First-ever Law Conference Hosted by the Equality Alliance

by Amelia Vance, Class of 2013

Panel discussing LGBT issues

On Saturday, October 20, the William & Mary Law School Equality Alliance hosted its first-ever law conference focused on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) legal issues. The conference, “Legal Issues for Lawyers Serving LGBT People and Their Families,” included speakers and workshop sessions on issues ranging from employee benefits, education law reform, employment discrimination, and adoption and custody matters for same-sex couples. More than 60 attorneys and students attended the event throughout the day, which was offered for CLE credit.

Speakers included Christine Sun, Deputy Legal Director of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Diane Schroer, plaintiff of the landmark Title VII caseSchroer v. Library of Congress, Joshua Block, Staff Attorney of the National ACLU LGBT Project, Claire Guthrie Gastañaga, Executive Director of ACLU-Virginia, Michele Zavos and Eva Junker of, Zavos Juncker Law Group, Marc Puritam of Hunton and Williams, and many others. In addition, Dean Dave Douglas moderated a panel on “Diversity in the Legal Profession.”