in History and a B.Mus. in Voice & Opera from Northwestern University. In addition to practicing entertainment law, Paul is a former LGBT Bar Board member, teaches a course on Entertainment Law at U.C. Berkeley School of Law, and is a frequent musical theatre and opera performer in the Los Angeles area.

Rick McMurtry – Rick McMurtry is Assistant General Counsel with Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. At Turner, Rick manages the advertising, trademark, domain name and on-line compliance and enforcement legal matters for brands including CNN, Cartoon Network, TCM Turner Classic Movies, and many others. Rick has published a number of articles and spoken at many conferences regarding the management of intellectual property assets. His experience includes many facets of intellectual property law, including trademarks, copyrights, rights of publicity, advertising, domain names and privacy issues.  He has been actively involved with the International Trademark Association (INTA) since 2000 as a speaker, committee member, and Chair of INTA’s Annual Leadership Conference.  Rick current serves on the New gTLD Subcommittee of INTA’s Internet Committee.   Prior to joining Turner in 2000, Rick worked with the law firm of Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy in Atlanta and Howrey Simon in Washington, DC. Rick was honored to serve as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Robert Echols with the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee after his graduation from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1994.

Ritchie Miller – Ritchie Miller is a Manager with Deloitte Financial Advisory Services LLP’s Discovery Advisory Services group in itsWashington,DC, office. He is experienced in the preservation, collection, processing, review, and production of data related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, trade embargo, securities violations, litigation, internal investigations, mergers & acquisitions, financial asset tracing, and environmental investigations. He focuses on designing, implementing, and managing the e-discovery process for traditional business data (email, office suite software, etc.) as well as for data used in cutting-edge environments (smart phones, tablets, and cloud computing, including social media). Ritchie serves on the Human Rights Campaign’s Healthcare Equality Index Advisory Council, is a member of the host committee for the Lambda Legal in DC annual event, and is a founding sponsor and speaker at the University of Mississippi School of Law’s Annual LGBT Law Symposium.

Meg Milroy – Meg Milroy is the Assistant General Counsel – Finance Services for Verizon.  In this role, she sets policy for Verizon in the areas of credit review, credit reporting, collections, fraud and payment issues, and implements new finance-related regulations and laws and monitors compliance with existing finance-related regulations and laws. In October, 2011, she was awarded Verizon’s highest honor, the Credo Award, both for her work in implementing aspects of the Dodd Frank Act and for her diversity work in the ABA. Meg has more than twenty-five years of experience in the area of Consumer Finance. Meg has been an active member of the Business Law Section of the ABA since 1989. She was the founding chair of the Women’s Business Law Network, and a co-drafter of the Business Law Section’s signature Diversity Plan. She is currently the Chair of the Diversity Committee. She served on the Editorial Board of Business Law Today Magazine, and spent five years on the Section Council. She is also in her third year as a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession. She has spoken on numerous panels through her years in the ABA, both on substantive and career planning related topics. In March, Meg received the Business Law Section’s 2012 Jean Allard Glasscutter Award. Meg earned her undergraduate degree, Phi Beta Kappa, in Political Science and Speech Communications from the University of North Carolina –Chapel Hill in 1981, and her JD, with honors, from UNC-CH in 1984.

Barry ParsonsBarry M. Parsons is Associate General Counsel with Freddie Mac.  Barry litigates cases, advises clients, and manages outside counsel on a wide variety of legal matters including employment, contract, intellectual property, insurance, fraud, and antitrust law.  He also conducts internal investigations, advises the company on document retention issues, and is a member of the Legal Division’s Diversity and Inclusion Council and the Pro Bono Working Group. Before joining Freddie Mac, Barry was a litigator with Crowell & Moring LLP in Washington, DC for nearly fourteen years.  Prior to joining Crowell & Moring, Barry was a judicial clerk for the Honorable William O. Bertelsman, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky. Barry currently serves on the Board of Directors for the National LGBT Bar Association and recruited at Lavender Law for five years.  Barry frequently speaks about LGBT diversity issues at Lavender Law and at the Minority Corporate Counsel Association’s annual national conference. Barry received his J.D., with distinction from the George Mason University School of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of the George Mason Law Review and a Dean’s Scholar.  He also holds a M.B.A. from The American University Kogod School of Business and a B.S. in Economics from King’s College.

Michelle Peak –Michelle A. Peak is a Senior Labor Attorney with American Airlines in Fort Worth, TX where she has worked for over 12 years. Her practice at American includes all aspects ofU.S. labor relations law, with a particular focus on labor law matters in the airline industry arising under the Railway Labor Act. Michelle regularly oversees a variety of litigation matters in state and federal court, as well as arbitration matters arising under the various collective bargaining agreements on the American and American Eagle properties. Michelle also provides counsel and training to management on all types of personnel and labor relations matters. Michelle is a member of theNebraska and Texas State Bar Association. Ms. Peak has lectured at various professional education seminars around the country. Her current professional and community affiliations include: Lambda Legal (National Board of Directors), Corporate Counsel Women of Color (Member), Texas Minority Counsel Program (Steering Committee), National Employment Law Council (Member), and National LGBT Bar Association (Member).

Veta Richardson – Veta is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). Headquartered in Washington, DC, ACC is a global bar association in the world that is dedicated exclusively to serving the interests of in-house counsel. With an international membership of more than 29,000 in-house attorneys at more than 10,000 corporations and nongovernmental organizations in more than 75 countries, ACC serves as the ‘voice of the in-house bar.’ As President and CEO, Veta’s goal is to ensure that ACC delivers value to its members by providing on-point practice resources, substantive educational conferences, timely legal and regulatory updates, and extensive networking opportunities in addition to advocating for the rights of in-house counsel to represent the interests of their employers as full and equal members of the legal profession. Veta leads a team of high-performing professionals who are dedicated to helping corporate counsel save time and money and do theirjobs better.

Wayne P. Sobon Wayne is Vice President and Chief IP Counsel for Rambus Inc., at its Sunnyvale, California office.  Originally from Phoenix, Arizona, Wayne received his B.S. degree in physics and B.A. degree in German Studies from Stanford University in 1984 and his J.D. and M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1992. Wayne worked at several Silicon Valley law firms, and most recently as Associate General Counsel, and Director of Intellectual Property for Accenture from 2000 to 2011. Wayne is also First Vice President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), a member of the USPTO’s Patent Public Advisory Committee (PPAC), a member of the board of Invent Now.org of the National Inventor Hall of Fame, and a prior member of the board of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO).

Bryan Tallevi Bryan is a director of Legal Affairs at NBCUniversal where he primarily serves as production counsel for programs on E! Entertainment Television such as E! NewsLive From The Red CarpetFashion Police, and Chelsea Lately. His practice focuses on First Amendment and media law issues including defamation, privacy, copyright, reporter’s privilege and newsgathering.  Prior to joining NBC, Bryan was a litigator in the media group at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP advising clients in the publishing, theatre, television, and music industries. He is an adjunct professor at NYU’s School of Professional Studies where he teaches Law for Producers. In addition, Bryan serves as vice-chair of the board of directors of the New York Musical Theatre Festival. Bryan received an A.B. in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.

Julius Towers Julius is currently Chief Home Care, Hill’s, and Licensing Trademarks Counsel for Colgate-Palmolive Company.  His practice focuses on all aspects of non-Patent Intellectual Property law (Trademarks, Copyrights, Unfair Competition, Internet Law).  In addition, Julius supports the Strategic/Corporate Transactions group and Brand Protection Unit of Colgate-Palmolive.  Prior to Colgate-Palmolive, Julius was Senior Trademark & Copyrights Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb, and an Associate in the NYC office of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.  A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School (JD ’03) andFloridaStateUniversity (BA ’00), Julius is active in many community service and affinity group activities.  At Penn Law, he was the President of Penn Law Lambda, and is currently serving on the Penn Law School Alumni Board of Managers.  Other activities including chairing the Bristol-Myers Squibb Law Department’s Diversity Committee, and the Colgate-Palmolive Global Legal Organization’s Pro Bono Committee.  Julius has participated in numerous panels focusing not only on Intellectual Property law practice, but diversity & the bar, specifically as it relates to GLBT & Multicultural concerns.

Derek Windham – Mr. Windham is Associate General Counsel of Del Monte Corporation headquartered in San Francisco, California,  primarily responsible for advising with respect to securities law, executive compensation and employee benefits. Prior to joining Del Monte, he was with associated with the firms of Morrison & Foerster, O’Melveny & Myers, and Shearman & Sterling.  He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2002 and his B.A. from Yale University in 1999.

Michelle Waites – Michelle is Senior Patent Counsel for Xerox Corporation, actively involved in enforcing and obtaining the company’s patent and other intellectual property rights.  Her primary responsibility is patent litigation, including managing outside counsel, discussing case strategy and drafting and negotiating settlement agreements.  She also reviews technology transfer agreements, supports product design and development programs and works with business and technical staff to develop and implement effective legal strategies. Michelle is a registered patent attorney and has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications. She has maintained her own law practice, has been a law firm associate in New York City and spent several years as an engineer in the aerospace/military defense industry.  She received a Juris Doctor degree from theUniversity ofCalifornia at Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Syracuse University.  She is admitted to the Bar in California and New York and is registered to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.  In addition to the National LGBT Bar Association, Ms. Waites is a member of the American Bar Association and Lambda Legal.

Sharon Zealey – Sharon Zealey is the Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer at the Coca-Cola Company, North America. Before working with Coca-Cola, she was an Assistant United States Attorney. She earned her J.D. from University of Cincinnati College of Law.


Private Practice

Brian Breheny – Brian V. Breheny concentrates his practice in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and general corporate and securities matters. Since joining Skadden, Mr. Breheny has advised numerous clients on a full range of SEC compliance and corporate governance matters, including advising clients on compliance with the provisions of the Dodd-Frank Act, the SEC’s tender offer rules and regulations and the federal proxy rules. Prior to joining Skadden in 2010, Mr. Breheny held a number of leadership positions in the Division of Corporation Finance at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He began as chief of the SEC’s Office of Mergers and Acquisitions in July 2003, and in November 2007 he became deputy director, legal and regulatory policy. Before joining the SEC, Mr. Breheny worked at another international law firm in its New York and London offices. During his previous seven years in private practice, he advised clients engaged in a broad range of merger and acquisition transactions, securities issuances, private equity investments, banking and public financings, fund formations and corporate reorganizations. Mr. Breheny began his career as a certified public accountant with KPMG LLP. Mr. Breheny has lectured extensively on topics such as mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and the federal proxy rules and shareholder voting. He is an adjunct securities law faculty member at Howard University School of Law and for many years taught the mergers and acquisitions class at the Georgetown University Law Center, where he continues to lecture on various aspects of the U.S. securities laws.

Daniel Brenner – Daniel Brenner is a partner in the communications, media and entertainment group in the Washington office of Hogan Lovells US LLP, a 2300+lawyer firm with over 40 offices worldwide. He concentrates on matters involving cable operators, programmers, and telecom companies with a focus on policy, intellectual property, legislation, and regulation before the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Copyright Office, and Congress. Daniel headed regulatory and legal affairs at the National Cable & Telecommunications Association, the cable industry’s principal trade association, for more than 16 years, served on the UCLA Law School faculty and was senior advisor to the Chair of the FCC. He co-authors a leading treatise on broadband communications. Named one of Washington’s best legal minds by Washingtonian magazine, he has been recognized by Chambers USA and the Legal 500 numerous times. He teaches entertainment law and Internet policy courses atGeorgetownLawSchool. He is past vice-Chair of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting Board of Directors, appointed by the President and served as a trustee of Stanford University. He is a graduate of Stanford Law School with an M.A. and B.A. from Stanford.

Allison Brown – Allison R. Brown is a civil rights attorney and President of Allison Brown Consulting (ABC). Immediately prior to founding ABC, Ms. Brown worked as a trial attorney for the United States Department of Justice in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division where she and her colleagues enforced Title IV and Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Equal Educational Opportunities Act of 1974, among many others. At the Department of Justice, Ms. Brown also coordinated efforts to combat the School-to-Prison Pipeline. As a result of her efforts, the Civil Rights Division co-hosted with the Department of Education Office for Civil Rights, for the first time ever, a joint two-part conference to discuss the School-to-Prison Pipeline. For her work at the Department of Justice, Ms. Brown has received the Attorney General’s Meritorious Award, Special Achievement Award, and Special Commendation Award. Ms. Brown also has been recognized by the National Bar Association and IMPACT as a member of the 2012 Nation’s Best Advocates: Top 40 Lawyers Under 40. Ms. Brown is a graduate ofHowardUniversity andHarvardLaw School, where she was an articles editor for the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Ms. Brown is admitted to the United States Supreme Court Bar, the Maryland State Bar, and the Bar of the District of Columbia. She lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

Carol L. Buell A partner in the NYC law firm of Weiss, Buell & Bell, Carol Buell is a founding member of the LGBTQ Collaborative Professionals of New York City and a member of IACP. Recent training and faculty presentations include the following: (1)  NYCLA and LGBTQ Collaborative Professionals of New York’s CLE  on February 2, 2012 in New York City entitled: The Value of the Collaborative Process for LGBTQ Families and Relationships; (2) New York City Bar Association’s CLE on June 25, 2012 entitled: “Marriage Equality” – The Paper Anniversary: Updates on Case Law & Developments. Carol specializes in queer family law, assisting clients with estate planning, trusts and estates, individual real estate transactions, second-parent adoptions and family formation agreements. In addition, she is a trained collaborative attorney and mediator, and uses those skills in assisting clients with family formations, prenuptial and domestic partnership agreements, dissolutions and divorce and custody issues. Carol is honored to serve on the National Center for Lesbian Rights’ National Family Law Advisory Council. She has served on various boards of directors in the LBGT community, including S.A.G.E. Inc. (1980′s) and Lambda Legal Defense & Education Fund, Inc., (1986-1992) three of six years as the co-chair of the Board of Directors.

Joan Burda – Joan M. Burda practices law in Lakewood, Ohio. Her estate planning practice is primarily devoted to meeting the needs of lesbian and gay individuals and couples. She also works with micro and small business owners. Ms. Burda is the author of the award winning book, Estate Planning for Same-Sex Couples (ABA 2004). She is also the author of Gay, Lesbian and Transgender Clients: A Lawyer’s Guide (ABA 2008) and An Overview of Federal Consumer Law (ABA 1998). In addition, she writes about LGBT legal issues and other legal topics for various online and print publications. Ms. Burda speaks nationally on LGBT issues. Ms. Burda is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Case Western Reserve University School of Law where she teaches Sexual Orientation and the Law. She is an adjunct faculty member at Ursuline College and teaches Civil Procedure, Contracts and Administrative Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Ohio State Bar Association, the National LGBT Bar Association and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She is also the former Editor-in-Chief of GPSOLO, the ABA’s General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Division magazine. Ms. Burda graduated from Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree and received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. Ms. Burda lives in Lakewood, Ohio with her spouse, Betsy.

Don Clarke – Don Clarke is a partner at GKRSE, with over 30 years of legal experience. Don’s practice has included 15 years in staff positions at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, where he ultimately served as Senior Legal Advisor to the FERC Chairman. Don’s legal practice encompasses all aspects of hydropower regulation with clients throughout the country, including investor-owned utilities, irrigation districts, municipalities, and developers. Don has been involved in many of the industry’s major licensing and relicensing proceedings, and has played a key role in developing cooperative environmental review processes with state and federal agencies and applicant-prepared NEPA documents. Don is currently active in (and has recently completed) several relicensing proceedings including comprehensive settlements and the integrated licensing process, as well as representing clients developing new capacity projects. Don serves as General Counsel for the National Hydropower Association and is a frequent spokesman for the hydropower industry.

Jenifer Cromwell – Jenifer A. Cromwell is Of Counsel at Bredhoff & Kaiser. Jen advises clients on a wide range of federal tax and ERISA matters regarding employee benefits. Her practice encompasses health and welfare benefit plans and qualified retirement plans. Jen’s work with health and welfare plans includes counseling on administrative issues, including compliance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“Affordable Care Act”), HIPAA privacy and security, COBRA, Form 5500 reporting, and participant disclosures and notices. Her work with qualified retirement plans includes counseling on compliance with the Internal Revenue Code, plan design and amendments, and participant disclosures. Jen speaks regularly on employee benefits matters, including the Affordable Care Act, HIPAA privacy, wellness programs, and benefits and tax issues related to providing benefits for same-sex spouses and domestic partners. She regularly writes articles on employee benefits matters, and authored the Disclosure and Reporting Obligations for Group Health Plans chapter in Benefits Compliance: Strategies for Plans, Programs & Policies, which was published in 2010. Jen graduated magna cum laude from the American University Washington College of Law. She is a member of the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia, and she serves on the Steering Committee of the District of Columbia Bar Association’s Health Law Section.

Katie D. Fletcher Katie D. Fletcher (“Kate”) is an attorney licensed in Illinois, California and Virginia. Kate graduated from the University of Warwick with a B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics many years ago. Upon job loss after the September 11th attacks Kate re-entered the scholastic realm and attended law school at Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she graduated cum laude with a J.D. and an L.LM in Taxation. Kate interned with the IRS in both Appeals – Large and Midsize Business and Chief Counsel’s Office – Individual and Small Business. Kate currently operates her own law practice focusing on taxpayer representation before the IRS and Estate Planning with an emphasis on same-sex estate planning. Kate’s goal has always been to close the gap between the benefits and rights of “traditional” couples and the lack of benefits and rights of “non-traditional” couples with creative and well-reasoned estate planning. Kate became involved with the National LGBT Bar Association during law school where she coordinated one of the most successful Writing Competitions as a Law Student Representative.  In 2007 Kate became the Treasurer of the National LGBT Bar Association and in 2010 became President.

David Freedman – David Freedman is a partner in the New York office of Baker & McKenzie LLP where he advises on securities and financial services law and public company merger and acquisition transactions, as well as on infrastructure projects, with a concentration on cross-border operations involving France.   He represents issuers and financial institutions on capital markets operations, financial services regulations, public merger and acquisition transactions and employee equity plan offerings. Mr. Freedman is the author of a large number of articles on the modernization of the French financial and securities markets and the implementation of European Union securities and financial services legislation. He frequently speaks at seminars in Europe and the United States on French securities and financial services law and is also an Adjunct Professor at the Institut des Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) inParis, where he has taught a course in American Business Law each year since 2001. Mr. Freedman is a member of the American Bar Association, the International Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York and the National LGBT Bar Association. He received his J.D. from Columbia University School of Law in 1985, is admitted to the Bars of New York, Paris and the Supreme Court of the United States and has dual French-American citizenship.

Stacey Friedman – Stacey Friedman is a partner in Sullivan & Cromwell’s Litigation Group. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, as well as the investigations and enforcement proceedings relating to these matters.  Ms. Friedman has represented clients in federal and state litigation at the trial and appellate levels, before arbitration panels, in civil and criminal investigations and in proceedings involving the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Department of Justice, the Federal Trade Commission, the New York Stock Exchange, the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, and the European Commission. Currently, she is national counsel for JPMorgan Chase’s residential mortgage-backed securities matters, which comprises more than seventy civil cases pending in multiple state and federal jurisdictions, as well as various regulatory actions. Recently, Ms. Friedman also led an S&C team in Cole v. Arkansas, the lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of an Arkansas statute prohibiting unmarried, cohabiting couples from serving as adoptive or foster parents. The court ruled in her clients’ favor, striking down Act 1 and holding that the statute “significantly burdens” plaintiffs’ fundamental right to privacy guaranteed by the Arkansas State Constitution. In April 2011, the Arkansas Supreme Court affirmed the lower court’s ruling.

Mariette Geldenhuys – Mariette has practiced law in Ithaca, New York for the past twenty-three years, in areas which include family and matrimonial law; lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) family law; estate planning, adoption, small business advising, and municipal law. Nine years ago, she shifted the focus of her practice to collaborative law and mediation, to help clients resolve legal issues in a respectful, client-centered way and without litigation. Mariette is the Founder and Founding President of the Ithaca Area Collaborative Law Professionals. She was one of the four attorneys who represented the “Ithaca 50″ pro bono in the lawsuit seeking marriage equality for same-sex couples. Mariette is a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the New York State Bar Association Committee on LGBT People and the Law. Mariette is a frequent speaker and trainer on issues related to collaborative law and LGBT family law.

