LGBT diversity and inclusion to be discussed at inaugural legal conference

Kenneth Brown, OSBA, (800) 282-6556 or (614) 487-4426

Amy J. Randall, CBA, (614) 340-2054

Columbus, OHIO (April 15, 2013) – With diversity at the forefront of employers’ hiring practices—including law firms and legal departments of all sizes—efforts are increasing to extend equal opportunities to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community with regard to employment and the availability of legal services.

On May 2, 2013, the Ohio State Bar Association (OSBA) and the Columbus Bar Association (CBA) will bring together a panel of experts to discuss new strategies for tackling this challenge at the inaugural LGBT Diversity and Inclusion Conference.

“There is an evolving state of LGBT legal issues,” OSBA President Judge Patrick Fischer said. “With this conference, we hope to discuss strategies for providing the most effective legal service to the LGBT community.”

Topics during the conference will include the latest developments in LGBT rights and legal considerations, emerging issues in an alternative family structure and LGBT representation on bar association and law firm diversity committees.

“The Columbus Bar is pleased to join forces this year with the Ohio State Bar Association for the LGBT Diversity and Inclusion Conference,” CBA Board of Governors President Bradley B. Wrightsel said. “Legal developments in the area of LGBT rights are constantly evolving, and this is an important means to advancing the discussion of diversity in the profession.”

Speakers will include Brian Moulton, legal director with the Human Rights Campaign in Washington, D.C.; and Camilla Taylor of Lambda Legal in Chicago. The conference will be held at the OSBA headquarters at 1700 Lake Shore Drive in Columbus from 8:30 a.m. until 3:15 p.m.

The Ohio State Bar Association, founded in 1880, is a voluntary association representing approximately 25,000 members of the bench and bar of Ohio as well as nearly 4,000 legal assistants and law students. Through its activities and the activities of its related organizations, the OSBA serves both its members and the public by promoting the highest standards in the practice of law and the administration of justice.

The Columbus Bar Association is a diverse community of nearly 5,000 central Ohio legal professionals. Founded in 1869, the association is led by a Board of Governors consisting of 11 members, three officers, and the executive director. The Board oversees the activities of its various committees and staff. Through the active involvement of our broad and diverse membership, the Columbus Bar delivers innovative and cost effective services to members of the legal profession and to the general public.




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