Thursday, August 21, 2014

Lavender Law Schedule – Thursday

Below is the schedule for Thursday, August 21, 2014. Click here to view Friday’s schedule


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

Metropolitan West Foyer


9:00am – 10:30am     Career Services and Job Search Strategies for Law Students

Empire Ballroom West

A panel of legal practitioners with experience working in government, non-profit, small and large firms guided by a career services professional will discuss the tools, considerations and critical aspects to find, research and evaluate gay-friendly employers.

Speakers: Jennifer Dekker (moderator), Josefina Colomar, Britta Gilmore, Jim Leipold, Brian Seaman


9:00am – 12:30pm       Employment Law Institute (Accepted applicants only)

Liberty 5

The Employment Law Institute is an exclusive educational program designed to appeal to those working in employment law. Speakers and participants will discuss developments for attorneys who represent employees and employers in human resources disputes, including a discussion of rulings affecting the LGBT community.

Coordinators: Laura Maechtlen, Carmelyn Malalis


9:00am – 12:30pm       Finance Institute (Accepted applicants only)

Conference Room B

The Finance Institute is an exclusive educational program designed to appeal to those working in finance. It provides a forum for experienced practitioners to share knowledge, network and sharpen their legal acumen.

Coordinators: Brian Breheny, John Owen


9:00am – 5:00pm      Transgender Law Institute (Accepted applicants only)

New York Ballroom East

The Transgender Law Institute will host experienced practitioners and academics focusing on legal issues affecting the transgender community. Participants will share knowledge and experience and discuss issues at the forefront of the transgender rights movement.


9:00am – 5:00pm      Family Law Institute (Accepted applicants only)

Conference Rooms D, K & L

The Family Law Institute allows experienced LGBT family law practitioners to share collective wisdom and to discuss cutting-edge legal strategies for representing members of the LGBT community on such matters as family creation, assisted reproductive technology, ethics, interstate and international parentage issues, estate planning, collaborative law, transgender issues, dissolution of relationships, and elder law.


10:00am – 6:00pm     Career Fair

Metropolitan Ballroom


10:30am – 12:00pm     Diverse Rainmakers Program

Conference Room J

LGBT lawyers face unique challenges in addition to the normal feats of becoming a rainmaker. Overcome those challenges by learning the essential skills for becoming a rainmaking partner that is based on who you are. No more hiding. It’s time to thrive! A certified career coach will explain Esquire Coaching’s Diverse Rainmaker Program, an intense training program that teaches professionals how to maximize their leadership potential and use their diversity as an asset.

Speaker: Ann Jenrette-Thomas


10:30am – 12:00pm     LGBT Pro Bono:  Effective Partnerships between Law Firms and LGBT Non-Profits

Conference Room E

The LGBT community has a substantial need for pro bono legal services, and lawyers around the country are working to meet those needs.  This workshop will focus on examples of how organizations and private firms can leverage their respective strengths to effectively work together to provide services to the community.  Presenters will share helpful advice on tackling a wide range of issues and the lessons they have learned along the way.  Come and find out how your nonprofit organization, firm or solo practice can develop these important working relationships.

Speaker: Garrard Beeney, David Castleman, Aaron Morris, Rose Saxe


10:30am – 4:00pm     Law Student Career Counseling

Riverside Ballroom

This program is designed to provide students with a safe, confidential space where they can meet on-site legal career services professionals to ask questions about job search skills, being out on your resume, in interviews and in the workplace, and other related issues.


10:45am – 12:15pm     Finding and Defining the Right Legal Career for You

Conference Room C

Recognizing today’s legal career trajectory is like a river with forks and turns, this panel’s objective is to guide attorneys through the whitewater and help them meet their career goals. We will address the considerations that go into making career choices, whether in public service, government, corporate in-house, or firm partnership.  We will provide pointers for new attorneys or seasoned veterans seeking a career change. We will suggest formulating plans that concretely lay out the steps for finding career satisfaction.  Finally, we will discuss how to use your LGBT status to your best advantage regardless of your legal career goals.

Speakers: James D. Moore (Moderator), Timothy M. Clark, Sarah Goldfrank, Sara Schnorr, Anthony Varona, Marc Fliedner


12:00pm – 1:30pm     Sponsor and Student Lunch

Empire Ballroom


1:00pm – 4:30pm     Career Coaching for Young Lawyers

Conference Room I

Certified career coaches will meet one-on-one with young lawyers to help them maximize their leadership potential and learn how to use their diversity as an asset. Career coaching sessions will use principles discussed in Esquire Coaching’s Diverse Rainmakers program. View the participating Career Coaches here and sign up for individual sessions.

