February – March 2012
The National LGBT Bar Association is proud to honor legal professionals who advance LGBT equality through words and actions to create more secure and welcoming workplaces. We invite you to join us as we honor our outstanding corporate counsel and straight allies for their efforts to recognize and expand LGBT legal diversity in the profession. Please join us as we honor:
John Myung, Chief Legal Office, International Insurance, and the Legal Department of Prudential Financial.
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BALIF’s February 16th Happy Hour is going to be in the East Bay! Please join BALIF at MUA Bar & Restaurant in Oakland. It is just a few blocks from the 19th Street Oakland Bart Station. Take a little field trip if you live in the city, or head to Mua on the way home from work if you are from the East Bay. New faces and a new atmosphere await.
What: Great networking, free appetizers, and good company!
When: Thursday, February 16 from 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Mua Bar & Restaurant, 2442 Webster St., Oakland CA
For more information, please contact BALIF Social Chair Lilah Sutphen at: email@example.com
When: Thursday, February 16, 2012 6:30-8:30pm
Where: Cobalt 1639 R Street, NW Washington, DC 20009 Nearest Metro Station: Dupont Circle (Red Line, Exit Q Street)
Please join us for our annual membership appreciation party! There will be an open bar for members, who will receive a wristband upon arrival. Look for GAYLAW signs and a roped off area downstairs. Don’t forget to renew in advance of the event. With the help of its members, GAYLAW is able to sponsor the DC Bar Candidates Forum; organize continuing legal education programs; coordinate a mentor-mentee program; host monthly networking events; run an attorney referral program; and help its affiliate, the GAYLAW Education Fund, provide grants to students working at legal jobs supporting the LGBT community in and around Washington, DC.
Don’t forget to renew in advance of the event. With the help of its members, GAYLAW is able to sponsor the DC Bar Candidates Forum; organize continuing legal education programs; coordinate a mentor-mentee program; host monthly networking events; run an attorney referral program; and help its affiliate, the GAYLAW Education Fund, provide grants to students working at legal jobs supporting the LGBT community in and around Washington, DC.
Consumer Bankruptcy Practice
- Wednesday, February 22, 5:30-7:00pm
- Presented by Martha Simon, Esq., Law Offices of Martha J. Simon, and Patrick McMahon, Esq., Attorney at Law
- Bar Association of San Francisco , 301 Battery Street , 3rd Floor, Board Room, San Francisco , CA 94111
- 1.5 General CLE Credits
- Overview: Learn the basics of bankruptcy practice from experienced bankruptcy attorneys. Discussion will focus on representation of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 individual consumers with a bit of business and creditor tips thrown in.
Come join us for a fun and informal evening – with delicious wine and appetizers at an intimate and cozy space – where BALIF’s mentors and mentees can get together and discuss achieving their goals for 2012, network, and channel good thoughts toward springing Spring! You don’t need to be a mentor or mentee to attend. Come find out more about BALIF, how mentoring works, and how it can work for you! Brought to you by the Young Lawyers and Student Committee.
Join Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders and the Mass LGBTQ Bar on Wednesday, February 22 from 6-8:30pm at Milky Way/Bella Luna (284 Amory St, Jamaica Plain, MA) for our next GLADHour, a happy hour for fans of equal justice for all! Enjoy great food and drinks in a relaxed and fun atmosphere while networking with fellow supporters of LGBTQ equality.
GLADHours are hosted 3 times a year in conjunction with the Mass LGBTQ Bar.
This time, learn more about GLAD’s transgender advocacy from Jennifer L. Levi, director of GLAD’s Transgender Rights Project and one of our nation’s leading experts on transgender legal issues.
Transgender people face the most basic and blatant discrimination every day – from being denied access to employment, housing, or healthcare, to being physically attacked because of the way they look or dress. Through the Transgender Rights Project, GLAD puts our litigation, legislative, and educational assets to work in a focused way to establish clear legal protections for the transgender community. Come celebrate our community’s victory in getting a transgender civil rights law passed and learn more about next steps on this social justice journey.
We look forward to having a great time at Amsterdam Atlanta meeting some of our newest members. Stonewall Bar will provide drink tickets and food and, of course, lots of fabulous fellowship! We will have a presentation by CHRIS Kids to discuss community service opportunities for our members.
