June 25-26: State Bar of Texas LGBT+ Law Section Annual Meeting
The LGBT+ Law Section is working to develop an alternative to the in-person meetings originally planned in Dallas, but canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. [More info here].
Apr. 14th: Virtual Happy Hour
Physical distancing does not mean social isolation. Join other members and guests of the Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association (“DLGBTBA”) for a virtual happy hour via Zoom. We will have options for participants to opt-in and discuss different topics. You can discuss how other attorneys are handling their practice during the pandemic, or avoid the topic altogether. The choice is yours! So get cute (or don’t), grab something tasty to drink, and join us for an evening of good conversation.
Mar. 28th: Unleashed LGBTQ Expo
on March 28, 2020, at Market Hall (2200 Stemmons Freeway, Dallas, TX 75207) [More info here].
Unleashed LGBTQ Expo is creating a space where brands, entertainers, and the LGBTQ consumer can connect. Attendees can see new and innovative products and services from up and coming and established brands and enjoy keynote speakers, discussion panels, and musical performances from some of the biggest names in LGBTQ film, televison, and music.
Feb. 7th: North Texas Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Summit
on Feb. 7, 2020, at Irving Convention Center (500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039) [More info here].
Different opportunities emerge based on an individual’s socioeconomic status, ethnic background, gender and sexual orientation. As our region continues to grow, we must embrace the fact that we are better cities, businesses and schools when we embrace differences, foster inclusion and amplify all voices.
Last year, over 500 business, civic, healthcare and education leaders attended North Texas Commission Foundation’s inaugural Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Summit. Please join us on Feb. 7th at our 2nd annual DE&I event where our speakers and panelists will educate and inform our attendees on how to be more inclusive and equitable in our diverse North Texas region.
Feb. 15th: Mentorship Program Brunch Check-in
Law schools are back in full swing! All current participants of the Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association’s Mentorship Program are invited for a casual brunch to check-in with their mentor/ee. Whether it’s the first time you’ve been able to visit with your paired mentor/ee since our last event, or just another chance for you all to meetup, come on out and join us!
Sponsored by JPMorgan Chase, Co.
Feb. 15th: Love Equality 2020
on Feb. 15, 2020, at 150 Turtle Creek Blvd #107, Dallas, TX 75207 [More info here].
Mark your calendars for this year’s Love Equality, a fabulous event benefitting Equality Texas. Love Equality is a fun night of celebration, and dancing, with drinks and light food. Because of our generous sponsors, Love Equality has already become Equality Texas’ preeminent Dallas event – guests look forward to attending every February. Heavy hors d’oeuvres and premium drinks offered in the exclusive Queen of Hearts VIP Lounge.
Feb. 21st: Dallas LGBTQ Global Symposium
on Feb. 21, 2020, at Southern Methodist University (6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX, 75205) [More info here].
A coalition of Dallas based organizations is collectively presenting on February 21, 2020, the Dallas LGBTQ Global Symposium on equality and human rights. A diverse group of LGBTQ and ally presenters will highlight Dallas’s rich history of moving from openly opposing to vocally championing human rights and equality.
The coalition includes the World Affairs Council of Dallas/Fort Worth, the Embrey Human Rights Program at Southern Methodist University (SMU), the Cox School of Business at SMU, Resource Center, North Texas LGBT Chamber of Commerce and the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum. This engaging program provides an extraordinary opportunity to support Dallas and its diverse communities as they take their place on the world stage in promoting global equality and human rights awareness.
Feb. 25th: LGBT+ Professionals Headshot Happy Hour
All LGBT+ and allied professionals are invited to network, drink, and have a new headshot taken at Ebb & Flow Bar! Come mix, mingle, and meet other LGBT+ professionals. Then, jump in line to have our photographer snap a quick professional headshot for you. These headshots are perfect to update your LinkedIn profile or other social media platform.
This event is hosted by the Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association (“DLGBTBA”), but open to ALL LGBT+ or allied professionals. Due-paying DLGBTBA members get in FREE, but YOU MUST REGISTER to have your headshot taken. Tickets for non-members and the general public are only $10 and include one drink ticket and one headshot.*
*While the photographer will do their best to take a satisfactory photo for you, there is a limit of one final headshot of one “look” per person, regardless of payment. Photographs are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. No refunds. All payments are final.
Calendar Year 2019
Dec. 5th: Texas LGBT+ Legal Issues CLE
on Thurs., Dec. 5th, from 8 AM – 4:30 PM or later, at Texas Law Center (1414 Colorado, Austin, TX 78701) [More info here].