Jennifer Golinveaux – Jennifer Golinveaux is a litigation partner in Winston & Strawn’s San Francisco office who concentrates her practice on complex copyright, trademark, and Internet litigation and counseling. Ms. Golinveaux has represented clients in a broad range of industries in a number of high-profile intellectual property matters. Ms. Golinveaux has more than a decade of experience managing trademark portfolios of all sizes, and providing trademark and copyright counseling. She has litigated a number of matters before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and handled a number of Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy (UDRP) proceedings. Ms. Golinveaux was named as among the world’s leading trademark practitioners for both trademark litigation and prosecution by the World Trademark Review in 2011 and 2012. She is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the Copyright Society of the U.S.A., the Cyberspace Law Committee of the California State Bar’s Business Law Section, and the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Ms. Golinveaux is a frequent speaker on copyright, trademark, Internet law, and intellectual property litigation issues. Ms. Golinveaux received a B.A. in English with Honors from Barnard College at Columbia University in 1995 and a J.D., cum laude, from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 1999, where she was articles editor for the University of San Francisco School of Law Review.

Jamison Green – Jamison Green, PhD, is an internationally known advocate for transgender and transsexual health, civil rights, and social safety. He operates a small consulting firm specializing in transgender education and policy consulting for business, education, and government, through which he advises the Human Rights Campaign on the Corporate Equality Index, among other clients. He also works part-time at the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco.  He is the author of the prize-winning book Becoming a Visible Man (Vanderbilt University Press, 2004), and his work on anti-discrimination legislation, healthcare access, and insurance reform has impacted governments and businesses throughout the world. He was recognized by the LGBT Bar Association with the 2009 Transgender Advocacy Award.  In February 2014, he will take office as President of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH), serving until June 2016.  He can be reached at james@jamisongreen.com.

Tamara E. Kolz Griffin – Ms. Kolz Griffin is a solo practitioner in the areas of gift and estate planning as well as property settlement agreements in Wayland, Massachusetts. She is also a clinical instructor at Harvard Law School where she teaches estate planning and is the Associate Director of Harvard Law School’s Estate Planning Clinic where she supervises clinical students. In such capacity, she often collaborates with the Family Law Clinic and the LGBT Clinic to serve the needs of LGBT clients in need of estate planning or estate administration services. She has particular expertise in providing comprehensive advice and legal services to same-sex couples. Previously, Ms. Kolz Griffin was a partner in the Private Wealth Services Section of the Boston office of Holland & Knight, LLP, where she practiced for 15 years. Ms. Kolz Griffin received her B.S. from Northeastern University summa cum laude in 1990, where she graduated first in her class. She earned her J.D. degree cum laude in 1993 from Harvard Law School and an L.L.M. in taxation from Boston University School of Law in 2002.

Debra E. Guston – Deb is a partner in Guston & Guston, L.L.P., Glen Rock, NJ.  She graduated cum laude fromMountHolyokeCollege and received a M.A. fromEmersonCollege and her J.D. from Cardozo School of Law. Deb represents a broad spectrum of clients in family court matters; adoptions; estate planning, litigation and administration; non-profit business administration and chancery litigation. She is a Fellow of theAmericanAcademy of Adoption Attorneys and of theAmericanAcademy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys; a Trustee of ACLU-NJ; a member of the NJ State Bar Association’s Family Law Executive Committee and its Adoption Sub-Committee Chair; a past Chair of the NJ State Bar’s GLBT Rights Section and a Past President of LeGaL.  She is a participant in the National LGBT Bar Association’s Family Law Institute, a select group of 125 attorneys from across the country working on and advocating for GLBT clients in family law matters.

Kevin Kraham Kevin is a shareholder in Littler Mendelson’s DC office. He provides day-to-day advice, counseling, and training to employers and represents clients in employment and labor matters in federal and state courts and before administrative agencies and arbitrators. Kevin serves as a strategic business partner with clients to help ensure that human resources and labor relations practices, programs, and initiatives support and drive business plans. Earlier in his career, he was an administrative judge, law clerk, and investigator for the EEOC. Kevin serves on the board of directors of The National LGBT Bar Association and is a member of Littler Pride, Littler’s LGBTA affinity group. Littler has long been recognized for its commitment to diversity and community outreach across a variety of diversity dimensions, including: HRC Corporate Equality Index – 100% rating (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009); Vault Top 100 Law Firms Survey – ranked second in overall diversity (2012); MultiCultural Law Magazine Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity (2012); Yale Law Women – Top 10 Family Friendly Firms and outstanding performance in gender equity in partner promotions (2012); and Working Mother Magazine 50 Best Law Firms for Women (2011, 2009, 2008).

Laura Maechtlen – Laura J. Maechtlen is a partner in the San Francisco office of Seyfarth Shaw LLP and serves as a Co-Chair of the Firm’s Diversity Action Team Executive Committee. Ms. Maechtlen’s practice is focused on employment litigation and includes the defense of class, collective and multi-plaintiff actions arising out of alleged violations of Title VII, California Labor Code, the Fair Labor Standards Act and state statutes prohibiting discrimination and harassment in employment. Ms. Maechtlen also has experience litigating against the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Ms. Maechtlen focuses on litigation of discrimination and harassment cases brought as single plaintiff claims under federal and state statutory laws. In addition to her litigation practice, Ms. Maechtlen also provides day-to-day counseling and advice to clients about the various laws affecting the employment relationship, including the California Fair Employment and Housing Act, Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, California Labor Code and other state and federal statutes. Ms. Maechtlen also routinely counsels employers regarding workplace issues including employee complaints, workplace investigations, leaves of absence and the interactive process. Ms. Maechtlen speaks and publishes regularly on a variety of employment law and litigation topics, and issues regarding diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. Ms. Maechtlen also has an extensive pro bono practice and in 2010 was named Seyfarth Shaw’s Pro Bono Partner of the Year.  She was honored in 2011 as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers Magazine in Employment Litigation, and as one of the country’s “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” by the National LGBT Bar Association.

Denise Main, Ph.D. – Denise Main is an Associate in Finnegan’s Washington, D.C. office and practices patent litigation, prosecution, ex parte reexams, and opinion work primarily in the chemical and pharmaceutical areas.  She focuses onU.S. district court and appellate litigation where her practice includes all aspects of patent litigation including electronic document discovery and fact and expert witness preparation and depositions.  She is also experienced in preparing pleadings and briefs including motions in limine, summary judgment motions, pretrial orders, and post-trial briefs.  Denise has also assisted with the preparation of several expert reports related to complex pharmaceutical technologies. Her experience also includes multiple Hatch-Waxman litigations. Denise has also been involved in all aspects of preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications and preparing ex parte reexams. She has also assisted clients in establishing their freedom to operate and prepared opinions of counsel.

Joseph M. Manicki is a partner in Sidley Austin LLP’s Chicago Office and counsels clients in a wide variety of industries with respect to the design, implementation and administration of employee benefit plans and executive compensation arrangements. He has experience with qualified and nonqualified plans, health and welfare plans, equity compensation plans, governmental plans and multiemployer plans. Mr. Manicki also represents clients with respect to employee benefits and executive compensation issues arising in connection with mergers and acquisitions and other corporate transactions, and structures and negotiates employee benefits provisions of hedge funds and other investment products. He has been designated a Certified Employee Benefits Specialist (CEBS) by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans. He regularly speaks on LGBT matters, including at the 2011 Lavender Law Conference and as organizer of Sidley’s OutLaw Diversity Forum for Chicago-Area Law Schools earlier this year. Mr. Manicki received his LLM in Taxation from Georgetown University Law Center in 2006, with distinction, his JD from Tulane Law School in 2003, cum laude, and his BBA from Loyola University Chicago in 2000, summa cum laude. While at Tulane, he served as the Senior Managing Editor of Volume 12 of the Journal of Law & Sexuality, and his case note, Myers v. San Francisco: Satisfactory C’s on the Domestic Partnership Benefits Report Card – The Constitutionality of Contingent City Contracts Under the Commerce Clause, was published in Volume 11.

Tiffany Palmer – Ms. Palmer graduated from Rutgers University School of Law in Camden, New Jersey, and earned her Master of Science in Public Policy from Rutgers University’s Eagleton Institute of Politics. Ms. Palmer is the author of the chapter Assisted Reproductive Technology in Pennsylvania in the book entitled Representing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Clients in Pennsylvania, published by the Pennsylvania Bar Institute.  Tiffany Palmer was named one of the nation’s “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40″ by the National LGBT Bar Association, an affiliate of the American Bar Association.  Ms. Palmer is a member of the National Center for Lesbian Rights Family Law Advisory Council, a group of experienced family law and estate planning attorneys from around the country that meet annually to discuss LGBT family formation and protection issues, evaluating national trends and state-by-state cases. Ms. Palmer has also served on the Board of Directors of Philadelphia Family Pride, a non-profit organization for LGBT parents and prospective parents and their children. Ms. Palmer is also an adjunct professor at Earle Mack School of Law, Drexel University in Philadelphia, teaching Sexual Orientation and the Law.

Michael Ponto – A partner in the Minneapolis, Minnesota office of Faegre Baker Daniels, Michael Ponto focuses on complex commercial litigation of all types. Mike regularly appears in federal and state courts nationwide on behalf of Fortune 500 clients who face disputes involving contracts and business torts. Mike has developed a subspecialty in real estate litigation, particularly as it pertains to retail properties and transactions. He also counsels clients responding to subpoenas, civil investigative demands and other governmental investigations. He is an officer of the Faegre Baker Daniels Foundation and a member of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Group. Mike was recently honored as a recipient of the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal’s 2012 Diversity in Business Award, recognizing his leadership within his firm, the profession and the community at large. Mike is also a recipient of the 2011 John C. Benson Pro Bono Award, granted in recognition of his extensive pro bono practice, including his work leading a team of lawyers who helped achieve a nationally-groundbreaking settlement in litigation arising from pervasive harassment of LGBT and gender non-conforming students in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District.

Matthew Rudolphi – Mr. Rudolphi is an Associate with Duncan, Weinberg, Genzer & Pembroke, P.C., in Washington, D.C. His practice areas include energy law and economic regulation, environmental law, administrative law and litigation. Mr. Rudolphi works primarily with public power interests on electric regulatory matters, telecommunications and non-profit corporation issues. He advises clients and participates in litigation on matters relating to wholesale power and transmission, including rates, terms and conditions of service and the various requirements of state and federal energy regulations and laws. Mr. Rudolphi is a graduate of Rutgers University School of Law and received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is a veteran, having served as an infantry paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne. He has served on the Board of National LGBT Bar Association Affiliates: GALLOP, Gay and Lesbian Lawyers of Philadelphia; and GAYLAW, the LGBT Bar Association of theWashington,DC Metro Area. He resides, with his partner of 13 years, in Hyattsville, Maryland.

Richard SegalMr. Segal is the managing partner of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman’s San Diego and San Diego North County offices. He has litigated in state, federal and bankruptcy courts on a variety of issues at both the trial and appellate levels. His practice emphasizes commercial and business litigation with particular concentrations in consumer finance, unfair competition, false advertising, securities, antitrust, banking and employee benefits matters. He has substantial litigation experience representing vehicle finance and leasing companies in several class actions and private attorney general actions challenging their practices. He advises vehicle sales companies regarding state statutory, common law and regulatory compliance. He also represents benefit plans and trustees in ERISA cases in courts throughout California. Other significant matters include his representation of public corporations and/or inside or outside directors in various class action securities in state and federal courts. Mr. Segal is the leader of Pillsbury’s firmwide LGBT attorney network and is a member of Lambda Legal’s National Leadership Council.

Sue Silber – Susan Silber has dedicated her legal career of over 30 years to advancing the rights of all families, with a focus on same-sex families. Susan founded the law firm of Silber, Perlman, Sigman & Tilev, PA, which is a full service, community-based law firm located in Takoma Park, Maryland.  The firm represents clients in Maryland, DC, and Virginia. Susan represents clients in employment law and all aspects of family law, including guardianships, adoptions, separation agreements, divorce, custody, dissolutions and prenuptial agreements. She uses collaborative and mediation as well as traditional approaches. Susan has assisted hundreds of people to cooperatively form their families (e.g., second parent adoptions, living together contracts, powers of attorney, medical directives, and parenting agreements). Susan is a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and a past president of the Maryland LGBT Bar Association.  Susan has led many trainings relevant to LGBTQI families, including for the judiciary. Susan has been frequently recognized by her peers: “Superlawyer” for both Maryland and the District of Columbia, Lifetime Achievement Award from GAYLAW, and national recognition by Children of Lesbian and Gays (COLAGE). Susan is also the city attorney for two Maryland municipalities and is a past-president of the Maryland Municipal Attorneys Association. Susan attended State University of New York University at Buffalo Law School (1976).

William Singer – William S. Singer, a partner of Singer & Fedun, LLC, has been in the private practice of law in Somerset County, New Jersey for over 41 years. In the past year, Bill received the ACLU-NJ Bill of Rights Award, the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award from the New Jersey State Bar Association GLBT Section and the Presidential Award from the New Jersey Association for Justice, Inc. Bill is the founder and Chair of the LGBT Family Law Institute, an annual meeting of attorneys from the U.S. and abroad, who specialize in LGBT family law issues. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys and a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. His practice concentrates on the creation and protection of non-traditional families and as counselor to numerous non-profit organizations. He has succeeded in extending rights to non-traditional families through both the court system and the legislative process. He has been serving as the General Counsel of the National LGBT Bar Association since its founding in the 1980’s. Mr. Singer lectures frequently throughout the country on issues concerning LGBT and other non-traditional families and diversity in the practice of law. Mr. Singer received a degree in history with distinction from Rutgers College and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Columbia University School of Law.

Todd Solomon – Todd Solomon is a partner in the employee benefits practice group of McDermott Will & Emery LLP in its Chicago office. Todd focuses his practice primarily on designing, amending, and administering pension plans, 401(k) plans, employee stock ownership plans, 403(b) plans, and nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements. He also counsels corporations and tax-exempt entities regarding fiduciary and plan investment issues under ERISA, employee benefits issues involved in corporate transactions, executive compensation matters, and the implementation of benefit programs for domestic partners. Todd is the author of Domestic Partner Benefits – An Employer’s Guide, which is published by Thompson Publishing Group. He is a frequent speaker and writer on benefits issues resulting from domestic partnerships and same-sex marriages and is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post.

Charles Spiegel – Charlie Spiegel’s San Francisco legal practice includes divorce and custody mediation, adoption, surrogacy and real estate matters at www.charlesspiegellaw.com. Charlie served as Co-Chair of the National Board of Lambda Legal, and was a founding Executive Director of Our Family, the bay area’s LGBT family organization. Charlie has had 20 years of wide experience in real estate since graduating New York University School of Law with honors. He received a Fammy award fromSan Francisco’s Jewish Family & Children’s Services in 2009 for his advocacy for families. He has lived and raised his family in the SF Bay Area since 1989.  He is a Collaborative Practitioner, CLE lecturer, member of Bay Area for Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF) and a prolific writer.

Brita Strandberg – Brita Strandberg is a partner with the law firm of Wiltshire & Grannis LLP, where she focuses on representing communications and technology clients before the Federal Communications Commission and federal courts. Ms. Strandberg represents traditional telecommunications providers in matters of domestic and international regulatory strategy and compliance, and represents providers of a wide array of new technologies and services including VoIP, unified communications, online collaboration, social networking, and eCommerce. Ms. Strandberg provides clients high-level strategic advice and advocacy in rulemakings and litigation, and also provides ongoing compliance advice to companies addressing universal service, 911, law enforcement access, consumer privacy, disability access, telemarketing, and related obligations. She assists innovators and new entrants address the difficult challenges that arise when emerging services do not fit neatly into traditional regulatory boxes.

Kim Surratt – Kim Surratt is the founder of Surratt Law Practice, a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a member of the National LGBT Bar Association, a member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine, and a fellow with the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys.  She lobbied and testified for the passage of Nevada’s Domestic Partnership Bill and Collaborative Law Act.  Family formation law is now a majority of Ms. Surratt’s practice, representing intended parents, surrogates, medical clinics and agencies.  She often speaks at national conferences regarding family formation law.

William Thomas – Trey Thomas, former General Counsel and Vice President of Human Resources for a national restaurant company, is now principal in a mediation/consulting practice based in Portland, Oregon. With a West Coast focus, Bridgetown ADR & Consulting provides mediation, workplace investigations, workplace training, ethics and compliance program consultation, and general counsel consulting. With more than twenty years of labor and employment law experience, Trey also serves as an expert human resources witness in employment-related litigation.

David Tsai – David is an associate in Perkins Coie LLP’s San Francisco and Taipei offices and a member of Perkins’ Commercial Litigation Practice Group.  David’s practice focuses on trade secret and patent litigation involving the Internet, software, semiconductors, light-emitting diodes (LEDs), smartphones, pharmaceuticals, biotechnologies, and medical devices.  David has written and lectured on Internet software applications, Hatch-Waxman/ ANDA litigation, and stem cell gene therapy.  David currently serves as the President of the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA) and previously chaired the ABA LGBT Litigator Committee and Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom (BALIF),San Francisco’s LGBT Bar association.  He was named 40 Best Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar in 2011 and Santa Clara County Bar Association Barrister of the Year in 2010.  For the past four years, David has been named a “Rising Star” in intellectual property litigation by Super Lawyers Magazine.  David is committed to serving pro bono clients.  He has worked on LGBT immigration pro bono matters with the Asian Law Caucus and the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, including successfully representing an HIV+ transgender Mexican client in immigration court. He has also led the drafting of several amicus briefs filed in the same-sex marriage/Prop 8 cases inCalifornia.  David is a graduate of Harvard, Stanford, and Santa Clara University.

Joseph A. Vallo – Joseph A. Vallo is Litigation Of Counsel with Greenberg Traurig’s New York and White Plains offices. Joseph focuses his practice on securities arbitration, mediation and litigation and also has wide-ranging experience in retail brokerage compliance in domestic and international markets. Before joining Greenberg Traurig, Joseph served as Senior Vice President and Senior Litigation Counsel for Wachovia Securities, LLC, n.k.a Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, where he supervised the firm’s major litigations and arbitrations. Previously, he served as the Senior Vice President and Director of Compliance for TD Waterhouse Group, Inc. and the Divisional Compliance Director at Salomon Smith Barney, Inc. where he was also the Director of International Private Client Group Compliance. Joseph is a 1979 graduate of SUNY Cortland and a 1984 graduate of New York Law School. He is admitted to practice in New York and Florida. Joseph also serves as Vice Chair of the SUNY Cortland Foundation Board of Directors. Joseph lives in New York with his partner, Mark and their daughter, Emma.

Bridget Wilson – Bridget Wilson is a partner in Rosenstein,Wilson & Dean, P.L.C. in San Diego. She represented and assisted service members in matters related to “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and the prior anti-gay regulations for three decades. She has represented transgender persons in military and in civil matters for two decades, including discharge and military criminal matters, identity document issues and employment matters. One of her favorite cases was obtaining documents from the City of San Diego under California’s Public Record Act and working with a coalition that successfully lobbied for the repeal of San Diego’s criminal “cross-dressing” law in the late 90’s. She serves as consulting counsel for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network and is the Co-Legal Director for the Palm Center. She is admitted to practice before the service appellate courts and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces. She is a veteran of the U.S. Army Reserve.

Brian Winterfeldt – Brian J. Winterfeldt is a partner in the Washington office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP, where he is a member of the Intellectual Property group. Mr. Winterfeldt’s practice involves most aspects of intellectual property law, including domestic and international trademark counseling, clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and litigation, as well as trade dress and domain name issues. Mr. Winterfeldt assists clients with the creation of trademark and branding strategies and the development of programs to enforce and protect intellectual property rights. He represents clients seeking to protect against infringement of their copyrights, trademarks, and trade dress in the United States and internationally. Mr. Winterfeldt’s practice includes significant work in domain name law and new media counseling and enforcement, including assisting clients with the management of their domain name portfolios and securing domain names that incorporate clients’ trademarks through the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy and other similar processes for foreign domain names. Mr. Winterfeldt has also counseled clients on cutting edge issues such as social media and Web 2.0, including strategies for brand promotion and protection in these spaces. Mr. Winterfeldt has also written numerous articles on trademark law and has been selected for the past several years to serve as a reviewer for the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition by the International Trademark Association. Mr. Winterfeldt also serves as Co-Chair of Steptoe’s GLBT Forum and as a member of Steptoe’s Diversity Committee. Mr. Winterfeldt is a prominent and frequent speaker at industry events on topics including trademark issues and social media.

