LGBT Law & Litigator

Practice Points

What you need to know in a quick-to-read format. Find all of the LGBT Law & Litigator Committee’s Practice Points in this archive.


Voices of Recovery Podcast Series
By ABA CoLAP – November 10, 2017
The ABA Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs debuted the first of a series of podcasts that will address substance use disorders, mental health issues, addiction, and recovery issues. Episode 1 features attorney Laurie Besden, the Executive Director of Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers of Pennsylvania, who shares her battles with alcohol and drug addiction.

Johns Hopkins Hospital Opens Center for Transgender Health
By Mark Hamby – April 15, 2017
The hospital stated it strongly and unambiguously supports the LGBT community.

Anti-Gay Workplace Discrimination Illegal under Federal Law
By Mark Hamby – April 14, 2017
Sexual orientation is protected under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.

Italian Court Rules Gay Couple Should Be Legally Recognized as Fathers of Surrogate Twins
By Mor Wetzler – March 16, 2017
A new decision in a complex and developing area of law in Italy.

Recent Global LGBT Developments
By Mor Wetzler – March 8, 2017
A new ruling in Slovenia permits same-sex marriage but bars certain other rights.

General Counsel Speak on Diversity and Inclusion in New Report
By Mor Wetzler – March 6, 2017
GC Magazine examines how in-house counsel in the U.S. are taking innovative action to advance diversity in its own organizations and across the profession.

DOJ Drops Appeal of Transgender Student Injunction
By Mor Wetzler – February 17, 2017
Over a dozen states filed a suit blocking transgender students’ access to bathrooms in schools.


Homestead Exemptions and Subdivisions
By Santiago Posas – March 26, 2016
Actual use remains paramount in determining extent of homestead exemption.

Windsor Retroactive: Litigant Wins Right to Benefits
By Nick Kacprowski – February 9, 2016
After the death of her spouse, the plaintiff was denied her wife's annuity.

The Business Case for Launching an Affinity Group
By Amie E. Needham – May 10, 2013
Why it may pay off for your firm.


The Case of the Kentucky County Clerk
By Nick Kacprowski – September 4, 2015
A primer on the litigation over Kim Davis's refusal to issue same-sex marriage licenses.

Ninth Circuit Sets Oral Argument in Transgender Prisoner Medical Needs Case
By Nick Kacprowski – July 17, 2015
District court found a likelihood of success on claim that denial of sex reassignment surgery constitutes cruel and unusual punishment.

Justice, Can I Talk Now?
By Nick Kacprowski – May 18, 2015
A summary of the oral arguments in same-sex marriage cases.

"Pray the Gay Away" Stays Illegal in New Jersey
By Nick Kacprowski – May 8, 2015

I Get by with a Little Help from My Friends
By Nick Kacprowski – April 15, 2015

From Russia with Love
By Nick Kacprowski – April 7, 2015

Sweet Home Alabama?
By Nick Kacprowski – February 11, 2015

Class Action Filed Based on Access to HIV/AIDS Medication
By Nick Kacprowski – January 21, 2015


Litigation Continues in the Aloha State
By Nick Kacprowski – December 18, 2014

Marriage Equality: Progress in Unexpected Places
By Nick Kacprowski – December 16, 2014

Same Sex Marriage Bans Upheld in Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee
By Nick Kacprowski – November 11, 2014

District of Puerto Rico Joins Eastern District of Louisiana in Upholding Gay-Marriage Bans
By Emily Ambrose – October 29, 2014

Groundbreaking Ruling for Transgender Federal Employee
By Emily Ambrose – October 29, 2014

Wisconsin Federal Judge Stays Ruling Overturning Same-Sex Marriage Ban
By Nick Drury – August 5, 2014

Obama Poised to Sign EO Barring Federal Contractors from Discriminating Against LGBT Applicants
By Nick Drury – August 5, 2014

9th Cir. Uses Heightened Scrutiny to Examine Sexual Orientation
By Stanford L. Moore – March 20, 2014

Gay Marriage Update
By Emily Ambrose – March 11, 2014