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Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC
January 2018 Newsletter
Bill Singer, Esq.

Greetings from Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC!

Hello everyone and Happy New Year!

Thank you for subscribing to the newsletter for Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC. This monthly newsletter keeps you informed about the legal and activism work we are doing to support LGBTQI, polyamorous, and other nontraditional families.
 

In this month’s newsletter: A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FROM DIANA!
 

In 2018, I am honored and delighted to welcome Bill Singer as Of Counsel to my law firm Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC. Bill is nothing short of a legend and my personal hero; I am humbled and thrilled for him to join our firm. In Bill’s 47 years of law practice, he has been an international leader in support of same-sex couples, LGBT family law, and support of families of all types.

Bill is quite arguably THE founder of our field of LGBT family law, and a catalyst for the international movement for LGBT rights to marry, parent, and form families of our choosing. In addition to being a legal legend, Bill is my personal hero and mentor. Since Bill started law practice in 1971, he has been consistently outspoken and innovative in pushing for the legal rights of the marginalized, at the radical fringe and pushing against convention even in progressive legal communities. Moreover, he is obviously a lawyer with true passion and heart; even after 47 years of difficult and slow fights against the current, Bill still has a sparkle and often a tear in his eye when talking about his clients, his community of advocate attorneys in the trenches, and his dedication to this work. That persevering and unflinching compassion, integrity, and dedication to justice is truly awe-inspiring to me. This is the path to which I aspire.

In Bill’s early years of law practice in the 1970s, Bill was outspoken about injustice for gay men during the AIDS crisis and was coined “the angel of death” because of his countless bedside visits to gay men dying of the ravages of AIDS to provide them with Wills and estate planning that would protect their beloved partners who had no legal relationship with them.

Bill was integral to the founding of the National LGBT Bar Association in the mid 1980s, at first a small group of LGBT attorneys united to provide resources to the gay and lesbian community at the height of the AIDS crisis, and now a large and powerful partner of the American Bar Association with a major annual conference, Lavender Law. Bill has served as the General Counsel for the National LGBT Bar Association since its founding in the 1980s. In 2013, the National LGBT Bar Association named Bill as the inaugural winner of the “Leading Practitioner Award”, an award Bill has certainly earned.

Bill was the founder of the LGBT Family Law Institute (FLI), an organization for attorneys who specialize in LGBT family law to share resources and strategy, at first throughout the United States, and now worldwide. Bill served as Director from 2009-2016, during which time I got to know Bill when I was one of the attorneys representing New York State. Bill now serves as International Director of FLI, coordinating the international movement of lawyers, with FLI chapters in the USA, Europe, UK/Ireland, Latin America, Canada, Australia. I am honored to serve as Director of the European chapter of FLI, coordinating LGBT family law leaders across Europe. I’ll be bringing many of them together for their first meeting this April in Frankfurt, with Bill by my side.

Bill has been in the private practice of law in Somerset County, New Jersey for 47 years with Singer & Fedun, LLC. Now in his role as Of Counsel attorney to my firm, Bill will also handle cases in New York with our collaboration and input on New York law. We’re grateful to offer this service to our clients and to have the opportunity to collaborate closely with Bill, a lawyer whose impact, dedication, and warmth serve as a powerful model of the very best of our profession.

To read more about Bill’s illustrious history, his awards and publications, you’ll find him now among our attorney profiles on my law firm website.

With a humbled heart and tears in my eyes,

Diana

OTHER NEWS ABOUT ANDY’S UPCOMING TEACHING

Andy Presenting at Creating Change

Andy is presenting two workshops at Creating Change, this year’s National LGBT Task Force conference in Washington DC on January 24-28, 2018. First, Andy is on the faculty of this year’s “Intersectionality Beyond Binaries” day-long institute, discussing the intersections of bisexual identity with other axes of marginalization and power and the future of the queer liberation movement. Then, Andy is presenting “Safewords Won’t Save Us: Transforming Responses to Violence in Alternative Sexuality Communities,” educating around one of their favorite topics -- alternative justice systems and community accountability through a sex-positive and prison abolitionist lens.
 

The Practice of Transformative Justice

On February 4th, Andy is facilitating a day-long transformative justice workshop and talking circle in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This new ongoing workshop will be a space of community support and education for all community members who wish to learn more about transformative justice, safer spaces, and the process of building compassionate communities. To read more of Andy’s writing about transformative justice, see this article: https://medium.com/@AndyEyeballs/why-its-painful-and-scary-to-talk-about-transformative-justice-and-why-it-s-time-6123b35d45fd

To find more information about the February 4th workshop and register to attend, please fill out this form: https://goo.gl/forms/GLdtSZqY7ypTiaxL2

 

Andy and Diana are available to speak at your organization!

In addition to being practicing lawyers, Diana and Andy are thought leaders on LGBTQ issues and popular keynote speakers for universities, organizations, institution, corporations, and social groups. Andy and Diana both enjoy giving presentations and teaching classes about LGBTQ family law, non-traditional family issues, conflict de-escalation and consent, sexual assault prevention, Title IX issues, and LGBTQ cultural competency.

As a reminder to attorneys: At of the beginning of 2018, New York added a new category of required Continuing Legal Education credits called “Diversity, Inclusion, and Elimination of Bias,” which can be fulfilled by programs addressing racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and other forms of oppression.

Diana and Andy have extensive experience teaching this kind of class, and are excited and available to teach CLEs that fit these requirements, such as cultural competency trainings for attorneys who serve LGBTQ clients or clients in non-traditional family formations, or Title IX and employment non-discrimination seminars.

Contact us if you’d like Diana or Andy to speak to your organization.

Where In the World are Diana and Andy?

Diana travels between New York City and Frankfurt, Germany, managing our European and NY offices, and is available to clients in both regions, with frequent touring of the U.S. and Europe in between. Diana welcomes opportunities to meet with clients and do speaking appearances along her travels. Below, see if she’s coming through your area.

  • April 7, 2018: Hosting first Euro LGBT Family Law Institute in Frankfurt, Germany
  • April 21-24, 2018: Amsterdam
  • May 18-28, 2018: Tampa/St Petersburg, FL
  • June 2018: NYC & Upstate NY
  • August 3-5, 2018: Teaching Courageous Conversations for Women at Omega Institute
  • August 6-12, 2018: NYC, including attending this year's Lavender Law conference
  • October 12-14, 2018: London
  • October 23-28, 2018: Brussels

Andy is in our office in New York City and available to clients there, and speaking at conferences and events below:

  • January 24-28, 2018: Andy will be speaking at Creating Change in Washington, DC.
Wishing you and your family,
        in whatever shape it may take,
               joy, solidarity, and resistance,
                    from the team at Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC,
                            Diana, Andy, and Amy
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