The Virginia Equality Bar Association


Upcoming events

    • 09 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    About the Program

    It seems that nearly every day brings a report of a new data breach or the consequences of an old one.

    This presentation will address some of the key legal ethical concerns raised by cyber-security issues, including the duties of competence, supervision and maintaining client confidences.  

    Topics will include understanding law firm and corporate legal department vulnerabilities, managing and minimizing both internal and external cyber risks, and how to be prepared for a data breach response.  

    *One hour of Virginia interactive (live) ethics MCLE credit is anticipated.

    About Our Presenter

    Jeff Jacobs is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School with over 20 years of litigation experience as an outside and in-house counsel and 10 years of experience managing or consulting on electronic discovery and information governance matters. Jeff is currently the Senior Director for Information Governance and Litigation Readiness Consulting at Epiq, a top-tier provider of electronic discovery, court reporting and related services, where he advises clients on litigation readiness, information governance, discovery process design and validation, data preservation, and strategies for the management of complex litigation discovery matters.

    Prior to joining DTI, Jeff served for seven years as Associate General Counsel for MCI, where he managed the discovery in connection with the WorldCom accounting fraud investigations and related securities litigation, the WorldCom bankruptcy, and the antitrust review of MCI’s acquisition by Verizon. He also served as counsel to the Company’s Records and Information Management (RIM) group, advising on records, data and email retention and disposition.  Before that, Jeff was a Special Counsel in the litigation groups of Sullivan & Cromwell’s Washington, DC office and DLA Piper’s Washington, DC office.

    Jeff has presented numerous CLE programs on litigation readiness, electronic discovery, records management and ethical issues in discovery and cyber-security, and was a member of the charter (first) class to be certified as an Electronic Discovery Specialist by the Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (ACEDS).

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
    • 8

    Join VEBA volunteers for a day of service working with the trans community.

    CLE and training for the clinic will be offered beginning at 10:00 a.m., with 2 hours of interactive Virginia MCLE credit. The clinic runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

    The clinic will assist clients with name change applications, petitions for gender marker changes, birth certificate corrections, DMV and social security record updates, DD214s (military discharge records), and answering related legal questions. 

    Signup for prospective clients is here.

    This event is held in coordination with the Carrico Center for Pro Bono & Public Service at the University of Richmond School of Law. Law students from all ABA-accredited Virginia law schools are invited to attend; however, space is limited so all law students must register using the appropriate registration type to secure a slot at the clinic. 

    Lunch is provided courtesy of the Carrico Center. Visit Panera's menu here and note your choices on the registration form. 

    Please register before noon on Tuesday October 16.

    Reviews from previous CLEs/Clinics:

    "I learned so much and had such a great, meaningful experience--thank you for doing this!!" --M.F. (Lawyer, 2017)

    "Thank you for your part in putting on such a fantastic clinic." --Josh (Law Student, 2017).

    • 26 Oct 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Webinar

    About the Program

    This presentation will provide an overview of how sex discrimination doctrines, and other federal legal protections, are being developed through a series of cases involving transgender people.

    The presentation will begin with an overview of what it means to be transgender, and in particular, how expert testimony has been developed to assist courts in understanding this population. The presentation will then pivot to a discussion of some of the pending marquee litigation around several issues, including the transgender military ban, transgender youth in school settings, legal restrictions on making corrections to identification documents, and the denial of transition-related health care. The presentation will also cover how this litigation has impacted (or is likely to impact) the development of the law under Title IX, the Affordable Care Act, and several constitutional theories.

    *One hour of Virginia interactive (live) ethics MCLE credit is anticipated.

    About Our Presenter

    Tara Borelli is Counsel in the Southern Regional Office of Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization committed to achieving full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and people with HIV.

    Borelli’s work centers on bringing test cases to advance equality and liberty for all LGBT people. She is presently a member of the Karnoski v. Trump legal team challenging the Trump administration’s ban on military service by transgender people. She also represents federal employees previously denied health coverage in violation of federal sex discrimination laws, and previously obtained a settlement in Esquivel v. Oregon, which removed restrictions on transition-related care for all transgender employees of the State of Oregon.