All career coaches provided by Esquire Coaching

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1:00pm – 2:30pm     What Law School Doesn’t Teach You 101

Conference Room C

Everyone has heard the phrase “law school doesn’t teach you how to be a lawyer,” yet no one ever seems to tell law students what they need to know about being a lawyer. This year Lavender Law is going to be the place the reveals the secret! This panel will focus on helping law students understand project management, time management and prioritization, working with supervisors, supervising staff, networking, business development and life after the law firm. Additionally, we will have an engaging conversation addressing issues of life-work balance, managing that difficult partner, and finding a good mentor. Don’t miss out on the one class where we’ll teach everything!

Speakers: Jamila Frone, Michael Lundberg, Ken Sanchez, Karl Riehl, Skip Horne, Sam Felker, Bob Major, Kate Fitzgerald


2:00pm – 5:30pm       Intellectual Property Institute (Accepted applicants only)

Conference Room J

The IP Institute is an exclusive educational program designed to appeal to those with professional experience in the intellectual property field. Speakers will present on cutting-edge trademark, patent, and Internet-related matters, with a focus on overall IP portfolio management. Specific issues addressed will include how to build and protect the significant business value of patents and trademarks; the growing importance of the Internet in IP protection, including considerations relating to social media, domain name portfolios, and the new generic top-level domain (gTLD) program; and how to work effectively with internal business and marketing teams to optimize use of these resources. The Institute will culminate in a roundtable discussion on maintaining a robust and cohesive IP portfolio, in which all attendees will be welcome to participate.

Coordinator: Brian Winterfeldt


2:00pm – 5:30pm       Insurance Institute (Accepted applicants only)

Conference Room F

The Insurance Institute is an exclusive educational program designed to appeal to those with experience in insurance law. It provides a forum for experienced practitioners to share knowledge, network and sharpen their legal acumen.

Coordinator: Bernadette Harrigan


2:00pm – 3:30pm     Hanging Out Your Own Shingle

Conference Room E

Attorneys share how they started their solo practices or small firms fresh out of law school or later in their careers and the benefits and challenges of being a solo practitioner.  Information will also be provided on developing your professional identity, starting and managing your physical/virtual office, the ins and outs of retainer agreements, best practices with respect to billing, and other topics.  This workshop is open to both law students and experienced practitioners now looking to go their own way.

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Speakers: Michael Bond, Brian Esser, Gregory Matalon


2:45pm – 4:15pm     Lawyering en Español

Conference Room C

Latinos have become the largest minority population in the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that by the year 2050, nearly one-quarter of the U.S. population will be of Latino origin. Already, Spanish is the second most widely spoken language in the United States. The legal profession is beginning to acknowledge this dramatic demographic shift. This workshop will address “best practices” for serving the legal and policy needs of Latino and Spanish-speaking clients. It will explain how effective legal representation of Latino and Spanish-speaking clients requires a particular set of legal, cultural, and language skills. This workshop will be conducted in both English and Spanish.

Speakers: Ivan Espinoza-Madrigal, Richard Saenz, Daniel Torres


4:00pm – 5:00pm      Affiliates Reception (Invited representatives from regional and state affiliated bar associations only)

Link at Sheraton Cafe


4:00pm – 5:00pm      Law Firm Diversity Staff and Law School Career Services Networking Reception (By invitation only)

Conference Room E


4:00pm – 6:00pm      Corporate Counsel Reception (By invitation only)

Lenox Ballroom


5:00pm – 6:00pm      VIP Reception (By invitation only)

Lenox Ballroom


4:00pm – 5:30pm       Law Student Congress Meeting

Liberty 5


4:30pm – 6:00pm      Champagne & Connections: A Kickoff and Networking Event

Metropolitan Ballroom


6:00pm – 8:00pm      Welcome Reception

Empire Ballroom


8:00pm – 10:00pm      LGBT Legal Services Happy Hour

Yotel roof-deck, 10th Avenue at  42nd Street

Enjoy an informal get together with LGBT public interest attorneys from around the country!  This event is co-hosted by Legal Services NYC, The National Center for Lesbian Rights, and LeGaL – the LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York.



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