David Wochner – David Wochner is a partner in Sutherland’s Energy and Environmental Practice Group, in which he chairs the group’s Energy Policy and Government Affairs team and co-chairs the Oil and Natural Gas Regulatory team. He focuses his practice on regulatory, policy and transactional issues. His experience includes counseling and representing clients with regard to Congressional investigations into oil and natural gas matters; negotiations for access to natural gas infrastructure associated with shale gas production; Department of Energy proceedings related to LNG exports; rights and obligations at U.S. and European LNG terminals; and U.S. federal, state and local authorities’ roles in energy infrastructure development. David received his undergraduate and law degrees fromGeorgetownUniversity and currently serves on the national Alumni Board of Georgetown Law. Outside of the office David devotes significant time to the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, for which he serves on the Board of Directors and is co-chair of the Victory Campaign Board, the organization’s national network of individuals focused on helping openly LGBT candidates run for public office at all levels of government. In 2010, the National LGBT Bar Association named David as one of the Top 40 LGBT Attorneys Under the Age of 40.

Christopher Wolf – Chris Wolf leads the global Privacy and Information Management practice at Hogan Lovells US LLP.  He also is the founder and co-chair of the Future of Privacy Forum, a think tank whose mission is to advance responsible data practices.  Chris has practiced law for 32 years, as a litigator and more recently with a focus on compliance and public policy. Chris graduated from Bowdoin College, cum laude¸ in 1976 and completed the General Course at the London School of Economics.  He is a 1980 graduate, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif of the Washington & Lee University School of Law. Following law school, Chris clerked for US District Judge Aubrey E. Robinson, Jr. (DDC). Chris’ privacy law career was launched  when he represented a gay sailor whose personal information was obtained illegally by the US Navy from AOL in an attempt to oust the sailor under Don’t Ask, Don’ Tell.  The case, McVeigh v. Cohen, resulted in a declaration that the Navy violated the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and a denunciation of the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy then in effect.  Chris also represented US Army Lt. Steve May in his successful challenge to a proposed ouster under DADT.  Chris has authored books and numerous articles on privacy law.  In his extracurricular activities, Chris works on ways to address Internet hate speech.  He chairs the Internet Task Force of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) as well as an inter-Parliamentary group addressing online hate.  Chris also serves on the boards of Food & Friends, Young Concert Artists, the George Washington University Hospital, and WETA Public Broadcasting.  He is married to James L. Beller, Jr., a playwright.

James Wood – Jim is a member of the Reed Smith Life Sciences Health Industry Group, practicing in the area of product liability litigation. For more than 35 years, Jim has focused on the representation of manufacturers of prescription medicines and medical devices. His practice has involved representing and counseling manufacturers of prescription products involving a variety of issues. Over time Jim’s practice has grown as a part of the firm’s pro bono initiative to include the representation of those who have no access to the courts. He was trial counsel in Stanmore Cawthon Cooper v. Federal Aviation Administration,, 596 F.3d 538, 544-45 (9th Cir.2010), (a Privacy Act action based on federal agencies’ exchange of  HIV information about plaintiff) The 9th Circuit was rreversed in a 5-3, in an opinion by Justice Alito on March 28, 2012. The majority held that emotional distress damages cannot be recovered in a Privacy Act case. For his pro bono work, Jim was named in 2011 as one of California’s top 20 attorneys in the state by The Recorder. Earlier, in 2006, Jim was named as the winner of the firm’s Sean Halpin award for his Pro Bono accomplishments. For his work with HIV/AIDS clients Jim was named “Attorney of the Year” by the San Francisco AIDS Legal Referral Panel in 2006. In representing California school children with diabetes, Jim was recognized by the California Lawyer “Angel Awards” in 2007 as one of the state’s outstanding Pro  Bono attorneys.

Michele Zavos – Michele is a partner in the Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC, which practices in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. She has been a pioneer for over 30 years in creating legal protections for LGBT headed families. Her Firm recently won the case of Port v. Cowan, which conclusively established that Maryland must recognize marriages between same-sex couples that are validly entered into in another jurisdiction. She also initiated the new law in the District of Columbia that allows same-sex couples who were married in the District to divorce in the District if both members of the couple live in a jurisdiction where they cannot divorce. Michele has taught as an adjunct professor for the Women’s Studies Program at the George Washington University and the Washington College of Law at American University, where she was named Outstanding Adjunct Professor in 1999. Michele has won many awards from LGBT organizations for her longstanding service to the LGBT community, and served on the District of Columbia Federal Judicial Nominating Commission for more than 8 years by appointment of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. She currently serves on the National Family Law Advisory Council for the National Center for Lesbian Rights and the Board of Directors of Rainbow Families DC. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys in 2005 and a Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys in 2010. Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton named her an “Angel in Adoption” in 2009.


Government Agencies

Jeremy Bishop – Jeremy Bishop is a Special Assistant to the Secretary, in the Office of Public Engagement. In his current role, his primary responsibilities include engagement with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender community (LGBT), the disability community, people and families affected by HIV/AIDS, and also issues dealing with pensions and retirement. Previously, Jeremy was Executive Director of Pride At Work, AFL-CIO, the constituency group for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender workers in the organized labor movement. During his tenure at Pride At Work, Jeremy negotiated union contracts to include issues of importance to the LGBT community, including non-discrimination clauses, domestic partner benefits, transgender health benefits, and inclusive pension packages. Before joining Pride At Work, Jeremy was Chapter Services Manager for Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). He assisted PFLAG’s more than 500 chapter network with technical issues and traveled extensively around the country to perform trainings on LGBT issues. A native North Carolinian, Jeremy received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Religion at Wake Forest University in 2000 and in 2007, he participated in the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government’s Senior Executives in State and Local Government program.

Trevor S. Krehely Blake – Trevor S. Krehely Blake is a senior trial attorney in the Employment Litigation Section of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division. That section enforces Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Title VII), as amended, which proscribes employment discrimination based on color, national origin, race, religion, and sex. The section also enforces the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA), which prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals because of their military service or contemplated military service. Mr. Blake is a board member of DOJ Pride, the affinity group for LGBT DOJ employees. And he is a member of the Civil Rights Division’s GLBT working group. Before joining DOJ in 2010, Mr. Blake was a senior associate in the Washington, DC office of Venable LLP. At Venable, Mr. Blake was a member of the labor and employment practice group and served on the firm’s hiring and diversity committees. Mr. Blake earned his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and his A.B. from Harvard College. He is a member of theDistrict of Columbia and Massachusetts bars.

Ken Choe – Ken Choe is Deputy General Counsel and Counselor to the Office of Health Reform at the Department of Health and Human Services. Before that, Choe was a Senior Staff Attorney at the LGBT Rights and AIDS Projects of the national ACLU. He also served as a political appointee in the Clinton Administration focusing on health care law and policy.

Kelly Collins-McMurry – Kelly Collins-McMurry works for the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service (CRS) in Washington, D.C., as a Program Analyst focusing on CRS’ work pursuant to the Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Ms. Collins-McMurry is a community relations and communications professional with dual backgrounds in law enforcement and journalism. She served as an openly Lesbian police officer for the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, D.C., where she specialized in community relations, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender liaison, emergency and disaster response assistance, media relations, and civil disturbance and crowd control. Most recently, Ms. Collins-McMurry served as an international civilian police officer with the United Nations’ Peacekeeping Missions in Haiti and Kosovo. Before becoming a police officer, Ms. Collins-McMurry was a professional writer and editor for a number of specialized publications, including Trial magazine, Legal Times newspaper, and Regardie’s magazine.

Tamica Daniel – Tamica Daniel completed a joint degree program in law and a master’s in public policy at Georgetown in 2009. She published a note in the Georgetown Law Journal entitled, “Bringing Real Choice to the Housing Choice Voucher Program: Addressing Voucher Discrimination Under the Federal Fair Housing Act.” Her master’s thesis analyzed the relationship between a voluntary school desegregation plan and minority student educational attainment in the wake of Parents Involved in Community Schools v. Seattle School Dist. No. 1. After graduation, she clerked for the Honorable Phyllis Thompson on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. In 2010, Tamica joined the Educational Opportunities Section in the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division through the Attorney General’s Honors Program. In her position as a trial attorney in the section, she investigates and resolves complaints of student harassment, monitors school desegregation consent decrees, and evaluates school districts’ programs and services for English Language Learners to ensure students have equal educational opportunities.  She was one of the Department of Justice attorneys who investigated and negotiated the Anoka-Hennepin School District matter in which students were being harassed on the basis of sex, including gender nonconformity.  She has investigated other student harassment matters where students have been harassed on the basis of sex, race, national origin, and religion.

Chai Feldblum – Chai Feldblum was nominated to serve as a Commissioner of the EEOC by President Barack Obama, and was confirmed by the Senate, for a term ending on July 1, 2013. Prior to her appointment to the EEOC, Commissioner Feldblum was a Professor of Law at theGeorgetownUniversityLawCenter where she has taught since 1991. At Georgetown, she founded the Law Center’s Federal Legislation and Administrative Clinic, which represented clients such as Catholic Charities USA, the National Disability Rights Network, and the Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law.  She also founded and co-directed Workplace Flexibility 2010, a policy enterprise focused on finding common ground between employers and employees on workplace flexibility issues. As Legislative Counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union from 1988 to 1991, Commissioner Feldblum played a leading role in helping to draft and negotiate the ground-breaking Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Later, as a law professor representing the Epilepsy Foundation, she was equally instrumental in the drafting and negotiating of the ADA Amendments Act of 2008. Commissioner Feldblum has also worked to advance lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights, has been one of the drafters of the Employment Nondiscrimination Act, and is the first openly lesbian Commissioner of the EEOC. She clerked for Judge Frank Coffin of the First Circuit Court of Appeals and for Supreme Court Justice Harry A. Blackmun after receiving her J.D. from Harvard Law School. She received her B.A. degree from Barnard College.

Cynthia FergusonMs. Ferguson joined the Environmental Enforcement Section (EES) at DOJ as an Honors Attorney in 2000 and has handled a variety of challenging matters since joining the section.  She was a member of the settlement team in a landmark Clean Water Act Confined Animal Feeding Operation (CAFO) case, second chair at a Clean Water Act CAFO trial, a member of a bankruptcy estimation hearing trail team, has negotiated numerous Superfund settlements and a multimedia regulatory settlement, has written and argued summary judgment briefings on a variety of issues, and has coordinated massive discovery efforts for a bankruptcy case. In 2009, Ms. Ferguson accepted a detail to serve as special counsel to the Acting Assistant Attorney General for ENRD and returned to EES in 2010.  Ms. Ferguson’s experience with Environmental Justice has spanned all levels at DOJ and includes participation in DOJ’s and ENRD’s EJ Workgroups.  In June of this year she was selected as ENRD’s new Senior Level Environmental Justice Coordinator. Ms. Ferguson received her JD in 2000, with honors and a certificate in Environmental and Energy Law, from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and her undergraduate degree, a BS in Mechanical Engineering, from Carnegie-Mellon University in 1990.   

Matthew Goodrich – Mr. Goodrich is the program manager for the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) at the US General Services Administration (GSA). Mr. Goodrich began his career in the US Government as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). Mr. Goodrich currently works on the Federal Cloud Computing Initiative at GSA. He has served as project manager for Apps.gov, helped in the creation of multiple cloud procurements, and led the development the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP). Additionally, Mr. Goodrich also worked under the US Federal CIO in the e-Government office in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the Executive Office of the President of the United States. During his tenure at OMB, Mr. Goodrich focused his efforts on government-wide cloud computing policy issues and helped oversee agency IT portfolios. Mr. Goodrich also led the effort in creating tactical guidance for US government agencies in addressing barriers to the effective acquisition of cloud computing services. The white paper “Creating Effective Cloud Computing Contracts for the Federal Government: Best Practices for Acquiring IT as a Service” was published by the US Chief Information Officer and Chief Acquisition Officer Councils as well as the Federal Cloud Compliance Committee. Mr. Goodrich has a BBA in Computer Information Systems from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida and a Juris Doctor from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.

Gavin Hilgemeier – Gavin Hilgemeier has served for almost a decade as a paralegal with ENRD’s Environmental Enforcement Section, assisting lawyers to prosecute civil actions on behalf of federal agencies under all major federal environmental laws.  At ENRD, he serves on the Diversity Committee. The Diversity Committee is charged with implementing changes to create a more inclusive workforce.  For three decades, Mr. Hilgemeier have been involved in LGBT groups such as DOJ Pride (the Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Employees of the U.S. Department of Justice and Their Allies) , FedGLOBE, Out & Equal, Boston LGBT Pride Committee, the Boston Living Center and AIDS Action Committee.  A member of DOJ Pride’s Board for almost 6 years; Mr. Hilgemeier was Board Secretary for 3 years and is currently Vice President.  His education includes undergraduate work at Boston University and graduate degree from Harvard University.

Glenn Gordon Glenn S. Gordon has led the enforcement program for the Miami Regional Office of the Securities and Exchange Commission since May 2001. During his tenure at the SEC, Mr. Gordon has overseen a number of high-profile investigations and enforcement actions in every major program area, including the FCPA, public company accounting and disclosure, fair disclosure, broker-dealers and other registrants, insider trading, and municipal securities. Mr. Gordon received the SEC’s Irving M. Pollack Award in 2011. This award, which is one of the SEC’s highest, recognizes employees who have “demonstrated over a period of years such qualities as dedication to service in the public interest; dedication to the SEC; fairness and compassion in the performance of his/her official duties and in his/her relationship with the public and staff; scholarship and professional expertise as well as adherence to stringent standards of personal and professional integrity.” Mr. Gordon had previously received the SEC’s Capital Markets Award, which recognizes work that helps preserve the integrity of the country’s capital markets. Mr. Gordon joined the SEC in 1995, after having been a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell and Proskauer Rose in New York City. Mr. Gordon was a judicial law clerk for Judge Gerald Bard Tjoflat, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, from 1986-1987. Mr. Gordon received his law degree in 1986 from the Cornell Law School, where he graduated cum laude and where he was Articles Editor for the Cornell Law Review. Mr. Gordon received B.A. and B.S. degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

Eduardo Juarez – Eduardo Juarez is a Senior Trial Attorney with the San Antonio Field Office of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission where he litigates individual, class and systemic lawsuits under the federal civil rights statutes prohibiting employment discrimination. Mr. Juarez is a member of the board of directors for the National LGBT Bar Association. In August 2011, he worked on detail as Special Assistant to EEOC Commissioner Chai Feldblum, the first out lesbian EEOC Commissioner. Before his employment with the EEOC, Mr. Juarez was a Trial Attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia and began his legal career as an Associate with the law firm of Sidley & Austin in Chicago,Illinois. Eduardo received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in philosophy and his law degree from the University of Michigan. He is active in various LGBT political and professional organizations and is the past Chair of the LGBT Law Section for the State Bar of Texas.

Elaine Kaplan – Elaine Kaplan was appointed General Counsel at the United States Office of Personnel Management on March 17, 2009. As General Counsel, Kaplan has helped to shape and implement numerous innovative initiatives. These have included, among others, her work drafting and overseeing the implementation of the President’s Memoranda directing the extension of benefits to LGBT federal employees and their families. She has also served as counsel for OPM as defendant in the DOMA cases. Kaplan began her legal career in the Solicitor’s Office of the U.S. Department of Labor, most recently in the Division of Special Appellate and Supreme Court litigation. She also served for many years as an attorney for the National Treasury Employees Union where she litigated and supervised the litigation of cases at all levels of the federal court system. In 1998, Kaplan was appointed by President Clinton and unanimously confirmed by the Senate to serve as the head of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel, an independent agency whose mission is to protect the merit-based civil service. After completing a successful five-year term at OSC in 2003, she became “of counsel” to Bernabei and Katz, a nationally recognized plaintiff’s side employment law and civil rights firm. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Kaplan earned a J.D., cum laude, fromGeorgetownUniversity in 1979. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from the State University of New York in Binghamton in 1976.

David W. Knight – David W. Knight is a trial attorney with the Disability Rights Section in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. He represents the Department in developing and implementing the President’s National HIV/AIDS Strategy, and conducts a majority of the Department’s HIV discrimination outreach and investigations. Mr. Knight’s other caseload is comprised primarily of transportation accessibility and employment discrimination claims. He is also a member of the Civil Rights Division’s GLBT Working Group, serving as the Chair of the Intersex Subcommittee and the HIV/AIDS Subcommittee, and is a past Board Member of DOJ Pride. Mr. Knight attended the University of Maryland, College Park, and Fordham University School of Law.

Louis Lopez – Louis Lopez is Deputy Chief in the Employment Litigation Section (ELS) of the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he serves on the Division’s GLBT Working Group. In ELS, Mr. Lopez assists in the enforcement of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 against public employers. Title VII prohibits discrimination in employment based on several protected classifications, including sex. As Deputy Chief, Mr. Lopez oversees Title VII investigations and resultant litigation focusing on protecting gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender (GLBT) applicants and employees from discrimination for failure to conform to traditional gender stereotypes. Mr. Lopez also is an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law School, where he teaches labor and employment law courses. Mr. Lopez is active in the American Bar Association (ABA), where he serves as a Commissioner on the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and has spoken on several programs on workplace discrimination affecting GLBT individuals. He also currently serves as Co-Chair of the Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee and Co-Chair of the Outreach to Government Lawyers Committee in theABA’s Labor and Employment Law Section.

Grande Lum – Mr. Grande Lum is currently Director of Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service. Previously he served as Director of the Historically Underutilized Business Zone (HUBZone) Program at the Small Business Administration. Mr. Lum was a clinical professor at the University of California Hastings School of the Law and Director of its Center for Negotiation and Dispute Resolution.  Prior to that, he was the founder of Accordence, a dispute resolution training firm, a principal of ThoughtBridge, a mediation firm and a partner with the consulting firm Conflict Management Inc.  He has also been an adjunct professor at U.C. Berkeley School of Law and co-manager of the Alternative Dispute Resolution externship program at Stanford Law School.  His published work includes The Negotiation Fieldbook. Mr. Lum currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program, an initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce.  He has also served on the board of directors of the Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center and the Center for Asian American Media.  In addition, Mr. Lum was a member of the California State Bar Association Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He recently served as a fellow at the Gould Center for Conflict Resolution at Stanford Law School. Mr. Lum received his B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Sharon McGowan – Sharon joined the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice in February 2010. In that position, she works on a broad range of civil rights issues, including the Division’s efforts to enforce federal laws prohibiting sex discrimination in employment, housing, education, and credit. Sharon is the Co-Chair of the Civil Rights Division’s LGBT Working Group, which provides guidance to the Department on litigation and legislative matters affecting LGBT people. Prior to joining DOJ, Sharon was a Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project, and served as lead counsel in Schroer v. Billington (D.D.C.), which resulted in a landmark ruling that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination also protects individuals who are undertaking/have undertaken a gender transition. In 2010, Sharon was named as one of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association.

Cara Mroczek – Cara Mroczek has been a Trial Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice since September 2006. She represents federal agencies in civil enforcement litigation arising under the federal environmental statutes, including the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA and CERCLA.  Her responsibilities include coordinating and managing litigation, preparing legal pleadings and conducting discovery, and appearing in federal district court, as well as negotiating settlements. Ms. Mroczek worked on the Asarco Bankruptcy, including the El Paso Smelter Site and the United State International Boundary Water Commission Site.

Daria Neal – Daria E. Neal is a Deputy Chief in the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division’s Federal Coordination and Compliance Section. Ms. Neal oversees team of attorneys and investigators who work with the federal agencies to ensure consistent and effective enforcement of civil rights statutes and Executive Orders that prohibit discrimination in federally conducted and assisted programs and activities.  Additionally, Ms. Neal represents the Civil Rights Division on the Interagency Working Group on Environmental Justice to Address Environmental Justice in Minority Populations and Low-Income Populations. Ms. Neal also serves as an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law teaching courses in environmental justice and environmental law. Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Ms. Neal was Senior Counsel for the Environmental Justice Project at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. Ms. Neal worked closely with communities to address environmental justice issues such as discriminatory zoning and violations of environmental laws. Ms. Neal also worked for the civil rights firm Wiggins, Childs, Quinn & Pantazis LLC in Washington D.C. litigating class action employment discrimination and wage and hour cases, including suits against Cracker Barrel Restaurants, Amtrak and Baltimore Gas & Electric. Ms. Neal currently serves as Treasurer of the Women’s Bar Association for the District of Columbia and is a member of the Washington Bar Association. Ms. Neal is a graduate of the University of California Los Angeles, School of Law and Hampton University.

