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2012 Transgender Law Institute

June 5, 2012

Re: 2012 Transgender Law Institute

The annual Transgender Law Institute at the National LGBT Bar Association will be held this year on Thursday, August 23, 2012, immediately prior to the Association’s annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair. The theme of this year’s Institute is TransMarriage, Parenting and Youth.


The Transgender Law Institute and the Lavender Law Conference are being held at the Washington Hilton Hotel, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20009.


We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is Diana K. Flynn, Chief of the Appellate Section of the United States Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division since October 1986. In this capacity, she is responsible for the direction and management of the Division's litigation program in the United States Courts of Appeals and, under supervision of the Solicitor General, in the Supreme Court. Prior to her appointment as Appellate Chief, Ms. Flynn served in the Division as counsel to the Assistant Attorney General and as an appellate attorney. Before that, she spent several years engaged in the private practice of law. She is a 1979 graduate of Yale Law School and a 1976 summa cum laude graduate of the University of Rochester.


Our planned schedule for the day is as follows:

9:00 am-10:00 am Morning Plenary

10:00 am-11:00 am Keynote – Diana K. Flynn, Chief, Appellate Section, Civil Rights Division, United States Department of Justice.

11:00 am-12:30 pm Morning panel – Beyond Bullying: Trans Youth and Education
Panelists: Joseph Wardenski (U.S. DOJ, Civil Rights Division) Sharon McGowan (U.S. DOJ, Civil Rights Division, Appellate Section), and additional experts.

12:30 pm-1:45 pm Lunch (provided by LGBT Bar Association – no formal presentation)

2:00 pm-3:15 pm Afternoon panel – Trans Marriage and Parenting (joint session with Family Law Institute)
Panelists: Jennifer Levi (GLAD), Shannon Minter (NCLR), Spencer Bergstedt (Attorney), and additional experts

3:30 pm-4:30 pm Discussion with local activists Ruby Corado and Jason Terry, D.C. Trans Coalition

4:30-5:00 Closing Session

5:00-6:00 pm Mixer, sponsored by GLAD


Attendees may apply for admission to the Institute at  All applicants must be registered for the Lavender Law Conference. More information may be obtained from Jillian T. Weiss, Chair of the TLI 2012 Planning Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Lavender Law Conference, which first met in 1988, draws over 1,500 attendees and features over 35 workshops and panel discussions.

Marriage Equality Panel Discussion, April 10, 2013 at Bowen Law School


LGTB law student group Bowen Lambda co-hosts Marriage Equality Panel Discussion at UALR Bowen School of Law

April 2, 2013

Bowen Lambda, the LGBT law student group at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law, is co-hosting a panel discussion on Marriage Equality.   The panel will focus on two cases pending before the United States Supreme Court.  Hollingsworth v. Perry concerns Proposition 8 in California which prohibits marriage between individuals of the same sex.  United States v. Windsor is about the Defense of Marriage Act.  The Court heard oral arguments in Hollingsworth on Tuesday, March 27 and in Windsor on Wednesday, March 28.

Bowen Lambda co-founder, Michael V. Lauro, Jr., will be joining panelists Holly Dickson, Legal Director of the ACLU of Arkansas and Professor Terri Beiner, the Nadine Baum Distinguished Professor of Law at the Bowen School of Law.  Prof. Beiner is also the faculty advisor to Bowen Lambda.

The panel discussion takes place on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 from 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Friday Courtroom at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.  Light hors d'oeuvres will be served.  The law school is located at 1201 McMath Avenue, in Little Rock, Arkansas.

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