Sculpting the Future: Austin LGBT Bar Association 2016 Scholarship Reception
Funding scholarships for law students who promote LGBT legal advocacy and honoring groundbreaking lawyers who have molded LGBT law.
The evening will feature complimentary drinks, tapas, live music, a silent auction, and, of course, the opportunity to tour the beautiful grounds of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden, which have been reserved especially for the occasion.
Ticket and auction proceeds benefit the Austin Bar Foundation & Austin LGBT Bar Association law student scholarship program. In 2015, the Foundation and Association launched a scholarship program for students at Texas law schools who have demonstrated commitment or contribution to the LGBT community or LGBT legal issues. The program's first, two $5,000 scholarships were awarded in 2016 to Anya Morgan, University of Texas School of Law; and Luis Medina, St. Mary's University School of Law. To learn more about the program and its first recipients, visit www.austinlgbtbar.org/scholarship.
Meet our honorees!
The Honorable Judge Guy Herman was elected to head the Travis County statutory probate. He is a graduate of UT Law. On February 17, 2015, prior to the U.S. Supreme Court's Obergefell v. Hodges decision, Judge Herman held that the Texas' ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional as violative of the due process and equal protection clauses of the U.S. Constitution.
The Honorable Judge David Wahlberg, of the 167th Criminal District Court, acting after Judge Herman's ruled, issued his own ruling ordering the Travis County clerk to issue a marriage license to Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant. His ruling resulted in the historic first, legal same-sex marriage in Texas.
Jan Soifer, as a close friend of Sarah Goodfriend and Suzanne Bryant, served as the media contact on the day of their nuptials and hosted an impromptu party for 200 to celebrate. As a lawyer, Jan also successfully represented same-sex couples discriminated against after the Obergefell decision, including a couple denied a marriage license in Hood County, and a Beaumont couple denied health insurance. A committed ally of the LGBT community, Ms.Soifer is a long-time donor and volunteer for Equality Texas, has lobbied on LGBT issues in the Texas Legislature, and is a member of the Human Rights Campaign’s Federal Club and a donor to Lambda Legal.
Thank you to our presenting sponsors!
Tickets cost $50 plus service fee.
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