Justin Mulaire – Justin Mulaire has been a Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission since 2005, where he has litigated individual and class employment discrimination cases on behalf of the government under Title VII, the ADA, and the ADEA. In 2011, Mr. Mulaire drafted the agency’s first amicus brief on Title VII coverage of discrimination against transgender individuals, and currently he coordinates the EEOC Office of General Counsel’s LGBT Litigation Workgroup. Before joining the agency’s New York District Office in 2011, Mr. Mulaire was assigned to the EEOC’s Chicago District Office, and in 2010-2011 he served as Attorney-Advisor to the EEOC’s General Counsel. Mr. Mulaire is a Government Fellow of the ABA’s Section of Labor and Employment Law, and attended Princeton University and Columbia Law School.

Matt Nosanchuk – Matt Nosanchuk joined the Civil Rights Division in July 2009 as Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General. He brings extensive experience as a civil rights attorney from his time in Congress, as well as work in the non-profit and private sectors. Among his primary duties, Matt oversees the Division’s Policy and Strategy Section and the pursuit of key policy priorities, including the implementation of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.  He represents the Division in many capacities, including serving as the Division’s point person on LGBT issues in the Department, and coordinating the Division’s interactions with Congress.  He returns to the Justice Department after serving in the Office of Policy Development under Attorney General Janet Reno during the Clinton Administration, where he worked on a range of civil and criminal policy matters, as well as judicial nominations.  Matt also has worked on the House Judiciary Committee’s Democratic Staff under then-Ranking Member John Conyers on legislative matters, including bankruptcy, cybersecurity, and civil rights, and on Justice Department oversight.

Anna M. Pohl – Anna M. Pohl is a Senior Trial Attorney at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in the New York District Office, where she litigates employment discrimination cases under federal civil rights statutes. She is a member of the LBGT Litigation Workgroup, established by the EEOC’s General Counsel to provide guidance to attorneys and investigators on LGBT issues under the laws the EEOC enforces. Prior to joining the EEOC, she represented employees and consumers in civil rights and consumer protection class actions at a small law firm inWashington,DC. Prior to that, she worked on immigration and domestic violence policy issues at NOW Legal Defense and Education Fund, now called Legal Momentum. Ms. Pohl is an active member of the American Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section’s Employment Rights and Responsibilities Committee. She serves on ERR’s Complex Litigation Subcommittee and is Co-Chair of the ERR Membership Subcommittee. She is a member of the New York City Bar Association LGBT Rights Committee and has served on the National Employment Lawyers Association’s Class and Collective Action Committee and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Committee. Ms. Pohl received her J.D. from New England Law –Boston and her B.A. from Towson State University.

Jeffrey Prieto – Jeffrey Prieto serves as a Counsel to the Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice’s Environment and Natural Resources Division (ENRD). Mr. Prieto’s current duties include representing the Office of the Assistant Attorney General in working with Division and Department personnel to implement policies and initiatives, including Environmental Justice and Diversity Management matters. In addition to his current responsibilities, he is a member of the ENRD Deepwater Horizon litigation team. He also served as a liaison to the Division’s Law and Policy Section and Land Acquisition Section, where he provided daily management and support to those sections. Prior to his Counsel position, Mr. Prieto served for ten years as a trial attorney with ENRD’s Environmental Enforcement Section, prosecuting civil actions on behalf of federal agencies under all major federal environmental laws. He also served as co-counsel on major Clean Air Act civil enforcement cases including coal-fired power plant litigation. Mr. Prieto’s previous positions include attorney-advisor for the Environmental Protection Agency, White House Fellow and environmental planner. Mr. Prieto received his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Master’s of Public Affairs/Urban and Regional Planning from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

John Ramsay – As Deputy Director in the SEC’s Division of Trading and Markets, Mr. Ramsay oversees several of the Division’s core regulatory functions, including those pertaining to broker-dealer financial responsibility and clearance and settlement. He also plays a key role in the Division’s contribution to the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. Between 1989 and 1994, Mr. Ramsay served with the SEC as Deputy Chief Counsel for the Division of Market Regulation (now the Division of Trading and Markets) and as Counsel to then-Commissioner Mary L. Schapiro. His other regulatory experience includes service in key positions at the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and the National Association of Securities Dealers (now the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority). From 1999-2009, Mr. Ramsay worked as a partner at the law firm of Morgan Lewis and Bockius, Senior Vice President at the Bond Market Association (now the Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association), Managing Director and Deputy General Counsel at Citigroup Global Markets, and as a consultant with the Regulatory Fundamentals Group. Mr. Ramsay received his JD from the University of Michigan. He graduated summa cum laude with a BA from the University of Texas at Austin.

Jeffrey Sands – Jeffrey Sands is a Senior Attorney in the Environmental Enforcement Section of the Department of Justice and he’s been with the Department since 1998. In his time with the Department, Mr. Sands has represented the United States in more than 35 cases in federal courts, prosecuting civil enforcement actions for violations of federal environmental laws, including the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act, and the Clean Water Act.  Mr. Sands has significant litigation experience, including trial work, and he serves as a first-line supervisor for 15 trial attorneys. He is also an experienced negotiator, successfully reaching settlements in a number of notable cases. In addition to his work as a litigator, Mr. Sands also serves on the Environment Division’s Diversity Workgroup and is one of the architects of the Division’s diversity outreach program directed at law schools.  Prior to working at the Department of Justice, Mr. Sands practiced with a number of private firms in Baltimore andAustin,TX and he also served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Texas. Mr. Sands did his undergraduate work at Duke University and earned his J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.

Rachel See – As Lead Technology Counsel for the National Labor Relations Board, Rachel See provides strategic guidance to NLRB attorneys faced with issues relating to the retrieval and exchange of electronically stored information. She previously served as outside eDiscovery counsel to numerous Fortune 500 companies as the head of the electronic discovery and litigation technology practice group at Williams Mullen in Richmond, Virginia and as an associate in the eDiscovery practice group at Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago. Rachel also serves on the steering committee of Trans Legal Advocates of Washington DC.

Allison Stanton – Allison Stanton is the Director of E-Discovery for the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  Among her responsibilities, Stanton develops e-discovery policies, practices, and training for the Civil Division, works with the other Divisions on e-discovery initiatives, and coordinates with federal agencies on e-discovery matters.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, Stanton was an attorney with Hogan Lovells US LLP where she represented numerous clients in complex civil cases and high-profile criminal investigations, many of which included complex e-discovery issues.  Stanton also developed proactive e-discovery plans for Fortune 500 companies, including document retention policies and litigation hold and response procedures.

Alex Tang – Alex Tang is an attorney in the Office of General Counsel at the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in Washington, DC. He serves as vice-chair of the FTC’s internal Privacy Steering Committee, and co-chair of the Innovation & Emerging Technology Subcommittee of the Federal CIO Council Privacy Committee, participating in interagency working groups on the adoption of mobile technology and cloud computing. At the FTC, he provides legal advice on statutes, regulations, and policy affecting privacy, information security, and agency contracting, and legal support on rulemakings and law enforcement activities, including FACTA, GLBA, COPPA, identity theft, and the National Do Not Call Registry. He is a recipient of the FTC’s Janet Steiger and Paul Rand Dixon Awards for his contributions to the agency’s law enforcement mission, and was a founding board member of GAYLAW (Washington,DC). CIPP/US, CIPP/G (Int’l Assn. of Privacy Professionals).

Joseph J. Wardenski – Joseph J. Wardenski is a Trial Attorney in the Educational Opportunities Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.  The Section enforces federal civil rights laws protecting students from discrimination on the basis of race, national origin, sex, religion, and disability. Since joining the Civil Rights Division in 2010, Joe has worked on several cases and investigations involving gender-based discrimination and harassment of LGBT and gender nonconforming students. Joe is a member of the Division’s GLBT Working Group and co-chairs the Working Group’s Sex Stereotyping and Gender Identity Subcommittee. He also represents the Division on the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention inter-agency working group. From 2007 to 2009, Joe was a litigation associate at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP in New York. During law school, he interned for the Civil Rights Division, the Urban Justice Center’s Peter Cicchino Youth Project, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. He received his A.B. from Princeton University, Master in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law. At Northwestern, he served as senior articles editor of The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology.



Tico Almeida – Tico Almeida launched Freedom to Work in the fall of 2011. He has extensive experience advocating for workplace fairness as a civil rights litigator in private practice and a legislative attorney in the U.S. Congress. From 2007 to 2010, Almeida served as lead counsel on the proposed Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) for the Committee on Education and Labor of the U.S. House of Representatives. He drafted several portions of the bill, organized Committee hearings in support of ENDA, and built a thorough Congressional record necessary to apply ENDA to State government employers. The National LGBT Bar Association recently named Tico Almeida to its list of the Top 40 LGBT Lawyers Under the Age of 40. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the Employment and Labor Law Section of the Hispanic National Bar Association. Almeida is admitted to practice by the Bar of the State of New York and his practice is limited to matters and proceedings before federal courts and agencies. He received his J.D. from Yale Law School and his B.A. from Duke University.

Andrew Sta. Ana – Andrew Sta. Ana, Esq. is an advocate for the rights of survivors of intimate partner violence within the LGBT community. Andrew serves as a staff attorney at Sanctuary for Families, where he implemented the LGBT Initiative, a program to promote the rights of survivors through a combination of direct services, outreach, education, and policy advocacy. Through the LGBT Initiative, he represents survivors in courts throughout the five boroughs on family law and immigration matters. Andrew has used this experience to enrich the work of advocates nationwide by training thousands on legal remedies for survivors of intimate partner violence, LGBT rights, and cultural competency. In 2007, Andrew was the recipient of an Equal Justice Works Fellowship to confront domestic violence in NYC’s LGBT communities.  In September 2011, he was awarded a Courage award from the NYC City Anti-Violence project for his work to set up and administer a Free Legal Clinic for LGBTQ Survivors of Domestic and Intimate Partner Violence.  He is a proud graduate of the CUNY School of Law and a native ofNew York City.

Denise Brogan-Kator – Denise Brogan-Kator is the immediate past Executive Director at Equality Michigan – the state’s only statewide LGBT anti-violence and advocacy organization. Under her guidance, the organization achieved statewide recognition, successfully turned back many anti-gay and transgender pieces of legislation, worked with allies and other organizations to fight for local non-discrimination ordinances, shown a bright light on anti-gay elected officials, and helped get the state’s first-ever anti-bullying bill adopted with important animus language in the law, and without the so-called “right to bully” exemption for strongly held religious or moral beliefs. Prior to joining Equality Michigan/Triangle Foundation, Denise was (and remains) the Managing Attorney at Rainbow Law Center, PLLC where she advocates for her LGBT clients in court and in the public square.  She specializes in LGBT-related Family Law.  While in law school (as the first openly transgender student at the University of Michigan Law School), Denise was a driving force behind getting the University of Michigan to amend its By-Laws to prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity or gender expression.  And, as a U.S. Navy Submarine Force veteran of the Vietnam era, she proudly and loudly advocated locally, in DC, and statewide for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, including spending a summer working for the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network.

Demetris Cheatham – Demetris Cheatham, Esq. is the Executive Director of the National Bar Association (NBA). She previously served as Deputy Executive Director and Special Assistant to the Executive Director. Prior to joining the staff of the Association, Cheatham served the organization as a committee member of the Commercial Law Section, managing editor of the Corporate Law Section magazine, Communications Director and Special Assistant to the NBA President. Among many accomplishments within the NBA, Cheatham was instrumental in partnering with IMPACT to launch the NBA’s annual Nation’s Best Advocates 40 Under 40 event. Prior to joining the NBA, Cheatham was an associate within the Legal Financial Consulting Practice of Huron Consulting Group. In this capacity, she assisted clients with internal investigations and forensic accounting engagements. Before becoming an associate at Huron, Cheatham was a Technology Analyst at the investment banking firm of Goldman Sachs in New York City. Cheatham has gained international experience by working and participating in an international business program inMontreal and Ottawa, Canada. She also completed a study abroad program in the cities of Mumbai, Bangalore, Agra andNew Delhi, India. Cheatham received her Bachelor of Science in Computer Science with honors from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. She also received her Juris Doctorate and Masters in Business Administration (JD/MBA) from the University of Maryland School of Law and its Robert H. Smith School of Business. Cheatham currently resides in Washington, D.C., with her husband, Cornelius and their daughter, Zahra Joy.

Natalie Chin Natalie Chin is a Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people (“LGBT”) and people with HIV. Ms. Chin is involved in all aspects of Lambda Legal’s impact litigation, policy advocacy and public education with an emphasis on aging issues. Since joining the organization in January 2008, Ms. Chin has worked as co-counsel in Doe v. Montgomery County Board of Elections, successfully representing 12 plaintiffs in a challenge to invalidate a referendum petition seeking to overturn a law that adds gender identity as a protected characteristic in a Montgomery County, Maryland anti-discrimination ordinance.  Ms. Chin also focuses on issues of housing discrimination and works on litigating issues involving marriage equality, HIV discrimination in long-term care and parental rights. Ms. Chin is a member of the National LGBT Aging Roundtable and the Transgender Aging Advisory Group. She  is also a board member of FIERCE!, a membership-based organization building the leadership and power of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth of color in New York City. Prior to joining Lambda Legal, Ms. Chin worked for MFY Legal Services inNew York and she previously was an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the New York City Law Department. Before entering the legal profession, Ms. Chin worked as a journalist in California and South Africa. Ms. Chin received her bachelor’s degree in journalism from Boston University and her J.D. from George Washington University.

Ty Cobb – Ty Cobb serves as senior legislative counsel at the Human Rights Campaign. He was lead counsel on HRC’s efforts to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and include the LGBT community in the most recent reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act. His portfolio includes advocacy work related to violent crimes, the military, veterans, the judiciary, political appointments, education, youth, immigration and international matters. Ty joined HRC after serving as counsel to Sen. Edward M. Kennedy on the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee of the U.S. Senate. As counsel to Sen. Kennedy, Ty did extensive work in support of the passage of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Prior to his work on the Hill, Cobb was an associate attorney at the law firms of Bracewell & Giuliani in Dallas, Texas, and Sidley Austin in Washington, D.C. He received his bachelor’s degree in business and American studies from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law.

Jon W. Davidson – Jon W. Davidson is Legal Director at Lambda Legal, the largest and oldest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and those living with HIV. Based in the organization’s Western Regional Office in Los Angeles, he is responsible for strategically guiding Lambda Legal’s legal work nationally and supervising the organization’s attorneys, Legal Help Desk specialists, and legal assistants in all five of Lambda Legal’s offices.  He has worked on LGBT and HIV-related legal matters for more than 25 years and was honored in 2010 by the National LGBT Bar Association with its most prestigious award.  In his more than 17 years at Lambda Legal, Davidson has been counsel in cases that have won lesbians and gay men the freedom to marry; protected domestic partner benefits against attack; championed the rights of LGBT students; secured asylum for LGBT people persecuted in their home countries; and put an end to HIV-related discrimination in employment, insurance and public accommodations.

Q. Todd Dickinson Q. Todd Dickinson is the Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Prior to his joining AIPLA, Dickinson served in a number of position, including Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the US Patent and Trademark Office, Vice President and Chief IP Counsel for the General Electric Company, and as a partner in the Howrey, LLP law firm, where he co-chaired its IP Practice. Dickinson earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Allegheny College in 1974 and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1977, where he now serves on the Board of Visitors. Mr. Dickinson was recently inducted into the IAM “Intellectual Property Hall of Fame.”

Iván Espinoza-Madrigal – Iván Espinoza-Madrigal is a Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, where he is developing an initiative on behalf of LGBT people of color and immigrants. In this capacity, he is addressing the legal needs of LGBT people who identify across intersecting lines of race and class through litigation, education, and policy advocacy. Before joining Lambda Legal, he was a Staff Attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF), where he served as counsel in Friendly House v. Whiting, a challenge to Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, and handled MALDEF’s immigrants’ rights docket in Texas and the Southwest. He was also a member of the legal team that successfully litigated Northwest Austin Municipal Utility District No. 1 v. Holder, a landmark voting rights case before the U.S. Supreme Court. Before joining MALDEF, he worked with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson. At the firm, he successfully defended the municipal identification card of New Haven, Connecticut, against an attempt to dismantle the program. His work in New Haven had a direct impact on the implementation of similar programs in cities across the country. Before joining the firm, he clerked for Judge Clay in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, and Judge Ellis in the U.S. District Court, S.D.N.Y.  He received a JD from NYU School of Law, where he was a Root-Tilden-Kern Scholar, and a BA, summa cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the Board of Directors of the HIV Law Project.

James Esseks – James D. Esseks is Director of the ACLU Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project. James oversees legal advocacy around the country that aims to ensure equal treatment of LGBT people by the government; equal protections for LGBT couples and families; protection from discrimination in jobs, schools, housing, and public accommodations; and fair treatment by the government of people living with HIV. Prior to joining the ACLU, James was a partner at Vladeck, Waldman, Elias & Engelhard, P.C., in New York, where he represented employees in a range of employment matters.  James graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review.  He clerked for the Honorable Robert L. Carter, United States District Judge for the Southern District of New York, and the Honorable James R. Browning, United States Circuit Judge for the Ninth Circuit.

Praveen Fernandes – Fernandes is the Director of Federal Affairs & Diversity Initiatives at Justice at Stake. Before Justice at Stake, Fernandes was at the American Constitution Society for Law & Policy (ACS), where he has worked since 2006, most recently as Director of Programs for National Security, Technology, Labor, and the Environment. Before working at ACS, Fernandes counseled clients at Patton Boggs LLP and Ropes & Gray LLP on regulatory, legislative, and public policy matters, with a focus on health care and Food and Drug Administration issues. Praveen also served as a lobbyist and legislative lawyer for the Human Rights Campaign, where he worked on judicial nominations, relationship recognition, appropriations, HIV/AIDS, and other LGBT equality issues. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) School of Law, has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University Of North Carolina School Of Public Health and holds a B.A. in biomedical ethics from Brown University. The National LGBT Bar Association named Fernandes to its 2010 “Top 40 under 40” list, which recognizes LGBT lawyers under the age of 40 who have distinguished themselves through their work for LGBT equality.

Shawn Gaylord Shawn Gaylord is the Director of Public Policy for GLSEN, the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network and has been with the organization for seven years. GLSEN’s policy work is focused on legislative and policy change at the federal, state and local level to make schools safer for all youth, regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity. Shawn has a law degree from Georgetown University and prior to coming to GLSEN, he worked for several years at Amnesty International USA and as an associate at Harmon, Curran, Spielberg and Eisenberg, LLP.

Alison Gill – Alison Gill is the Government Affairs Director at The Trevor Project, where she coordinates advocacy for LGBTQ youth mental health and safety through policy initiatives at the federal, state, and local level. Prior to joining The Trevor Project, Alison worked at the Gay, Lesbian & Straight Education Network, where she provided technical assistance and resources to advocates seeking policy change at the state and local level. Alison also engages in local trans advocacy in Washington, DC, through organizations such as the DC Trans Coalition and Trans Legal Advocates of Washington. Alison received her J.D. from George Washington University Law School.

Elizabeth Gill – Elizabeth Gill is a Staff Attorney for the ACLU of Northern California and the ACLU’s Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender & AIDS Project. Elizabeth works on litigation and public policy advocacy that aim to ensure equal treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people by the government; equal rights and protections for LGBT couples and families; protection from discrimination in jobs, schools, housing, and public accommodations; and fair treatment by the government of people living with HIV/AIDS. Prior to the ACLU,Elizabeth was a litigation associate at Morrison & Foerster inSan Francisco, and at WilmerHale inWashington,DC.  She graduated from Columbia College and Harvard Law School, where she was an editor on the Harvard Law Review. She clerked for the Honorable Karen Nelson Moore on the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Amanda GoadAmanda is a Staff Attorney in the LGBT and AIDS Projects of the American Civil Liberties Union, the nation’s oldest and largest civil liberties organization. Her work includes impact litigation, as well as legislative advocacy and more, on behalf of LGBTQ and HIV+ people across the United States. Prior to joining ACLU staff, Amanda served as Senior Counsel in the New York City Law Department and Legal Coordinator for the West Village Trans Name Change Clinic. She received a J.D. from Harvard Law School and was a member of the Teach for America 2000 Corps.

