Every year, the sharpest legal minds in the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community gather at the National LGBT Bar Association's annual Lavender Law conference and career fair.
It's happening tomorrow through Saturday in Miami Beach. Miami in August? What were you thinking, National LGBT Bar Association? The weather's going to be in the 90s, and humid. I've got my bathing suit. I think I'll be leading some seminars over at the pool.
Hundreds of practicing attorneys, dozens of scholars, over 500 students and many leading members of the judiciary are expected to attend over the course of this year's events.
And Thursday is the Transgender Law Institute, an all-day workshop on trans legal issues for practitioners and academics in the field. We've been planning it over the last six months or so, and I'm really looking forward to it.
There's several other fascinating items about the conference after the jump.
The highlights of the conference on Thursday are the Career Fair (great for law students looking for a job), the Transgender Law Institute (here's the agenda and a list of resources available for download; we've got 75 people coming!), the Family Law Institute, the Intellectual Property Symposium, and the Corporate Counsel meeting (I know a lot of attorneys who would love this 9-5 gig).
That night, Jon Davidson, the Legal Director for Lambda Legal, is getting the Dan Bradley Award. There will also be recognition of the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.
There's some cool plenaries, including "Real Change: LGBT Issues and the Administration," "Relationship Recognition: Ends, Means, and the Path Ahead," and "Straight Allies Speak Out: Will Diversity in the Profession be the Biggest Casualty of the Recession?"
Here's a list of all the workshops. I'm thinking of going to "Putting T Issues Front & Center," "Practicing Employment Law & Winning For Your Clients: Perspectives from Both Sides of the Table," "Transgender Mentorship Panel: Building Future Leaders," and "LGBT Youth in Foster Care and Juvenile Justice."
There's also the Michael Greenberg Student Writing Competition Awards, won this year by Tina Sohaili, University of Southern California Gould School of Law, who wrote "Securing Safe Schools: Using Title IX Liability to Address Peer Harassment of Transgender Students." Two runners-up also wrote some interesting papers. Maureen Brocco, University of Maryland School of Law, wrote "Familiar Stories: An International Suggestion for LGB Family Military Benefits After the Repeal of 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and Alison Davidian, Harvard Law School, wrote "Beyond the Locker Room: Changing Narratives on Early Surgery for Intersex Children."
The Student Leadership Award this year is given to C. Hays Burchfield, a recent grad of the University of Mississippi Law School. Burchfield worked aggressively to create an OUTlaw group at Ole Miss. He also assisted the ACLU of Mississippi with legal research surrounding Constance McMillen's right to attend prom with her girlfriend, Ceara Sturgis' desire to wear a tuxedo in her yearbook senior picture, and the right of Juin Baizea (a transgender student) to attend public high school wearing "traditionally female attire." The runner-up, Danielle Hawkes, is a recent graduate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law. She co-founded a LGBT legal clinic in Salt Lake City (!)
The rest of the time, you can find me at the pool.
The full agenda can be found here.