CONTACT: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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
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.