David Godfrey – David is a senior attorney at the ABA Commission on Law and Aging in Washington DC. He is responsible for the ABA’s role in the Administration on Aging funded National Legal Resource Center. Prior to joining the Commission he was responsible for elder law programming at Access to Justice Foundation in Kentucky. Mr. Godfrey earned his B.A. with honors at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and his J.D. cum laude from the University Of Louisville School Of Law in Kentucky.

Cedric Harmon – Reverend Cedric A. Harmon is a native Midwesterner with Southern and New England influences—a surprise last child to older parents who shared with him the gift of experience and wisdom. He has a BS in media management from Emerson College and has completed extensive graduate work at Wesley Seminary. Cedric’s deep faith calls him to do the work of justice and equality, and to equip others to do the same. He’s also known for his writing and television appearances—again on human rights and social justice—and serves on several boards having to do with sexuality and religion. He served as pastor of a “radically inclusive” congregation in Washington, DC and is currently Co-Director with Ann Thompson Cook of Many Voices – a new nonprofit creating a movement for justice for gay and transgender people and their families from within the Black Church.

Emily Hecht-McGowan – Emily Hecht-McGowan is the Director of Public Policy for Family Equality Council. Previously she served as the Legal Director for Servicemembers Legal Defense Network where she assisted service members impacted by “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and related forms of discrimination. Prior to her time with SLDN, Emily was the Assistant Section Director for the American Bar Association’s Section of Individual Rights and Responsibilities where she spearheaded the ABA’s civil rights, human rights and social justice policy work.

Mary Kenney – Mary Kenney is a senior attorney with the American Immigration Council’s Legal Action Center. Ms. Kenney has litigated cases at the Board of Immigration Appeals and in federal courts around the country. Prior to joining AILF, she served as executive director of the Texas Lawyers’ Committee, a statewide immigrant and refugee rights project. She also worked as a legal services attorney in West Virginia.

Jay Kohorn – Jay Kohorn has been assistant director of the California Appellate Project in Los Angeles for 25 years.  CAP is a non-profit law firm which supervises and educates private counsel appointed to represent indigent clients inCalifornia’s Court of Appeal.  Prior to CAP, Jay was in private practice for 13 years mostly representing LGBT clients in criminal cases. Since 1978, he has participated in LGBT impact litigation, as counsel, amicus curiae or helping attorneys prep for oral argument. He was a founding member of LGLA, the LGBT Bar Association inLos Angeles. For twenty years, Jay has worked on the administration of justice inCalifornia, including withCalifornia’s Appellate Indigent Defense Oversight Advisory Committee (auditing/overseeing all appointed counsel cases inCalifornia’s courts of appeal) and the Criminal Law Advisory Committee (analyzingCalifornia legislation/court rules in the criminal arena). He has also been an adjunct professor at Southwestern University School of Law. Jay received his J.D. from UCLA, where he had also received his B.A. in music (with emphasis on opera coaching/conducting).  When not lawyering, he keeps his balance by performing classical chamber music. He resides in Los Angeles with his husband, superior court judge Zeke Zeidler.

James G. Leipold – James G. Leipold is the Executive Director of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP), a position he has held since 2004. Prior to joining NALP, he worked at the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) for five and a half years. Prior to joining LSAC in 1998, he was the director of admission at Temple University School of Law, where he was also an instructor in legal writing and research. He is a magna cum laude graduate ofBrownUniversity and Temple University School of Law. He speaks and writes frequently on trends in legal employment for recent law school graduates.

Eric Lesh – Lesh is the Fair Courts Project Manager at Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of LGBT people and people with HIV. The Fair Courts Project educates Americans about the importance of independent and functioning state and federal courts, provides tools and information to counter harmful attacks on the courts that threaten LGBT and HIV-related civil rights and promotes judicial diversity. Eric holds a J.D. from Hofstra Law School, where he was an LGBT Rights Fellow. Prior to his work at Lambda Legal, he served as the director of a nonprofit organization teaching bullying prevention to youth in New Orleans public schools. Eric is the co-author of a resolution report on bullying for the American Bar Association Commission on Youth at Risk and his articles have been published in the Family Court Review and the peer reviewed journal Artificial Intelligence and Law.

M. Dru Levasseur – Levasseur is the Transgender Rights Attorney for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV. Levasseur focuses his work on impact litigation, advocacy and community education to advance the civil rights of transgender people nationwide. Before joining Lambda Legal, Levasseur was staff attorney for Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund, where he advocated for transgender equal rights through test-case litigation, public policy efforts, community organizing and public education. In 2008, Levasseur co-founded the Jim Collins Foundation, a nonprofit that raises money to fund gender-confirming surgeries.  He serves as Vice-President and board member.  He also serves as Chair of the Legal Issues Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH).  In 2011, Levasseur was a recipient of the National LGBT Bar Association’s Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40 Award. He received his bachelor’s degree magna cum laude in Women, Sexuality and Gender Studies from the University of Massachusetts, and his law degree from Western New England College School of Law.

Jennifer Levi – Jennifer L. Levi is the director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project and a nationally recognized expert on transgender legal issues. She is co-editor and contributing author of Transgender Family Law: A Guide to Effective Advocacy, the first book to address legal issues facing transgender people in the family law context and provide practitioners the tools to effectively represent transgender clients. Jennifer has served as counsel in a number of precedent-setting cases establishing basic rights for transgender people, including in the areas of tax, education, prison, employment, and public accommodations, among others. She also has worked on a number of high profile family law cases and was co-counsel in the Connecticut and Massachusetts cases that established the right of same-sex couples to marry. She has worked successfully throughout New England including in Rhode Island, Vermont, Maine, and most recently in Connecticut andMassachusetts on the passage of transgender-inclusive non-discrimination laws. She was one of the co-founders of the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition and serves on the legal committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health.

Michael Lieberman – Michael Lieberman has been the Washington Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League since January, 1989 and also serves as Director of the League’s Civil Rights Policy Planning Center. He previously served as the ADL’s Midwest Civil Rights Director in Chicago. Before coming to work for ADL in September of 1982, Mr. Lieberman served as Legislative Assistant and Counsel in Washington to two different Members of Congress. Mr. Lieberman received his B.A. from the University of Michigan where he majored in Judaic Studies and International Relations. He received his law degree from Duke University where he served as a member of the Duke Law Journal, and Editor-in-Chief of the Duke International and Comparative Law Institute. Mr. Lieberman is the League’s point person on Federal response to bias-motivated crimes and chairs the coalition of religious, civil rights, law enforcement, education, and civic organizations in Washington promoting improved federal response to hate violence. He has testified on hate crime issues before Congress and before a number of state legislative bodies. He has participated in a number of academic and law enforcement training seminars on hate violence – including training at the FBI Academy at Quantico – and has written on the issue for a number of criminal justice and civil rights publications. Michael also leads ADL federal and state advocacy efforts for improved response to bullying and harassment and helped craft the ADL anti-bullying model legislation.

Morgan Lynn – Morgan Lynn recently joined Break The Cycle as a Technical Assistance Attorney, where she works with governments and schools to help create policies to address dating violence and facilitates trainings on how to increase service providers’ and educators’ capacity to address the needs of teens experiencing abuse. Before joining Break The Cycle, Morgan was a Supervising Attorney and Outreach and Education Coordinator at Washington Empowered Against Violence, Inc (WEAVE), where Morgan created and conducted a program to represent and provide legal advice to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) survivors in protection order, family law, and immigration matters. As one of only a few attorneys in the country specifically focused on LGBTQ intimate partner violence work, Morgan became a resource locally and nationally, training hundreds of attorneys, advocates, judges, students and service providers. She also coordinated the launch of “Show Me Love DC!” a campaign about healthy LGBTQ relationships and resources for survivors in DC. Morgan has served on the advisory committee for the American Bar Association’s Legal Assistance and Education for LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence Project and is a faculty member for the ABA’s Commission on Domestic Violence. Morgan helped found the Rainbow Response Coalition (a DC Coalition to address LGBTQ intimate partner violence) and was a Women’s Law and Public Policy Fellow through Georgetown University from 2007-2008.

William McColl The Political Director of AIDS United, Mr. McColl has worked on HIV/AIDS, alcohol and other drug treatment, and criminal justice reform issues for more than 15 years. He was also Political Director of AIDS Action which merged with the National AIDS Fund to form AIDS United. He has been the Director of National Affairs at Drug Policy Alliance and an Executive Director of NAADAC: The Association for Addiction Professionals. A former Missile Combat Crew Member in the Air Force, he became a Captain in the Air Force Reserve. He holds a law degree from the University of Maryland School of Law, a master’s in International Relations from Troy State University and bachelor’s in Political Science from theUniversity ofMichigan.

Shannon Minter Shannon Price Minter is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). Minter was lead counsel for same-sex couples in the landmark California marriage equality case and has litigated many other impact cases in California and across the country. Most recently, Minter was counsel in Port v. Cowan, a decision by the Maryland Court of Appeals holding that Maryland will recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who marry in other jurisdictions.  In 2009, Minter was named a California Lawyer of the Year by California Lawyer. In 2008, he was named among six Lawyers of the Year by Lawyers USA and among California’s Top 100 Lawyers by the legal publication The Daily Journal. He also received the 2008 Dan Bradley Award from the National LGBT Bar Association. Minter serves on the boards of CenterLink, Gender Spectrum, Faith in America, and the Transgender Law & Policy Institute. He previously served on the American Bar Association Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Minter received his J.D. from Cornell Law School in 1993. He is originally from Texas.

Aisha C. Moodie-Mills – Aisha C. Moodie-Mills currently serves as the Advisor for LGBT policy and racial justice at the Center for American Progress (CAP), where her work with the FIRE Initiative explores the intersections of race, economics, sexual orientation, and gender identity.  She has been recognized as one of the top “Forty Under 40” national gay and transgender leaders by The Advocate magazine, and as one of THE ROOT 100’s emerging and established leaders in the African-American community. She has appeared on MSNBC, FOX News, and CurrentTV, and her work has been featured by Politico, Washington Post, Uptown Magazine, and Fox News among others. Aisha was a key strategist and spokesperson on behalf of same-sex marriage in theDistrict of Columbia, where as President, she led the marriage equality campaign to victory last year. Prior to launching FIRE at CAP, Aisha was the President of Synergy Strategy Group, a boutique fundraising and public affairs firm; Executive Director of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC; Regional Finance Director at the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee; and an independent consultant to a host of federal campaigns, Members of Congress, and advocacy organizations. She holds both a BA and MBA from the University of Maryland,College Park.

Terra Moore – Terra Moore is a member of The LGBT Tobacco Network Steering Committee and the Center of Excellence for Transgender Health’s National Advisory Board. Terra is a youth activist for the GLBTQ community and a recipient of the 2009 Colin Higgins Youth Courage Award, as well as the 2011 Engendered Spirit Award. Terra has worked with numerous organizations in the Washington DC area, such as the Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL), whose goal is to combat stigma around HIV/AIDS and GLBTQ communities.

Lisa Mottet – Lisa Mottet is the Director of the Transgender Civil Rights Project at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, which she has led since 2001. She works with advocates to help pass non-discrimination laws and policies at the local, state and federal level. She also works on the full range transgender-friendly policies, such as those related to driver’s licenses, birth certificates, and health care. Mottet co-authored “Transitioning Our Shelters: A Guide to Making Homeless Shelters Safe for Transgender People” and “Opening the Door to Transgender People: A Guide to Making LGBT Organizations Fully Transgender-Inclusive.”  She is also a co-author of the largest transgender discrimination study ever performed in theU.S.: “Injustice at Every Turn: A Report of the National Transgender Discrimination Survey,” released in 2011.

Brian Moulton – Brian Moulton leads HRC’s team of lawyers and fellows focused on federal policy and he specifically focuses on issues including employment, health, marriage and relationship recognition and federal tax and benefits. He also coordinates HRC’s advocacy efforts as amicus curiae (“friend of the court”) in litigation affecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Moulton is co-author of the HRC Foundation publication Transgender Americans: A Handbook for Understanding. Prior to joining the HRC staff in 2004, Moulton served as a legal intern to the State Legislative Lawyering and Transgender Civil Rights Projects at the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force; a judicial intern to the Hon. Deborah A. Batts on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; and as an HRC McCleary Law Fellow. Moulton received his bachelor’s degree in classics from the University of Texas at Austin and his law degree from The George Washington University Law School.

Greg Nevins – Greg Nevins is the Supervising Senior Staff Attorney in the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal. Among other cases, he has successfully argued Glenn v. Brumby, 663 F.3d 1312 (11th Cir. 2011) (transitioning employee held to have suffered sex discrimination); Miller v. Jenkins, 678 S.E.2d 268 (Va. Ct. App. 2009) (requiring interstate recognition of decree recognizing parental rights of nonbiological parent) and Prashad v. Copeland, 685 S.E.2d 199 (Va. Ct. App. 2009) (same) and was counsel in Roe v. City of Atlanta, 25 Am. Disabilities Cas. (BNA) 1313 (11th Cir. 2012) (reversing summary judgment for city in HIV discrimination case). Nevins joined Lambda Legal in 2002 after ten years at Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco, and two years as deputy city attorney with the San Francisco City Attorney’s Office, where he submitted San Francisco’s friend-of-the-court brief in a tragic case on behalf of a lesbian whose partner was fatally mauled by her neighbor’s dogs.

Tom Plummer – Tom Plummer, a staff attorney with Immigration Equality, focuses on advocacy and litigation on behalf of binational couples. Tom provides legal advice to couples navigating the immigration system and works closely with a team of attorneys seeking immigration equality through federal court action. Tom received his law degree and a Master of Social Welfare from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor’s in International Relations from American University. Prior to joining Immigration Equality, Tom worked as an associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York, as an associate at Morrison & Foerster in California and as a Skadden Fellow and staff attorney with Legal Services for Children where he represented LGBT and new immigrant youth in immigration and related legal proceedings.

Marc Rotenberg – Marc Rotenberg is Executive Director of the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) in Washington, DC. He teaches information privacy law at Georgetown University Law Center and has testified before Congress on many issues including access to information, encryption policy, consumer protection, computer security, and communications privacy. He testified before the 9-11 Commission on “Security and Liberty: Protecting Privacy, Preventing Terrorism.” He has served on national and international advisory panels, including the expert panels on Cryptography Policy and Computer Security for the OECD, the Legal Experts on Cyberspace Law for UNESCO, and the Countering Spam program of the ITU. He currently chairs the ABA Committee on Privacy and Information Protection. He is the former Chair of the Public Interest Registry, which manages the .ORG domain. He is editor of Privacy and Human Rights and The Privacy Law Sourcebook, and co-editor (with Daniel J. Solove and Paul Schwartz) of Information Privacy Law (Aspen Publishing 2007). He is a graduate of Harvard College and Stanford Law School.

Maya Rupert – Maya joined NCLR in 2010 to advance NCLR’s federal policy and legislative priorities. Maya’s work includes advocacy in many areas including federal legislation and regulations on housing, family policy, health, and employment. Maya has also been a regular contributing writer to a number of media outlets—including the Washington Post, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, and The Huffington Post—where she frequently addresses the intersection of race, sexual orientation, and gender identity. She has been recognized by national outlets like Ebony Magazine and The Root for being one of the most influential African-American leaders in the country. Maya received her B.A. from U.C. Santa Barbara in 2003, and her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 2006. In 2007, Maya clerked for the Honorable Eric L. Clay of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. Prior to joining NCLR, she was an associate with Sidley Austin LLP’s Los Angeles office.

Cathy Sakimura – Cathy Sakimura is a Staff Attorney and Director of the Family Protection Project at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she works to improve access to family law services for low-income LGBT parents and their children, with a focus on increasing services to families of color. Cathy also works on NCLR’s litigation docket, particularly on family-related cases. Cathy joined NCLR in 2006 as an Equal Justice Works Fellow. She received her J.D. from UC Hastings College of the Law in 2006 and her B.A. from Stanford University in 2001.

Liz Seaton – Seaton is the Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Advocacy at Justice at Stake. Prior to her current position, she worked for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, where she served as State Policy Director, as well as Managing Attorney and Director of Projects. She is the former Deputy Director of Programs at the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and the former General Counsel and Legal Director of the Human Rights Campaign. She earlier practiced law at Silber & Perlman in Takoma Park, Maryland, and with the Whitman-Walker Clinic in Washington D.C. She also served as Board Chair and first Executive Director of Equality Maryland. She sits on the board of the Transgender Law and Policy Institute. She is a graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law, and holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and Women’s Studies from The George Washington University.

Terra Slavin – Terra Slavin is the Lead Staff Attorney and Project Manager of the Domestic Violence Legal Advocacy Project at the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center where she oversees the delivery of comprehensive and holistic legal services for LGBTQ survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking, and provides training on these issues to hundreds of attorneys and advocates across the country. Attorney Slavin served on the advisory board of the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Legal Assistance and Education for LGBT Victims of Domestic Violence Project, and she participated in a Standards of Practice Working Group sponsored by the ABA and Office of Violence Against Women to develop national standards of practice in civil protection order cases. Additionally, Slavin serves on the Governance Committee of the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs (NCAVP), a coalition of 43 programs across the country addressing LGBTQ crime victimization.  Slavin is representing NCAVP on the National Task Force to End Sexual and Domestic Violence, the main coalition of national service providers working to re-authorize VAWA and ensure that it fully protects all survivors, and she is Co-Chair of the LGBT VAWA re-authorization subcommittee. Slavin is a volunteer professor at the People’s College of Law where she co-teaches Gender, Sexuality, and the Law and Professional Responsibility. Slavin graduated from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts.

Ashley Ham Pong – Ashley Ham Pong is the lead Staff Attorney for the Capital Area Immigrants’ Rights (CAIR) Coalition’s Detained Children’s Project. Ms. Ham Pong obtained a Bachelor of Arts from theUniversity ofBritish Columbia and a J.D. from Roger Williams University School of Law. A significant amount of her work with CAIR Coalition involves screening and representing unaccompanied alien minors, ages 13-17, who are detained by immigration inVirginia. Ms. Ham Pong also manages the Detained Children’s Project pro bono program and serves as a mentor to pro bono attorneys and law students to increase access to free legal services. During law school, Ms. Ham Pong was an active council member of the LGBT Alliance and was featured by her school as a student of diversity. She also received an award for her pro bono research on issues faced by transgender youth in middle and secondary school. Ms. Ham Pong is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Asaf Orr – Asaf Orr is a Staff Attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights and works on issues related to families and youth. Prior to joining NCLR, Asaf was a solo practitioner representing students in education-related matters including special education, discrimination, constitutional rights and discipline. Asaf began his legal career as a Tom Steel Fellow, representing youth in education-related matters who are denied their right to an education on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity. In addition, Asaf also provided trainings across the country on special education issues and the rights of LGBTQ youth in schools.

Manuel Ródenas – Manuel Ródenas is a member of the Madrid Bar Association and graduated from Universidad Complutense de Madrid and Garrigues School of Law, he has worked at Madrid Refugee and Inmigration Center, nowadays he works for the Comunidad de Madrid where is a legal adviser for family and social issues for LGBT individuals. With Comunidad de Madrid, he is the coordinator of the first psychological and social program for Madrid’s LGBT community. Besides his work with Comunidad de Madrid, he served as a legal adviser for UNO-MÁS-Telemadrid, a television program related to LGBT issues. Mr. Rodenas also implemented the first integration program for transsexual people related to employment in Madrid. In addition, he assisted in creating the first Gender Identity Unit in the Public Health Care System in Madrid. Mr. Rodenas was the Spanish representative at the European LGBT Lawyers Network. He has conducted a number of research studies, including investigating discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity in the health care system and a legal and sociological study of homosexuality in Islam.

