Bar Talk

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
  • Liz Youngblood
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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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11Jun2014

Lavender Law Success Stories: Career Fair

Carrie Tongarm did not decide to attend law school until her son was born in 2008. After going through the second-parent adoption process with her partner and their lawyer, Carrie realized how difficult the process could have been without their lawyer. She realized that “I wanted to help people in that way; I wanted to be a resource for those who needed navigation through complex legal terrain.”

Carrie enrolled at the University of Pittsburgh in the fall of 2010 to…

  • 11 Jun, 2014
  • Liz Youngblood
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30May2014

Lavender Law Success Stories: Speed Networking

When Michelle Waites, Senior Patent Counsel for the Xerox Corporation, first attended Lavender Law in 2011, she did not know what to expect. It was the first conference she had attended exclusively for LGBT legal professionals and she had not been previously involved with the LGBT Bar.

Michelle: “I had never been to a conference where you would meet people from law firms you might work with….

  • 30 May, 2014
  • Liz Youngblood
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05May2014

LGBT Bar Mourns Passing of David Rosenblum

The National LGBT Bar Association’s executive director, D’Arcy Kemnitz, issued the following statement regarding the passing of Philadelphia attorney David Rosenblum, a Bar member who was a co-founder of the organization’s LGBT career fair, and a past co-chair of the Lavender Law Conference:

“David was an incredible advocate for our community, a staunch supporter of The LGBT Bar, and a great friend. His upbeat nature impacted everyone he met. His leadership in co-founding our career fair also led to countless…

  • 5 May, 2014
  • D'Arcy Kemnitz
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09Apr2014

Making a Taxing Time Easier

As April 15 approaches, my family will be celebrating the unbelievable: paying more taxes. Many straight couples file their taxes under the burden of the “Marriage Penalty” and now same-sex couples — like myself and my wife — find ourselves in the same boat. We will be paying more taxes, and enjoying the resulting equality, with pride.

Last June’s Supreme Court decision declaring Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) unconstitutional will bring some estimated $400,000 in taxes…

  • 9 Apr, 2014
  • D'Arcy Kemnitz
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04Mar2014

Southern Gay Lawyers Need You

In the South, we speak slowly and always say please and thank you. Our cities are filled with folks who claim that they “have never met a stranger” – a point of pride adhering to the South’s standards of hospitality. Stemming from our strong sense of hospitality comes topics that are too taboo to discuss in the presence of polite company – or anywhere really. One of those topics is sexuality and, even more so, non-heterosexuality. The aversion to…

  • 4 Mar, 2014
  • nshalosky
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21Jan2014

Welcome to Your New Bar

Welcome to The LGBT Bar’s new home on the web!

As The Bar kicks off our 26th year, we’ve redesigned our site to highlight the incredible work our members do every day. Our new brand underscores our commitment to showcasing the achievements of our members; creating new opportunities for LGBT legal professionals to connect and collaborate; and to provide the best professional development for the LGBT legal community.

In the coming days and weeks, we will be adding new content, features…

  • 21 Jan, 2014
  • D'Arcy Kemnitz
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20Jan2014

Meet Us in Manhattan

The National LGBT Bar Association has already begun gearing up for the 2014 Lavender Law® Conference, Career Fair & LGBT Legal Expo and we are excited to share plans for our best conference yet! Fresh off of our 25th Anniversary Lavender Law, we are focused on looking ahead to the next 25 years and building on the incredible success already achieved by the LGBT community.

This year’s event…

  • 20 Jan, 2014
  • Kelly Simon
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