Breaking Down Barriers to LGBTQ Equality in the U.S. and Japan

By Brandon Vogel

Breaking Down Barriers to LGBTQ Equality in the U.S. and Japan

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The New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) International and LGBTQ Law sections will discuss marriage equality and anti-discrimination protections in the United States and Japan Thursday in celebration of Pride Month.

A panel of experts from both countries will talk about the history of the LGBTQ movement for full equality, legislative efforts on either side of the Pacific Ocean and implications for other countries at 8:30 p.m. during the webinar, Breaking Down the Barriers to LGBTQ Equality: Love and Let Love, which is open to the press.

“Our focus this year is to look at all issues through the lens of equity,” said NYSBA President T. Andrew Brown. “While we have made tremendous advancements in the realm of LGBTQ equality, there are still far too many individuals who suffer stigma and abuse as a result of their sexual or gender orientation. All across the globe, we can and should speak out against these instances of prejudice and hate and set the standard for true equitable treatment of all individuals under the law. I commend our International and LGBTQ Law sections for putting on this terrific and timely program.”

The panel includes LGBTQ Law Section Chair Christopher R. Riano, who teaches constitutional law and government at Columbia University and is the co-author of the ABA Silver Gavel Award-winning “Marriage Equality: From Outlaws to In-Laws;” Jennifer C. Pizer, who was lead counsel in Majors v. Jeanes, the federal case that defeated Arizona’s ban on same-sex marriages; Naosuke Fujita, a co-representative director and co-founder of Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN) who is active in the group, Marriage for All Japan; and Kaoru Umino, a director of LLAN.

Webinar Information:
New York State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education
Thursday, June 24, 2021
8:30 – 9:45 p.m..
Click here to register.

Agenda

Opening and Introductions: Daniel L. (D.L.) Morriss, partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson

Welcome Remarks: Ed Lenci, chair of the NYSBA International Section Chair and partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson

Remarks: Tsugumichi Watanabe, chair of the NYSBA Japan Chapter and partner at Morgan Lewis

Presentations and Discussions:

Program Chairs and Moderators:

Miriam Rose Ivan L. Pereira, counsel at Oh-Ebashi LPC & Partners

Richard Saenz, chair of the NYSBA LGBTQ Law Section Programming Committee and senior attorney at Lambda Legal

Faculty:

Christopher R. Riano, chair of the NYSBA LGBTQ Section Chair, executive director of the Center for Civic Education, and lecturer at Columbia University Constitutional Law and Government

Kaoru Umino, director of Lawyers for LGBT and Allies Network (LLAN) Director and partner at DLA Piper

Naosuke Fujita, co-representative director at Lawyers for LGBT & Allies Network (LLAN) and general counsel at Government Pension Investment Fund-Japan

Jennifer Pizer, law and policy director at Lambda Legal

Q&A Session

Closing Remarks: Christopher R. Riano, chair of the NYSBA LGBTQ Section Chair, executive director of the Center for Civic Education, and lecturer at Columbia University Constitutional Law and Government

About the New York State Bar Association
The New York State Bar Association is the largest voluntary state bar association in the nation. Since 1876, NYSBA has helped shape the development of law, educated and informed the legal profession and the public, and championed the rights of New Yorkers through advocacy and guidance in our communities.

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Contact: Brandon Vogel
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