Judith Sperling-Newton – Judith Sperling-Newton is a shareholder and a co-founder of the Law Center for Children & Families and the President of the Board of Directors of The Surrogacy Center in Madison, Wisconsin. She is committed to social justice and is an ardent children’s rights advocate. Ms. Sperling-Newton has practiced for three decades in the areas of adoption, assisted reproduction, surrogacy, child protection, and parentage for same-sex parents. Ms. Sperling-Newton is very experienced in children’s law and also acted for many years as a Referee, appointed by the Wisconsin Supreme Court in attorney disciplinary matters. Ms. Sperling-Newton has been recognized for outstanding public service by the Center for Public Representation, and she is a 2004 recipient of the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Angel in Adoption Award. She is also the author of Voluntary Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption and the juvenile chapter of the Guardian ad Litem Handbook, both published by the State Bar of Wisconsin. She is a frequent speaker on best practices and ethics in assisted reproduction law and is a regular presenter at the Family Law Institute (FLI). Ms. Sperling-Newton is a Past-President of the American Academy of Adoption Attorneys (AAAA) and currently serves on its Board of Trustees. She is also Director of theAmericanAcademy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys (AAARTA). She is a member of the National Lesbian and Gay Legal Association (NLGLA), the NCLR sponsored National Family Law Advisory Council (NFLAC), and FLI.

Christine P. Sun – Christine P. Sun is Deputy Legal Director for the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. She works on a wide range of constitutional issues in addition to leading the SPLC’s LGBT rights project. She previously served as senior counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union LGBT and AIDS Project, where she was lead counsel on numerous cases involving the rights of LGBT people. She has spoken nationally and internationally on civil rights issues, most recently through a program facilitated by the U.S. Department of State. Her casework has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles TimesUSA Today, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, CBS’s The Early Show, the Ellen DeGeneres Show, Glamour Magazine and People. She was recognized in 2010 by the National LGBT Bar Association as one of the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.” Ms. Sun graduated with honors from New York University School of Law, where she was an editor of the NYU Law Review. Before joining the ACLU’s legal staff, she clerked for Judge Robert L. Carter on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and then worked in private practice for Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton in New York and Keker & Van Nest, a complex litigation firm in San Francisco.

Aaron Tax – Aaron Tax currently serves as the Director of Federal Government Relations for Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), where he advocates for LGBT-inclusive federal aging policies that account for the unique needs of LGBT older adults. Until June 2011, Aaron Tax served as the Legal Director at Servicemembers Legal Defense Network (SLDN), the leading organization challenging “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (DADT) in Congress and in the courts. He began as a staff attorney in 2006, and for nearly five years at SLDN, he took part in a multifaceted approach to advancing the civil rights of LGBT service members through law, policy, outreach, and education. As the Legal Director, Aaron was responsible for running the legal services program at SLDN, the only organization providing free legal services to service members impacted by DADT and related forms of discrimination, including those who are HIV positive and/or transgender. Prior to joining SLDN, Aaron spent three years working for the Department of the Army in the Office of EEO and Civil Rights, the first two years as a Presidential Management Fellow (PMF). As a PMF, he worked for the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate, V Corps, Heidelberg, Germany, and served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the US Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. A graduate of Cornell University with honors and distinction and the George Washington University Law School with honors, he currently resides in Washington, DC.

Harper Jean Tobin – As Policy Counsel at the National Center for Transgender Equality, Harper Jean Tobin coordinates all aspects of advocacy on federal administrative policies and regulations for NCTE. When she is not engaging with federal agencies and the current administration, she works to provide information for the public about laws and policies that affect transgender people. Harper Jean previously worked at the National Senior Citizens Law Center’s Federal Rights Project, where she maintained a large attorney listserv, provided training and technical assistance to public interest lawyers, and wrote about court access issues for legal, policy and general audiences. Harper Jean’s writing on transgender equality and other issues has been published in law reviews and elsewhere. She received degrees in law and social work from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and is an alumna of Oberlin College.

Dan Torres – Dan Torres, Esq. joined NCLR in August 2010 as the project manager for Proyecto Poderoso, a collaborative effort by NCLR and California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA) aimed at improving legal services for low-income LGBT residents of rural California. In addition to leading Proyecto Poderoso, Dan is also a staff attorney at CRLA. Previously, Dan worked at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center organizing LGBT immigrants, conducting Know Your Rights presentations and providing technical assistance to legal services and pro bono attorneys. He represented clients as a staff attorney at the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation in Sacramento, worked as a clinical instructor at the UC Davis School of Law Immigration Law Clinic, and served as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Ilona Turner – Ilona Turner is Legal Director of Transgender Law Center, the leading national legal organization working to advance the rights of transgender and gender nonconforming people. The organization’s litigation docket focuses on discrimination in employment, public accommodations, and health care. Transgender Law Center’s legal team represented the complainant Mia Macy in Macy v. Holder, which led to the EEOC’s groundbreaking decision in April 2012 confirming that transgender people are protected by Title VII’s prohibition of sex discrimination. Ilona previously worked as a staff attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, and as the lobbyist for Equality California, where she helped pass legislation that prohibited housing and employment discrimination against transgender people and significantly expanded the rights of domestic partners in California. She has written articles on transgender rights including Sex Stereotyping Per Se: Transgender Employees and Title VII, 95 Cal. L. Rev. 561 (2007), and is the co-author of the annual updates to the chapter Representing Transsexual Clients in the West treatise Sexual Orientation and the Law. She received her J.D. from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law.

Sarah Warbelow – Sarah Warbelow joined the Human Rights Campaign in January 2008 as senior counsel for special projects and Justice for All fellow. Since September 2009, she has been state legislative director, responsible for working with state and local legislators and lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocacy organizations in pursuing their LGBT-related legislative priorities. Before joining HRC, Warbelow served as the program manager for the American Association of University Women Foundation Legal Advocacy Fund, specializing in education and employment discrimination law. Warbelow is also an affiliated professor at George Washington University and Georgetown University, teaching courses on civil rights law and public policy. She received her bachelors’ degrees in social relations and women’s studies from Michigan State University and her master’s of public policy and law degree from theUniversity ofMichigan.

Sam Wolfe – Sam Wolfe is a civil rights lawyer with the Southern Poverty Law Center where he helped launch the LGBT Rights Project and continues to help lead the nationwide project. Sam’s work, often set in the Deep South, focuses on achieving greater respect and equality for LGBT people. Sam investigated and took a leading role in achieving successful resolution of a landmark case on behalf of five students who endured anti-LGBT harassment in Minnesota’s Anoka-Hennepin School District. That case resulted in the most far-reaching consent decree ever in a safe-schools case. Sam also has helped resolve other disputes ensuring student rights, which frequently involve freedom of expression such as a federal case resulting in a lesbian couple being permitted to walk together in a formal, high-school event. Sam previously was a litigation associate at a leading international law firm in New York City. He is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law Center and is a member of the Alabama and New York bar associations. The National LGBT Bar Association recognized Sam as one of the best LGBT lawyers under 40 in 2011.

Matt Wood – Matt Wood is a Staff Attorney at the Transgender Law Center where his work focuses on health and employment law. Prior to working at TLC, Matt was an associate at a small civil litigation firm inSan Francisco that served the LGBT community, and worked in development for the International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission. He was the lead attorney on the 2012 EEOC decision, Macy v. Holder, which confirmed that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination applied to transgender employees.

Claudia Work – Claudia D. Work is a 1992 graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and has practiced in Arizona and New Mexico. Her practice focuses primarily on civil litigation and all aspects of family law, including protecting and enforcing the rights of unmarried opposite and same sex couples and their children at all stages of their relationships. Ms. Work serves on the National Family Law Advisory Council for theNationalCenter for Lesbian Rights. She is also a member and past Chair of the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity of the State Bar of Arizona and a past member of the Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct. Ms. Work is a member of the American and Arizona Bar Associations and is currently admitted to practice in the State of Arizona and the Ninth Federal District Court. Her non-legal public service work includes serving on the Boards of the youth organization One n Ten and the Scottsdale International Film Festival.

Janson Wu – Janson Wu is a staff attorney with Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, where he is member of the legal team challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the case Gill v. OPM. He also has significant experience in the area of transgender rights, including litigating a case against Denny’s restaurant inMaine for refusing to allow a transgender woman to use the women’s restroom, which led to a favorable settlement for his client. He serves on the ABA’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and on the Legal Committee of the World Professional Association for Transgender Health. Janson was named a 2011 “Best LGBT Lawyer Under 40″ by the National LGBT Bar Association, as well as received the American Constitution Society’s 2012 David Carliner Award for mid-career public interest attorneys.

Keren Zwick – Keren Zwick is the supervising attorney of the National Immigrant Justice Center’s LGBT Immigrant Rights Initiative. NIJC, a program of Heartland Alliance, is one of the nation’s largest providers of free and low cost legal services to immigrants and asylum seekers. Keren joined NIJC following two years of clerking for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. While in law school at Columbia Law School, Keren successfully represented clients in the Sexuality & Gender Law Clinic in both immigration and civil-rights cases. Keren’s undergraduate degree is from the University of Chicago, and she teaches Appellate Advocacy at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago.



José Bahamonde-González – José Bahamonde-González is the Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs & Student Services at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. In this position, he performs the duties of Chief Financial & Operating Officer and provides strategic management support to the student services departments. Dean Bahamonde-González earned his B.S. in Management from the University of Massachusetts and his J.D. from the Syracuse University College of Law. He joined the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law as Assistant Dean for Career Development in August 1997 and was appointed Associate Dean for Administrative Affairs in September of 1998. Dean Bahamonde-González also serves as faculty advisor to the Latino/a Law Students Association and the LGBT Law Students Alliance.  He teaches the Spanish for Lawyers Seminar and various seminars related to lawyer career and professional development. Dean Bahamonde-González has been an active member of the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) since 1992.  He has served as NALP Vice President, Chair of the Leadership/Membership Diversity Task Force and the NALP Board of Directors.  He has also been a frequent speaker on a range of topics related to career services, legal employment, diversity, and law school financial and operational matters. He is an active member of the Law School Admissions Council (LSAC) and currently serves on the LSAC LGBT Subcommittee. He has also served in the Facilities Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar.

Todd Brower – Todd Brower is the Judicial Education Director for the Charles R. Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation Law and Public Policy at UCLA School of Law. He is a professor of Constitutional Law at Western State University College of Law in Fullerton, California.  He has an LL.M from Yale Law School, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, an A.B. from Princeton University, and was a Fulbright scholar inFrance.  Professor Brower served on the California Judicial Council – Access and Fairness Advisory Committee and is the author of various law review articles, research studies and publications on the treatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons in the courts of the United Kingdom, California and New Jersey.  He has worked with the courts of many states and federal agencies on judicial education programs and with theNationalJudicialCollege, the National Association of State Judicial Educators, the National Association of Women Judges, the National Center for Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and the California Center for Judicial Education and Research.

Alan Brownstein – Alan E. Brownstein is Professor of Law and the Boochever and Bird Chair for the Study and Teaching of Freedom and Equality at the UC Davis School of Law. A nationally recognized Constitutional Law scholar, he teaches Constitutional Law, Law and Religion. While the primary focus of his scholarship relates to church-state issues and free exercise and establishment clause doctrine, he has also written extensively on freedom of speech, privacy and autonomy rights. His articles have been published in numerous academic journals including the Stanford Law Review, Cornell Law Review, UCLA Law Review and Constitutional Commentary. Brownstein received the UC Davis School of Law’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995 and the UC Davis Distinguished Scholarly Public Service Award in 2008. Professor Brownstein has testified on several occasions before various California Senate Committees on legislation promoting religious liberty and bills that raise Establishment Clause concerns. He is a frequent invited lecturer at academic conferences and regularly participates as a speaker or panelist in law related programs before civic, legal, religious, and educational groups. He is the co-author of dozens of Findlaw columns discussing a range of legal issues. A graduate of Antioch College and Harvard Law School (where he served as a Case Editor of the Harvard Law Review), Brownstein was an attorney in general litigation and corporate practice with the law firm of Tuttle & Taylor in Los Angeles before joining the UC Davis law faculty. From 1977-78, he clerked for the Honorable Frank M. Coffin, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit in Portland, Maine.

Patricia Cain – Patricia A. Cain is a professor of law at Santa Clara University and the Aliber Family Chair in Law, Emeritus, at the University of Iowa. She is a graduate of Vassar College and received her J.D. from the University of Georgia. She began her academic career at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a member of the faculty for 17 years, before moving to Iowa in 1991, and then to Santa Clara in 2007. She is the author of Rainbow Rights: the role of lawyers and courts in the lesbian and gay civil rights movement (Westview Press 2000) and Sexuality Law, 2nd Edition (Carolina Academic Press 2009) (with Arthur S. Leonard). Professor Cain is a member of the American Law Institute and a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. She teaches courses in federal taxation, property, wills and trusts, and sexuality and the law. Most of her recent scholarship focuses on tax planning for same-sex couples. She writes about this topic regularly on her blog, Same Sex Tax Law. See www.law.scu.edu/blog/samesextax/

Mary Anne Case – Mary Anne Case is Arnold I. Shure Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School and will be visiting professor at Columbia Law School in the spring of 2013. Among the subjects she teaches are feminist jurisprudence, constitutional law, marriage, and the regulation of sexuality. Her scholarship to date has concentrated on the regulation of sex, gender, sexuality and the family, and on the early history of feminism; it includes, among many other works, Disaggregating Gender from Sex and Sexual Orientation:  The Effeminate Man in the Law and Feminist Jurisprudence, 105 Yale L. J. 1 (1995); Marriage Licenses, 89 Minn. L. Rev. 1758 (2005); What Feminists Have to Lose in Same-Sex Marriage Litigation.” 57 UCLA Law Review 1199 (2010; “ALot to Ask.” Review of From Disgust to Humanity, by Martha Nussbaum. 19 Columbia Journal of Gender and Law 89 (2010); Why Evangelical Protestants are Right When They Claim that State Recognition of Same-Sex Marriage Threatens Their Marriages and What the Law Should Do About It, in Beyond Secular Law, edited by Winnifred Fallers Sullivan; and After Gender the Destruction of Man? TheVatican’s Nightmare Vision of the “Gender Agenda” for Law, 35 Pace Law Review 802 (2011).

David Cruz – David B. Cruz is Professor of Law at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, where he teaches a number of courses on constitutional law, federal courts, and sex, gender, and sexual orientation law. Prior to joining the USC faculty, he clerked for the Hon. Edward R. Becker of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and was a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the U.S..  His primary areas of scholarship and practice are constitutional law and sex, gender, and sexual orientation law.  Prof. Cruz was the first semester-long visiting scholar at the Williams Institute on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Law and Policy at the UCLA School of Law and is a member of its Faculty Advisory Committee, and he is a member of the board of directors of the national ACLU, for which he is an elected General Counsel. Cruz is admitted to the bars of the State of New York and the United States Supreme Court; a past Chair of the American Association of Law Schools Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues; and Co-President of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Trans, and Intersex Law Association (ILGLaw).

John Culhane – John Culhane is Professor and Director of the Health Law Institute at Widener University School of Law and a Lecturer at the Yale School of Public Health. He is the author of 30 law review articles, editor of and contributor to  Reconsidering Law and Policy Debates: A Public Health Perspective, and co-author of the forthcoming Same-Sex Legal Kit for Dummies. He is a contributing writer to Slate Magazine, a columnist for The New Civil Rights Movement, and a guest blogger at Family Scholars.org.  A frequent public speaker and writer, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Dissent Magazine, Reuters, and other leading news outlets. He has been featured as an expert on the NPR show All Things Considered, and in the documentary film “America Betrayed,” where he discussed the disparate treatment of victims of different disasters. His academic interests are wide-ranging, and include  marriage equality and civil unions; the 9/11 and BP Oil Spill Compensation Funds; and the relationship between sexuality and public health policy. He is currently working on a book about civil unions. Thrice the winner of his school’s Outstanding Faculty award, John Culhane lives with his partner and their seven-year old twin daughters inPhiladelphia.

William Eskridge – Professor William N. Eskridge, Jr. is the John A. Garver Professor of Jurisprudence at Yale Law School. His primary legal academic interest has been statutory interpretation.  Together with Professor Philip Frickey, he developed an innovative casebook on Legislation. In 1990-95, Professor Eskridge represented a gay couple suing for recognition of their same-sex marriage. Since then, he has published a field-establishing casebook, three monographs, and dozens of law review articles articulating a legal and political framework for proper state treatment of sexual and gender minorities. The historical materials in the book on Gaylaw formed the basis for an amicus brief he drafted for the Cato Institute and for much of the Court’s (and the dissenting opinion’s) analysis in Lawrence v. Texas (2003), which invalidated consensual sodomy laws. His most recent book is Gay Marriage: For Better or For Worse? (Oxford, 2006) (with Darren Spedale); Dishonorable Passions:  Sodomy Law in America, 1861-2003 (Viking, 2008); and A Republic of Statutes: The New American Constitution (Yale, 2010) (with John Ferejohn). Professor Eskridge received his B.A., summa cum laude, from Davidson College, his masters in History from Harvard, and his J.D. from Yale.

Ellen Feder – Ellen K. Feder is Associate Professor of Philosophy at American University.  She is author of Family Bonds: Genealogies of Race and Gender, and has been working on issues related to ethics and the medical management of atypical sex for more than a decade. She is completing a book tentatively titled Making Sense of Intersex: Changing Ethical Perspectives in Biomedicine.

José Gabilondo Born in Santiago de Cuba, José Gabilondo attended Harvard College and received a law degree from the University of California (Berkeley). He is an Associate Professor at the Florida International University College of Law, where he teaches tax and corporate finance and served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2009-2011. Before teaching, he worked in financial market regulation at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, and the World Bank.  His scholarship focuses on debt markets and (separately) heterosexual subject formation in law.  He is co-author of Corporate Finance: Debt, Equity, and Derivative Markets and their Intermediaries in the American Casebook Series. He has presented his research at the Universities of Chicago, Buffalo, Columbia, Maryland, DePaul, Emory, Florida State, Georgetown, Havana, and Wake Forest, and American University. He is a nationally recognized commentator in the Spanish-language media on financial and economic matters.

Elizabeth Glazer – Elizabeth M. Glazer, an Associate Professor of Law at Hofstra University Law School and the Co-director of the Hofstra LGBT Rights Fellowship, received B.A. and M.A. degrees in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania in 2001. Professor Glazer received a J.D. in 2004 from the University of Chicago, while serving as a member of the Law Review. Following graduation from law school, Professor Glazer was associated with the New York office of Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP. Professor Glazer’s research examines the topic of exclusion in the First Amendment, antidiscrimination law, and property law. Recent work has focused on the legal treatment of sexual minorities—specifically, bisexuals, transgender individuals, and polyamorists—who do not fit precisely into antidiscrimination law’s established identity categories.  Glazer’s recent work has appeared in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, the Columbia Law Review Sidebar, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Pennumbra, the Temple Political & Civil Rights Law Review, and the Hofstra Law Review, among other journals.

Julie Greenberg – Professor Greenberg is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. She is an internationally recognized expert on the legal issues relating to gender, sex, sexual identity and sexual orientation. Her path-breaking work on gender identity has been cited by a number of state and federal courts, as well as courts in other countries. Her work has been quoted in hundreds of books and articles and she has been invited to speak at dozens of national and international conferences on the subject. She joined the TJSL faculty in 1990 and was the Associate Dean for Faculty Development from 2003-2005. She serves on a number of nonprofit organizations’ boards of directors and has also been involved in a variety of community service projects relating to the rights of women and sexual minorities. Professor Greenberg’s work on behalf of LGBTI rights was recognized by the Tom Homann Association in 2006 when it presented her with the “Friend of the Community” award. She also was voted by her peers as one ofSan Diego’s Top Attorneys in Academics for 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Susan Hazeldean – Susan Hazeldean joined the Cornell Law School faculty as an Assistant Clinical Professor in July 2011, where she created and directs a lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) clinic in which students will represent LGBT people in immigration and prisoners’ rights cases as well as undertaking advocacy projects advancing LGBT equality. Professor Hazeldean’s teaching, scholarship, and law practice have focused on gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and civil rights. Her latest article, Confounding Identities: The Paradox of LGBT Youth Under Asylum Law, was published in the U.C. Davis Law Review in December 2011; her works have also appeared in Benders Immigration Review and the ABA Human Rights Magazine. She previously taught atYaleLawSchool, where she served as a Robert M. Cover Fellow in the Worker and Immigrant Rights Advocacy Clinic. At Yale, she supervised students representing immigrants and low-wage workers in civil rights actions, policy work, and community-based advocacy. Before entering law teaching, Professor Hazeldean directed the Peter Cicchino Youth Project at the Urban Justice Center in New York City. Professor Hazeldean received her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her J.D. from Yale Law School. She is a former Arthur Liman Public Interest Law Fellow.

