Buzzfeed’s Chris Geidner to keynote OSBA Annual LGBTQ and Allies Diversity and Inclusion Conference

CONTACT: Maggie Ostrowski

(614) 487-4425


COLUMBUS (May 24, 2017) – Legal editor for Buzzfeed News and Ohio native, Chris Geidner, Esq. will keynote the sixth annual Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) LGBTQ and Allies Diversity and Inclusion Conference to be held at OSBA Headquarters in Columbus on June 14, 2017.

"Exploring Bias and Navigating the Shifting Legal Landscape," is this year's conference theme. Participants will benefit from interactive implicit bias training by The Ohio State University Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, as well as legal and legislative updates from both a national and state perspective. Panelists include Geidner, Ohio State Representative Nickie J. Antonio (District 13), Professor Mark P. Strasser of Capital University Law School, General Counsel for ACLU of Ohio Susan J. Becker, Esq., Kyle Palazzolo, Esq. of Lambda Legal, and Joe Henry, a constituent advocate to Senator Sherrod Brown.

The annual OSBA LGBTQ and Allies Diversity and Inclusion Conference has become an invaluable resource for legal practitioners, law firm diversity leaders, human resource professionals, and anyone with an interest in LGBTQ rights. It is a marquee event for the OSBA and its continuing mission to promote and expand diversity in the legal profession.

Attorneys may earn continuing legal education (CLE) credits for participating in the conference and may pre-register online at a discounted rate: The conference will also be webcast for those who cannot make it to Columbus.

Non-attorneys are also welcome and encouraged to attend at a special tuition rate of $75 (meals and reception, included). Non-attorneys may register by calling 1-800-232-7124.

About Chris Geidner

An Ohio native, journalist, and attorney, Geidner has covered the White House, Congress and the courts, first as a blogger, then for Metro Weekly in Washington, D.C., and for Buzzfeed News since 2012. As legal editor, he skillfully distills complex court decisions and legal matters for the mainstream Buzzfeed audience of more than 200 million monthly. He's been recognized for this coverage of the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," and the history of the Defense of Marriage Act, including being honored as the 2014 Journalist of the Year by the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association. Geidner is a graduate of Youngstown State University and The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law.

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"Exploring Bias and Navigating the Shifting Legal Landscape" - The Ohio State Bar Association is hosting its 6th annual LGBTQ and Allies Diversity and Inclusion Conference, featuring Buzzfeed Legal Editor Chris Geidner on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, from 8:00 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. at the Ohio State Bar Association Headquarters (1700 Lake Shore Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43204). A reception will follow the formal program. The conference is open to all. For a detailed schedule and tuition rates, visit:



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