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Look at our Facebook event where we will post details about our two days of CLE, speakers and two evening networking receptions:

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Of note, we will be hosting the first of its kind Texas Affiliate Congress. This event will be a moderated “brainstorming” session discussing the importance/needs/coordination of local LGBT bar groups. We currently have representatives from each local LGBT Bar group attending at this event which is open to everyone.

Thursday June 21,  2:00pm – 4:00pm – At the Marriott Marquis Convention Hotel - Room Kingwood B.

We give a big thank you to all of our very generous 2018 Annual Meeting sponsors! We cannot do what we do without you!

(List as of 6-11-2018)




Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP

Cooksey, Marcin & Huston, PLLC




Bob Black

Locke Lord, LLP




Foley Gardere / Foley & Lardner LLP

LeBoeuf Law, PLLC




David A. Squire,CFP/Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC

Jerry Simoneaux

Lisa Tatum

Texas Pride Impact Funds

Guerrero & Whittle, PLLC

Tito’s Vodka




Farrah I. Ahmed, PLLC

Beck Redden, LLP

Law Office of Lorie L. Burch, PC

Cece Cox & Shelly Skeen

Dallas LGBT Bar Association

Eduardo Juarez

Hankinson LLP

Katine & Nechman, L.L.P.

Judge Steven Kirkland

Scott McMichael

Denise Mejia

Xavier Mendez

Mark Neirmann

Adam L. Seidel, PC

John Sirman

Rick Thompson

Rob Wiley, PC


Due to unforeseeable circumstances, we regret that we have to cancel this event that we originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 20.

Saturday, June 23 – 9:00 am – LGBT Law Section Pride Float Decorating

Come help decorate a Pride Parade Float supporting the LGBT Law Section - The float decorating crew will assemble at the Law Office of Katine & Nechman LLP at 1834 Southmore Boulevard, Houston TX 77004 starting at 9:00am. After the float is decorated, go enjoy Houston Pride Festival in downtown Houston at the cross streets of McKinney and Smith.

Ride in the Houston Pride Parade with the LGBT Law Section – Saturday, June 23 — 8:30 pm. Find our float at the  parade staging area  at the intersection of Smith St.  & Lamar St., Houston TX.

Meet at the parade staging area at the intersection of Smith St. & Lamar St. Find the LGBT Law Section float and ride in the Houston Pride Parade! We will have matching t-shirts and goodies to throw to the crowd.

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Bill of Rights: Litigating the Constitution Course

May 24, 2018

LIVE in Austin
Texas Law Center
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May 24, 2018
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  • The Law of Affirmative Action at a Half Century
  • Intersectionality: The New Legal Imperative
  • Reception and ceremony awarding two scholarships to Texas LGBT law school students, awards to attorneys who have promoted LGBT legal issues, and a special presentation to Past Chair Shelly Skeen who’s paper on LGBT Common Law Marriage won the State Bar’s Franklin Jones Best CLE Article Award.
  • LGBT Legal Issues in Sports:
    Now that We Have Gay Marriage –
    What’s Getting Ready to Happen on the
    Football Field
  • Post-Obergefell Criminal Law
    Issues: Practical Problems
    Facing the Criminal Defense Bar
  • Update on Retroactivity and
    How It Is Playing Out in Texas
    and Across the Country
  • Legislative Update
  • LGBT Asylum and Immigration
    Issues: New Opportunities and
    Challenges for the Immigration
  • Protecting the Legal Rights of
    the LGBT Community in
    Turbulent Times
  • Transgender Youth and Our
    Public Education System-
    Legislation and Litigation
  • Section Membership Meeting
  • Networking reception

On March 27, 2016 the LGBT Law Section and Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the State Bar co-sponsored the full-day 10th Annual Bill of Rights Course: Cutting-Edge Controversies in Constitutional Law. The course was presented live in Austin at the Texas Law Center. The course qualified for 6.75 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics.

Topics included: 

  • Religious Exemptions
  • State of LGBT Rights Post-Obergefell
  • Criminal Law Update
  • Abortion: Where Have We Been and Where Are We About to Go?
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct
  • Free Speech Rights of Public and Private Employees
  • Home Schooling
  • Uncovering and Proving Implicit Bias in Jury Selection and Trial
  • Batson Challenges
  • Voting Rights
  • Drones, Privacy Update
  • Contracting for and Collecting Ethical Attorneys' Fees

On June 16-17, 2016 the State Bar of Texas held its Annual Meeting.  As always, the LGBT Law Section presented a full-day of great CLE at the Annual Meeting. Our CLE took place on Friday, June 17, 2016.

Thank you to all of the Sponsors of the 2016 LGBT Law Section Annual Meeting and Receptions!

On December 1, 2015 in light of the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, TexasBar CLE presented a full-day CLE sponsored by the LGBT Law Section entitled “The Impact of Marriage Equality on Texas Law.”  The CLE brought together a group of excellent speakers, provided well-researched written materials, and covered a wide-range of topics.  Following the CLE, the LGBT Law Section, along with the Austin LGBT Bar Association, hosted a networking reception.  Click here to view the brochure and find out more information about this CLE.

On July 22, 2015, the LGBT Law Section sponsored a TexasBar CLE live webcast entitled “The Marriage Equality Decision and What It Means for Your Clients” and moderated by former section chair Shelly Skeen.  In this 2 hour CLE, Professor Mary Margaret Penrose and Professor Lynne Rambo, both Constitutional Law professors, discussed the Supreme Court’s landmark opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, including new legal issues likely to emerge. Additionally, Stacy Cole and Karen Langsley, both LGBT Law practitioners, analyzed day-to-day implications of the Court’s decision for same-sex couples, their families, employers, and Texas public officials under both state and federal law.

On June 18-19, 2015, the LGBT Law Section hosted two fantastic networking receptions at the 2015 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.  Also, on Friday, June 19, 2015, the section presented a full-day CLE program.  Topics included:  Opportunity, Diversity & Change in the US Armed Forces; Marriage Equality; Religious Exemptions; Data Privacy for LGBT Individuals; and LGBT Diversity in the Legal Profession.  Immediately following the CLE program, the section held its annual meeting during which it named the Honorable Barbara Hanson Nellermoe the 2015 recipient of the Judge Black Award.