Celebrating The National LGBT Bar Association’s 30th Annual Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair

 Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice of The Legal Aid Society, addressing the reception.

Tina Luongo, Attorney-in-Charge of the Criminal Defense Practice of The Legal Aid Society, addressing the reception.

Last week, The National LGBT Bar Association held their 30th Annual Lavender Law Conference and Career fair here in New York City. The Legal Aid Society was proud to participate in this incredible event.

Jason Wu, Staff Attorney in the Harlem Community Law Office, was recognized by The National LGBT Bar Association as one of the “Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40” and was at the Best LGBT Lawyers Under 40, Leading Practitioners, and Student Awards Luncheon.

To celebrate Jason, our staff participants in the conference, and to celebrate our community, The Legal Aid Society and Skadden Arps hosted a cocktail reception at the Marriott Marquis on August 9. The speakers included were:

Jared Trujillo - CDP Staff Attorney and ALAA LGBTQ Representative
Josue Pierre - New York’s 42nd Assembly District Leader
Gavin White - tax partner from Skadden and member of the Skadden’s Diversity Committee

It was a fantastic night where many members of the LGBT+ community and their allies showed up in solidarity and support of all the great work being done by the Legal Aid Society Skadden Arps and our community partners.

During this national convening of litigation and advocacy experts, members of all three practices of our organization were on panels discussing our work. Jared Trujillo and Michael Gibbons, criminal defense attorneys, joined other public defenders and civil rights attorneys to discuss litigation and advocacy of LGBTQI+ clients especially clients of color. Juvenile Rights Practice Attorney, Danielle King, presented on the crisis of the overrepresentation of LGBTQI+ youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Criminal Defense Practice Attorney, Rage Kidvai spoke on a panel that discusses Career Services and job strategies for Law Students. Our attorneys and supervisors recruited future public defenders and offered career counseling to law students at the Career Fair.