Texas Bar CLE and the LGBT+ Law Section of the State Bar of Texas are hosting a day-long CLE in Austin, which will be live streamed via webcast. The CLE is worth 6.5 CLE credits, with up to one of those being in ethics. To register, click here.
The CLE will feature several prominent DLGBTBA members, including Shelly Skeen of Lambda Legal; Adam Seidel of Adam L. Seidel, P.C.; Karri Bertrand of O’Neil Wysocki P.C.; and many others!
8th: DLGBTBA Annual Holiday Party
Join the Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association (“DLGBTBA”) as we celebrate our successes at our Annual Holiday Party. As one of the most popular events the DLGBTBA hosts, this year’s Holiday Party will take place at the elegant Tower Club of Dallas, featuring a bar, games, a binocular wall, a virtual golf simulator, and a telescope viewing of downtown.
Together, we will share food, drinks, and the great company of our membership. We will reflect on how far the DLGBTBA has come, what we have accomplished this year, and what is to come in the new year. Space is limited, so buy early!
Cocktail attire. Spouses are welcome.
Thanks to the generous support of our new sponsors, we have significantly reduced our ticket prices! If you purchased under the old ticket price and would like a refund so that you can re-purchase your tickets, please email us. We will return your email within a few days.
Thank you to our sponsors: The Dallas Trial Lawyer’s Association Diversity Committee; O’Neil Wysocki P.C.; Savrick Schumann Johnson McGarr Kaminski & Shirley, L.L.P.; GRESHAM pc; Rob Wiley, P.C.; Bell Nunally LLP; Thompson Knight LLP; Thompson Reuters; Rethink Therapy PLLC; and many others!
Want to host a mixer? Be the speaker at a CLE? Become a member? Contact us today!
16th: Breakfast Service Project
Sat., 7-9 AM, at The Cathedral of Hope (5910 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, Texas 75235) [RSVP here].
In honor of Thanksgiving, the Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association (“DLGBTBA”) invites you to join us for a morning of community service with the Breakfast at Cathedral of Hope (“BACH”) Program. BACH is an ongoing program of Dallas Hope Charities aimed at serving community members in need, such as those experiencing homelessness. We will meet at the Cathedral of Hope cafeteria to welcome guests and serve a sit-down breakfast to anyone who could benefit from a fresh, hot meal. Following the event, volunteers are invited to gather for a networking brunch at a nearby restaurant (TBD then).
**This event is limited to the first 10 volunteers who RSVP using Eventbrite. The DLGBTBA does not endorse any specific religion, faith, institution, or lack thereof.**
20th: The Resource Center’s Speaker Series
Wed., 5:30-7 PM, at The Resource Center’s Louis L. Borick Foundation Auditorium (5750 Cedar Springs Rd, Dallas, TX) [More info here].
Please join Resource Center and The Dallas Way: an LGBTQ History Project for the 2019 LGBTQ Speaker Series benefiting the University of North Texas’ LGBTQ Archive.
5:30-6 pm: Complimentary wine and light bites reception
6-7 pm: Speaker Presentation
Learn about the content and material qualities of the quilt as well as the multiple paths it offered for people to learn about HIV/AIDS and build community. Hear about the North Texas’ area advocacy and discover the power of this art-activist project on a local scale. This event will feature speaker Agatha Beins, Associate Professor and Director of the Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies Master’s Program, Texas Woman’s University
FREE event but RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information, please contact Bill Scott at email@example.com.
24th: Roadways to the Federal Bench: Who, me? A Bankruptcy Judge?
Thurs., 3:00 PM, at The Belo Mansion [Add to your calendar here].
In an effort to improve diversity in the bankruptcy bench and bar and the federal bench in general, the Judicial Conference of the U.S. Committee on the Administration of the Bankruptcy System is hosting a simultaneous, nationwide event occurring live in 19 cities, including Dallas where it will take place at the Belo Mansion (2101 Ross Avenue), open to all. Following a panel webinar from Washington, D.C., attendees will participate in an hour of “roundtable” discussions, where judges sitting at your table will talk about their roadways and answer your questions. Every fifteen minutes, the judges will move to another table, so you will meet up to 8-10 judges in just one hour. Registration opens September 17, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. CT. There will be limited space, so availability is on a first-come, first registered basis. No charge, but you MUST register.
26th: Mentorship Program Kick-Off Brunch
Sat., 9:30 AM, at Toasted Coffee + Kitchen (5420 Ross Ave., Ste. 180, Dallas, TX 75206) [Add to your calendar here].
Are you a law student looking for a mentor to guide you through the complex practice of law? Or, are you a seasoned attorney willing to share your expertise with an aspiring attorney? Then join the DLGBTBA for our Mentorship Program Kick-Off Brunch, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase! If you are interested in signing up to be a mentor or mentee, please complete this Google Form by Friday, October 18th, at 5 PM. Check out the Facebook event here.
(The DLGBTBA will do its best to pair all mentors/mentees. However, depending on supply and demand, potentially not all mentors/mentees will be matched.)
17th: Back to School Law Student Mixer
Tues., 5:30 – 8 PM, at The People’s Last Stand [Add to your calendar here].
The Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association hosts the law students of SMU, UNT, and Texas A&M for a night of networking and fun! We’ll also be talking about our new mentorship program. There is free parking, access to the DART, and plenty of smiling faces — so come on out! Due paying DLGBTBA members will get two free drink tickets! Find more information here.
25th-27th: DBA Bench Bar Conference
at The Horseshoe Bay Resort.
It’s not often lawyers and judges can come together to fuse work and fun, but for 28 years the Dallas Bar Association’s Bench Bar Conference has become known as the premier DBA event to network and socialize with peers from over 140 courts and law firms and more than 25 members of the judiciary while having the opportunity to earn up to 8.75 CLE credit. To receive the early bird discount, you must register here by August 2.
26th: SCOTUS Preview: Are LGBTQ+ Rights in Jeopardy?
Thurs., from 5:30 – 8:30 PM, at The Courtyard Downtown by Marriot Dallas (310 South Houston Street, Dallas, TX 75202) [Add to your calendar here].
Join the Dallas LGBT+ Bar Association (“DLGBTBA”) for a reception and CLE previewing the arguments behind three LGBT+ employment cases pending before the Supreme Court: Altitude Express v. Zarda; Bostick v. Clayton County; and R.G. & G.R. Harris Funeral Homes v. EEOC.
5:30 – 7 PM: SCOTUS Preview CLE
7 – 8:30 PM: Networking Reception
Panelists: Shelly Skeen & James Spurlock.
**CLE CREDIT PENDING
Thank you to our generous sponsors: The LGBT+ Law Section of the State Bar of Texas!
Check out the Facebook event here. Due-paying members of the DLGBTBA receive a discounted ticket rate.
3rd: Lambda Legal’s Landmark Dinner
Sat., 6-10 PM, at The Adolphus Hotel.
Lambda Legal’s Landmark Dinner is the event of the year for our Dallas community and those who are working to take the LGBTQ+ and HIV movements to new heights. The event will be held a the beautiful Adolphus Hotel in Downtown Dallas. The evening will include cocktails & dinner along with an inspiring program. Buy tickets here.
7th-9th: Lavender Law
at The Philadelphia Downtown Marriott Hotel.
Since its inception in 1988, Lavender Law® has served as a ‘family reunion’ for LGBTQ+ and ally legal professionals to both look back at our shared history and to look forward to the future of the legal profession. The Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair is the largest LGBTQ+ legal conference in the country with approximately 1700 attendees attending annually. Space is limited, so register or become a sponsor today! (DLGBTBA Members receive a 50% discount! Contact us to confirm that your dues are paid and we’ll send you the promo code!)
9th: LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s DFW Pride Happy Hour
Fri., 5:30-7:30 PM, at Mattito’s Oak Lawn in the Vista Room (3102 Oak Lawn Avenue, Dallas, TX).
Join the LGBT Chamber of Commerce Foundation for margaritas and more at the DFW Pride Happy Hour. Mattito’s validates 2 hours of parking in the Centrum Building parking garage. To register for this event, click here.
18th: DAYL Dinner & Dialogue
Thurs., 6 – 8:30 PM, at The Belo Mansion.
The Lawyers Promoting Diversity Committee of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) is excited to present its annual Dinner & Dialogue, a CLE program that explores areas of tension within diversity and inclusion in the legal profession. The year’s topic is Imposter Syndrome, a psychological pattern where people doubt their accomplishments and internalize a fear of being exposed as a fraud despite evidence of their achievements. RSVP here.
