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Upcoming Events:

On December 7, 2016, TexasBar CLE will present a full-day CLE sponsored by the LGBT Law Section entitled “The Legal Impact of Marriage Equality:  New Frontiers, New Issues.”  This exciting course will be presented live at the Texas Law Center in Austin, Texas and will also be webcast statewide.  In the course, we will examine the ramifications of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision on a wide-range of LGBT issues, including issues that took a back seat during the fight for marriage equality.  Our Keynote Speaker is Shannon Price Minter.  Shannon is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR), one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people.  He will speak on "Federal Constitutional Supremacy - Protecting the LGBT Community and the Ethical Obligation of Officers of the Court to Comply with the Law". This course will offer excellent speakers and written materials on a wide range of topics, including:


  • Religious Exemptions and RFRAs Update:  Where Are We Now
  • Transgender Law:  The Battle for Civil Rights
  • Informal Marriage and Retroactivity
  • Property and Parentage
  • LGBT Issues in the Military
  • Employment Law Changes After Marriage Equality
  • LGBT Asylum and Immigration Issues
  • And Much More!


Members of the Section will receive a discount on the price of this course.  Also, the Section will be sponsoring a networking social immediately following the live presentation in Austin.  Click HERE to see the full brochure for this course!

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On March 27, 2016 the LGBT Law Section and Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section of the State Bar co-sponsored the full-day 10th Annual Bill of Rights Course: Cutting-Edge Controversies in Constitutional Law. The course was presented live in Austin at the Texas Law Center. The course qualified for 6.75 hours of MCLE credit, including 1 hour of ethics

Topics included: 

  • Religious Exemptions
  • State of LGBT Rights Post-Obergefell
  • Criminal Law Update
  • Abortion: Where Have We Been and Where Are We About to Go?
  • Prosecutorial Misconduct
  • Free Speech Rights of Public and Private Employees
  • Home Schooling
  • Uncovering and Proving Implicit Bias in Jury Selection and Trial
  • Batson Challenges
  • Voting Rights
  • Drones, Privacy Update
  • Contracting for and Collecting Ethical Attorneys' Fees 


On June 16-17, 2016 the State Bar of Texas held its Annual Meeting.  As always, the LGBT Law Section presented a full-day of great CLE at the Annual Meeting. Our CLE took place on Friday, June 17, 2016.

Thank you to all of the Sponsors of the 2016 LGBT Law Section Annual Meeting and Receptions!




On December 1, 2015 in light of the Supreme Court’s historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, TexasBar CLE presented a full-day CLE sponsored by the LGBT Law Section entitled “The Impact of Marriage Equality on Texas Law.”  The CLE brought together a group of excellent speakers, provided well-researched written materials, and covered a wide-range of topics.  Following the CLE, the LGBT Law Section, along with the Austin LGBT Bar Association, hosted a networking reception.  Click here to view the brochure and find out more information about this CLE.



On July 22, 2015, the LGBT Law Section sponsored a TexasBar CLE live webcast entitled “The Marriage Equality Decision and What It Means for Your Clients” and moderated by former section chair Shelly Skeen.  In this 2 hour CLE, Professor Mary Margaret Penrose and Professor Lynne Rambo, both Constitutional Law professors, discussed the Supreme Court’s landmark opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges, including new legal issues likely to emerge. Additionally, Stacy Cole and Karen Langsley, both LGBT Law practitioners, analyzed day-to-day implications of the Court’s decision for same-sex couples, their families, employers, and Texas public officials under both state and federal law.



On June 18-19, 2015, the LGBT Law Section hosted two fantastic networking receptions at the 2015 State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting.  Also, on Friday, June 19, 2015, the section presented a full-day CLE program.  Topics included:  Opportunity, Diversity & Change in the US Armed Forces; Marriage Equality; Religious Exemptions; Data Privacy for LGBT Individuals; and LGBT Diversity in the Legal Profession.  Immediately following the CLE program, the section held its annual meeting during which it named the Honorable Barbara Hanson Nellermoe the 2015 recipient of the Judge Black Award.