Dear LGBTQ+ Judge Colleagues,
Happy July! With some significant national holidays in the rearview mirror (July 1: Canada Day; July 4: US Independence Day) I look forward to the end of this month and wish us all, in advance, a Happy LGBTQ+ Judges Annual Conference Month!
Late July/early August is traditionally when we convene in person for our LGBTQ+ Judges Annual Meeting, in conjunction with the LGBT Bar’s Lavender Law Conference. I have many great and lasting memories of Annual Meetings past: subway rides in New York, the many wonderful Annual Meeting dinners on Friday nights, a stroll through Central Park that Judge Dan Anders and I took in 2014; the collegiality, the legal scholarship, attending the many Lav Law panels members serve on, the various receptions, field trips to historical places, and candidly, just the FUN of being together and getting to know each other better!
Due to the worldwide health crisis of COVID-19, that *fun* factor will be different than years past, as we will convene virtually for the second year in a row for our Annual Meeting. Nonetheless, “virtual” can and will be action-packed and with lots to offer! I invite you all to REGISTER for our Annual Meeting, and for Lavender Law, and join us, beginning Thursday July 29 with an early evening Zoom social including some exciting entertainment, ice-breakers, and a guest mixologist; Friday morning, July 30, we offer our Judicial Education Institute, for which participants will receive judicial education verification through the National Judicial College, followed by our Annual Meeting. If you’re worried about an all-day meeting, don’t be; we have some breaks built into the schedule and convene in the mid-afternoon. We will conclude the activities with a Friday night social event that will feature Bingo like it was designed to be played – hosted and officiated by talented entertainers, and swag and bragging rights for the winners!
Follow the links to register for both our Annual Meeting and Lavender Law in this newsletter, and we will look forward to “seeing” you in a few weeks!