CHICAGO –(ENEWSPF)—July 23, 2018
Contact: Jeremy Gottschalk
Trailblazing attorney Gloria Allred to address #metoo, the future of women’s reproductive rights and the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community under the Trump administration at the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Foundation’s (LAGBAC Foundation) 14th Annual ‘Lawyers for Diversity’ Midsummer BBQ on July 26. Ms. Allred will discuss the implications of a potential challenge to Roe v. Wade’s protections for women’s reproductive health if President Trump’s nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, Brett Kavanaugh, is confirmed and specifically whether states will seek to criminalize abortion. She will recount her own experiences prior to Roe v. Wade, including a time when she almost died from a then-illegal abortion. Ms. Allred will also comment on the recent Illinois vote to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment.
The LAGBAC Foundation will also honor Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke and recognize the law student recipients of the 2018 LAGBAC Foundation scholarship awards.
Jeremy Gottschalk, President of the LAGBAC Foundation said, “Despite great advances made toward equality for women and the LGBTQ community over the last decade, we are seeing those very rights come under attack. This is no more evident than with the President’s nominee for Supreme Court.” He continued, “So, we are elevating the conversation with the renowned Gloria Allred, who has made it her life’s work to represent and fight for women and the disenfranchised. In addition, we are recognizing Illinois’ very own trailblazing Anne Burke for all her work on behalf of children, the juvenile justice system and the legal profession as a whole.” He added, “These two women represent the brightest stars of our legal system for their pioneering work on behalf of the abused, harassed and disenfranchised.”
Since its inception, Lawyers for Diversity has funneled financial and legal resources to local LGBT and civil rights organizations on the front lines of the biggest fights affecting the LGBTQ community, including civil unions and same-sex marriage. In all, Lawyers for Diversity has raised over five-hundred thousand dollars for the organizations credited with passage of our greatest legislative milestones on behalf of the LGBTQ community, including ACLU, Equality Illinois, Lambda Legal, Legal Council for Health Justice, among others. This year, led by law firm Michael Best, over two-dozen law firms will sponsor the event in hopes of raising another $50,000 to fuel the fight on behalf of the LGBTQ community.
The annual Lawyers for Diversity event will be held on July 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. at Sidetrack, 3349 North Halsted Street, Chicago. Tickets are available at the door for $30 or online at https://lagbac.org/category/events-and-gatherings/ for $25.
The LAGBAC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to ensuring LGBTQ law students have access to quality, on-the-job experiences at Chicago area not-for-profit social justice organizations, governmental agencies and other public interest agencies. To achieve its mission, the LAGBAC Foundation provides several scholarships throughout the year to students who secure unpaid internships at such organizations. The LAGBAC Foundation is a sister organization of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago.
Source: Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago