Following the landmark Supreme Court decision to repeal Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and effectively eliminate Proposition 8 in California, the legal landscape for LGBT families is changing rapidly. The National LGBT Bar Association’s 25th Anniversary Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair, held August 22-24, 2013 in San Francisco, California, will address the lasting impact these new regulations will have on the LGBT community, as well as many other diverse issues ranging from transgender rights to intellectual property.
Lavender Law is the LGBT Bar’s largest event of the year, drawing 1,600 legal professionals including law firm practitioners, corporate counsel, academics, members of the judiciary and law students. The Conference features over 40 workshops and general attendance sessions.
“The Supreme Court ruling could not have come at a better time as we prepare for this year’s conference,” said D’Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director of the LGBT Bar. “Our country is now focused on the rights of LGBT people in a way that we have never seen. Our expert speakers will delve into the many ways this watershed decision will impact LGBT families across the country. there is no better place to be than Lavender Law as we look to build on this historic ruling.”
The theme of the 25th Anniversary Lavender Law is celebrating past victories while looking ahead to what must still be achieved. The Supreme Court’s ruling on DOMA and Proposition 8 aligns perfectly as cutting edge workshops on topics such as employment benefits, immigration law, and tax and estate planning will analyze the changing legal sphere following the decisions and how legal professionals and activists can build on this momentum for even greater successes in the coming years.
Two general attendance sessions will discuss ways in which federal recognition impacts the LGBT community in addition to marriage. The session on developments in relationship recognition will discuss the progress that has been made given repeal of Section 3 of the Defense of Marriage Act and the challenges that still exist for marriages to be recognized across the country. Additionally, in honor of the 25th anniversary, another general attendance session will look forward to what is still to come in the next 25 years. Speakers will analyze topics such as equality for transgender individuals, the intersex community and the tensions between religious exemptions and the LGBT community.
The 25th Anniversary Lavender Law Conference will analyze new opportunities for LGBT families and individuals following the Supreme Court decision. These changing regulations will impact not just individuals but the legal practitioners who represent them. Workshops on a variety of issues with speakers from corporate legal departments, non-profit organizations, academic institutions and the judiciary help the LGBT community take full advantage of the new regulations and opportunities following the repeal of Section 3 of DOMA and Proposition 8.
The National LGBT Bar Association is a national association of lawyers, judges and other legal professionals, law students, activists, and affiliated lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender legal organizations. The association promotes justice in and through the legal profession for the LGBT community in all its diversity.