2024 LGBTQ+ Annual Update – The Fire is (Still) Burning

Date: Mar 2, 2024 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Location: Online

Member Price: $195

Non-Member Price: $244

Section Price: $183

Event Code: I103524

Areas of Law: LGBTQ Rights

Earn up to 3.6 credits, including 1.4 in Diversity! (More Information)



Richard Saenz, Esq.
Senior Attorney and the Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist
Lambda Legal



Lisa R. Burke
Administrative Office of the Courts
D Dangaran, Esq.
Director of Gender Justice, Rights Behind Bars
Robyn B. Gigl, Esq.
Dilworth Paxson LLP, Freehold
is a Partner in Dilworth Paxson LLP in the firm’s Freehold, New Jersey, office. She handles complex litigation including employment law, commercial and business litigation, and white-collar criminal defense, and has more than 30 years of experience in representing clients in state and federal courts in New Jersey.

Ms. Gigl is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of New Jersey and before the Third Circuit Court of Appeals. She is Past Chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association LGBT Rights Section, former Vice Chair of the NJSBA Judicial and Prosecutorial Appointments Committee, and has been a member of the Association’s Women in the Profession Section and Diversity Committee. Appointed to the New Jersey Transgender Equality Task Force, she has served on the Executive Board of Garden State Equality and the Trans Affirming Alliance, and has been a member of the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Committee on Diversity, Inclusion, and Community Engagement.

Co-author of the chapter “Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964” in Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation in the Workplace (BNA, 2014), Ms. Gigl has contributed articles to New Jersey Lawyer and the newsletters of the LGBT Rights Section and the Diversity Committee. She has lectured on LGBT employment and discrimination issues for ICLE, the New Jersey Judicial College, the EEOC, the New Jersey State Bar Association, the New Jersey Judicial College, Rutgers University, Kean University and other organizations, and has been interviewed on NPR. Ms. Gigl has been honored by the ACLU-NJ and Pride Network for her work on behalf of the LGBTQ community, and is the recipient of several other honors. Her first novel, By Way of Sorrow, was released in March of 2021 and her second novel, Survivor’s Guilt, in January 2022.

Ms. Gigl is a graduate of Stonehill College and received her J.D. from Villanova University School of Law, where she was a member and Associate Editor of the Villanova Law Review.
Jeanne LoCicero, Esq.
Legal Director, ACLU of New Jersey, Newark

Presented in cooperation with the NJSBA LGBTQ+ Rights Section

This year’s program features two national speakers whose important work has been recognized throughout the United States! 

The annual LGBTQ+ Legal Update continues the discussion from the similar session at the 2023 NJSBA Annual Meeting. Nearly one year later, the legal landscape has not improved. In fact, in some ways the anti-trans climate has worsened. This reality is evidenced by the more than 125 pieces of anti-trans legislation have been introduced in state legislatures across the country at the start of their new sessions. But the crisis is not limited to legislation. There remains a continuing need to understand the fragility of equality under the law for people who are transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming and the relevance of these issues across legal practice areas.

This annual program, sponsored by the NJSBA LGBTQ+ Rights Section, will feature keynote Richard Saenz, Senior Attorney and the Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist, Lambda Legal and endnote D Dangaran, Director of Gender Justice, Rights Behind Bars, who will place these issues in a national context. The event will focus on criminal justice contexts and offer a series of panels that examine topics such as gender affirming healthcare, culturally competent legal practice and inclusive educational and employment practices. 

Program Agenda:

  • 9:00 | Introduction and Overview of Program
  • 9:10 | Keynote - Richard Saenz, Esq., Senior Attorney and the Criminal Justice and Police Misconduct Strategist, Lambda Legal
  • 9:45 | Session #1: What is the current state of the law/policy and what are the current challenges to legal rights?
    - Speaker: Robyn B. Gigl, Esq., Dilworth Paxon, LLP
  • 10:20 | Session #2: What do lawyers need to know and what can legal professionals do?
    • Law
    • Policy
    • Legal Practice
  • 10:55 | Brief Break
  • 11:05 | Session #3: Advocating for Trans/Nonbinary Rights and Working with Trans/Nonbinary Clients - Robyn B. Gigl, Esq.;  Jeanne LoCicero, Esq.
  • 11:40 | Session #4: Advancing Procedural Fairness and Inclusive Practices
    -Speaker: Lisa R. Burke, New Jersey Judiciary – Administrative Office of the Courts
    • Legal Practice
    • Court Settings
    • Other Legal Contexts (Mediation and Depositions)
  • 12:15 | Endnote - D Dangaran, Esq., Director of Gender Justice, Rights Behind Bars
  • 12:50 | Q&A/Final Thoughts
  • 1:00 | Conclusion of Program

CLE Credits
NJ CLE:NJ CLE information: This program has been approved by the Board on Continuing Legal Education of the Supreme Court of New Jersey for 3.6 hours of total CLE credit, including 1.4 in Diversity (Full Credits Available: NJ Beginner Diversity : 1.4, NJ General: 2.2).
NY CLE (t&nt):NY Diversity Non-Transitional: 1.0, NY Professional Practice Transitional: 2.0
PA CLE:PA Ethics Credit: 1.0, PA Substantive Credit: 1.5
New: No PACLE fee is required for this program. To earn PA CLE credits, a valid PA Bar ID number must be entered into the CLE form provided after attending the program.

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