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Friday, January 4, 2008

Lavender Bar to hold regional conference

The Minnesota Lavender Bar Association is holding its Regional Lavender Law conference on Jan. 26 at William Mitchell College of Law.

The all-day conference has been held annually since the early 1990s, and has grown substantially over the years. It’s hoped that this year’s conference will draw between 75 and 100 attendees.

In 2004, the National Lavender Law conference was held in Minneapolis. MLBA board member Phil Duran said that since that time, the MLBA has endeavored to include a national speaker at each regional conference. This year that is Amber Hollibaugh, senior strategist of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, who will give the opening plenary on “GLBT Aging and Public Policy.”

Other topics to be examined at the conference include advocating for transgender clients, marketing your practice to the GLBT community, medical disability planning and asset protection of same-sex couples, and community reactions to the Larry Craig “debacle.”

“The complexity of the program has grown,” said Duran. “We’re excited. We’ve got a record number of sponsors this year.”

The impressive list of sponsors includes the Minnesota AIDS Project, Thomson West, the National Lesbian and Gay Law Association, OutFront Minnesota, William Mitchell College of Law and the law firms of Lindquist & Vennum, Faegre & Benson, Dorsey & Whitney and Maslon Edelman Borman & Brand.

MLBA members, as well as others interested in GLBT issues, are invited to attend. For more information on the event, go to www.mnlavbar.com.

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