Diana and Andy are both excited to once again attend and speak at the annual LGBT Bar Association Lavender Law Conference, this year back in New York City!
They will both be there all three days of the conference, and will each be speaking at the following times:
Wednesday, August 8th: 2:00-3:30pm
(Concurrent Workshop Session B)
Andy and Diana will speak on a panel regarding
Trauma-Informed Legal Practice
In many practice areas, our job as attorneys is to support traumatized clients in rendering their painful experiences legible, credible, and able to neatly fit into legal frameworks of relief. When we work with incarcerated clients, detained clients, clients who are the targets of institutional and state violence and oppression, and clients who are otherwise at intersections of identity and experience that coexist with significant trauma, it is our responsibility as ethical practitioners to best serve them by ensuring that we are culturally competent to work with that trauma. In many cases, we find ourselves grappling with the physiological, psychological, and somatic effects of our client’s trauma without having any tools to understand or support those effects, or the secondary effects on ourselves. In this workshop, a panel of attorneys and advocates who provide direct services to a wide range of populations will discuss the concrete effects of trauma on the brain and body; how to build trust in attorney-client relationships; work towards your client’s physical and emotional safety; and support clients through interviews, triggers, testimony, and more. Working with traumatized clients, particularly as a member of an affected population, requires a constant practice to prevent secondary and vicarious trauma as well, and this panel will discuss strategies to ensure that our work to support clients in crisis is as sustainable as possible. We live, and have learned how to practice law, in a world infused both by trauma and by ignorance about trauma. It is valuable to share space openly about it and to gain skills to take better care of our clients and ourselves.
Speakers: Diana Adams, Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC; Virginia Goggin, NYC Anti-Violence Project; Andy Izenson, Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC; Mat Dos Santos, American Civil Liberties Union, Jack Saul, International Trauma Studies Program
Thursday, August 9th: 10:45am- 12:15pm
(Concurrent Workshop Session D)
Andy will be speaking on the following panel:
Non-binary and Intersex Rights:
Explosion of Growth; Vacuum of Understanding
The past two years have seen the beginning of an explosion in visibility and rights for people whose sex or gender is outside of the binary male and female system, with over a dozen jurisdictions having addressed the issue in some way. There has been litigation and legislation regarding the rights of people who are intersex to bodily autonomy and of people who are non-binary to accurate gender markers. There are other important legal issues related to restrooms, marriage, medicine, and the rights of minors involved. If we are to someday live in a world that recognizes that sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation have endless variations, with all possibilities valued and respected, we all need to understand these issues. Join this panel discussion addressing recent developments and what comes next.
Speakers: Toby Adams, Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project; Charlie Arrowood, Transcend Legal; Celeste Fiore, Argentino Family Law & Child Advocacy, LLC; J. Remy Green, Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP; Alesdair H. Ittelson, interACT; Andy Izenson, Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC; Shawn Thomas Meerkamper, Transgender Law Center
Thursday, August 9th, 2:00-3:30
(Concurrent Session E)
Andy will be speaking on the following panel:
Bi-Sections: The Intersections of Bisexuality, Gender, Advocacy,
and How its Explicit Inclusion Strengthens Sex Discrimination Arguments
This panel will consist of two parts. The first half of the panel will begin with a discussion of the intersections of bisexuality and gender, with a particular emphasis on intersex, transgender, and non-binary people. Stereotypes of bisexual people, bisexual erasure, and discrimination in social situations and the legal world varies in presentation and effect based upon gender. This is especially true for members of the intersex, transgender, and non-binary communities. However, these communities are often either not thought of, or are conflated as one and the same. Panelists will highlight the similarities and differences to explain why each of these communities must be seen as unique when considering the ways in which bisexual issues affect them. In the second half, panelists will discuss the frequently overlooked place of bisexuals in LGBTQ litigation and other legal activism. Bisexual members of our community are directly affected by rulings and legislation targeted at gays and lesbians without being addressed or having their welfare considered in many of the relevant briefs, amici, or opinions. In other areas, such as in the contexts of Title VII and marriage litigation, bisexuality (like transgender and nonconforming gender identities) sheds light on the absurdities of rigidly dichotomous sex-based legal standards. Bisexuality also helps illustrate how sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination. Panelists will bring their perspectives as attorneys, professors, and bisexual advocates to discuss the actual and potential contributions of bisexuals and bisexuality to legal strategy and activism and the harm suffered by members of a community that frequently renders their contributions, needs, and existence invisible and irrelevant.
Speakers: Toby Adams, Intersex & Genderqueer Recognition Project; Aisha Davis, Loevy & Loevy; Heron Greenesmith, MAPS; Andy Izenson, Diana Adams Law & Mediation, PLLC; Kathleen Perrin, Equality Case Files, Inc.
On Friday, August 10th, Andy and Diana will both be part of the day-long annual meeting of the U.S. LGBT Family Law Institute (FLI) as some of the New York representatives. As you may remember, our own Of Counsel attorney Bill Singer is the founder of the U.S. FLI and the International Director. Diana is the Director of Euro LGBT Family Law Institute and hosted the first meeting of that group in April in Frankfurt.
If you'll also be at Lavender Law, find us there!