The Lesbian and Gay Lawyers Association of Los Angeles presents the LGLA 33rd Annual Awards Dinner Gala “A Time for Us” Saturday February 25, 2012, 6:30 p.m. at the JW Marriott Los Angeles Hotel at LA Live, 900 West Olympic Blvd. in downtown Los Angeles. Taking its name from the stirring lyrics to Stephen Sondheim’s “Somewhere” from West Side Story, the theme of the LGLA 2012 Gala Dinner “A Time For Us” was selected as a way to celebrate the triumphs that have resulted from our community’s determination and hard work on equality issues ranging from the nation-wide anti-bullying campaign to the ongoing battle for marriage equality. A Time For Us also acknowledges the legislative and judicial disappointments that we’ve endured and refocuses our attention and those of our supporters toward our collective goal of Equality, for every U.S. citizen no matter their race, color, religion, national origin or sexual orientation.
LGLA will present its highest honors to two highly deserving individuals and their respective organizations that celebrate life, perpetuate equality and provide hope and guidance to LGBT youth across the country. The first honoree is a local lawyer and activist who identified an unmet need in the community and decided to be the one to meet it. The second is a mother who turned her grief into a national movement to identify hate crimes and end violence. Both will be honored for being tireless advocates for equality and for their dedication to saving lives.
The MLGBTQ Bar Association will be holding a fireside chat with law students at the UMass School of Law – Dartmouth on Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 6:00 PM in the Francis J. Larkin Courtrooml. Please join members of the MLGBTQ Bar Association Board of Directors for a discussion on LGBTQ issues. For more information, please contact Mario Nimock at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Career Fair is a one-of-a-kind event targeted specifically to first-year LGBT law students, and provides an opportunity to meet informally with lawyers and recruiters from many of the area’s major legal employers and to learn about employment opportunities in preparation for the fall 2012 recruiting season.
To view a list of recent employer participants, visit here.
- Hear insiders’ tips on succeeding in your job search & on being out in the job search process and in the workplace at the pre-fair panel discussion.
- Speak with Career Coach/Entertainment Lawyer Jim Arnoff about career-related questions and learn how to get the most out of the fair.
- Bring your resume to be included in a resume book provided to participating employers.
Panel Discussion: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
Speak to Employers: 6:30 – 8:00 pm
Save the Date for BALIF’s 2012 Annual Gala!
March 9, 2011 at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
On Friday, March 9, 2012, BALIF will return to the SF MOMA for the annual Gala! Last year’s party was a huge hit, as BALIF members mixed, mingled, ate and drank the night away against the classiest backdrop in San Francisco . Get your individual tickets at www.balif.org, or make sure that your firm or organization is a BALIF sponsor (and therefore getting complimentary Gala tickets!). Firms and individuals are already starting to sponsor, so make sure that your firm gets their sponsorship in as soon as possible to enjoy the kudos of sponsorship as early as possible!
Co-hosts Senator Dibble and Dick Senese invite you to join them for refreshments and conversation while you learn more about local efforts to support youth homelessness. For more information, visit www.avenuesforyouth.org.
Sat, March 10, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Reception Immediately following at King and Spalding LLP
The Stonewall Bar Association of Georgia will proudly co-sponsor this event with the King & Spalding LGBT Affinity Group. We will hear presentations from Brian Basinger on an “Overview of Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Union Laws” and Robert Lewis will be presenting “Why ‘Marriage’ Matters: Ten Financial and Legal Consequences of Marriage Inequality.” This event will be free for Stonewall Bar Association members. Attorney participants can receive 2 hours of CLE credit.
A networking reception will follow from 6pm to 7pm, with drinks and hors d’oeuvres.
To RSVP, please email Brian Basinger at email@example.com, by Friday, March 9th and make sure to provide your full name and Georgia Bar Number if you are seeking CLE credit.
Brian Basinger will present an “Overview of Same-Sex Marriage and Civil Union Laws” and Robert Lewis will discuss “Why ‘Marriage’ Matters: Ten Financial and Legal Consequences of Marriage Inequality.” This CLE is free for Stonewall members.
The Transgender Law Center invites you to meet its new Legal Director, Ilona Turner. Opening remarks and an introduction will be given by Kelly Dermody, President of the Bar Association of San Francisco, and closing comments will be made by Masen Davis, Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center. Come meet Ilona and learn how the Transgender Law Center’s groundbreaking work is making authentic lives possible. Light refreshments will be served.
