Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston

Houston's Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Ally Bar Association

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Congratulations New Lawyers!!

SLAGH is excited to welcome our student members to the Bar and full member status!  

If we missed anyone, please let me know by emailing deborah@lawsonlegal.net.

Our community mourns the loss of Debra Hunt

It is with deep sadness and regret that we share the news with our community that Debra Elizabeth Hunt passed from this life in Galveston on July 12, 2017 after a valiant struggle with ovarian cancer. She died surrounded by her loved ones. Debbie was 56 years old.

Debbie was born in San Antonio, Texas on May 7, 1961, to Joe Wesley Hunt and Martha Elizabeth Hunt. She was preceded in death by her father, Joe Hunt and by her spouse Connie Moore. Debbie is survived by her life partner Arabia Vargas of Galveston, her mother Martha Elizabeth Hunt (Cooke), sister Tracy Eileen Mitchell, nieces Rachel Mitchell and Samantha Mitchell, nephews Michael Cabral and Ryan Mitchell and his wife Dani Mitchell, her “pal” Justin Pick and many members of her extended Hunt and Cooke family.

She graduated from the University Of Houston School Of Law in 1987. Soon after graduation, she became a founding partner of the Moore & Hunt law firm in Houston. Her legal practice was focused on estate planning, wills and probate. For nearly 30 years, Debbie enjoyed assisting her clients with end of life planning. She was a pioneer in promoting gay and lesbian rights. She was highly respected by her peers in the legal profession and beloved by her many clients. In 2017 Debbie received the Emerging Leader award from the Stonewall Association of Greater Houston and a scholarship was established in her honor for deserving law students.

Debbie loved life, family and friends. She was a source of strength and wisdom to everyone she knew. Debbie was an enthusiastic, long-standing member of the Houston Pride Band, playing all manner of percussion instruments. Performing with the band always thrilled her. An avid sports fan, she delighted in cheering for her Astros, Texans, LSU Tigers, and UH Cougars. Debbie was known for her trademark converse shoes in every color. At her death her converse collection numbered 86 pairs.

Debbie’s family would like to thank Dr. Gwyn Richardson for her continued kindness and care and her Gyn/Onc care team at UTMB-Galveston.The family requests that donations be made in her memory to the Stonewall Association of Greater Houston Debra E. Hunt scholarship fund or the American Cancer Society through their websites, or to the Houston Pride Band through its website. 

A memorial service for Debbie will be held on August 19th at 4:00pm at Carnes Brothers Funeral Home, 1201 Tremont, Galveston, Texas.

To make a donation to the Debra E. Hunt scholarship fund, please click here or mail a check to: SLAGH, c/o Ashlee Dunham, 3133 Buffalo Speedway 8101, Houston, TX 77098. 


 

The New Board 2017-2018

SLAGH held its 2017 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Vietopia Restaurant.  We discussed this year's progress, accomplishments, and our goals for the future.  We also announced the recipient of our annual Emerging Leader Award and scholarship.  Congratulations to Christian Smith as the recipient of the 2017 Emerging Leader Award!  We wish her the best of luck on the bar exam and in her career.  Ms. Smith has also been elected to the new board as the at-large director.  

Meet SLAGH's new board members for 2017-2018:

President - Bryan Terhune

Vice President - Nicholas Smith

Treasurer - Ashlee Dunham

Secretary - deborah lawson

At-Large Director - Christian Smith

It was a pleasure seeing everyone at the meeting.  We look forward to the next event and the upcoming year.

The Houston Lawyer - March 2017 - LGBT Jurisprudence

 
The latest The Houston Lawyer issue came out on March 2, 2017!  The entire issue is dedicated to "LGBT Jurisprudence."  Our members, Josefina Rendon and Kin Spain, wrote featured articles:
 
Kin Spain: "The Bar Comes Out in Houston" - page 24,
Josefina Rendon: "How Houston's Municipal Courts Made LGBT History" - page 28.
 
There is also an article on our very own Kin Spain, Phyllis Frye, and Steven Kirkland.
 

Congratulations to the contributing writers, our members, and to Houston for documenting and celebrating our long history!  Onward!


 

Annual Meeting 2017 - April 26 - Save the Date!


 

January CLE - Advancements in Transgender Law - Phyllis Randolph Frye

To see Phyllis' PowerPoint presentation from the CLE:  Link


 

2017 Emerging Leader Award - Submission Period Now Open

About the Award

The Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston recognizes that positive accomplishments of young LGBT leaders are vital to the success of the LGBT community as a whole.  SLAGH is committed to supporting and cultivating emerging legal leaders.  To promote the success of recent LGBT law school graduates, and in response to a difficult financial climate, SLAGH created a monetary award program: The Emerging Leader Award.  We encourage all eligible individuals to apply.

