From Aug. 21 to 23, the National LGBT Bar Association will hold its annual conference and career fair. It is the largest annual gathering of LGBT and allied legal professionals in the world. More than 1600 attendees from across the country, as well as some from abroad are expected to attend. This year’s theme is "Lawyers Change Lives."

“Every day, we hear stories about the direct impact legal professionals have on the lives of real people. From attorneys who help same-sex couples navigate often confusing state tax laws, to major firms with pro bono programs dedicated to helping underserved communities, our members make a real difference in the lives of countless people and families. Lavender Law is where the legal advocates working on cutting edge LGBT issues come together to learn, share, network and connect,” said Kelly Simon, Director of Development and Communications for the LGBT Bar.

One of those issues is marriage equality. “There will, no doubt, be much celebration of the string of recent victories striking down anti-marriage laws across the country. But as we saw recently in Tennessee, we still have important work to do to bring equality to all families in all 50 states. While many expect the U.S. Supreme Court to take up the issue of state marriage bans soon, our members are working to be sure families in every state have the legal protections and recognition they need today,” Simon told SFGN.

This year’s event also includes its largest-ever career fair, with more than 180 exhibitors offering opportunities for everyone from law students to seasoned experts. “It’s where, we like to say, job hunters can find their first job, their next job or maybe even their dream job,” Simon said.

A new program - "We Mean Business" – will also be unveiled during Lavender Law. This new initiative will replicate the current Lavender Law networking opportunities, where many lasting relationships between LGBT corporate counsel and outside attorneys, have been born. The new program will give "We Mean Business" members unparalleled opportunities to network, build their portfolios and raise the bar on their bottom line while helping to bring LGBT-supportive businesses together at the same table.

The Bar's membership, as well as this year’s attendees, includes attorneys, judges, law students and others working in the law. Their practice areas are equally diverse, including those working in large firms, solo practitioners; and those focused on finance, corporate law, family law, military law, transgender legal issues, employment law, tax law and more.

If you can’t make it to New York for the conference, videos of some of the events will be available online.

A complete list of Lavender Law programming is available online at