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LGBTQ Legal Issues in Changing Times: What Every Texas Practitioner Needs to Know

Live or Webcast: Austin

Texas Law Center

December 11, 2018


MCLE Credit: 6.50 hrs (includes 1 hr ethics)

MCLE No: 174021350

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Section dues are only $20.

Tentative Program: Hours and topics are subject to change. Check back in August for more complete information.

  • Keynote Address: The Criminalization of HIV
  • Public Accommodation in the Aftermath of Masterpiece Cake Shop
  • LGBTQ Issues in the Military
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Issues in Name and Gender Changes
  • Title 9 - Educational Issues in the LGBTQ Community
  • LGBTQ Mediations
  • LGBTQ Issues in Immigration and Asylum
  • Employment Law Effecting the LGBTQ Community
  • Update on Religious Refusals
  • Happenings with Gay Panic Defense and Criminal Issues in the LGBTQ Sector

Annual Meeting 2019 — June 13 and 14, 2019 in Austin

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Annual Meeting 2018 - Houston, Texas


  • Diversity Forum
    ° Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives: What’s Working and What Needs Revising?
    ° Diversity and Inclusion: The Important Role of Allies
  • Texas Local LGBT Bar Association Affiliates Congress
  • LGBT Pathways to the Judiciary: The Impact of Openly LGBT Judges in Texas
  • Judicial Recalcitrance
  • LGBT Corporate Counsel: Unique Perspectives, Unique Opportunities
  • Masterpiece Cakeshop: An In Depth Review
  • Pidgeon v. Turner: What’s Next
  • Texas Transgender Attorneys: A View From the Bar
  • The Next 20 Years
  • Section Meeting
  • Two Evening Networking Mixers


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.