Michigan Law Outlaws

MLaw's LGBTQ Student Organization Since 1981


Diversity and Inclusion in Big Law: Perspectives of Underrepresented Attorneys
Nov
15
11:50 AM11:50

Diversity and Inclusion in Big Law: Perspectives of Underrepresented Attorneys

Sidley Austin LLP*  is hosting an event sponsored by the Michigan Law affinity groups (including us!) focused on the experiences of underrepresented attorneys in biglaw. We will have a panel of attorneys from Sidley Austin available to answer student questions about their careers and professional experiences. The event is just for the membership of the sponsoring student organizations. RSVP required, see weekly event roundup email for the link.

Where: South Hall, room 0225

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Nov
13
4:30 PM16:30

Trans Awareness Week Panel

  • The Koessler Room at the Michigan League (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As a part of Trans Awareness Week and to build off our recent lunch talk about the leaked HHS memo, Outlaws is hosting a panel to discuss legal issues affecting the trans community. In addition to soliciting questions in advance, the Know Your Rights Project is currently working on a FAQ in preparation for the event. Attorneys Kerene Moore and Angie Martell will lead the discussion.

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Re-Defining Sex and Gender: The Trump Administration's Latest Effort to Erase Trans Lives From Legal Protection
Oct
29
11:50 AM11:50

Re-Defining Sex and Gender: The Trump Administration's Latest Effort to Erase Trans Lives From Legal Protection

OUTlaws is hosting an event in response to a memo leaked to the N.Y. Times revealed Trump's HHS' draconian plan to re-define sex on a rigid biological basis. Please join us as for a lunch talk where Professor Schlanger and Professor Mortenson will help make sense of what the memo says, what it could actually do, and where we go from here.

Hutchen’s Hall 250 - Non-pizza lunch - 11:50-12:50

Speakers: Margaret Schlanger and Julian Mortenson

Co-Sponsors: Res Sista, MHLO and GVP

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Oct
20
7:00 PM19:00

GAYLA

Join OUTLAWS for the Fourth Annual Kevin E. Kennedy Fellow Ship Gala!!

This year's banquet will take place on Saturday, October 20, 2018 and features remarks from Judge Judith Levy, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Michigan. At the banquet, we will honor the 2018 recipients of the Spectrum Fellowship and the Kevin E. Kennedy Public Interest Fellowship. Learn more about the history of the event here: http://www.mlawoutlaws.org/outlaws-annual-gala/.

When: Saturday, October 20th at 7:00pm
Where: The Holiday Inn at 3600 Plymouth Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105

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LLSA Presents: What it Means to be a Diverse Attorney
Sep
18
12:00 PM12:00

LLSA Presents: What it Means to be a Diverse Attorney

OUTlaws is cosponsoring LLSA’s event: What it Means to be a Diverse Attorney

Panelists:

Ruben Chapa, ERISA Counsel at the US Department of Labor

Kim Buffington, Managing Partner and Trial Lawyer at Pillsbury Wimthrop (LA office)

Rebeca Ontiveros-Chavez, Attorney at the Michigan Immigrants Rights Center

SH 1225

Additional Co-Sponsors: BLSA, APALSA, First Gen, WLSA, MLSA, RJC, and Res Sista

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A Screening of Major!
Mar
12
6:00 PM18:00

A Screening of Major!

Outlaws, BLSA and Michigan Law Student Life are sponsoring a screening of MAJOR!

Location: SH 1225

Dinner will be provided!

“MAJOR! explores the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, a formerly incarcerated Black transgender elder and activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of color for over 40 years. Miss Major is a veteran of the Stonewall Rebellion and a survivor of Attica State Prison, a former sex worker, an elder, and a community leader and human rights activist. She is simply “Mama” to many in her community. Her personal story and activism for transgender civil rights intersects LGBT struggles for justice and equality from the 1960s to today. At the center of her activism is her fierce advocacy for her girls, trans women of color who have survived police brutality and incarceration in men’s jails and prisons.”

Trailer here: https://vimeo.com/144432515

Additional Information here: https://www.missmajorfilm.com/

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Feb
14
12:00 PM12:00

Second-Parent & Equitable Adoption

Virginia Tent, counsel at Latham & Watkins will discuss recent amici briefs in Brooke S.B. and Gunn v. Hamilton, two groundbreaking New York cases defining parenthood in the context of surrogacy and adoption:

  • In Brooke S.B., New York’s highest court overturned its 25 year-old precedent, holding that (1) a non-biological mother of a child born to a couple after they entered into a pre-conception agreement had standing to seek custody and visitation as a “parent” and (2) where a biological mother had obtained an order of child support from her former partner, she was estopped from arguing that the former partner was not the child’s “parent.
  • Gunn v. Hamilton was featured last year in the New Yorker, and involves determining equitable factors for parenthood. It is expected to go to New York's highest court.