    In an important win in July 2018 for transgender students, Borelli served as counsel in Adams v. St. Johns Cty. Sch. Bd., which sought equal access to restrooms for a Florida high school student, the first case of its kind to go to trial. Borelli also represented amici curiae school administrators across the country, in cases securing the right of transgender students to access school facilities in accordance with their gender identity in Whitaker v. Kenosha Unified Sch. Dist., Doe v. Boyertown Area Sch. Dist., Highland v. U.S. Dep’t of Educ., and G.G. v. Gloucester Cty. Sch. Bd.

    Borelli previously brought litigation that helped declare the federal “Defense of Marriage Act” (DOMA) unconstitutional, in Golinski v. U.S. Office of Personnel Management, as well as helped secure marriage equality in Georgia’s Inniss v. Aderhold (Georgia), Harris v. Rainey (Virginia), and Sevcik v. Sandoval (Nevada). Borelli argued Sevcik to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, winning freedom for same-sex couples to marry in Nevada and establishing the legal precedent enabling other same-sex couples to marry throughout the western United States.

    Borelli’s work also includes the ongoing protection of those victories for same-sex couples from cradle to grave, by overturning South Carolina’s refusal to recognize same-sex spouses on birth certificates in Carson v. Heigel, and by securing a class action victory for Florida widows and widowers who were denied recognition of their marriage on death certificates in Birchfield v. Armstrong. Borelli was lead counsel in Diaz v. Brewer, where she successfully argued to the Ninth Circuit that Arizona could not strip same-sex couples of family health coverage.

    Borelli received her J.D. from the UC Berkeley School of Law and she is a member of the state bars of Georgia, California, and Washington. Her work has been recognized with Equality Arizona's Barry Goldwater Human Rights Award, and the Bay Area Lawyers for Individual Freedom's Legal Service Award. She was also named by the Daily Journal as one of California’s Top 100 Lawyers and Top Women Lawyers.

Past events

21 Sep 2018 Celebrating Virginia Pride 2018!
28 Jul 2018 TIES Pop-Up in Roanoke
21 Jul 2018 TIES Pop-Up in Norfolk
14 Jul 2018 TIES Pop-Up in Winchester
22 Jun 2018 Out at Work CLE with Lambda Legal
15 Apr 2018 Annual Brunch and Awards Celebration
07 Apr 2018 Name and Gender Marker Clinic (Williamsburg)
27 Oct 2017 Webinar: Equality Under the Law – LGBTQIA Family Formation, Protection and Preservation in Virginia
24 Oct 2017 Virginia House of Delegates Candidate Forum
21 Oct 2017 2017 Virginia TIES/TLC Name and Gender Marker Change CLE and Clinic
20 Sep 2017 LGBTQ Issues in Immigration Law (WEBINAR)
08 Apr 2017 Name and Gender Marker Clinic at Roanoke Diversity Center
25 Mar 2017 Equality Under the Law: Springtime CLE (POSTPONED)
17 Feb 2017 Name and Gender Marker Change Clinic in Charlottesville
16 Jan 2017 MLK Day of Service / Name and Gender Marker Clinic
22 Oct 2016 2016 Virginia TIES/TLC Name and Gender Marker Change CLE and Clinic
23 Sep 2016 A Celebration of Virginia Pride
26 Mar 2016 Equality Under the Law: VEBA Spring CLE
10 Oct 2015 2nd Annual Virginia TIES/TLC Name and Gender Marker Change CLE and Clinic
21 Mar 2015 Richmond Trans Legal Collaborative (Clinical Program with CLE replay)
18 Mar 2015 Making the Legal Transition: the Nuts and Bolts of Name and Gender Marker Change
04 Dec 2014 Virginia Equality Bar Association’s Northern Virginia Holiday Social
30 Oct 2014 After Bostic: What Marriage Equality Means for You
17 Oct 2014 Law: The Ultimate Power Tool - The Virginia Women Attorneys Association 2014 Conference
09 Oct 2014 Charlottesville Area VEBA Social
04 Oct 2014 Trans Law CLE & Clinical Program
18 Sep 2014 Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act
21 Aug 2014 Lavender Law Conference and Career Fair
14 Jun 2014 The Changing Status of Marriage CLE
(c) 2016 Virginia Equality Bar Association

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