27th: LGBTQ+ Self-Defense Training
Sat., 12 – 3 PM, at Juanita Craft Recreation Center (4500 Spring Ave., Dallas, TX 75210).
Due to recent assaults of those within the LGBTQ+ community, the Dallas Police Department, in partnership with Chamberlain Studios of Self Defense, is offering a FREE inclusive LGBTQ+ self-defense workshop. The training will be led by the Dallas Police Department and 10th-degree Black Belt, Nick Chamberlain. Attendees will learn physical and mental self-defense techniques to increase their personal safety. Attendees should wear comfortable attire. Space is limited! Register for the event here.
26th: This Day in Case History — Happy Hour
Wed., 6-8 PM, at Cedar Springs Tap House (4123 Cedar Springs Road, Dallas, TX 75219).
As Pride Month marches on, please join us for a special June mixer to celebrate the anniversary of several key victories for LGBTQ+ equality and an extraordinary day in our history. For millions of LGBTQ+ Americans, June 26 is not only a landmark day for marriage equality or gay rights, but also a day that symbolizes progress toward an America living out the ideals upon which it was founded — freedom, equality, and justice for all. We hope to see you there! RSVP here.
27th: DAYL Sister Bar Social
Thurs., 6-8 PM, at The Network Bar (331 Singleton Blvd., Dallas, TX 75212).
OWL Monthly Happy Hour teams up with the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers (DAYL) for June to sponsor the June Sister Bar Social at The Network Bar in Trinity Groves. Participating organizations include the Dallas Asian American Bar Association, the Dallas Hispanic Bar Association, Dallas Women Lawyers Association, J.L. Turner Legal Association, Dallas LGBT Bar Association, Dallas Trial Lawyers Association, and the Dallas Bar Association.
27th: Dallas District Attorney’s LGBT Task Force Event
Thurs., 4-4:45 PM, at the offices of DLA Piper (1900 North Pearl St., Ste. 2200, Conference Rooms B & C, Dallas, TX 75201).
As an official diversity and inclusion office pride event, DLA Piper Dallas hosts Dallas Assistant District Attorney Phillip Clark to present on the Dallas District Attorney’s recent initiative to address issues related to the LGBT community, specifically the recent crimes against LGBT people in the DFW area. Discussion and cocktails to follow. Please RSVP by emailing Andrew Velazquez at: firstname.lastname@example.org
27th: Membership Kickoff Mixer
Join the Dallas LGBT Bar Association for its 2019 membership kickoff event! We’ll introduce you to this year’s new Board, and outline the benefits of being a member of the Bar Association for 2019. Whether you’ve been a member before or are looking to get involved for the first time, all are welcome!
Please help us estimate attendance by RSVPing to this email or by clicking the “going” button on the Facebook event.
We are so excited to see you all soon!
Calendar Year 2018
18th: DFW LGBT Bar’s Annual Holiday Party
Tuesday, December 18 at the Dallas offices of Locke Lord LLP
The Dallas LGBT Bar Association invites you to our Annual Winter Holiday Party! Join us for food, drinks, and good company. Spouses are welcome.
28th: What’s Percolating with the LGBT Bar?
Wednesday, November 28 from 8 – 9 AM at Zephyrs Bakery Cafe (4001 Cedar Springs Rd. Suite A, Dallas, TX 75219)
It’s about that time! Time for our next breakfast meeting. We’ve been having a great time getting to know our members in a more intimate, casual setting. This rotating breakfast meeting will take place at Zephyrs Bakery Cafe in the heart of the “gayborhood.” Please RSVP on Facebook so we are able to give an accurate head count to the servers.
23rd: What’s Percolating with the LGBT Bar?
Thursday, August 23 from 8 – 9 AM at Cindi’s Deli. Our rotating breakfast networking series makes its way to North Dallas. Please RSVP on Facebook so we are able to give an accurate head count to the servers.
14th: What’s Percolating with the LGBT Bar?
Thursday, June 14 from 8 – 9 AM at Buzzbrews. Join our new rotating breakfast networking series. Please RSVP on Facebook so we are able to give an accurate head count to the servers.
17th: Membership Drive
Thursday, May 17 from 6 – 8 PM at Amberjax. Join the LGBT Bar! Please RSVP on Facebook so we are able to give an accurate head count to the servers.
Calendar Year 2017
7th: Annual Holiday Party
Thursday, December 7 from 6 – 9 PM at the Clubs at Prestonwood. Please RSVP on Facebook so we are able to give an accurate head count.