Bill of Rights: Litigating the Constitution
Cosponsored by the Civil Liberties & Civil Rights Section & the LGBT Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
Texas Bar CLE’s website www.texasbarcle.com
MCLE No: 174035196
MCLE Credit: 6.5 hours including 75 ethics expected.
Register now and save up to $75! Attorneys licensed 5 years or less attend for half off!
Austin - Live Presentation
May 17, 2019
Texas Law Center (800-204-2222, ext. 1574)
For questions or to register by phone, please call 1-800-204-2222, ext. 1574.
- What Is Left of Affirmative Action Under the Trump Administration
- The Role of Amicus Briefs in Constitutional Litigation
- The Third Amendment: The Runt Piglet of the Bill of Rights
- Corporate Constitutional Rights
- Digital Privacy Rights
- The Legacy of Justice Kennedy
- Constitutional Criminal Law Update
- You Gotta Fight, for Your Right: The Pledge of Allegiance in the Classroom, the Courtroom, and the Locker Room
- The Parameters of Free Speech on College Campuses and Universities
Annual Meeting 2019 — June 13 and 14, 2019 at the JW Marriott, Austin
As part of the larger conference, you will hear from three powerful keynote speakers at the Bar Leaders Recognition Luncheon featuring:
- Dan Rather, President & CEO of News and Guts; the Bench Bar Breakfast
- Wil Haygood, Acclaimed Biographer, Pulitzer Finalist, Award-Winning Author & Reporter, and the General Session Luncheon
- Asha Rangappa, former FBI Agent, Senior Lecturer at Yale University, and CNN Contributor.
All are included in your all-inclusive registration.
Here is the key schedule, subject to change:
Thursday, June 13
9:00 - 10:00 am
"Update on Affirmative Action & Current Impacts on Texas" (1 hr.)
Lisa M. Tatum
State Rep. Jessica Farrar
10:00 - 11:00 am
"Threats to Diversity on the Horizon" (1 hr.)
Hon. Gina Benavides
Ryan V. Cox
Shelly L. Skeen
11:00 - 11:45 am
"Moving the Needle: Examining the Progress Made in Diversify the Legal Profession" (.75 hr.)
Hon. Beau Miller
Baker Botts Presents Thursday Evening Reception honoring Justice Charles Spain, Texas 14th Court of Appeals
5:30 - 7:30
Plaza Level Conference Center
111 Congress Ave.
Austin, Texas 78701
Friday, June 14
8:45 - 9:00 - Welcome announcements from Chair Nicole LeBoeuf and Course Director & Secretary Elliott Beck
9:00 - 10:15 - "LGBT Judicial Ethics" with Hon. Robert Pitman and Hon. Charles Spain
10:15 - 10:45 - "Spilling the Texas Tea: A Legislative Update" with Samantha Smoot, Equality Texas
10:45 - 12:00 - "Implicit Bias: Building Awareness and Overcoming Obstacles" with Mindy Gulati
1:30 - 2:45 - "Federal Policies and Courts Under Trump" with Prof. Stephen Vladeck, UT Law School
2:45 - 3:15 - "Gay and Trans Panic: Is it a Defense?" with Prof. Carsten Andresen, St. Edward’s University
3:30 - 4:15 - "Masterpiece Cakeshop: What it Really Means and How it's Being Used" with Jody Scheske
4:15 - 4:45 - "The Paradox of Bodily Autonomy: Sex Confirming Surgeries and Circumcision" with Claire Bow, Alicia Weigle and Chris Maurer
4:45 - 5:15 - Section Membership Meeting
Past Chair Gary Schumann Presents the Friday Evening Reception
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
1101 Enfield Road
Austin, TX 78703
A Big Thank You to Our Wonderful Annual Meeting Sponsors!
David A. Squire, CFP®
Wells Fargo Advisors
Texas Pride Impact Funds
Law Office of Suzanne Bryant
Judge Steven Kirkland
Lisa M. Tatum
Rob Wiley, PC
Cece Cox & Shelly Skeen
Dallas LGBT Bar Association*
San Antonio LGBT Bar Association
*Please note that the articles and materials from recent events may still be available.
Visit TexasBarCLE or the event sponsor's page for more details.
LGBTQ Legal Issues in Changing Times: What Every Texas Practitioner Needs to Know
Texas Law Center
December 11, 2018
MCLE Credit: 6.50 hrs (includes 1 hr ethics)
MCLE No: 174021350
Section Members save $75.
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 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
Register by May 10 to save!
Watch from your computer or mobile device!
LIVE via Webcast
May 24, 2018
No discounts apply to the webcast.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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.