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  • 09 Sep 2013 11:51 AM | Alex Liberato (Administrator)

    SEATTLE, WA - The Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) is presenting the QLaw Foundation’s GLBT Legal Clinic with the 2013 Pro Bono Award. The award is in recognition of the clinic’s work in providing free legal services to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender (GLBT) individuals in King County on legal issues commonly faced by members of the GLBT community. WSBA President Michele Radosevich will present the award at the WSBA Annual Awards Dinner on September 26, 2013, at the Grand Hyatt Seattle.


    Created in 2009 as a partnership with the King County Bar Association, the GLBT Legal Clinic recruits volunteer attorneys from a variety of areas of law and matches them with clients who need advice in those areas, including discrimination, family law, legal name and gender changes, immigration, and healthcare. Over 70 attorneys, law students, and community members volunteer their time to the clinic.


    At on-site clinics, volunteer attorneys travel to community organizations and provide free legal services to GLBT individuals who might not otherwise be able to access the clinic’s services, due to transportation and scheduling challenges. The GLBT Legal Clinic Committee also does community outreach to raise awareness of the clinic’s free legal services. To date, the clinics have assisted over 400 members of the GLBT community.


    “The GLBT Legal Clinic is an incredibly important resource for the transgender community,” said Marsha Botzer, founder and co-president of the Ingersoll Gender Center. “It is important to have a place where they know they will be treated with understanding and respect. These clinics have been very successful and provided many members of our community with support as they move forward with gender transition. The clinics have also raised awareness in our community of the legal protections provided by the Washington Law Against Discrimination and how we can assert those rights.”


    In 2011, the GLBT Legal Clinic received an award from the Ingersoll Gender Center recognizing its work with the transgender community.


    About the WSBA Pro Bono Award: This award is presented to a lawyer, non-lawyer, law firm, or bar association for outstanding cumulative efforts in providing pro bono services.


    About the Washington State Bar Association: The WSBA is authorized by the Washington State Supreme Court to license the state’s 35,400 lawyers. The WSBA both regulates lawyers under the authority of the Court and serves its members as a professional associationundefinedall without public funding. The WSBA’s mission is to serve the public and the members of the Bar, ensure the integrity of the legal profession, and champion justice.


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    Debra Carnes, WSBA Chief Communications Officer
    206-733-5930, 206-669-6559(c), debrac@wsba.org 


    David J. Ward, QLaw Foundation Board President
    206-948-7400(c), dward@legalvoice.org


    J. Denise Diskin, QLaw Foundation GLBT Legal Clinic Committee Chair
    206-452-9369(c), jdenisediskin@gmail.com


    The QLAW Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization and the public service arm of the GLBT Bar Association of Washington, a network of more than 400 lawyers, legal professionals, judges, and law students. The Foundation sponsors the legal clinic, public interest law grants for students who choose legal internships serving the GLBT community or people living with HIV/AIDS, and public educational panels on issues vital to our community.

  • 05 Jul 2011 2:30 PM | Anonymous

    Kellye Testy, dean of the University of Washington School of Law, has been nominated to the QLaw Association board as of June, 2011.


    A prolific scholar, outstanding teacher, and experienced dean, Testy came to the University of Washington in 2009. Her research and scholarship focus on contracts, corporate governance, business entities, securities regulation, gender and law, and economic justice. She is known throughout academic and legal communities for her dedication to the rule of law and its commitment to justice and equality.


    Dean Testy graduated summa cum laude from the University of Indiana School of Law where she was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Journal, John H. Edwards University Fellow, Chancellor's Scholar, and member of the Order of the Coif. During law school, she worked for Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago, and after graduation, she clerked for Judge Jesse E. Eschbach, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. At the end of her clerkship in 1992, she began her academic career. She joined the faculty of Seattle University Law School and became its dean in 2005.


    In 2007, Dean Testy has been honored with the President's Award from the Washington State Bar Association and the President's Award from the Washington Women Lawyers. The previous year, she received the President's Award from King County Women Lawyers and the Washington State Trial Lawyers Public Justice Award. She has received the Seattle University School of Law Outstanding Teacher Award three times.


    Dean Testy is currently writing a casebook on corporate law and governance and a book on leadership. She serves on the American Association of Law Schools Committee on Recruitment & Retention of Minority Faculty, the American Bar Association Committee on Development and Committee on Curriculum, and the Board of Governors of the Society of American Law Teachers, the Board of the American Law Dean's Association, and the Law School Admissions Council's Diversity Committee.

  • 23 Jun 2010 12:36 PM | Michael Heath

    The U.S. Labor Department's wage and hour division announced a rule clarification that allows LGBT workers to qualify for family leave to care for their nonbiological or nonadoptive children.


  • 13 Jun 2010 7:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Beginning June 10, when a passport applicant presents a certification from an attending medical physician that the applicant has undergone appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition, the passport will reflect the new gender. The guidelines include detailed information about what information the certification must include. It is also possible to obtain a limited-validity passport if the physician’s statement shows the applicant is in the process of gender transition. No additional medical records are required. Sexual reassignment surgery is no longer a prerequisite for passport issuance. A Consular Report of Birth Abroad can also be amended with the new gender.


  • 13 Jun 2010 7:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    In a significant move for same-sex couples, the Internal Revenue Service has decided to recognize California's community property law and treat the income earned by California registered domestic partners as community property income for federal income tax purposes.

    Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2010/06/03/BUN31DOMRK.DTL#ixzz0qkGNkiNC

    Link to IRS Private Letter Ruling: http://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-wd/1021048.pdf

  • 03 Jun 2010 7:13 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Lambda Legal filed an amicus brief in the matter, urging the court to drop the bioterrorism charge. The brief explains that the realities of HIV transmission risk do not support prosecuting Daniel Allen under a bioterrorism charge and that this charge leads to public misunderstanding of how HIV is transmitted, contributes to stigmatizing people with HIV and undermines important public health goals.

    To read the amicus brief: http://www.lambdalegal.org/our-work/in-court/briefs/people-v-allen_mi_20100419_amicus-lambda-legal-et-al.html

    The case is People v. Allen.

  • 15 Apr 2010 7:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The President's memorandum to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services includes the following: HHS should promulgate rules for hospitals that receive Medicaid or Medicare funds that require them to respect the rights of patients to designate visitors. HHS should also take steps to ensure that such hospitals have adequate policies to respect the legal documents that some patients have designating who can make decisions for them if they are incapacitated. Finally, the President directs HHS to report back to him in 180 days with additional recommendations about actions it can take to address hospital visitation, medical decision-making and other health care issues that affect LGBT patients and their families.



  • 18 Aug 2008 4:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    (San Francisco, August 18, 2008) — The California Supreme Court has ruled that a group of doctors cannot use their religion as a legal excuse for violating the civil rights of their former patient — an Oceanside lesbian — to whom they refused an infertility treatment based on their religious views about her sexual orientation.


  • 11 Jul 2008 9:23 AM | Michael Heath

    A Buffalo, New York lesbian couple is suing Blue Cross & Blue Shield accusing the insurer of contravening state policy in denying spousal benefits. 


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