Speaking Engagement

Changing Names and Changing Lives: Partnering with Corporate Legal Departments, Law Firms, and Legal Service Providers to Help Transgender Clients Petition for Legal Name and Gender Marker Changes

2020 Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair

Online Conference

Blank Rome Partner and Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer Sophia Lee and Partner and Director of Pro Bono Services Kathy E. Ochroch will be speakers at the National LGBT Bar Association’s 2020 Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair, which will be held virtually, August 12–14, 2020. Blank Rome is proud to be an annual sponsor of this event.

Their workshop, Changing Names and Changing Lives, will discuss the growing need for pro bono legal services to assist transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming clients with legal name and gender marker changes, and describe a successful partnership model that has been developed to meet that need. The panel will address the importance of providing these legal services and share their detailed description of how to create a Name and Gender Marker Change Pro Bono Clinic, from start to finish. This discussion will include a focus on the need for thoughtful education around transgender cultural competency issues and how to convince leaders of corporate legal departments and law firms to embrace this important pro bono and diversity and inclusion work.

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The program will be available on demand on the Lavender Law platform from August 12, 2020 through December 31, 2020.

About Lavender Law®

Since its inception in 1988, Lavender Law® has served as a ‘family reunion’ for LGBTQ+ and ally legal professionals to both look back at our shared history and to look forward to the future of the legal profession. The Lavender Law® Conference & Career Fair is the largest LGBTQ+ legal conference in the country with approximately 1700 attendees attending annually. For additional information, please visit