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Category: Prima Facie

Disability Justice in Law School and Beyond

Dru Levasseur, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, is joined by Professor Christopher Czerwonka at the Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University. They discuss:  – Challenges faced by law students and lawyers with physical disabilities – Mentorship in the legal profession – Self-advocacy and how to be an ally for others – […]

Health and Wellness for Law Students

Featuring: Dru Levasseur, Deputy Program Officer; Taylor Carter-DiSanto, Syracuse University College of Law Class of 2024 Graduate and National LGBT Bar Fellow; Jeena Cho, Lawyer, Author, and Mindfulness Instructor, JC Law Group, PC; and Samantha Tenner, University of Wyoming College of Law 2L student; National LGBT Bar Law Student Congress Board Member; and LCSW, MFTC, […]

The Impact of the Coronavirus on Law Students

In the LGBT Bar’s first podcast and webinar, our Deputy Program Officer and lead for Lavender Law 365 LGBTQ+ inclusion consulting and coaching program Dru Levasseur interviews LSAC’s President and CEO, Kellye Testy, about what law students might want to know at this moment in the COVID-19 crisis, including: Where to go to get updates on developments Tips for […]

D.C. Councilmembers Introduce Legislation Banning LGBTQ+ “Panic” Defense Strategies

Washington D.C. Councilmembers David Grosso and Chairman Phil Mendelson have introduced two separate bills—the “Tony Hunter and Bella Evangelista Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2019” and “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Panic Defense Prohibition Act of 2019,” respectively.  The legislation would prohibit legal defenses that “seek to partially or completely excuse crimes such as murder […]

“Wedlocked:” Using Mediation for Same-Sex Divorce

By Hon. Cynthia D. Wright, Senior Judge Hon. Cynthia D. Wright, Senior Judge, is a case manager at JAMS. Judge Wright served for two decades on the bench in Fulton County Superior and State courts, including two successful terms as chief judge. Judge Wright heard thousands of civil cases involving civil rights, education, employment, business, […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]