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Tiffany Williams

Law Students looking for summer positions must juggle numerous factors, such as which kind of culture, specialization, and location is right for them. Tiffany Williams, a current associate at Venable LLP, recalls that when she was a rising 2L at Cornell Law School, all she wanted was to find a competitive legal position where she […]

Nevada Just Banned Gay and Trans ‘Panic’ Defenses – Which state will be next?

This month, Nevada became the fourth state to ban gay and trans ‘panic’ defenses in the United States. That is a significant victory in the ongoing fight for full LGBTQ+ legal equality – and yet many Americans still do not know what a gay or trans ‘panic’ defense is, much less how effective, pervasive, and […]

Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta

Knowing that he is an attorney with nearly a decade of legal experience, it may come as a surprise that Cameron Cloar-Zavaleta is as comfortable in the cockpit as he is in the courtroom. Cameron worked as a pilot for Mesa Air Group in Phoenix, Arizona before embarking on his legal career. In fact, it […]

How can legal professionals support transgender prisoners? Whit Washington has an answer.

According to the National Center for Transgender Equality, trans Americans are more than twice as likely to be incarcerated than their cisgender peers due in large part to harassment, profiling, and abuse by law enforcement professionals. Incarcerated transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) individuals face unique challenges within the prison system, from a lack of gender-affirming […]

Danielle Healey

Danielle Healey, a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the LGBT Bar’s Justice Council, who has been practicing law for over 30 years, is a Senior Principal at Fish & Richardson P.C. She specializes in mediation, patent and IP licensing and litigation and is also an arbitrator. She was recently named one of […]

Toby Adams

Toby Adams is a member of the National LGBT Bar Association and the founder and Executive Director of Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project (IGRP). She also has a solo practice where she provides alternative-family legal needs to people in the LGBTQ+, poly, and disability communities. In 2009, Toby attended her first Lavender Law® Conference and […]

Daniel Franklin

This past October, Daniel Franklin, a New York-based lawyer focusing on labor and employment at O’Melveny & Myers LLP, rounded out his tenth year as counsel and leader of the New York/DC LGBTQ employee network at the firm. Daniel has cultivated a dynamic practice in the last decade, and his connection to the National LGBT […]

How Bisexuality Helps Secure Sex Discrimination Protections

You may have heard the phrase, “if you’re queer, you can get married one day and fired from your job the next.”  It’s a catchy talking point, but it’s actually not true. It is not the case that, in the United States, LGBT people can legally get married one day and fired the next.  Why not?  Not just because many […]

Norma Barnes-Euresti

The opportunity to make a difference in a positive way is the best thing about a career in law for Norma Barnes-Euresti, a current board member of the LGBT Bar Foundation. “I see work as a ‘calling’ and not just a job,” she says. “We must always ask ourselves, how can I best serve?” This […]

What Polyamorous & Multi-Parent Families Should Do to Protect their Rights

We hope you enjoy this latest installment of the LGBT Family Law Institute’s Blog. This piece is written by Diana Adams (pictured above). In early 2019, Diana Adams will be launching a new legal nonprofit to serve polyamorous families, multi-parent families, LGBTQ families, and other families of choice. To receive a notice about the launch of this project […]