Womble Bond Dickinson was well-represented at the 2021 Lavender Law Conference & Career Fair, presented by the LGBT Bar. Attorneys Meghan Aubry, Tara Cho, John Forcier, and Mason Freeman all attended the virtual event, while Columbia, S.C. Office Managing Partner Kevin Hall was a speaker.
Hall took part in a panel discussion titled “Advocacy with a Drawl, Y’all: A Case Study in Southern “No Promo Homo” Laws”. Hall served as lead counsel in a federal lawsuit that last year that resulted in the US District Court declaring South Carolina’s “No Promo Homo” law unconstitutional. The law prevented educators from discussing same-sex relationships, in the context of health education in South Carolina’s K-12 public schools.
He was joined in the discussion by Eli Bundy, a 16-year-old South Carolina high school student and LGBTQ+ rights advocate who was one of the plaintiffs in the aforementioned case. Other panelists included Caitlin Ryan (Family Acceptance Project), Zaylore Stout (Zaylore Stout & Associates, LLC) and Nicholas Tiger (Capital One).
Cho and Hall lead WBD Pride, the firm’s LGBTQ+ affinity and ally group.
The Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair is the largest LGBTQ+ legal conference in the country with approximately 1700 attendees attending annually. This year’s event took place July 28-30.