When: March 13, 2012, from 5:30 to 7:30pm
Where: Nixon Peabody LLP, One Embarcadero Center, 18th Floor, San Francisco, CA
RSVP online or call Paige at (415) 865-0176, ext. 307.
From time to time, LGLA invites luminaries to speak and hold dialogues with LGLA members. In addition to providing such first-hand personal interactions with the prominent speakers, the Speakers’ Series also serves to heighten LGLA’s visibility and standing in the minds of leaders in various arenas.
To that end, your participation is highly encouraged. Come with your questions and an open mind!
To maintain the intimate quality of the gathering, space is very limited. To reserve, please email: LGLACoPresidents@gmail.com with your name(s) under subject line “Speakers’ Series” Plus the date(s) to be reserved.
On March 13th 2012, the speaker will be the Hon. Jan Perry, an L.A. City Council Member (& an L.A. Mayoral Candidate).
Wednesday March 14, 2012
Tuesday, March 17, 2012
Punchline Comedy Club ( 444 Battery Street , SF)
6:00 – 9:00 pm
A laugh-out-loud event just for the fabulous femme fatale of BALIF (and their male cohorts of course). We’ve got the Punchline Comedy Club all to ourselves. Featuring a trio of lesbian and transgender comedians, a welcome reception, and a Q&A session with the comedians. More information on its way…
March 20, 2012
Early registration deadline: March 16th @ 5:00 p.m.
Blackburn Conference Center
Pre-Panel Reception from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Panel Discussion from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Atlanta’s John Marshall Law School, OutLaw, Allies, and I.C.L.E. are proud to co-host the CLE program, “Sex Discrimination after Glenn v. Brumby”. This program will focus on the recently decided employment discrimination case, Glenn v. Brumby, where the 11th Circuit held that discrimination against a transgender individual because of gender non-conformity qualifies as sex discrimination. You will hear from the plaintiff, Vandy Beth Glenn, and her attorneys, Greg Nevins, Supervising Senior Staff Attorney of the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal, Cole Thaler, National Transgender Staff Attorney for Lambda Legal, and supervising attorney for the Georgia Legal Services Program.
This program is sponsored by Lambda Legal, King & Spalding, the Stonewall Bar Association, and the law firm of M. Denise Dotson, LLC. The program will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on March 20, 2012 at the Blackburn Conference Center. There will be a pre-panel networking reception at 6 p.m. Attorneys who attend will receive two CLE credits. The cost for early registration is $50 for attorneys, and the cost of onsite registration is $65 for attorneys. This event is free for students and non-attorneys. The early registration deadline is 5 p.m. on March 16, 2012.
Visit the event page here: http://www.johnmarshall.edu/calendars/EventDetail03.php?r=161 If you are interested in accessing the downloadable registration form, please click here. If you are interested in downloading a copy of the program flyer, please click here. Online registration is available. You can fax your completed registration form to, “Attn: The Office of Student Services”, at (404)873-3802.
LGBT Rights & the Civil Rights
Division of the U.S. Dept. of Justice
Monday, March 26
6:30 – 8:30 pm
Diana K. Flynn
1979 graduate of Yale Law School and Chief of the Appellate Section of the United States
Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division since 1986
Attorney in the Appellate Section of the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Rights
Division since 2010 and Co-Chair of the Civil Rights Divisionʼs LGBT Working Group;
previously Staff Attorney with the ACLU’s LGBT & AIDS Project
Please join us for a discussion with two attorneys from the Appellate Section of the Civil Rights Division of
the United States Department of Justice. Diana Flynn will offer some reflections on her 25 years as the
Chief of the Appellate Section, and on the rewards and challenges of working for civil rights as a career
government attorney. Sharon McGowan, who joined the Civil Rights Division in 2010, will share her
perspectives on transitioning from the ACLU to the Department of Justice, and will also speak about her
work on Schroer v. Billington, a successful Title VII sex discrimination lawsuit on behalf of a transgender
woman that Ms. McGowan litigated prior to joining DOJ. Finally, Ms. Flynn and Ms. McGowan will also
discuss the Civil Rights Divisionʼs efforts to build on cases like Schroer and the Attorney Generalʼs
February 2011 announcement regarding sexual orientation and heightened scrutiny to advance the civil
rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.