LSAC Equality Conference

About the Equality Conference


December 9–11, 2018

Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek
Orlando, FL

Building, promoting, and maintaining an inclusive LGBTQ environment in law school is an important and deliberate process. At the LSAC Equality Conference, law school administrators and faculty will have a unique opportunity to learn about best practices for welcoming LGBTQ students to their law schools. Leaders and experts on LGBTQ issues in higher education in general—and legal education in particular—will present on topics including recruitment and admissions, career opportunities, LGBTQ student perspectives, and general student services.

This is important: This conference is open only to faculty and staff from LSAC-member law schools. Registration for this conference is now closed.

3:00 p.m. Registration

Grand Foyer, Lower Level

4:15 p.m. Welcome and Introductions

José Bahamonde-González
Associate Dean, Professional Education & Pro Bono Initiatives
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Chair, LSAC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Subcommittee

George Wallace
Executive Director
LGBT+Center Orlando, Inc.
(dba The Center Orlando)

4:30 p.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks

Kellye Testy
President and CEO
LSAC

5:00 p.m. Terminology

Aby Parsons, PhD
Inaugural Director
LGBTQIA Resources Center
Georgia Institute of Technology (GA Tech)

6:00 p.m. Welcome Reception

Pool Deck, Lower Level

Dinner on Your Own

7:30 a.m. Breakfast Buffet

Deep Blu Seafood Grille, Lobby Level

9:15 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

José Bahamonde-González
Associate Dean, Professional Education & Pro Bono Initiatives
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Chair, LSAC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Subcommittee

9:30 a.m. Panel: Best Practices—Learning from Other Graduate Schools and Universities

Moderator

Sondra Tennessee
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
University of Houston School of Law
Chair, LSAC Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

Panel

Sarah Clever, MD
Assistant Professor and Assistant Dean of Student Affairs
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Abigail Francis, MSW
Assistant Dean of LGBTQ Services
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Luke Jensen, PhD
Director, LGBT Equity Center
University of Maryland College Park

Melissa C. Thomas-Hunt, PhD
Vice Provost of Inclusive Excellence
Vanderbilt University
Professor of Management
Owen Graduate School of Management

11:00 a.m. Break

Grand Foyer, Lower Level

11:10 a.m. The Deans’ Roundtable

Moderator

Kellye Testy
President and CEO
LSAC

Roundtable

Marcilynn Burke
Dean, University of Oregon School of Law

Andrew Klein
Dean, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Vivian Neptune
Dean, University of Puerto Rico School of Law

Anthony Niedwiecki
Dean, Golden Gate University School of Law

Donald Tobin
Dean, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

12:15 p.m. Lunch

Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Lower Level

1:00 p.m. Keynote

Introduction of Keynote

Kellye Testy
President and CEO
LSAC

Keynote

Robert Maldonado, Esq.
Partner, Cooper & Dunham LLP
Past President, Hispanic National Bar Association

1:30 p.m. Break

Grand Foyer, Lower Level

1:45 p.m. Panel: Data, Statistics, and Standards: A Review of Data and Organizational Objectives Pertaining to LGBTQ Aspirants, Students, and Lawyers

Moderator

Kent Lollis
Vice President and Chief Diversity Officer
LSAC

Panel

Camille deJorna
Deputy for Legal and Global Higher Education
LSAC

Josiah Evans
Co-Director of Assessments
LSAC

James Leipold
Executive Director
National Association for Law Placement

Sean M. Scott
Associate Director
Association of American Law Schools

3:00 p.m. Break

Grand Foyer, Lower Level

3:15 p.m. Panel: LGBTQ Climate in Big Law and Public Service

Moderator

José Bahamonde-González
Associate Dean, Professional Education & Pro Bono Initiatives
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Chair, LSAC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Subcommittee

Panel

Marcelyn Cox
Assistant Dean for Career Development
University of Miami School of Law

Carlos Dávila-Caballero
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
Simpson, Thacher & Bartlett LLP

Femi Disu-Oakley
Director of Diversity and Inclusion
The Legal Aid Society

Eric Stern
Deputy Director, Career Development Office
University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

6:30 p.m. Reception and Dinner

Grand Foyer, Lower Level

8:00 p.m. Disco Party with Staff and Volunteers of the LGBT+ Center Orlando

Bonnet Creek Ballroom, Lower Level

7:30 a.m. Breakfast

Deep Blue Seafood Grille, Lobby Level

9:00 a.m. Keynote: Reaching Out and Effectively Communicating with the LGBTQ Community

Introduction to Keynote 

José Bahamonde-González
Associate Dean, Professional Education & Pro Bono Initiatives
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
Chair, LSAC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Subcommittee

Keynote

Bob Witeck
President
Witeck Communications, Inc.

10:00 a.m. Panel: Lessons Learned: LGBTQ Law School Grads Share Their Perspectives on the Law School Recruitment and Admission Process, and Safe/Inclusive Space in Law School

Moderator

Bekah Saidman-Krauss
Assistant Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
The Pennsylvania State University, Dickinson Law
LSAC Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Subcommittee

Panel

Everett Arthur
Emory University School of Law

Alex Garnick
University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Luis Rivera
Inter American University School of Law

Margi Schiebirl
University of California, Berkeley School of Law

11:00 a.m. Break

Grand Foyer, Lower Level

11:15 a.m. Lessons Learned and to Be Learned: Admissions Professionals Roundtable

Moderator

Carla E. Anderson
Director of Operations for Admissions and Financial Aid and Director of Access Initiatives
University of Pennsylvania Law School

Roundtable

Reyes Aguilar Jr.
Associate Dean for Admissions and Financial Aid
University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Ken Kleinrock
Former Associate Dean
New York University School of Law

Beth Kransberger
Kransberger Consulting Group

Laura N. Shepherd
Associate Dean for Student Services
William & Mary Law School

12:30 p.m. Keynote: It’s Not Enough to Create Gender Neutral Bathrooms: A Personal Guide to Affirming the Individual and Transforming the Institution

Introduction to Keynote 

Camille deJorna
Deputy for Legal and Global Higher Education
LSAC

Keynote

Jay L. Austin
Assistant Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services
UC Irvine School of Law

1:15 p.m. Lunch Boxes Distributed

Grand Foyer, Lower Level

Safe travels to all!

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Conference Presented by


Law School Admission Council
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee
Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Subcommittee