Marybeth Herald – Marybeth Herald is a professor at Thomas Jefferson School of law.  She joined the TJSL faculty in 1991 after working at Micronesian Legal Services Corporation in theMariana Islands in the western Pacific.  She served as Associate Dean from 1994 to 2002 and teaches constitutional law as well as law and psychology. She has published numerous articles exploring constitutional issues, most recently relating to gender and the intersection of law and psychology. Her most recent articles discuss cognitive biases implicit in judicial decisions about law generally and gender specifically. Professor Herald was recognized by her peers as one of San Diego’s Top Attorneys in Academics for 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, and 2012.

Jody Herman – Jody L. Herman is the Peter J. Cooper Public Policy Fellow and Manager of Transgender Research at the Williams Institute in the UCLA School of Law. She holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Public Administration from The George Washington University, where she also earned her M.A. in Public Policy. Before joining the Williams Institute, she worked as a research consultant on issues of voting rights in low-income minority communities and gender identity discrimination. She served as a co-author on the groundbreaking report Injustice at Every Turn, based on the National Transgender Discrimination Survey conducted by the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and the National Center for Transgender Equality. At the Williams Institute, her work has included research on the fiscal and economic impact of marriage for same-sex couples, the fiscal impact of employment discrimination against people who are transgender, and the development of trans-inclusive questions for population-based surveys. Her main research interests are the impact of gender identity-based discrimination and issues related to gender regulation in public space and the built environment.

Nan D. Hunter – After graduating from Georgetown Law, Hunter was a litigator and project director with the ACLU’s national legal staff for nine years. She began her teaching career at Brooklyn Law School in 1990, and has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and the University of Miami Law School. From 1993 to 1996, she was Deputy General Counsel for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and later served as a member of the President’s Advisory Commission on Consumer Protection and Quality in the Health Care Industry. During the fall 2009 semester, Hunter was the Interim Faculty Director ofGeorgetown’s O’Neill Institute for Global and National Health Law. Hunter is a Fellow of the New York Academy of Medicine. In January 2011, she became Associate Dean for Georgetown’s L.L.M. and S.J.D. programs. Professor Hunter teaches and writes primarily in two areas: health law and state regulation of sexuality and gender. Her work has been published in many law journals, including the Pennsylvania Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Georgetown Law Journal; and several of her articles have been selected for reprinting in anthologies. With William Eskridge, she wrote first casebook to conceptualize sexuality and gender law as embodying a dynamic relationship between state regulation, sexual practices, and gender norms. Her most recent health law scholarship focuses on the intersection of health care systems with democratic theory.

Courtney Joslin – Courtney Joslin is a Professor at UC Davis School of Law. She received her undergraduate degree from Brown University and her law degree from Harvard Law School, where she was an executive editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. Prior to joining the faculty at UC Davis, Professor Joslin served as an attorney at the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), where she litigated cases on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people and their families. Professor Joslin’s areas of interest include family and relationship recognition, particularly focusing on same-sex and nonmarital couples. Professor Joslin’s publications have appeared in the Boston University Law Review, the Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review, the Harvard Law & Policy Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, and the Southern California Law Review. Her article, Protecting Children(?): Marriage, Gender, and Assisted Reproductive Technology was selected as a winner of the 2010 Dukeminier Award.

John Min Kang – John Kang is a law professor at St. Thomas University (Florida), where his chief teaching area is constitutional law.  His scholarship on manliness has appeared in the Harvard Journal of Law and Gender, the Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy, and an edited volume published by NYU Press.  He is presently writing a book entitled Manliness and the Constitution (under contract with NYU Press).

Nancy Knauer – Nancy J. Knauer is the I. Herman Stern Professor of Law and Director of the D.C. Law and Public Policy Program at Temple University, Beasley School of Law, where she teaches in the areas of Political & Civil Rights, Property, and Taxation. Professor Knauer has written and lectured widely on the legal recognition of same-sex relationships and the unique challenges facing older LGBT indivuals. Her recent book, Gay and Lesbian Elders:  History, Law, and Identity Politics in the U.S., outlines the types of reforms that are necessary to ensure equity and dignity in aging regardless of sexual orientation. Professor Knauer received a Dukeminier Award and the Stu Walter Prize from the Williams Institute at UCLA Law School for her article LGBT Elder Law: Toward Equity in Aging, 32 Harvard Journal of Law & Gender 1 (2009). Professor Knauer was one of only 25 law professors selected for a nation-wide study, What the Best Law Teachers Do, which will be published by Harvard University Press in 2013. In 2002 Professor Knauer was named a University “Great Teacher” and received the first annual CPR Dispute Resolution Award for teaching problem solving in the law school. Professor Knauer is also a four-time recipient of the George P. Williams Award for excellence in teaching.  In 2004 Professor Knauer received the Friel-Scanlon Award for scholarship for her article Science, Identity and the Construction of the Gay Political Narrative, 12 Law & Sexuality 1 (2003).  She is the former Peter J. Liacouras Professor of Law and has served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs.

Lori Lorenzo – Lori is Director of Diversity and Inclusion & JD Advisor for the University of Miami School of Law Career Development Office. She works closely with students to create individualized career plans and with the affinity student organizations in building relationships with legal employers and affinity bars both locally and nationally. Lori is also the office liaison to several diverse bar associations and job fairs. Additionally, Lori is involved in employer outreach with a particular focus on marketing the diversity of the Miami Law student body. Lori enjoys writing and has published articles on LGBT Issues, Generational Diversity and Competency Interviewing and publishes a weekly diversity newsletter for Miami Law students. Lori received her B.A. with honors from the University of Florida. She worked as a P.E. teacher for adjudicated youth in Broward County, Florida before attending law school. Lori earned her J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law. Before coming to Career Development, Lori practiced for several years in structured finance and securitization and owned a martial arts academy.

Eric Mueller – Eric Mueller is the Dan K. Moore Distinguished Professor of Law in Jurisprudence and Ethics at the University of North Carolina School of Law. After earning his Phi Beta Kappa key from Brown University and serving as Current Topics Editor for the Yale Law and Policy Review while at Yale, Muller clerked for United States District Judge H. Lee Sarokin in Newark, New Jersey from 1987 to 1988. He then practiced in the litigation department of a private law firm in Manhattan from 1988 to 1990, before joining the United States Attorney’s Office in Newark, where he served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Criminal Appeals Division from 1990 to 1994. After several years of adjunct teaching at Seton Hall Law School while still in government practice, Muller moved to the University of Wyoming College of Law in 1994 to begin full-time teaching, specializing in criminal law and procedure and constitutional law. In 1997, the graduating class named him the Outstanding Faculty Member in the College of Law. Muller joined the UNC faculty in the fall of 1998.

Nancy Ota – Nancy Ota grew up in Berkeley, CA and worked as a mail handler, a public health nutritionist/dietitian, and a commercial banker before settling in as a law professor at Albany Law School (not a straight path). She currently teaches contracts, bankruptcy and commercial law courses and has also taught economic justice; gender, sexuality and the law; international business transactions; immigration law; and business organizations. She is a coauthor of a casebook, Contracting Law with Deborah Post and Amy Kastely. In the past she has done some thinking about the construction of American citizenship, butNancy’s current research includes common law contract as regulation and recent trends in legal education. She takes these topics on from a critical race/feminist/class-crit/queer perspective. Nancy studied at Berkeley, Tulane, Stanford, and Georgetown; and she has taught at Georgetown, University of Baltimore, University of Toledo, and Albany Law School.

Jenny Pizer – Jenny Pizer is the Legal Director and Arnold D. Kassoy Senior Scholar of Law at the Williams Institute at UCLA School of Law.  She joined the Williams Institute after many years at Lambda Legal, where she was Senior Counsel and National Marriage Project Director, focusing on sexual orientation discrimination in employment, health care, education and housing, and family law issues affecting same-sex couples and their children.  In the employment area, Pizer has litigated cases addressing how rules against sex stereotyping should apply to workplace dress codes, whether laws against co-worker harassment should use the same standards against anti-gay harassment as against race- and sex-based harassment, and whether limiting family health insurance based on marital status is sexual orientation discrimination. She has advised legislators, elected officials, and private employers on antidiscrimination laws and policies, on domestic partnership laws and benefit plans, and on nondiscrimination compliance.  Pizer is a graduate of Harvard College and NYU School of Law. She comments often on LGBT legal developments for leading media, and has received numerous professional achievement and community service awards, including being named seven times among the top women litigators in California by the Los Angeles and San Francisco Daily Journal.

Nancy Polikoff – Nancy Polikoff is Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law where she teaches Family Law and Sexuality and the Law. From Fall 2011 through Fall 2012, she is the Visiting McDonald/Wright Chair of Law at UCLA School of Law and Faculty Chair of the Williams Institute. In 1976, Prof. Polikoff co-authored one of the first law review articles on custody rights of lesbian mothers. For the past 35 years, she has been writing about, teaching about, and working on litigation and legislation about LGBT families. She is a member of the National Family Law Advisory Council of the National Center for Lesbian Rights, the author of Beyond (Straight and Gay) Marriage: Valuing All Families under the Law (Beacon Press 2008), and the 2011 recipient of the National LGBT Bar Association’s highest honor, the Dan Bradley Award. Prof. Polikoff blogs at www.beyondstraightandgaymarriage.blogspot.com.

Robert Salem – Rob Salem is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Toledo College of Law. Professor Salem’s teaching focuses on critical analysis of the legal system and practical skills needed for law practice. He has published articles on gay rights and education issues in the Cleveland State Law Review, Louisiana Law Review and Albany Law Review. Professor Salem was recently selected as one of seven experts from around the country to serve on a panel for a United States Department of Education study on state bullying laws and school policies. He created an anti-bullying training curriculum for teachers and school administrators and a model anti-bullying policy that has been used by schools around the state. He also assisted in drafting legislation on civil rights issues and offered testimony before committees of the Ohio General Assembly on matters related to student safety. Professor Salem serves on several non-profit boards and advisory panels, including the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, the Ohio American Civil Liberties Union, the Ohio Drug Assistance Program, the Toledo Bar Association, Planned Parenthood of Northwest Ohio, The Toledo Public Defenders Office and Equality Toledo. He is also the recipient of the Toledo Bar Association’s Public Interest Law Award, the ACLU of Northwest Ohio’s Civil Liberties Award and Toledo Fair Housing’s Service Award.

Scott Titshaw – Scott Titshaw is an Associate Professor at Mercer University School of Law. Prior to joining the faculty at Mercer, Professor Titshaw practiced immigration and transactional law for twelve years with Arnall Golden Gregory LLP in Atlanta, where he and AGG won awards from both the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia and the ACLU of Georgia based on his pro bono work.  He has led the Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia and the American Immigration Lawyers Associations (AILA) Georgia-Alabama Chapter.  He currently serves as chair of the AILA LGBT working group.  Professor Titshaw earned a B.A. from Georgetown University, a J.D., cum laude, from the University of Georgia School of Law, and an LL.M. magna cum laude, from the Universität Hamburg in Hamburg, Germany.  After law school, Professor Titshaw clerked with U.S. District Court Judge Adrian Duplantier in New Orleans, and worked as a legal translator with Germany’s Federal Constitutional Court. He teaches a course on Sexuality and the Law at Mercer and his scholarship focuses on immigration, comparative law, and issues concerning sexual minorities. His most recent publications include The Meaning of Marriage: Immigration Rules and Their Implications for Same-Sex Spouses in a World Without DOMA, 16 Wm. & Mary J. Women & L. 537 (2010), A Modest Proposal to Deport the Children of Gay Citizens & etc: Immigration Law, DOMA and the Children of Same-Sex Couples, 25 Geo. Immigr. L. J 407 (2011), and The Reactionary Road to Free Love: How DOMA, State Marriage Amendments and Social Conservatives are Destroying Traditional Marriage, which will appear in the West Virginia Law Review in October.

Rey Valencia – A Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Administration and Finance, ReyValencia teaches primarily in the areas of bankruptcy, gender discrimination, and racism in American Law. He began his teaching career during his final year in law school as a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Sociology at Harvard University. Following graduation, he was an Associate for five years with the Dallas office of the international law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, where he concentrated in the areas of commercial bankruptcy and commercial litigation. While at Jones, Day, Professor Valencia also served as an Adjunct Professor at the Texas Tech University School of Law, where he developed and taught courses on race and gender discrimination. He graduated fromStanfordUniversity and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Tony Varona – Dean Tony Varona teaches Contracts, Administrative Law, Media Law, and Introduction to Public Law, in addition to serving as associate dean for faculty and academic affairs at American University Washington College of Law. Before becoming associate dean, he was the director of the SJD Program. Prior to joining the WCL faculty in 2005, he was an associate professor of law atPaceLawSchool inNew York. Before that, he served as general counsel and legal director for the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest gay civil rights organization. He built HRC’s legal department, directed its legislative and regulatory lawyering and appellate amicus work, launched national law fellow and pro bono attorney programs, and served as counsel to HRC’s board of directors and the organization’s corporate, educational, and media initiatives. Dean Varona taught as an adjunct law professor for three years at Georgetown University, and served as a Wasserstein Fellow at Harvard Law School. He serves on the board of directors of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD), and is a member of the Society of American Law Teachers and the Hispanic Bar Association of Washington. He has served on the boards of the Human Rights Campaign and theAlliance for Justice, was on the New York Advisory Board for the American Constitution Society, was founding chairperson of the AIDS Action Council’s Legal Advisory Council, and served as a member of the Judicial Selection Steering Committee of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights.

Dr. Jillian T. Weiss – Dr. Jillian T. Weiss is Professor of Law and Society at Ramapo College, where she researches gender identity law. She has authored over 50 academic publications, presentations and other scholarly works, as well as approximately 40 articles and interviews for media, including The NY Times and Associated Press, and is Associate Editor of The Bilerico Project, a blog of LGBT politics and culture. She serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Lambda Legal, an LGBT legal services organization; a member of The Williams Institute Advisory Board, an LGBT think-tank at UCLA Law School; and a member of the Board of Directors of GetEQUAL, a direct action non-profit organization dedicated to LGBT rights. For the National LGBT Bar Association, she is the Chair of the Planning Committee of its annual Transgender Law Institute. She also provides consulting services for private and public employers, including Harvard University, Boeing and New York City, and pro bono legal representation in cases involving gender identity and gender expression discrimination.

Tobias Barrington Wolff – Tobias Barrington Wolff is Professor of Law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and a civil rights advocate. His writes and teaches in the fields of Civil Procedure, Complex Litigation, Conflict of Laws, Constitutional Law, and Law & Sexuality. Professor Wolff is also a civil rights advocate and has worked in both the legal and political arenas to secure the rights of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. He has served as co-counsel or amicus counsel in marriage and relationship rights cases in Hawai’i, Alaska, Iowa, California and New York, worked extensively on the U.S. military’s former Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy, and in 2007-2008 served as the Chair of the National LGBT Policy and Steering Committee for the presidential campaign of Barack Obama. Wolff currently serves as co-counsel to the plaintiff in Willock v. Elane Photography, a case involving discrimination against a lesbian couple by a commercial wedding photography business.  He is a founding board member of the Equal Justice Society, a member of the American Law Institute, and a native New Yorker who now resides in the great city of Philadelphia.

Erin Wright – Erin Wright is the Associate Director of Career Development at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island. She is the current Chair of the LGBT section of the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) and President of the New England Law School Consortium (NELLIE). Erin is also the advisor for the Roger Williams’ student LGBT group, Alliance. Prior to joining Roger Williams, Erin was a practicing attorney at May Oberfell Lorber in Indiana, focusing on corporate civil litigation. She graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School, a Master in Human Relations from theUniversity of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Providence College. Erin is a member of the Indiana Bar, the Northern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court for Indiana, the RI Women’s Bar, and the National LGBT Bar.



Calpernia Addams – Calpernia Addams is an actress, musician, author and activist, known for her work in and for the transsexual community. She has received the SLDN Randy Shilts Visibility Award, the Peabody Award, a GLAAD Media Award, and the Task Force’s Leadership award. Deep Stealth, the company she co-founded with Andrea James, produces entertainment and educational material promoting understanding and growth centering on the trans community. Her memoir, Mark 947, details her Southern childhood and service as a field medical combat specialist with the Navy and Marines in Saudi Arabia during the first Gulf War. Her activism work has included fundraising for all major GLBT causes, with specific focus in the past on work with GLAAD, SLDN, The Task Force (NGLTF) and women’s charities such as VDay and Peace Over Violence (LACAAW).  Calpernia was on active duty in the United States Navy and with the US Marines as a member of the Navy Hospital Corps. Calpernia was honorably released from active duty after completing her full service obligation. Her awards include: Navy Unit Commendation, Meritorious Unit Commendation, National Defense Medal, Fleet Marine Force Ribbon, Southwest Asia Service Medal, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, Navy & Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon, and notice from Congress and the Alaska State Legislature for the rescue of a downed Chinese airliner in the Aleutian Chain.

Paula Neira – Paula M. Neira, RN, CEN, Esq. (LT, USN/USNR 1985-1991) graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. A qualified Surface Warfare Officer, Paula served at sea and ashore on active duty and as a reservist, including serving in mine warfare combat during Operation Desert Storm. After leaving the Navy, she became a registered nurse, certified in emergency nursing, and specializing in adult emergency/trauma care. She is also a graduate of the Thomas M.Cooley Law School in East Lansing, Michigan and a member of the Maryland bar. Active in LGBT military and veteran affairs, she is a former SLDN staff attorney and board member and is recognized as an expert on military policy relating to sexual minorities. She currently serves as the co-chair of SLDN’s Military Advisory Council. Paula and her partner currently reside in Maryland.



Judge Mary Celeste – Judge Mary A. Celeste sits on the Denver County Court bench where she was the Presiding Judge 2009 and 2010; the first woman and gay to hold that position in the history of that Court. She currently sits on the Colorado Advisory Committee for the United States Civil Rights Commission and is a NHTSA Judicial Outreach Liaison for Region 8. She has served as the President of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Foundation, the President of the American Judge’s Association where she was the first gay to hold that position, and, as an Adjunct Professor at the Sturm College of Law. She has also served as a member of the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors, the Denver Bar Association’s Conciliation Panel and the Colorado Women’s Bar Association Board of Governors. She is a graduate of Cal Western. Judge Celeste has published many legal articles in various periodicals including the 2010 AJA White Paper in the AJA Court Review and was the Executive Producer of the CWBA historical video entitled Raising the Bar 2005. She is the recipient of the Human Rights Campaign Award,1994; the American Association of University Women’s Trailblazer Award, 1998; Professional Women of the Year Award, 2002 from the Colorado Business Council, the Judicial Excellence Award from the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, 2006; the Judicial Excellence Award from the Denver Bar Association, 2006, the Education Award from the American Judges Association, 2007; the Colorado Humanities Award 2008;  the Mary Lathrop Award 2011 from the Colorado Women’s Bar Association, and, the Judge William H. Burnett Award from the American Judges Association 2011.

Judge JG (Gary) Cohen Judge Cohen was President of the International Association of LGBT Judges from 2005 to 2008. Previously, he served as President of the BC Provincial Court Judges Association and as a member of the Judicial Council of British Columbia, both in 2006. Judge Cohen is a founding member (and former Vice President) of the Bar Benevolent Association and a founding member (and first President) of the Gay/Lesbian Law Students’ Association at the University of British Columbia. Judge Cohen is also an accomplished author (Desk Order Divorce, an Annotated Guide and a member of the editorial board of C.L.E.’s Family Law Practice Manual).

Judge Linda Colfax – The newest member of the San Francisco Superior Court, Judge Colfax was elected in 2010. As a judge, Linda presided over civil trials for the first 9 months and has presided over juvenile dependency matters for the last 10 months. Prior to taking the bench, Linda was a San Francisco Public Defender for over 13 years. In addition to being a public defender, she served as the vice president of the Municipal Attorneys Association, the collective bargaining unit for San Francisco’s city employed attorneys. Linda also served on the board of the ACLU of Northern California and is a past board member of BALIF, the bay area LGBTQ legal organization and past president of Women Defenders, a networking and education group for Bay Area women defense attorneys. Judge Colfax received her M.A. in 1990 from Harvard and her J.D. in 1996 from the University of Michigan. Linda resides in San Francisco with her wife, Kristin, and their children Hannah and Elias.

