Lavender Law 2014

Lavender Law 2014
August 22, 2014 - August 23, 2014
11:00am - 9:00pm
Sheraton New York
811 Seventh Avenue
New York, NY 10019

Lambda Legal is delighted to be involved in the National LGBT Bar Association’s Lavender Law conference this year in New York City! Lambda Legal will be represented throughout the conference by our attorneys and staff including Deputy Legal Director, Hayley Gorenberg, Transgender Rights Project National Director, Dru Levasseur, HIV Project National Director, Scott Schoettes, and many others.


A full list of the workshops that Lambda Legal staff will participate in can be found below: 


Student Privacy: A Multiple Choice Test?

Friday, August 22 | 2:00pm – 3:30pm

Riverside Ballroom

A panel of practitioners from across the profession will discuss emerging trends in student privacy protections. The panel will examine the federal statutory framework (COPPA, FERPA) and new state laws, including anti-bullying protections. We’ll also provide a litigation update/forecast.

Speakers: Mary L. GrayJoel R. Reidenberg, Hayley GorenbergGreg McCurdy


After Windsor: The Implications for Litigators, the Aging Network, and LGBT Older Adults

Friday, August 22 | 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Empire Ballroom East

In June 2013, the Supreme Court handed down the decision in Windsor, deciding the fate of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act. Now that more than a year has gone by, what has been the impact on LGBT older adults? Did discriminatory policies change at the drop of a dime? If not, why not? What challenges remain? And what legal and policy advocacy must still be pursued in Windsor‘s aftermath? In other words, how can we pair litigation and policy advocacy to improve the lives of those who long fought to improve our lives?

SpeakersAaron TaxKaren LoewyLawrence ChanenDaniel BrunerJudge Phyllis Frye


Vindicating the Rights of People Living with HIV – Lessons from Litigation 

Friday, August 22 | 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Conference Room D

Even as science and medicine work to reduce the prevalence of HIV in society, HIV-positive individuals continue to face unfair treatment and discrimination. A 2009 Kaiser Family Foundation study found that significant portions of the population report they are not comfortable with an HIV-positive co-worker (23%), a child’s teacher (35% of parents), or roommate (42%), and fully half (51%) of adults say they would be uncomfortable having their food prepared by someone who is HIV-positive. As a result of the still-rampant ignorance and prejudice surrounding the disease and its transmission, people living with HIV often must seek out skilled advocates to vindicate their rights in court. From employment discrimination to reproductive health rights to privacy and more, people living with HIV face unique challenges in the courts. A better understanding of the cases and trends in HIV litigation is essential to promoting the effective representation of people living with HIV by current and future litigators.

SpeakersJordan HeinzAmanda GoadBill McCollDavid KnightScott SchoettesRonda Goldfein


Selection Bias and LGBT Jurors

Friday, August 22 | 3:45pm – 5:15pm

Conference Room L

Presented with the International Association of LGBT Judges

In a landmark case between GlaxoSmithKline and Abbott Labs, San Francisco’s Ninth Circuit Court ruled that individuals cannot be removed from a jury due solely to their sexual orientation or gender identity. This panel will discuss the Ninth Circuit ruling in addition to general issues surrounding LGBT-related voir dire, peremptory strikes based on LGBT prejudice, and detecting implicit bias against LGBT jurors. Speakers will present an analysis of the case, a perspective from the judiciary and information about how to best select and communicate with a jury.

CLE Materials

SpeakersPatricia MillerRick RichardsonJudge Zeke ZeidlerOmar Gonzalez-Pagan


LGBT Healthcare: Challenges, Protections & Resources

Saturday, August 23 | 10:45am – 12:15pm

Conference Room D

This workshop will highlight the particular healthcare challenges faced by LGBT patients, with special attention to transgender patients. The panel will discuss legal and regulatory protections for transgender and LGB patients, as well as resources for healthcare facilities seeking to provide them with equitable, welcoming care. Panelists will specifically discuss the ramifications of the Affordable Care Act and its implementing regulations, Joint Commission and other requirements related to LGBT care, and best policies, practices, and resources for transgender and LGB care.

SpeakersBarry Parsons (moderator), M. Dru LevasseurErin M. MeyerDan KuninskyEileen HanrahanScott Schoettes


Cutting Edge Issues in Transgender Law

Saturday, August 23 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm

Empire Ballroom East

Local and national policy experts will discuss the legal and policy issues of the day for the transgender community, including medical coverage in sex segregated facilities, medical access for genderqueer youth, equal access to school facilities, and family law issues for transgender people.  The workshop will provide a national perspective from advocates in policy organizations, private practice, government practice, and the medical field.

SpeakersZack PaakkonenDru LevasseurClaudia Work


The Impact of Criminalization of Sex Work on LGBT Sex Workers, Trafficking Survivors, and People Living with HIV

Saturday, August 23 | 1:30pm – 3:00pm Conference Room F

As law and policy makers approach the issues of sex work and, more recently and more prominently, human trafficking, much of the public debate does not adequately address the needs and issues of LGBT individuals. LGBT sex workers have been at the forefront of movements for LGBT equality, but are not always recognized. LGBT youth comprise 40% of the runaway and homeless youth population and are therefore often in circumstances where sex work is the only option for survival. Male youth and adults who may not identify as gay or bisexual engage in commercial sex with men, and may be especially invisible in policy debates. And many in law enforcement create approaches that punish sex workers for trying to protect themselves against HIV – for example, using condoms as evidence that an arrestee engages in sex work. Much of the trafficking debate has focused on young cisgender girls, to the exclusion of other populations, and this panel will seek to examine and identify the intersecting legal issues facing people who are LGBT, sex workers, survivors of trafficking, and people looking to address HIV transmission. This panel includes attorneys who have examined these issues in different contexts, and a member of the sex-work activist community.

SpeakersSienna BaskinAndrew CrayHawk KinkaidThomas W. Ude, Jr.