Bar Talk

09Nov2016

Reactions to the 2016 Election

As our community moves forward from last night’s election results, we wanted to share the thoughts of some of our members:

“Since 1992, when I opened my law practice, I have dedicated my efforts to the creation of LGBTQ legal rights and protection of LGBTQ families. Then, I was the only attorney in Douglas County, Kansas, openly working on those issues. Great advances have been made and others have joined the battle. But with the election of a firmly dedicated…

  • 9 Nov, 2016
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21Oct2016

A Lavender Law Success Story!

Alicia Morales always knew that law school was on the horizon for her. She majored in Political Science and Mexican American studies while at school in Arizona, but the passage of such bills as SB 1070, the ‘Papers Please’ law that promoted harmful and discriminatory practices, spurred Alicia’s passion for law and advocacy.  After graduating, Alicia moved to Baltimore, where she resides with her partner, and began the evening program at the University of Baltimore School of Law while…

  • 21 Oct, 2016
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30Aug2016

Transgender Law Institute a Major Success!

At this year’s annual Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair, we were thrilled to kick off our reimagined Transgender Law Institute (TLI). This year’s TLI was our biggest and most successful yet and the LGBT Bar was pleased to welcome the best and brightest from the transgender community and trans* law. Stretching over eight hours, institute leaders Shannon Minter, legal director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), Jennifer Levi, transgender rights project director of the GLBTQ Legal…

  • 30 Aug, 2016
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01Sep2015

Groundbreaking Legal Work

The LGBT Bar’s membership is impressive in its diversity in areas of practice. One section of our membership, in particular, that regularly helps to shape the legal landscape of the United States is the Family Law Institute (FLI). Earlier this summer, FLI member Michele Zavos (Zavos Juncker Law Group, PLLC) did just that.

Michele obtained a Judgment of Parentage in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia for three people parenting a child together.  Two women, who are married, engaged…

  • 1 Sep, 2015
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30Jan2015

Victory for Transgender Veterans

In 2012, during a panel on transgender military issues convened by my organization, The LGBT Bar, HuffingtonPost reporter Jennifer Bendery asked the legal experts we had convened for the day a simple, but important, question: If they could make one change for transgender veterans, what would it be?

The answer was clear.

“Bridget Wilson, an attorney who has represented transgender people in military and civil matters for 20 years, said if there’s one thing she sees over and over again with…

  • 30 Jan, 2015
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10Dec2014

Strength in Numbers

By any measure or count, 2014 has been a banner year for The LGBT Bar and our members. This year, we expanded our programs, our member benefits and our profile within the profession. As our community makes significant strides toward full equality, The Bar is keeping pace with cutting edge educational events, networking opportunities and winning advocacy campaigns.

Help us celebrate our success by making a tax-deductible, year-end gift to The Bar.

Your donation will be used to fund groundbreaking…

  • 10 Dec, 2014
  • Liz Youngblood
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04Dec2014

An Incredible Win

Earlier this week, our friends at the ACLU of New Jersey announced a historic victory: For the first time, the federal government has agreed to update critical military paperwork for transgender veterans that reflects their true gender identity.

As we told the New Jersey Law Journal, “This is the first time we’ve ever had anything clearly written out that says those who serve should have their identity documents reflect who they really are. It’s written incredibly compassionately and with understanding of…

  • 4 Dec, 2014
  • Liz Youngblood
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27Nov2014

With Thanks

Giving Thanks & Building the Future

As our members and supporters around the United States begin their Thanksgiving celebrations, all of us at The LGBT Bar want to send our sincerest thanks for your help in making 2014 our most successful year ever.

With your help, we raised the bar on our programs and member benefits this year to better meet the needs of our profession, and our community. Now, more than ever, our work to mobilize legal professionals in support…

  • 27 Nov, 2014
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11Sep2014

New Hampshire’s Revised Surrogacy Law Eliminates Discrimination Against LGBTQ Community

As the co-author of the bill that revamped New Hampshire’s surrogacy law, I am thrilled to let you know that my state’s statutes no longer contain discriminatory provisions that made surrogacy inaccessible for many people, including gay couples. The revised law permits gestational surrogacy arrangements for all intended parents, with no discrimination based upon marital status or sexual orientation. Furthermore, the law specifically allows surrogacy using donated eggs (as well as donated sperm and donated embryos). The law no…

  • 11 Sep, 2014
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03Sep2014

Family Law in DC

Our firm was recently successful in the District of Columbia in obtaining a three parent Permanent Custodial Order, based on the District’s de facto parentage law. The Court found that there was clear and convincing evidence of one parent’s de facto parentage status, pursuant to D.C. Code Section 16-831.01(1)(B).

The factors the Court considered were that the de facto parent:

(i) had lived with the child in the same household for at least 10 of the 12 months immediately…

  • 3 Sep, 2014
  • Liz Youngblood
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