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On July 9, Donald Trump announced that he was nominating Brett Kavanaugh, Judge of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, to fill Justice Kennedy’s seat on the U.S. Supreme Court.

Judge Kavanaugh’s views pose a real threat to our nation’s core principles of equality and freedom for all.

LeGaL, the LGBT Bar of New York assembled a rockstar panel for this podcast to discuss Trump's SCOTUS pick and what's at stake for civil rights.

Panelists:
 
Shannon Minter , Legal Director, National Center for Lesbian Rights
Leslie Proll , Civil Rights lawyer, advising NAACP on judicial nominations
Keith Thirion , Director of Outreach, Alliance for Justice
Eric Lesh , Executive Director of LeGaL, LGBT Bar of NY
Sanaa Abrar, Advocacy Director, United We Dream
Matry Rouse, National Field Director, HRC
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We will not be discussing cake in this podcast. If you want our take on Masterpiece, please have a listen to the special episode we recorded 24 hours after the ruling came down—oh and share it with your friends. Make sure they know that the Supreme Court did not give every homophobe across the country a license to discriminate.

We call this episode. “LGBT eyes still on SCOTUS” That’s because the Supreme Court has received two new petitions asking it to address whether Title VII bars discriminationbecause of sexual orientation, a request from a man who may have been sentenced to
death because he was gay, and the possible sequel to Masterpiece Cakeshop in Arlene’s Flowers, and a request from a transgender asylum recipient whose attempt to get a legalname change is being blocked by an Indiana law.

We will begin by chatting about these cases with Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School. Art is the chief editor and writer of LGBT Law Notes, the most comprehensive monthly publication covering the latest legal and legislative developments affecting the LGBT community here and abroad.Then, we will chat with Art about 2 new rulings involving access to restrooms for transgender students—including more in the Gavin Grimm case.

Finally, Art will let me go on about an area of interest for me, namely 2 rulings in different states on the discriminatory exercise of peremptory strikes to eliminate gay jurors.

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LeGaL (LGBT Bar NY) discusses the brief we joined urging the Supreme Court to strike down Trump’s discriminatory Travel Ban. The Ban is extremely dangerous — particularly for members of the LGBTQ community.

LeGaL’s Eric Lesh, Executive Director, and Brett Figlewski, Legal Director discuss.

Read the brief:

https://www.supremecourt.gov/DocketPDF/17/17-965/39930/20180326080438530_17-965%20bsac%20Immigration%20Equality.pdf

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We call this installment: “Because of Sex.” That’s because we just received a huge win from the full 2nd Circuit in a major Title VII case where the court ruled that sexual orientation discrimination is a form of sex discrimination under existing federal law.

  • We will begin by chatting about this huge case that we have all been patiently been waiting for with Professor Art Leonard of New York Law School.
  • Then, we will speak with Art about a discriminatory B & B in HI and an antgay cakemaker from CA.
  • Lastly, we will chat about a really important NY parenting case with our legal director,
    Brett Figlewski.
  • And of course, Art will be surprising us with his choice for our of note segment.
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We call this installment: “Waiting for cake.” That’s because SCOTUS seems to be saving
room for desert as the justices turn their nose up at several big LGBT legal entrees.

  • SCOTUS passes over an employment discrimination case, a license to discriminate
    case, a trans rights case and a resisting Obergefell case.
  • LGBT rights related activity from overseas.
  • NY parenting case with our legal director
  • LGBT Bar on NY is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with a very special "Of Note" segment.
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Themes of resistance run through the legal developments of the past 30 days. This episode of the Law Notes Podcast details: 1) how the Trump administration retreated after a series of 10 federal judges put a halt to the administration’s discriminatory transgender military ban; 2) US Supreme Court’s resistance to hearing several big LGBT rights cases: and 3) how the Iowa Supreme Court is resisting homophobic jurors.

Visit le-gal.org to learn more about The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York and to subscribe to LGBT Law Notes, the most comprehensive monthly publication summarizing legal and legislative developments affecting the LGBT community here and abroad.

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Discussion of: (1) the first case to go to trial involving a hate crimes prosecution under the amended Federal hate crimes law, which now covers sexual orientation and gender identity; (2) a case out of Michigan involving the First Amendment claims of a high school student who made anti-gay comments on Anti-Bullying Day; and (3) two cases out of Michigan invoking the Windsor decision, which involve challenges the state's ban on same-sex couples getting married or jointly adopting children and a domestic partnership benefits statute.

Visit le-gal.org to learn more about The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York and to subscribe to Lesbian/Gay Law Notes, the most comprehensive monthly publication summarizing legal & legislative developments affecting the LGBT community here and abroad.

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This special edition of the podcast covers the major decisions from the U.S. Supreme Court concerning the Defense of Marriage Act and Proposition 8 in the Windsor and Perry cases, respectively.

Visit le-gal.org to learn more about The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York and to subscribe to Lesbian/Gay Law Notes, the most comprehensive monthly publication summarizing legal & legislative developments affecting the LGBT community here and abroad.

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Tune in for a brief update on marriage marriage equality developments and discussion of (1) a Florida case concerning whether gay sex qualifies as "sexual intercourse"; (2) a case out of Hong Kong concerning the right of a transgender woman to marry a man; and (3) an Iowa decision ordering the local health department to add the nonbirthing mother's name to the birth certificate of a married lesbian couple's child.

Visit le-gal.org to learn more about The LGBT Bar Association of Greater New York and to subscribe to Lesbian/Gay Law Notes, the most comprehensive monthly publication summarizing legal & legislative developments affecting the LGBT community here and abroad.

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