Judge Michael Fitzgerald– Michael W. Fitzgerald is a United States District Judge in the Central District of California.  President Obama appointed him on March 15, 2012, following his Senate confirmation earlier that day. Judge Fitzgerald entered on duty on March 22, 2012 and sits in Los Angeles. He graduated from Harvard College magna cum laude in 1981. He graduated from the School of Law of the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1985, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif, served as Managing Editor of the Industrial Relations Law Journal, and received the American Jurisprudence Award for Criminal Law. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Irving R. Kaufman on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Judge Fitzgerald served as Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles for almost four years, trying numerous cases and handling high-profile cocaine and money laundering investigations. After his government service, Judge Fitzgerald handled commercial litigation cases with the Los Angeles Office of Heller, Ehrman, White & McAullife. In 1993, on a pro bono basis, he was trial counsel for the certified class of LGBT FBI employees and applicants in Buttino v. FBI, which resulted in the FBI’s renouncing its prior policy of treating homosexuality as a security concern. From 1995 to his appointment, Judge Fitzgerald practiced at Corbin, Fitzgerald & Athey LLP and its predecessor firms. Judge Fitzgerald holds a lifetime membership of the Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles and has joined the International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Judges (IALGBTJ).

Judge Phyllis Randolph Frye – Phyllis Randolph Frye is an Eagle Scout, a former member of the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets, a US Army veteran (1LT-RA, 1970-72), a licensed engineer, a licensed attorney, a father, a grandmother and a lesbian wife. She is the first out transgender judge in the nation. Now having lived over sixty percent of her life as the woman she always felt herself to be, Phyllis remains on the cutting edge of LGBTIQ and especially transgender legal and political issues. When the “gay” community was still ignoring or marginalizing the transgender community, Phyllis began the national transgender legal and political movement (thus she is known as being its “Grandmother”) with the six annual transgender law conferences and their grassroots training in the early 1990’s. Judge Frye is a winner of Lavender Law’s highest honor, the Dan Bradley Award of 2001. She was honored by Texas A&M University, beginning in 2009, with an annual Diversity Award given in her name. In 2010 Phyllis was sworn-in as the first out transgender judge in the nation, as a City of Houston Associate Municipal Judge. She retains her senior partnership of Frye, Steidley, Oaks and Benavidez, PLLC, which is an out LGBTIQ-and-straight-allies law firm. (For writings by her or about her, go to www.liberatinglaw.com, click “PRF-Bio.”)

Judge Linda E. Giles – A graduate of McGill University (B.A., Economics, 1974) and New England School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1977), where she served as Case Comment Editor of the Law Review, Judge Giles was engaged in the private practice of law, specializing in trial practice, before joining the bench.  In 1991, she was appointed as the first openly lesbian judge in Massachusetts to be an Associate Justice of the Boston Municipal Court by Governor William F. Weld; and, in 1998, she was elevated to the Superior Court by Governor Argeo Paul Cellucci.  Judge Giles has served as chair of the Massachusetts Trial Court’s Gender Equality Advisory Board and president of the International Association of Lesbian & Gay Judges.  She has participated in many educational programs on a variety of topics, such as gender equality, substance abuse, the enhancement of the judicial system, and access to justice, and has done much work in the area of domestic violence, serving on a number of committees and panels and authoring the Judicial Commentary in the Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education book, Obtaining, Enforcing and Defending 209A Restraining Orders.  She formerly was an Adjunct Professor of Law at New England School of Law, teaching “Children and the Law,” and presently teaches “Trial Practice” at Suffolk University Law School. Judge Giles is a recipient of the Massachusetts Judges Conference’s Judicial Excellence Award (President’s Award), the Massachusetts Bar Association’s Public Service Award, Boston College Law School’s Lambda Student Association’s “Courage in Coming Out” Award, and the North Shore Gay Alliance 15th Anniversary Award.

Judge Steven Kirkland – Judge Steven Kirkland was elected Judge of the 215th District Court in November of 2008.  Judge Kirkland came to Houston from west Texas in order to attend Rice University.  After graduating from Rice in 1982, he worked as a paralegal at Texaco in order to put himself through the University of Houston Law School. In 1990 Judge Kirkland began his career as an attorney litigating environmental, bankruptcy and other complex cases for that company, which he continued for eight years until he left to represent citizens committed to cleaning up air quality in Houston. From 2001 through 2008, Judge Kirkland served as a Judge in Houston Municipal Courts.  During his tenure, he created the Houston Homeless Recovery Court, which works in conjunction with the Houston Coalition for the Homeless.  In recognition of this achievement, Judge Kirkland was awarded the 2006 Government Friend of the Homeless by Coalition for the Homeless of Houston and Harris County. Off the bench, Judge Kirkland is active in affordable housing, historic preservation, Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender rights issues. He is a founding board member of Avenue Community Development Corporation which is a community based affordable housing provider in the Near Northside and Washington Avenue corridor.  His real estate projects have been recognized with awards by the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance and others.

Judge Mark King Leban – Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Mark King Leban is an openly gay elected judge in Miami, Florida. As an attorney, he was active in the local Gay and Lesbian Lawyers Association, serving on its Board of Directors. As a judge, he has led the effort to educate judges throughoutFlorida on sexual orientation sensitivity training, and presented a first-ever program in July of 1998 to all Judges in Florida. He presently serves in the Domestic Violence Division in Miami-Dade County, and is also the Administrative Judge of the Appellate Division of the Circuit Court. Judge Leban a former President and Board Member of the International Association of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Judges, which consists of more than 60 judges throughout the world. Amongst its goals is to increase the visibility of GLBT judicial officers, serve as role models for other LGBT people, and bring to the attention of the general public the prominence of these elected judicial officers. IALGBTJ also helps ensure equal treatment of all persons appearing in our courtrooms as litigant, attorney, juror, or any other capacity. The group coordinates the sharing of information between lesbian, gay, bi and transgender judges, and assists others in joining the judiciary.

Judge Larnzell Martin, Jr. – Judge Larnzell Martin, Jr. has been a member of the Prince George’s County, Maryland Circuit Court since December 1990 and is now that Court’s senior judge.  He is a member and former Chair of the Maryland Judicial Conference’s Committee on Family Law and sits on the Judiciary’s Technology Oversight Board. Judge Martin serves as Lead Judge forPrince George’s County’s Model Court. He is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Free State Legal Project, which provides legal services to low-income LGBT community members who cannot access existing service providers. Judge Martin, Secretary of the International Association of LGBT Judges, is a 1972 graduate of Carleton College and serves on his alma mater’s Alumni Council. Shortly prior to that, he served on the Leadership Committee of Out @fter Carleton. Judge Martin received his Juris Doctorate in 1975 from Georgetown University Law Center.

Judge George J. Silver – George J. Silver was elected to Civil Court bench in November 2004.  He was assigned to Civil Court, Kings County for four and one half years until he was re-assigned in April 2009 to Family Court, Bronx County where he presided over juvenile delinquency matters.  In January 2010, Judge Silver was appointed a Supreme Court Judge by designation and assigned to Supreme Court, New York. In April 2011, Justice Silver was asked to preside over the Trial Assignment Part in Supreme Court, New York County as well. In 2012, Justice Silver was also asked to handle potential early settlement of Medical Malpractice Cases as part of a specialized grant program. Prior to his election to the bench, he was a partner in the firm of Silver & Santo, LLP specializing in personal injury and commercial litigation, maritime law, guardianship and real estate law. He obtained a B.S. in Accounting and Management from New York University, a law degree from Hofstra University School of Law and was conferred a Masters of Business Administration from New York University Stern Graduate School of Business. Justice Silver is also the President of the Board of Judges, the association of all elected Civil Court Judges in the City of New York. Justice Silver is also involved in many community-based and Bar Associations including the NAACP,  the International Association of Gay and Lesbian Judges where he currently serves as Vice -President and the Jewish Lawyers Guild. In addition, Judge Silver has lectured at many Continuing Legal Education Programs for bar associations and LGBT organizations.

Judge Zeke Zeidler – Judge Zeidler was elected to the bench of the Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2004. Prior to that, he served as a Superior Court Referee for over six years, presiding over cases that involve child abuse and neglect. Judge Zeidler chairs the committee that creates anti-bias curriculum for judicial officers and court staff throughout California, and teaches new judge orientation and juvenile law overview courses for judicial officers in California. He has also presented nationally on diversity, child welfare, and LGBT domestic violence issues. He is the President of the International Association of LGBT Judges, previously serving as treasurer. Before taking the bench, Judge Zeidler was as an attorney representing abused and neglected children. He has served as an officer in NLGLA (now the National LGBT Bar Association) and was the co-chair of NLGLA’s law student arm. In addition to his legal involvements, Judge Zeidler has been very active on education issues. He was first elected to the Redondo Beach School Board in 1995, becoming only the tenth openly Gay or Lesbian school board member in the country, and he was overwhelmingly re-elected in 1999. Judge Zeidler resides inLos Angeles with his husband, attorney Jay Kohorn.


Career Counselors

Jennifer R. Albright – Jennifer Albright is a career counselor at Phoenix School of Law and a legal research & writing professor at Phoenix College. Her legal experience was heavily in the public interest and government sectors. Jennifer has worked on several projects with LGBT groups in the Southwest and currently is working to develop specific relationships with the LGBT legal community in the Greater Phoenix Metro area to open opportunities for law students and recent grads.

Jeff Becherer – Jeff Becherer is the Associate Director of the Office of Career Services for the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York where he advises both JD and LLM students. Jeff handles all aspects of counseling students and alumni with their career development, with a particular emphasis on developing strong networking skills. Jeff joined Cardozo in April 2009 after practicing law for more than seven years with Dickstein Shapiro LLP (in Washington, DC and New York) where he focused on commercial litigation as well as internal investigations for large corporate clients. Jeff graduated, magna cum laude, in 1998 from John Carroll University with a B.A. in Political Science and English, and received his law degree from the University of California, Berkeley School of Law in 2001.

Andrew Chapin – Andrew Chapin came to this position in September, 2004 with more than 12 years of experience advising NYC law students and attorneys about their legal careers, and producing and participating in legal career programs and job fairs. For more than 3 years, Andrew was Associate Director of Career Planning at City University of NY School of Law, and for more than 9 years prior to that, he was a Placement Officer in Career Services at Columbia University School of Law. Andrew has additional experience working in the Department of Legal Services at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, the Office of General Counsel at COS Computer Systems, and providing support services to attorneys and partners at several Manhattan law firms. Andrew’s undergraduate degree was earned at Columbia University, and his two graduate degrees, Master of Art & Master of Education, in counseling, were earned at Columbia University, Teachers College. An active openly gay participant in increasing diversity and ensuring civil rights, and equal opportunity and benefits in employment, Andrew is a member of various committees of the Association of the Bar of the City of NY, NY County Bar Association, American Association of Law Schools, American Bar Association, and National Association for Law Placement. Andrew is a member of and/or volunteers with several organizations including Ali Forney Center, Human Rights Campaign, Lambda LEDF, Habitat for Humanity, NAACP and ACLU. In his spare time, Andrew enjoys travel, beaches, cooking, gyms, 12 steps, and all things French or Brazilian.

Neil Dennis – Neil Dennis is the Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion at Georgetown Law’s Office of Career Services. As an Associate Director his primary responsibilities are advising both students and alumni on their career goals and development through one-on-one counseling and larger group presentations. As the Diversity & Inclusion representative, he acts as a liaison between OCS, employers, and students. He distributes information to students regarding different programs and events catered towards diversifying the legal industry, as well as acts as a watchdog for diversity programs that violate Georgetown’s policy of inclusion. In addition to these duties, he also develops diversity programs and networking events for students as well as advises employers on how to do the same.

Sarka Fagan – Sarka Fagan is Assistant Dean for Career Development at Tulane University Law School, where she has been employed since 2004. In addition to overseeing the school’s career development office, she focuses on employer relations and counsels Tulane JD students and alumni. After graduating from New York University School of Law in 1993, Ms. Fagan practiced for over ten years as a transactional corporate attorney inNew York City. As an associate, she was involved in recruiting students and laterals as well as training summer and permanent associates. She has presented at the NALP Annual Education Conferences and has served as a panelist in workshops held by the NYU School of Law Career Counseling and Placement Office. Also, she has volunteered as a mentor to foreign-trained LLM students. Ms. Fagan is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a NALP member.

Christina Jackson – Christina Jackson is the Assistant Director, Public Interest Specialist in the Office of Career & Professional Development. She specializes in counseling JD students interested in obtaining public interest and government positions at the federal, state, and municipal levels, andU.S. trained LL.M.’s. Christina received a BS in Business Management from thePennsylvaniaStateUniversity and a JD from the University of Richmond School of Law. Prior to joining OCPD, Christina served as the Director of Career Services for Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, and practiced municipal civil rights defense and employment law for eight years in Georgia and Alabama. She currently serves on the Equal Justice Works National Advisory Committee.

Lori L. Lorenzo – Lori is the Director of Diversity and Inclusion & JD Advisor for the University of Miami School of Law Career Development Office. She works closely with the affinity student organizations in building relationships among each other and between the organizations and legal employers and affinity bars both locally and nationally. Lori is also the office liaison to several diverse bar associations and job fairs. Additionally, Lori is involved in employer outreach with a particular focus on marketing the diversity of the Miami Law student body. Lori enjoys writing and has published articles on LGBT Issues, Generational Diversity and Competency Interviewing and publishes a weekly diversity newsletter for Miami Law students. Lori received her B.A. with honors from the University of Florida. She worked as a P.E. teacher for adjudicated youth in Broward County, Florida before attending law school. Lori earned her J.D. degree from Duke University School of Law. Before coming to Career Development, Lori practiced for several years in structured finance and securitization and owned a martial arts academy.

Jennifer L. McGinnis – Jennifer McGinnis has been a career counselor at Stetson Law since June 2011. Previously, she worked for Duke University as a medical research contract negotiator. She has experience in curriculum development, training, and social media management. She graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University, has a master’s degree in educational psychology from Florida State University, and received her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law.

Keeley Mitchell – Keeley Mitchell is the Director of Public Interest and Government Relations at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. As a former practicing attorney for such firms as Seward & Kissel, Kirkpatrick & Lockhart (now known as K&L Gates) and Wolf Block as well as recruiting for Major, Lindsey and Africa, Keeley has extensive experience in career advising, relationship management and business development through strategic planning and targeted outreach. Her background in law, recruiting and higher education enables her to effectively communicate and work with diverse populations, and speak about the particular issues diverse candidates face in the legal market today. Keeley is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Politics from New York University. She is also licensed to practice in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Eliza Park Musallam – Eliza Park Musallam is a Career Counselor and the Diversity Liaison in the Office of Career & Professional Development. In addition to counseling students interested in pursuing careers in the private sector, Eliza also serves as the liaison between employers with diversity outreach initiatives, the Office of Diversity Services, and students at the Washington College of Law. Eliza received both her JD (2001) and her BA (1998) with a double major in Political Science and International Studies from Case Western Reserve University. She joined the law firm of Vorys, Sater, Seymour and Pease LLP after law school where she defended Fortune 500 companies in asbestos and toxic tort litigation. Just prior to joining the OCPD, she worked as a Judicial Staff Attorney for the Honorable Eileen T. Gallagher of the Cuyahoga County Court of Common Pleas, in Cleveland, Ohio. She is the 2012 President of the Washington Area Legal Recruitment Administrators Association (WALRAA) and previously served as the 2009-2010 Co-Chair for the Diversity Committee.

Stephanie Sanders – Stephanie (Deckter) Sanders is the Director of Specialized Programs, a career counselor and the LL.M. and LL.M. alumni advisor at The George Washington University Law School Career Development Office (CDO). Stephanie works with J.D. and LL.M. students and alumni – through one-on-one counseling, workshops, and small groups – on navigating the job market with respect to practicing in those areas of the law in which GW Law has particular expertise. Prior to joining the CDO in April 2009, Stephanie was an associate at a national IP law firm where she specialized in patent prosecution and litigation. She also worked at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner. Stephanie recently completed a Graduate Certificate in Career and Workforce Development at The George Washington University Graduate School of Education and Human Development, is a 2005 graduate of The George Washington University Law School and holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from SUNY Binghamton. Stephanie also volunteers her time reviewing resumes and providing job search advice to residents in Arlington County.

Francie Scott – Francie Scott is Assistant Director of the Office of Career & Professional Development at Wake Forest University School of Law, where she counsels students and alumni on all aspects of job searching and career planning, with a particular focus on professionalism and professional development. She is a 2004 cum laude graduate of Wake Forest Law. Following law school, she served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Samuel G. Wilson, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia, and practiced labor and employment law with Hunton & Williams in Richmond, Virginia. She left law practice in 2008 to obtain a Master’s degree in social work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before attending law school, she served in the Peace Corps in Zimbabwe.

Kenny R. Tatum – Kenny R. Tatum is the Assistant Dean, Career Planning & Development at Penn State University Dickinson School of Law. Prior to joining Penn State, Dean Tatum was the Director of Lateral Recruiting & Diversity Strategy for Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice where he was responsible for directing the diversity and lateral recruiting efforts for the firm’s 11 offices. He also spent time as a diversity consultant and search firm recruiter as the Vice President, Diversity Recruiting and Consulting at Cambridge Professional Group and the owner of Diversity Legal Recruiting in Atlanta, GA. He has also worked as a corporate associate for Hunton & Williams in Atlanta, GA and Foley & Lardner in Milwaukee, WI. Dean Tatum received a B.A. from Morehouse College in Atlanta and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, IL.

Christopher Teague – Chris received a B.A. from Connecticut College and a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law.  During law school, he completed internships with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, DC; The Honorable Hugh Bownes of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit; Zuckerman, Spaeder, Taylor & Evans in Miami, FL; and the Palm Beach County Public Defender’s Office. After graduation, he completed a judicial clerkship in the Massachusetts Superior Court and then spent nearly ten years practicing criminal law, both as an Assistant District Attorney in Boston and as a defense attorney. Prior to joining BC, Chris was the Associate Director of Career Development at Suffolk University Law School and also a Career Advisor at Northeastern University School of Law.  He currently serves as the Northeast Regional Representative for the National Association for Law Placement and is the immediate past Chair of the LGBT Section.  Chris is an active member of the Massachusetts Legal Recruitment Association (where he currently serves as Secretary) and the Massachusetts Law School Consortium, and he is a frequent speaker and author on a wide range of career- and technology-related topics.

Jaclyn Ward Vargo – Jaclyn Vargo is an Associate Director of Career Services at Brooklyn Law School’s Career Center. She counsels law students regarding their professional development goals including assistance with internship and post-graduate job search strategy, and serves as the Career Center’s Diversity Liaison. Jaclyn joined Brooklyn Law School following eight years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office where she served as a Homicide Cadet and a member of the Domestic Violence unit. She received her J.D. from Fordham Law School and her A.B from Harvard College. A current member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the New York City Bar Association, where Jaclyn serves on the Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Lawyers.

Amber R. Williams – Amber is the Diversity Outreach & Planning Career Counselor at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida. In her role, she is responsible for providing career planning and professional development to the student body. In addition, she works directly with minority students and affinity based organizations at Florida Coastal. She is a member of the Multicultural Affairs Committee and participates in the Multicultural Roundtable at Florida Coastal. Amber conducts outreach within the legal community that allows her to participate in diversity career fairs, collaborate with affinity based voluntary bar associations, and network with employers that implement diversity initiatives. As a member of NALP, she is involved with the Diversity Section and the LGBT Section. Amber is a proud graduate of Bethune-Cookman University where she earned a B.S in Elementary Education. She earned her J.D. from Florida Coastal School of Law. Amber is licensed as an attorney and an educator in the state of Florida.

Mark Wojcik – Mark E. Wojcik is a professor of law at The John Marshall Law School.  He is a former board member of the National LGBT Bar Association, the founder of the Chicago Bar Association Committee on the Legal Rights of Lesbians and Gay Men, and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors.  He was inducted into the City of Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

Erin Wright – Erin Wright is the Associate Director of Career Development at Roger Williams University School of Law in Bristol, Rhode Island.  She is the current Chair of the LGBT section of the National Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP) and President of the New England Law School Consortium (NELLIE). Erin is also the advisor for the Roger Williams’ student LGBT group, Alliance. Prior to joining Roger Williams, Erin was a practicing attorney at May Oberfell Lorber inIndiana, focusing on coporate civil litigation.  She graduated with a Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School, a Master in Human Relations from the University of Oklahoma, and a Bachelor of Arts in Humanities from Providence College. Erin is a member of the Indiana Bar, the Northern and Southern Districts of the United States District Court for Indiana, the RI Women’s Bar, and the National LGBT Bar.

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