Kerene Moore, OutLaws Know Your Rights pro-bono project supervisor and Supervising Attorney at Legal Services of South Central Michigan, will share her experiences with LGBTQ adoption and family law in Michigan.

Where: 0225 SH
When: 12:00-1:00pm

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Feb
2
5:00 PM17:00

Out in the Law Lunch Panel and Evening Reception

Join Outlaws for our annual Out in the Law lunch panel and evening reception. Attorneys from Covington, Kirkland, Morgan Lewis and Schiff Hardin will sit on a Q&A panel to talk and answer questions about being LGBTQ during the firm interview process and then later as a young associate.

Where: 1225 SH
When: 12:00-1:00pm

Later that evening we're hosting a reception to give students and attorneys a chance to mingle and chat in a more casual setting while enjoying hors d'oeuvres and drinks.

Where: Mélange, 312 S. Main. St.
When: 5:00-7:00pm

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Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Litigating the Trans Military Ban

Here from one of the litigators challenging the Trump Administration's ban on transgender servicemembers. She will discuss the particular case filed by her firm and the ALCU, as well as Covington's extensive pro bono work on behalf of transgender servicemembers. Professor Margo Schlanger will offer insight into her time in government and her research on civil rights lawsuits and constitutional and procedural issues.

Jaclyn Martinez Resly, Covington & Burling. Jaclyn is co-counsel in Stone v. Trump, one of the lawsuits brought to challenge the ban.

Professor Margo Schlanger, Michigan Law. Professor Schlanger is a leading expert in civil rights law and from 2010-2011 was head of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Where: 1225 SH
When: 12:00-1:00pm

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Sep
14
12:00 PM12:00

Made in Taiwan: Alternative Global Pathways to Marriage Equality

Join Outlaws and APALSA for a lunch presentation by Stewart Chang on Thursday, September 14th.

Stewart's talk will comparatively analyze the same-sex marriage equality movements in Taiwan, South Africa, and the United States.  Stewart will outline the structural mechanisms that led Taiwan to become the first Asian nation to legalize same-sex marriage, draw comparisons to how marriage equality was similarly effected through a delayed imposition of a court order in South Africa to allow the legislature an opportunity rectify the law, and consider how these approaches provide equally viable and more inclusive alternatives to the incrementalist strategy employed by gay rights activists in the United States. Stewart is Stewart an Associate Professor of Law and the Director of the Center for International and Comparative Law at Whittier Law School.

Where: 0220 SH

When: 12:00pm-1:00pm

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Sep
6
5:00 PM17:00

Welcome Back!

Swing by Dom's this Wednesday, September 6th, from 5-7pm for a Welcome Back happy hour! Catch-up with other Outlaws and meet the 2017 Outlaws Board!

Where: Dominick's, 812 Monroe St.

When: 5:00pm-7:00pm

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Feb
11
to Feb 12

Name Change Clinic

Join Outlaws in working with Michigan's LGBTQ community for our annual Name Change Clinic! Brief training session will take place on Feb. 1 from 12pm-1pm. Contact Shirin or Josh for more information.

Where: Jim Toy Center, 319 Braun Ct.

When: 11:00am–4pm

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Jan
27
12:00 PM12:00

OUT in Big Law Lunch Panel

Outlaws has invited LGBTQ attorneys from three law firms (Covington, D.C.; Kirkland, Chicago; O'Melveny, L.A.) to come speak and share their experiences of being out and working in big law. Come ask questions and learn about firm diversity!

Where: 1225 SH

When: 12pm

 

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Oct
22
7:00 PM19:00

Kevin E. Kennedy Fellowship Gala

The purpose of the Kevin E. Kennedy Fellowship Gala is to encourage LGBTQ law students to pursue careers in the public interest or non-profit sector, where they can contribute to and support the interests of the LGBTQ community through their legal careers. Last year was our inaugural Gala and Outlaws was able to provide scholarships for four 1Ls to work in internships that focused on LGBTQ issues. 

This year's banquet will take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016 at The Michigan League from 7-10PM and will feature Denise Brogan-Kator from the Family Equality Council as our keynote speaker. At the banquet, we will honor the 2016 recipients of the Spectrum Fellowship and the Kevin E. Kennedy Public Interest Fellowship.

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