Eligibility Requirements

All December 2016, May 2017, and Summer 2017 law school graduates from the University of Houston, South Texas College of Law, and Texas Southern University are eligible to apply.  Special attention will be paid to those applicants who are members of Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston.  Membership to SLAGH is free to all students who are currently enrolled in a Houston-area law school.  Award recipient selection will be made based both on the financial need and the achievements of the applicant.

Application Information

Each aspiring award recipient must submit a completed application, 140-character responses, or Tweets, to the first three questions, and 150-word responses to the last two essay questions.  Contact information for three references is also required to accompany your application.  Complete applications in electronic format are due no later than 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, April 16, 2017.  Candidates will receive a reply email when their completed applications are received.  SLAGH will announce the Award recipient at our annual meeting on April 26, 2017, and present the monetary award at that time.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Follow the application instructions and submit an application by visiting the “Annual Award” tab at slaghlaw.org


 

SLAGH's Annual Holiday Party 2016


 

Upcoming Ethics CLE - October 10, 2016 @ 6:30 - Black Labrador Pub on Montrose


 

SLAGH Law Student & Member Mixer - September 28, 2016 @ 5:30 p.m.


 

State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting 2016

On June 16-17, 2016, the State Bar of Texas will host its Annual Meeting at the Fort Worth Omni and Convention Center.  As always, the LGBT Law Section will be presenting a full day of great CLE topics at the Annual Meeting.  The LGBT Law Section's CLE will take place on Friday, June 17.  Click here to check for updates on CLE topics, as well as LGBT Law Section networking events during the Annual Meeting. 


 

2016 Emerging Leader Award Recipient

This year's award recipient was Ashley DeHart.  She has also joined the board as our Director At-Large. Congratulations, Ashley, and welcome aboard!


 

The New Board 2016-2017

SLAGH held its 2016 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, April 27th, 2016 at Baba Yega Cafe.  We discussed this year's progress, accomplishments, and our goals for the future.  We also announced the recipient of our annual Emerging Leader Award and scholarship.  Congratulations to Ashley DeHart as the recipient of the 2016 Emerging Leader Award!  We wish her the best of luck on the bar exam and in her career.  Ms. DeHart has also been elected to the new board as the at-large director.  

Meet SLAGH's new board members for 2016-2017:

President - Ashlee Dunham

Vice President - Cheryl Lovelady

Treasurer - Nicholas Smith

Secretary - Bryan Terhune

At-Large Director - Ashley DeHart

It was a pleasure seeing everyone at the meeting.  We look forward to the next event and the upcoming year.


 

Google Groups to Replace SLAGH’s Previously Used ListServ as of 04/25/16

Email invites will be going out on April 25, 2016.  


 

SLAGH's 25th Anniversary Event

Stonewall Law Association of Greater Houston (SLAGH) celebrated its 25th anniversary on September 26, 2015, at South Texas College of Law.  The event was a great success!  We were glad to see many long-standing and new members, and to have the opportunity to honor those members that are no longer with us but whose legacies continue on.  We would like to express our continuing gratitude to the event's host committee sponsors acknowledged below.  Proceeds from our anniversary event will be used to enhance the fund for our annual Emerging Leader Award. 

Your 2015 SLAGH Board:

Samuel Gutierres, President

Fransheneka “Fran” Watson, Vice-President

Ashlee Dunham, Treasurer

Daney De La O, Secretary

Cheryl Lovelady, At-Large Director


 

SLAGH's 2015 Annual Meeting 

 

SLAGH Announces 2015 Emerging Leader Awards

At the Annual Meeting on April 30th, SLAGH's 2015 Emerging Leader Awards went to two worthy recipients:  Porscha Brown of TSU's Thurgood Marshall Law School (pictured above with SLAGH Vice President Fran Watson), and Stacy Saxon of South Texas College of Law.

 

Judge Steve Kirkland Receives the 2015 Phyllis Frye Award

Steve Kirkland, former judge of the 215th Judicial District Court of Harris County, received the 2015 Phyllis Frye Award, given by SLAGH's Board of Directors to an attorney member who demonstrates outstanding service to the LGBT community.  Judge Kirkland is pictured above with the award's namesake. 

Announcing SLAGH's New Board of Directors for 2015-16

SLAGH's membership has elected the new board!  Pictured above from left to right are Cheryl Lovelady (Director-At-Large), Fran Watson (Vice President), Daney De La O (Secretary), Ashlee Dunham (Treasurer), and Sam Gutierres (President).